Apply Digital supports Indigenous voices, Black Lives Matters, and the Stop Asian Hate movements
June 1st, 2021
June is Canada’s National Indigenous History Month.
We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver, BC. We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded territories of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples in Toronto, ON.
We also acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded territories of Tongva, Kizh, and Chumash in Los Angeles, USA, and on the traditional lands of the Munsee Lenape in New York City, USA.
We mourn the 215 children lost and grieve with the families who suffered at the hands of the Kamloops, BC residential school, as well as those across Canada and the United States. Hearing their stories — and the stories of the survivors — shows how extensive the genocide of Indigenous communities was. We acknowledge the problematic and unacceptable continuation of this genocide in its modern-day forms, including but not limited to pervasive institutional racism across the public and private sectors.
We are dedicated to supporting Indigenous communities. We are also continuing our work to learn about the part we play in colonialization.
So, what can we do? Here are a few of many ways you can learn about the historical and contemporary effects of colonialism and listen to our Indigenous communities.
- Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivor Legacy, Urban Native Youth Association, and Native Women’s Wilderness
- Learn more about the history of Canada through Indigenous voices, such as Chastity-David Alphonse’s course, “Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women” or the University of Alberta’s course, “Indigenous Canada”
- Read and support Indigenous works, such as “My Name is Seepeetza” written by Shirley Sterling about her experiences at a Canadian residential school
- Review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
Unlearning unconscious biases is not an easy task — but it is not meant to be. We are committed to continuing this work each and every day.
March 23, 2021
Racism, hatred, and discrimination must not be tolerated. We stand in solidarity with the Asian community and condemn the revolting acts of violence and xenophobia that are occurring around the globe. This bigotry extends beyond what we’ve seen in the United States as hate crimes against Asian communities in Canada rose to heights not seen in years.
We at Apply Digital are not experts in battling hate, but we are working diligently toward becoming an anti-racist organization. We will be spending time this year on learning, growing, and undoing implicit biases. We know that diversity is a strength.
We also know there is always more work to be done. Below is a list of resources and organizations that need our support now.
June 11, 2020
From George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet to the millions of black lives ended much too soon, we want to make it clear that we firmly believe that Black Lives Matter.
We’ve stayed silent as we’ve listened, absorbed, and reflected inwards on the events and protests that have defined the global reaction to Mr. Floyd’s death. Now we’re ready to take this reflection and transform it into social impact and internal initiatives that support and stand for equality and justice.
We want to unequivocally state that whether it’s in Canada, the USA, or anywhere else we work, Apply Digital has no tolerance for racism, prejudice, marginalization, or repression. To amplify this belief, we are currently taking two more steps to protect, support, and promote BIPOC in our communities:
- We are expanding our social impact work and are actively researching equality-focused organizations to help in Vancouver, Toronto, NYC, and LA, both financially and with labour.
- We are recruiting a recognized third party to audit our internal policies and assist us in reforming them from ‘not racist’ to ‘anti-racist’.
Along with the above steps we will keep on working on improving ourselves and finding ways to have a positive impact in our communities.