PortFringe is based in Portland, Maine, which was settled on the traditional unceded territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy. Wherever you’re tuning in from, you are also on stolen land, and we implore you to learn more about who that land originally belonged to at https://native-land.ca
We recognize and honor the Tribes who comprise the Wabanaki Confederacy—including the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Micmac peoples—who have stewarded and continue to steward this land throughout the generations. We affirm the inherent sovereignty of these Tribes in this territory. We support their efforts for land and water protection and restoration, and for cultural healing and recovery. We remember the members of the Tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy whose lives and land were taken through genocidal strategies of colonial settlement of this land.
We pay respect to elders both past and present, and we commit to the ongoing work of decolonization in Maine and beyond. It is not enough to simply say these words: we must take direct action as well.
PortFringe is committed to undertaking the work to undo systemic oppression and racism, and question how we are beneficiaries of systems that have excluded people for centuries. We invite you to join us in this work.