Climate change, political unrest, racial injustice; these are our inheritances and our responsibilities. In this piece, I ask the questions of myself and my peers: What does it take to be a future ancestor? How do we find answers in our questions, and what do we need to do in this very moment to protect generations who have yet to be born?
“Future Ancestors was created in The Regional Municipality of York, which is situated in the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations. To speak of ancestors without acknowledging the original ancestors of this land would be impossible. To speak of future ancestors without acknowledging the very present and ongoing struggles for Indigenous sovereignty would be impossible. To speak of Indigenous sovereignty without acknowledging the fact that I'm here because of the genocide, systemic oppression and displacement of Indigenous peoples would be impossible. What is possible is this: I will continue to hold gratitude, reverence and deep respect to be on this land, and the responsibility that comes with being here”. – Sheniz Janmohamed
Commissioned by Theatre Direct .