Cold Tea Collective is committed to our role as allies for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). An integral component of this is acknowledging the important relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and our role as settlers of colour who occupy their territories, and working to decolonize the colonialist narrative through our content.
We live and work on occupied, unceded, and ancestral territories including Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).
Acknowledging the land that we occupy is one step. We also need to recognize our own complicit role in the genocidal displacement of Indigenous Peoples. Our presence as settlers of colour is a result of colonialism, which continues to have devastating impacts for Indigenous Peoples through centuries of genocide and repression.
As a storytelling platform for North American Asians, we lend a voice to our own community. We are committed to strengthening our relationships with other BIPOC by working together to deconstruct the process of colonial ideologies and practices. We cannot truly achieve this without recognizing our own responsibility in amplifying Indigenous voices.
Our commitment to this work is ongoing. We are not experts, but our important role as a multimedia platform translates to a collective responsibility for our entire team: leading quality conversations through the inclusion of culturally diverse and equitable voices.
*Cold Tea Collective is based in Vancouver, Canada. For this reason, we recognize the ancestral lands that we occupy in this area.