Cat Schick is a Settler artist living in Calgary, Alberta. Her mediums are photography, public intervention and action, installation and fiber.
I acknowledge and am grateful to be on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai and Piikani) Nations, the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Iyaxe Nakoda (Wesley, Bearspaw, and Chiniki Nations), who are all signatories of Treaty 7. I recognize the Blackfeet Nation south of the colonial border as well. I acknowledge the status and non status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people and all the beings who live here on Turtle Island, including the land, the water, the air, the trees, the animals and so on.
I also acknowledge all the residential school survivors, victims, and their families from schools in this area. Treaty 7 was a broken promise from the beginning and as Settlers, we must recognize this and work towards building relationships and acting like treaty people. I am a Settler of British and German descent whose paternal ancestors profited from land annexation from a Treaty 4 nation in Sask and work towards repairing the harm colonization has done. I recognize the privilege that being a white settler has afforded me and that I am not an expert on being an Indigenous accomplice.