I, Candice Roberts and Candy Bones Theatre stand in solidarity with BIPOC and The BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement.
I acknowledge my play, work and rest happens on traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. I acknowledge that much harm has come to Black, Indigenous and people of colour through the colonization of this land.
In unpacking my own white privilege I am sitting with the enormity of the consequences of generations of unearned privileges.
I am committed to learning the truth about our history of colonization and the systems created that perpetuate racism and white supremacy. This is so that I can make clear actions that support the dismantling of these systems of violence and oppression. This is a powerful time in history, and our actions have impact for creating real change.
THIS IS A LIFE LONG COMMITMENT. I will make mistakes but I will continue to check myself and make adjustments as I learn.
I am humbled in gratitude by the important work and emotional labour the BIPOC community is doing (and has been doing for YEARS) to bring social justice to the forefront. These are the cultures who have enriched my life with their presence, with their stories, their music, their art and their people.
What actions am I taking now?
- working through this growing anti-racism reading list
- open dialogue in my communities about white privilege
- prioritizing collaboration with BIPOC identifying artists
- STRATEGICALLY souring out world news (NOT facebook) I like DEMOCRACY NOW (I’m sure there are more out there, please let me know what sources you trust)
- reading/watching/listening to BIPOC artists
- researching #DEFUNDTHEPOLICE
- To be continued
In love and solidarity,
“Unexpected Theatre for the Bold.”
Candice Roberts is a Canadian comedy artist.
Her original works encompass physical theatre, music and clown to investigate the humour and heartbreak of our social and human conditions.
She is an avid researcher of CREATIVITY, and the connections between self expression, mental health and community.
Candice presently tours internationally with her award winning solo show; LARRY, a “daring, provocative and hilarious” gender-bending feminist comedy.
She is the artistic director of CANDY BONES THEATRE which devises and tours innovative, immersive and original theatre for young audiences. Watch out for IDEAS BOBERT, a ridiculous family comedy in the likes of Charlie Chaplin and MAKE A MISTAKE, a brand new CCA supported collaboration with Nayana Fielkov about the ART OF FAILURE!