Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa – www.ipsmo.org

October 6, 2014

URGENT ACTION: Contact Ottawa City Council, Mayor, Domtar before October 8 rezoning decision on Chaudiere Islands

 

CALL TO ACTION FOLLOWS MAIN MESSAGE:

The Planning Committee hearing from one of the many people who spoke in opposition to the rezoning plans.

The Planning Committee hearing from one of the many people who spoke in opposition to the rezoning plans.

On Wednesday October 8th (meeting starts at 10:00am), Ottawa City Council will make their final decision on the rezoning application for Chaudiere and Albert Islands, giving the go ahead for condos, retail and office space to be built there by Windmill Development Group.

This follows the City Planning Committee meeting of October 2nd, where they heard from citizens who were overwhelmingly opposed to such a decision, who spoke of the sacredness of this to the Algonquin and other Anishinaabe peoples, and in support of Grandfather William Commanda’s vision for these islands, yet the committee unanimously went ahead and recommended the rezoning.

There will be no public input at Wednesday’s full council meeting, but you can contact your city councilor as well as the mayor in the lead-up to the meeting to voice your concerns.

As well, you can contact Domtar, who currently holds the land in question, and urge them facilitate its return to ensure the manifestation of the legacy vision of its rightful heir, late Alqonquin spiritual elder and leader Grandfather William Commanda.

The islands in question are envisioned to be public space, turned into parkland accessible to all, fitting with the sacred nature of the Chaudiere Falls / Asinabka site. This is part of William Commanda’s larger vision for the Chaudiere Falls and all the islands there.

Please consider voicing your support for Grandfather William Commanda’s vision, both to Ottawa City Council and to Domtar.

We note the historic and ongoing sacredness of this site for the Algonquin people, and all Anishinaabe peoples. It has been used for thousands of years as a place of prayer, and of coming together of peoples from many parts of this continent.

Now that the industry that has been built upon this site over the past 200 years is finished, why not return the site to its traditional spiritual use, honouring the ways of the First Peoples of this land?

Instead they are looking to give the go-ahead to private and commercial development at this site – is this truly the best way forward?

 
FOUR URGENT ACTIONS:

  • 2) Contact Domtar (President & CEO, Mr John D. Williams): information@domtar.com
  • 3) Public Consultation / workshop / site visit
    Tuesday October 7, between 4:30-8:00pm – click here for full details
    *Note: This is for other islands at Chaudiere Falls, not the two immediately under consideration for rezoning
  • 4) Invite your friends to the Facebook event to spread the word. Also share / email it or this post.
  • ALSO: if you would like to attend the Ottawa City Council meeting, it takes place Wednesday October 8th, starting at 10:00am, in Andrew S Haydon Hall at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W.

 
BACKGROUND INFO / RESOURCES:

 
MEDIA COVERAGE FROM THE PLANNING COMMITTEE HEARING:

 

June 22, 2014

Regarding William Commanda’s Legacy Vision for the Sacred Chaudiere Site

June21doc-coanlogoJUNE 21, 2014 CIRCLE OF ALL NATIONS MESSAGE REGARDING WILLIAM COMMANDA’S LEGACY VISION FOR THE SACRED CHAUDIERE SITE – FROM ROMOLA V. THUMBADOO

Download the document here (25-pg pdf)

june21doc-gwcwwampumCONTENTS:

SECTION ONE – AN OPEN LETTER

  1. A Personal Preamble
  2. Open Letter on behalf of the Legacy Vision of Indigenous Spiritual Leader and Elder, Dr. William Commanda, OC, Carrier of the Sacred Wampum Belt Heritage

SECTION TWO – THE SACRED CHAUDIERE SITE AND VICTORIA ISLAND ISSUES PAPER – Key Information

  1. William Commanda – 11 November, 1913 – 3 August, 2011
  2. Sacred Cultural Heritage Site
  3. June21doc-overviewmapDevelopment of the Vision for the Sacred Chaudière Site
  4. The Sacred Chaudière Site and the vision and the commitment of three exemplary Indigenous rights leaders of international renown and relevance – William Commanda, Douglas Cardinal and Donald Marshall Junior
  5. Current Challenges
  6. A Critical Consideration – First Peoples/Canada Relations in 2014

SECTION THREE – THE LEGACY VISION FOR THE SACRED CHAUDIERE SITE

  1. Mandate
  2. The Core Vision (first presented in 2003)
  3. Critical Imperatives
  4. Expected Key Results

SECTION FOUR – AN INVITATION TO DREAM BIG TO SAFE GUARD AND ANIMATE THE LIVING LEGACY OF WILLIAM COMMANDA

  1. Blueprint for the future: William Commanda’s Legacy Vision for Asinabka in a Nutshell
  2. Recommendation/Exhortation

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Download the document here (25-pg pdf)

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September 30, 2014

URGENT: Chaudière Falls & Islands sacred site – Proposed condominium rezoning hearing, City of Ottawa

URGENT: 4pm Wed Oct 1st deadline to register to speak or submit to the City of Ottawa Planning Committee, that is meeting Thurs Oct 2nd 9:30am at City Hall to consider a rezoning proposal for two of the islands in order to allow the Windmill condominium development

Overview of planning vision for Indigenous & Peace Centres on sacred islands at Chaudiere Falls.

Overview of vision for Indigenous & Peace Centres on sacred islands at Chaudiere Falls.

Continue reading / scrolling for registration instructions & background information, along with compelling new 10-min video of renowned Aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal.

The Planning Committee will decide upon a recommendation to put forward for voting on by the full City council on Oct 8th, but there will be no opportunity for public input at the Oct 8th meeting.

Giving the go-ahead to building condominiums on these islands would detrimentally impact the ability to achieve the full vision of the late Algonquin spiritual leader Grandfather William Commanda for this religious / sacred site.

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TO REGISTER: Contact Committee Coordinator, Christopher Zwierzchowski at 613-580-2424 extension 21359, in advance of the meeting, by at least 4:00 pm on Wednesday, to register to speak to the committee (presentations of 5 minutes maximum).

Or, you can email him a written submission, by the same deadline (or possibly anytime before midnight on Wed Oct 1st), at: christopher.zwierzchowski@ottawa.ca – also cc: hieu.nguyen@ottawa.ca

OF NOTE: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted or the zoning by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Ottawa to the Ontario Municipal Board.

ALSO: Call or email your local councillor, especially if they are on the Planning Committee, to express your concern. Members of the Planning Committee are: Peter Hume, chair; Jan Harder, vice-chair; Stephen Blais; Rainer Bloess; Rick Chiarelli; Catherine Hobbs; Allan Hubley; Bob Monette; Shad Qadri; Tim Tierney. Contact information for councillors is at: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-council

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION on Grandfather William Commanda’s vision for the Sacred Chaudière Site, and on the City’s rezoning proposal:

VIDEO – Architect Douglas Cardinal explaining things (link to watch on youtube)

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August 20, 2014

Indigenous and related programming at the Peoples Social Forum

PSF logo - colours on black

The People’s Social Forum takes place this Thursday through Sunday, August 21-24. A full schedule can be found at
www.peoplessocialforum.org/program

We’ve also compiled a list of all the indigenous-related workshops and events: please see this PDF document.

Also keep reading below for the specific activities IPSMO is involved with at the PSF.

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Background – the People’s Social Forum is a movement-building gathering of progressive groups and institutions across Canada, Québec and Indigenous communities, with thousands expected to attend, and over 500 workshops and many other activites over the four days. Most of the activities are taking place at the University of Ottawa; there is also stuff going on on Sparks Street and Victoria Island. Registration is only $20-35. For more information, see their website:
www.peoplessocialforum.org

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IPSMO Workshops, Indigenous Solidarity assembly and Feast

All these events are at University of Ottawa

Thursday, Aug. 21: Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity, 9:00am Fauteux (FTX) 147 A

Friday, Aug. 22: Indigenous Solidarity For Settlers, 4:30pm Lamoureux (LMX) 121

Saturday, Aug. 23: Indigenous Solidarity Assembly, 9:00am ARTS 257

Saturday, Aug. 23: Feast, Faculty of Social Sciences, 7:30pm FSS 4007

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Thursday:

Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity
Thursday, Aug. 21
9:00am Fauteux (FTX) 147 A

This is a workshop for people who are new to the subject of decolonization and indigenous solidarity, and who want to learn more. We will be introducing some of the key issues, concepts and practices in effective and respectful solidarity organizing.

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Friday:

Indigenous Solidarity For Settlers
Friday, Aug.22
4:30pm Lamoureux (LMX) 121

This is a workshop that is intended for people who are already involved in doing Indigenous Solidarity organizing. It focuses on how colonization plays out in practice, and addresses how to do be effective and responsible allies. Finally, it also explores the issues of White Supremacy and Heteropatriarchy as tools of colonization.

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Saturday:

Indigenous Solidarity Assembly
9:00am, ARTS 257

As part of the upcoming Peoples’ Social Forum we are planning an assembly of organizations and individuals who are interested in working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to decolonize Turtle Island.

The assembly will provide an opportunity to share ideas about being an effective solidarity activist, analyse the issues, solutions and strategies, and identify joint or supportive actions. The assembly proposal is endorsed by the Forum’s Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus.

Accessibility: The assembly will be physically accessible. We will also be providing ASL or live note-taking in French and English, and simultaneous translation in French and English. Let us know if you have any other interpretation needs: ipsmo@riseup.net

The following organizations are supporting the assembly: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice for Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

AGENDA
9:00 Opening
9:30 Introduction
9:40 Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe
9:55 Leah Henderson
10:10 Clifton Nicholas, Mowhawk from Kanehsatake
10:25 Break
10:35 Small Group Discussion
11:05 2nd Small Group Discussion
11:35 Final thoughts
11:45 Closing
12pm – 12:30 Breakout group for additional planning

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Dans le cadre du prochain Forum Social des Peuples, nous organisons une assemblée des organisations et individus intéressé-e-s à travailler en solidarité avec les peuples indigènes pour la décolonisation de l’île de la Tortue.

L’assemblée sera l’occasion de partager des idées pour être efficace dans notre travail de solidarité; pour analyser les problèmes, solutions, et stratagèmes; et pour identifier des actions en soutien et en commun. La proposition de l’assemblée est approuvée par le caucus des Peuples’ d’Origine du Forum.

Accessibilité: L’Assemblé sera accessible physiquement. Nous assurer la traduction ASL ou transcription en Anglais ou Français, et traduction simultanée en Anglais at Français.

L’assemblée est soutenue par les organisations suivantes: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

Ordre du jour

9am Ouverture
9:00 Introduction
9:40 Dr. Lynn Gehl, Algonquienne Anishinaabe
9:55 Leah Henderson
10:10 Clifton Nichols, Mohawk de Kanehsatake
10:25 Pause
10:35 Discussion en groups petites
11:05 2ieme discussion en groups petites
11:35 Conclusions
11:45 Fermeture
12:00 – 12:30pm Discussion supplémentaire sur des actions prochaines

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Saturday:

Feast
Faculty of Social Sciences
7:30pm FSS 4007
Free Food!

Join us for a feast. We are organizing the feast as part of the Indigenous solidarity activities at the Peoples’ Social Forum, and it is intended for indigenous and indigenous solidarity activists, but everyone is welcome.

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August 2, 2014

Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine

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Image: Turtle Island Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine (Bird, Turtle, Feather, Plant, Buffalo, Tree)

Image by Tom Greyeyes, greyeyesart.tumblr.com

A collection of recent and not-so-recent links to statements, articles, photos/images and video.

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Statement in Solidarity with Palestine
from Families of Sisters in Spirit
http://fsis-mmiw.com/2014/07/31/statement-in-solidarity-with-palestine/

Palestine and the Onkwehonwe
By Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas
http://www.tworowtimes.com/opinions/opinion/palestine-and-the-onkwehonwe/

Diné for Sanctions Against Israel
Letter with four demands, accompanied by protest photo
https://www.facebook.com/ipsmo/photos/pb.116217665061833.-2207520000.1406952083./925950110755247

Turtle Island Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine
Image by Tom Greyeyes
https://www.facebook.com/ipsmo/photos/pb.116217665061833.-2207520000.1406952003./927805157236409/

Reply to Elizabeth May of the Green Party
from Bob Lovelace
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=797528703600479&id=222117117808310

… and less recent items:

2013 – From Turtle Island to Palestine: Lee Maracle
http://vimeo.com/80576003 (video, 19min)

2009 – Of sowing and harvests
Zapatista’s Subcomandante Marcos’ speech on Gaza
http://mywordismyweapon.blogspot.ca/2009/01/of-sowing-and-harvests-subcomandante.html

2006 – Lee Maracle letter to the AFN
http://www.cpavancouver.org/index.php/2006/01/01/lee-maracle-to-the-afn/

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July 30, 2014

Aug 23 – Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum

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Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum

Saturday August 23, 9am – Noon

As part of the upcoming Peoples’ Social Forum we are planning an assembly of organizations and individuals who are interested in working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to decolonize Turtle Island.

The assembly will provide an opportunity to share ideas about being an effective solidarity activist, analyse the issues, solutions and strategies, and identify joint or supportive actions. The assembly proposal is endorsed by the Forum’s Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus.

Join us.

Accessibility: The assembly will be physically accessible. We will also be providing ASL or live note-taking in French and English, and simultaneous translation in French and English. Let us know if you have any other interpretation needs: ipsmo@riseup.net

The following organizations are supporting the assembly: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

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List of proposed Indigenous workshops at the Peoples Social Forum: click here for PDF file

Be sure to register to participate in the PSF
(although we still invite participation in the Assembly even if you haven’t registered)

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Assemblée de convergence pour la solidarité aux peuples indigènes au Forum Social des Peuples

Samedi 23 août, 9h – Midi

Dans le cadre du prochain Forum Social des Peuples, nous organisons une assemblée des organisations et individus intéressé-e-s à travailler en solidarité avec les peuples indigènes pour la décolonisation de l’île de la Tortue.

L’assemblée sera l’occasion de partager des idées pour être efficace dans notre travail de solidarité; pour analyser les problèmes, solutions, et stratagèmes; et pour identifier des actions en soutien et en commun. La proposition de l’assemblée est approuvée par le caucus des Peuples’ d’Origine du Forum.

Joignez-vous à nous!

Accessibilité: L’Assemblé sera accessible physiquement. Nous assurer la traduction ASL ou transcription en Anglais ou Français, et traduction simultanée en Anglais at Français.

Contactez-nous si vous avez des besoins de traductions vers des autres langues : ipsmo@riseup.net

L’assemblée est soutenue par les organisations suivantes: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

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July 3, 2014

July 23 – Decolonizing Together: Indigenous Walking Tour, Solidarity Assembly & Asinabka Festival Film Screening

UPDATE:

Media from the event:

Facebook pages:

 
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decolonizingtogetherDecolonizing Together:
Indigenous Walking Tour, Solidarity Assembly &
Asinabka Festival Film Screening

- Walking Tour with Jaime Koebel
– Opening by a local Elder
– Robert Lovelace will be speaking
– Movie Screening of Rhymes For Young Ghouls with Asinabka Film Festival
* Note Director Jeff Barnaby will be in attendance for a Q & A

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Wednesday, July 23

Walking Tour Starts at 5:30pm
– meet at the Human Rights Monument, Elgin and Lisgar

Assembly begins at 7:15pm on Victoria Island

Movie starts at 8:45pm on Victoria Island

Free Food
Suggested Donation: $5 – $15
No one turned away for lack of money
Accessibility notes below

Contact Us:
asinabkafestival@gmail.com
www.asinabkafestival.org/
ipsmo@riseup.net
http://ipsmo.org

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Decolonizing Together is about listening to indigenous people, taking direction from them, sticking around in decolonizing movement, and discussing together what it means to be responsible allies to indigenous people and communities struggling for justice and decolonization.

We will start by learning from Jaime Koebel, a Metis artist and educator, about the often hidden indigenous history, art and culture in the city of Ottawa.

After we arrive at Victoria Island there will be an opening by a local Elder.

To open the solidarity assembly we will hear about the Algonquin history of the Ottawa River valley from Ardoch Algonquin elder and Queen’s University Professor, Robert Lovelace.  This will lead us into a collective discussion about what meaningful Indigenous Solidarity and Decolonization movement is, and how we can do it.

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Indigenous Walking Tour w/ Jaime Koebel: http://indigenouswalks.com/

“Indigenous Walks is an active, educational and fun way to learn about Indigenous Peoples’ experiences in Ottawa. This guided walk and talk provides a layer of knowledge of the Nation’s Capital through art, culture and history.”

Indigenous Solidarity Assembly w/ Robert Lovelace, Ardoch Algonquin Elder

We are honoured that Robert Lovelace will be with us to speak about the Algonquin history of the Ottawa valley.  The entire Ottawa river watershed is the traditional territory of the Algonquin people.  His words will begin a large group discussion on the nature of Indigenous Solidarity and Decolonization.

This small assembly is part of the lead up to the Peoples’ Social Forum happening from Aug. 21 – 24, and our plans to have an Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly during the forum.  It will involve a collective discussion about questions that are important to indigenous solidarity movement: What is Indigenous Solidarity and how do we do it effectively?  As settlers, what are our differing roles and responsibilities in decolonization movement?

Film Screening by Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
www.asinabkafestival.org

Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)
Director: Jeff Barnaby
Runtime: 88 min
Rating: 14A
Guided by the spirits of her departed mother and brother, an Aboriginal teenager plots revenge against a sadistic Indian Agent in this fiercely irreverent debut feature from Canadian director Jeff Barnaby.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feWS9simNFI&feature=kp

*Note Director Jeff Barnaby will be in attendance for a Q & A

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Accessibility Notes:

- These events are wheelchair accessible: Victoria Island is listed as BASIC ACCESSIBILITY. The main area is grass covered, and the site has an accessibility ramp. There is an accessible toilet.  If you require assistance, our volunteers can help you.
– Childcare will be available
– Contact us if you require bus tickets
– The movie has closed captioning/subtitles in English
– We are trying to secure ASL interpretation, updates about ASL to come
– Do not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented products as some people have severe allergies

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This event was co-organized by the Asinabka Film Festival and the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) and our partners: KAIROS, MiningWatch, Justice For Deepan, Independent Jewish Voices, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, and the Peoples’ Social Forum.

Our partners:

KAIROS: http://www.kairoscanada.org/
MiningWatch: http://www.miningwatch.ca/
Independent Jewish Voices: http://ijvcanada.org/
Justice For Deepan: http://www.justicefordeepan.org/
Peoples’ Social Forum: http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/
No One Is Illegal – Ottawa: http://noii-ottawa.blogspot.ca/
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Asinabka Festival, July 23 – 29

The full schedule for this week long film festival will be available soon.

Currently in our 3rd year of programming, the mandate of the Asinabka Festival is to present an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in the Nations Capital that allows independent artists – national, international, Indigenous, non-Indigenous – to share, present, and disseminate their work.

http://asinabkafestival.org

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The Solidarity Assembly and Asinabka Movie screening are happening on Victoria Island, in sight of the Chaudière falls.  The Chaudière falls are a deeply important cultural site for the Algonquin people.  They were negatively impacted by the Hydro Ring Dam that was built in 1908.  The current plans of Windmill Development Group to “develop” and gentrify the Domtar building currently on the Island is a step in the wrong direction. The Chaudière falls, like the whole Ottawa river watershed, are stolen Algonquin territory.  Both the natural beauty and the cultural significance are already marred by the Ring Dam and this will only be worsened by increased “development” on the Island.

Free The Chaudière Falls:

Before they were harnessed for industry, the Chaudière Falls were second only to Niagara, and many people considered them more interesting in their variety and setting. The main feature was the Big Kettle, where the waterfall came into almost a full circle. It’s a greater arc than Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls. Over millennia, the flow had worn the stone at the base into a great bowl. The water would swirl around and bubble up, and there would always be a mist. On a bright summer day, there would be at least one rainbow in it. Further towards the Quebec side was the Lost Chaudière, where the area was completely surrounded by stone. Much to the amazement of visitors, the water would flow in but wouldn’t come out again: It was travelling through an underground channel, reappearing further down the river.

Regarding William Commanda’s Legacy Vision for the Sacred Chaudiere Site:
http://ipsmo.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/william-commandas-vision-chaudiere/

Let the Chaudière fall – freely:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Chaudi%C3%A8re+fall+freely/9778425/story.html

Free The Falls by Albert Dumont:
http://albertdumont.com/free-the-falls/

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July 12 – Open Meeting for the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

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Open Meeting for the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

Are you interested in doing Indigenous solidarity organizing? Do you want to learn more about how to effectively oppose colonialism and to support Indigenous people, communities and nations?

If so, come out to the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa’s upcoming open meeting, and get involved!

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Open Meeting for the IPSM Ottawa

Saturday, July 12 at 2pm
Friends (Quakers) Meetinghouse, 91A Fourth Ave.

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Everyone Welcome!
Wheelchair Accessible
www.ipsmo.org
Contact us if you require ASL/LSQ, bus tickets, child care:
ipsmo@riseup.net
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Are you interested in doing Indigenous Solidarity organizing? Do you want to learn more about how to effectively oppose colonialism and to support Indigenous communities and peoples?

If so, come out to the IPSM Ottawa upcoming open meeting, and get involved!

We are currently  organizing towards an Indigenous Solidarity Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum, and will be organizing an event in collaboration with the Asinabka Film Festival (www.asinabkafestival.org) on July 23rd.

About the IPSM Ottawa

The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement of Ottawa started as a group of activists who did some solidarity organizing in support of the six nations land reclamation near Caledonia, in the summer of 2006.

Since then we have been doing Indigenous solidarity organizing in many varied ways and in support of many different people, issues, communities and nations. Some of this work includes supporting the Tyendinaga Mohawks during their occupation a quarry on their territory, supporting the Ardoch Algonquin and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations in their opposition to a uranium nine on their territory, and supporting local anti-racist organizing at Carleton University.

Most of the work that we have done in the past 6 years, however, has been in support of the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake and supporting initiatives and groups struggling for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits.

Our Basis of Unity:

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a grassroots organization that directly supports indigenous peoples in diverse struggles for justice. We also work within communities to challenge the lies and half-truths about indigenous peoples and colonization that dominate Canadian society. The organization is open to both indigenous and non-indigenous people, and focuses on local and regional campaigns.

As we act in solidarity with indigenous people, we build relationships where we can learn from indigenous cultures. By doing this, we can further decolonize ourselves, and so learn to better challenge the racist and colonial ideas that dominate Canadian society.

We provide support to actions and campaigns for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, defense of the land, environmental protection, cultural revitalization, and the honouring of treaties and agreements.

June 20, 2014

Thanks and info from June 19: Indigenous Resistance and Solidarity

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A roundup of information details and links from the June 19 event, Indigenous Resistance and Solidarity: Against Pipelines, For The Land.

See photos at this link (on IPSMO’s Facebook page)

The opening / prayer was performed by Albert Dumont, “South Wind” – his website is www.AlbertDumont.com

Our guest of honour was James Taylor, who just that morning had finished walking from Victoria to Ottawa, “Walking for the Survivors and The Family that Never Made it Home

The three profiled initiatives were:

All of the four films shown are available in full online:

There was also a presentation from Ben Powless of Ecology Ottawa on the Unist’ot’en Camp, on the Tar Sands, and on local Ottawa anti-pipeline organizing. Three related upcoming events are:

Other upcoming events

And – the partner organizations who collaborated on the event:

And special thanks to Southminster United Church for hosting the post-event social; the Indigenous ladies singing group for the songs at the Mayfair, and the OTown Boyz for the druming at the social!

June 18, 2014

The Peoples’ Social Forum in Ottawa – an invitation for Indigenous participation

After over two years of cross-Canada planning, the Peoples’ Social Forum will be taking place August 21-24 in Ottawa, based at and around University of Ottawa facilities. Organizers are expecting thousands from across the country to attend this gathering that is aimed at fostering activist involvement of individuals and civil society organizations that want to transform Canada as it exists today. The Forum is intended as a space for social movements to meet and converge, for the free expression of alternative ideas and grassroots exchanges and for artistic manifestations reflecting a diversity of demands and aspirations.

The gathering will open on August 20 with a traditional Algonquin ceremony at sunrise. August 21 and 22 will see hundreds of participant-led workshops happen simultaneously at the University of Ottawa, and a celebratory peoples’ march in the afternoon.  Saturday, August 23 will be a day of movement assemblies.  The last day there will be a final all-movements assembly and closing ceremony.   The Peoples’ Social Forum is also a joyous gathering with special exhibitions, work and peoples history tours, film screenings, critical mass rally, a pow-wow, street performances, concerts, games, and building new relationships. The Peoples’ Social Forum is a means of  stimulating debate, discussion and furthering our sense of community and collective action.

The Peoples’ Social Forum is intended to bring a diversity of peoples together and is especially focused on bridging the English / French – Quebec / rest of Canada divide, as well as centering the participation and leadership of the Original Peoples of this land.

As such, we’ve prepared this short invite and welcome tailored to local Indigenous people and communities, on how to be involved in the lead-up process to the Forum, and during the Forum itself.


In advance / preparation:

Can you see yourself doing any of the following for the forum:

Giving a workshop? Performing music or dance? Creating art to display and/or sell? Serving as a healer in the healing space? Helping with programming for the children and youth? Participation in the different assemblies? Helping outreach to other local people and groups? Talk about how you want to change the world? Screening a film? Reading from and/or selling your book(s)? Drumming at the big opening event, or at the pow wow? Organizing the pow wow? Giving a guided walk? Offering traditional teachings? Guiding people in beading or making ash baskets,  birchbark containers, or other art / cultural artifacts? Discussing Indigenous comics? Childraising? Hosting a hand games competition?

There are specific ways to propose your activity, listed below.
– If you don’t see your desired form of involvement, please use the contact info below to discuss how to sign up for what you’d like to do.


During August 21-24:

Bring yourself, bring your family, bring your friends – there will be a lot going on for everyone. Activities will be centred at the University of Ottawa, but there will be other venues as well, including Victoria Island and Sparks Street.

Stay tuned for a complete schedule, but please take a moment to register in advance: http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/register

* Note: A Solidarity Fund is set up to help support the participation of Indigenous, People of Colour, youth, elders, remote and low-income. Apply by July 31st: www.idlenomore.ca/peoples_social_forum_apply_now_for_financial_support


Overall

This guide is not an exhaustive description of everything the Peoples Social Forum has to offer. For more, please explore the website www.PeoplesSocialForum.org including the ‘FAQ’ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Contact information – for the local ‘expansion committees’ representing different locations across Canada, for the different Caucuses, and for the PSF coordinators as listed below – is all accessible at http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/contact

  • Roger Rashi: Finance and Program, Labour and Quebec, rogrash@videotron.ca or 613-236-7230 #7971
  • Darius Mirshahi: Culture and Mobilization, People of Colour and Queer, darius_mirshahi@hotmail.com or 613-236-7230 #7977
  • Ana Collins: Logistics and Mobilization, Original Peoples, Youth and Women, anapsf2014@gmail.com or 613-868-6983
  • Sakura Saunders: Communications, (dis)Ability, sakura.saunders@gmail.com


Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO)

IPSMO has put together this guide, and is committed to supporting this process of the PSF, especially involving Indigenous people and solidarity participation. To that end, we are doing some fundraising in order to support that participation – if you require financial support, please contact us (although we may have limited funds).

IPSMO will be facilitating some workshops during the Forum, as well as leading the coordination of an Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly. If you are interested in being part of that planning process, or know others who might be good, please do get in touch – you can see the initial description at http://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/indigenoussolidarity__thepsf.pdf

We can be contacted at ipsmo@riseup.net or http://www.ipsmo.org – or by phone, via OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa, at 613-230-3076.

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Native Caucus Invitation (August 18-20) – For Indigenous folks from all nations!

The Social Forum is scheduled for August 21-24 (Thurs-Sun) in Ottawa. The potential for good to come from this is tremendous, but the need for all of our Original Peoples’Caucus to meet ahead of time is more important.

This is an invitation to start our strategizing for positive solutions by meeting together before the Social Forum.

Our invitation is to meet August 18-20 (Mon-Wed) near Poltimore, Quebec, which is 30 minutes from Ottawa. Neecha Dupuis’s parents have offered their land located on 200 acres with a private lake. Bring your camping gear and tents. Remember to bring your personal items (soap, towel, etc.). Cooking can be taken care of by friends who helped with Theresa Spence’s kitchen staff. Because this is potluck, we request food donation and/or money donations.

Any further information or suggestions can be emailed to either of our contacts listed below.

This separate time will give all of us the opportunity to strategize together. Good minds coming together in our own way.

Hope to see you there.

Nya:weh,

Wes Elliot, wes.at.6@gmail.com
Neecha Dupuis, neecha@hotmail.com

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