Private property is a major ongoing impact on indigenous rights, especially in urban areas. Would you feed your family shellfish harvested from a beach in Vancouver or Victoria? Government may be working on reconciliation, but they won’t touch private property. So what happens when government has already transferred big chunks of Indigenous land (or thousands of little chunks) to private property owners without Indigenous consent?
It’s a colonial mess that needs attention and we think some of that work needs to come from the grass roots.
As property owners, we are rolling up our sleeves along with several Indigenous governments in BC and aim to launch Reciprocity Payments soon. Log in, type in your home address, and find a simple, direct, and fun way to help decolonize the culture of home and change what it means to own property on Indigenous land.
What we are aiming for is a house-by-house 21st-century DIY reboot of the mutual recognition, respect and sharing (that would be reciprocity) talked about in the historic treaties. We think that same spirit and intent can directly connect us as private property owners with the Indigenous governments on who’s land we live, play and work. Think of it as territorial recognition made real – with tools and ongoing connections that help us decolonize our collective backyards.