The Transformations Project

TRANSFORMATIONS: Black Future (awkward thanksgivings)

By Natasha Adiyana Morris / Volcano

Imagining the future on a grand scale is challenging for me. So much of my identity is framed in perpetual past tense. For example, Black History Month is grounded in the enslavement of Africans, but sparsely references what existed well before Europeans arrived. Black Future (awkward thanksgivings) is the raw thought process of sifting through and seeking glimpses of what could be amid never-ending distractions.

Natasha Adiyana Morris is a Toronto based playwright and the ED of PIECE OF MINE Arts

I acknowledge a need for a collective conscience of justice, by those who systemically occupy and govern Indigenous land by means of oppression, to repent, redistribute, and relinquish colonial power. I am based in Toronto (aka Tkaronto). I respectfully acknowledge the traditional caretakers of Tkaronto, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. I primarily work in “Dish With One Spoon” territory, created by a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. I also live and work on land that was part of the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the history of which you can learn about from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation website

Commissioned by Volcano.