We acknowledge that the majority of our work takes place within the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
As designers and researchers working in the public realm and engaging with the public on a broad range of topics, we recognize the tremendous responsibility we have to continually deepen our awareness of the harmful and violent impacts that colonialism and systemic racism continue to have on QTBIPOC, disability and marginalized communities. We must do better.
As an organization, we are committed to doing the long hard transformational work at the personal, organizational and systemic levels to de-centre whiteness; to decolonize our practices; and to actively support the collective healing and repair that is so urgently needed in throughout our social fabric.
We are committed to doing work that centers diverse voices and lived experiences, on supporting and building relationships with Black and Indigenous artists and designers, and on ensuring the work we do is done intentionally with an equity and anti-racist lens.
Actions we are taking
Members of VDN are contributing funds to the following organizations:
- Hogan’s Alley Society
- Vancouver Black Therapy and Advocacy Fund
- Corona Virus Fund for BIWOC
- Raven Trust
WOC we are paying and learning from:
- Michelle Nahanee / Decolonize First
- Rachel Rickets / Spiritual Activism
- Cicely Blaine Consulting / Stratagem Conference
Resources we are sharing, discussing and integrating into our practices.
- Hill, Molitor, Ortiz / equity x design framework
- BlackSpace Manifesto
- adrienne marie brown / interview on deem journal
- Jay Pitter’ / A Call to Courage
- Arundhati Roy / The Pandemic is the Portal
- Eve Tuck, K. Wayne Yang / Decolonization is not a Metaphor
Books we are reading
- Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer
- Emergent Strategy, amb
- Slow Reader, Straus
- My Grandmother’s Hands
- Climate Draw Down, Hawken
- Parable of the Sower, Butler
- My Seditious Heart, Roy
- Mismatch, Holmes
- Happy City, Montgomery
- Design When Everyone is a Designer, Manzini