June 21, 2020

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and Heavy Hitting HorrorFest stands in solidarity with Indigenous, Black, and all People of Colour who are fighting for changes against the perpetual violence, brutality, and systemic oppression committed against them. Whistler is on the traditional territories of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. We are honoured to be able to host our events on these lands.

Every year HorrorFest uses a portion of our ticket sales to donate to a cause within our community. We feel its important to give back and even though our annual event has been cancelled for 2020 we are moved to support organizations that are fighting the gross systemic racism and oppression in our own backyard. With that we are donating a total of $500 from our remaining savings to RAVEN and Black Lives Matter Vancouver to help these organizations continue to fight for equality. 

RAVEN raises legal defense funds to assist Indigenous Peoples who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories. RAVEN also collaborates with Indigenous Peoples to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of Indigenous rights and governance.

The Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter is a cause that supports the organizing work of black folks and allies in undoing systemic racialized violence.

Discrimination and intolerance have never been and never will be tolerated at any of our events. Films that perpetuate these themes for the sake of it will not under any circumstance be permitted.

This is a pivotal moment in the history of our society. We are all witnessing a deep and profound movement, that will hopefully see the much-needed changes for a better tomorrow for everyone. To become better allies we have been digging into this list of resources and we wanted to share it with the HorrorFest family. HorrorFest is committed to continue learning, listening, be better advocates, and continue to support equality and inclusivity for everyone. This bullshit has gone on for far too long and we are grateful to see the winds of change blowing.    

FIRST NATIONS RESOURCES TO FOLLOW:

 

Facebook Groups to Follow:


An Online Course for Indepth Learning about Indigenous Issues in Canada:


 

Books to read:

Non-Fiction:

  •      Indigenous Writes: Guide to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Issues in Canda - by Chelsea Vowel
  •      First Nations 101 - by Lynda Gray
  •      Threads in the Sash by Fred Shore (Metis)

Fiction:

  •      The Outside Circle - Patti Laboucane-Benson (graphic novel)
   

Podcasts and other audio:

  •      MediaIndigena by Rick Harp
  •      CBC's Unreserved
 

Websites:

 

Videos and Movies:


 
ANTI RACISM RESOURCES TO FOLLOW:

 

Black Lives Matter Canada Chapters:


 

Resources (Books, Social Profiles / Pages, Documentaires, Movies, Websites and more)

  • Ways You Can Help Black Lives Matter

    This link offers ways to learn about petitions you can sign, calls and texts you can make for justice, where to donate and other informative resources.

 

Videos: