August 19, 2013
Show Up, Shout Out and Shut Down the Tar Sands!
Demonstration and Festivities
(Somerset and Lyon)
Saturday, August 24, 2:00pm
Bring your banners, pots, pans, drums and whatever!
Organized by DecLine 9 Ottawa
This is not a permitted march
Free Food and Drinks
There will be music and drumming
Ben Powless (Mohawk), Ecology Ottawa
Vanessa Gray (Ojibway), Anti-Line 9 Organizer
On August 24th, land defenders, activists and allies are putting their bodies on the line by blockading Alberta’s Highway 63, which is the MAIN ARTERY that services the tar sands production sites north of Fort McMurray! They have made a call for an international day of action against the tar sands, and Decline 9 Ottawa is organizing a protest in solidarity with the blockaders.
It is essential to support the people who will be on Highway 63 this day, both to honour their actions and to let the authorities know that people across Turtle Island, and around the world will be watching
We are everywhere! We want to build a world where everyone fits!
We want to celebrate all of the creative, beautiful and loving ways Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have been protecting Mother Earth, waters, animals and future generations. We will be coming together as a community, to show our solidarity with the protestors, and our commitment to building a better world together. We want a movement that is stronger in numbers, less apathetic, and more empathetic with each other and with the natural world.
YouTube, “Shut Down the Tar Sands Highway”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGTQ2gI3pMk (Preview) (Preview)
Vancouver Media Co-operative, “Shut Down the Tar Sands Highway:
Highway 63 is the main artery that services the Tar Sands production sites north of Fort McMurray. The Tar Sands are one of the most, if not THE most, environmentally destructive projects that exists today.
The Tar Sands exist due to the historic and ongoing colonization of Turtle Island (North America) and the Treaties made between the Canadian Government and Indigenous Nations. The Canadian government has never honoured the spirit in which the treaties were made, and in practice has unilaterally violated virtually all the agreements which it made.
We are all downstream from the tar sands, whether that’s literally or through exposures to the many pipelines that are being built to service tar sands industry. We are all effected: worker’s are forced
to work in dangerous and toxic environments; migrants workers are denied citizenship rights, super-exploited, segregated from and paid less than Canadian citizens, and often experience racism; women and women workers have said that they frequently experience physical and sexual violence; women who live close to the industries and refineries are subjected to dangerous toxins that damage their reproductive systems, and have more risks of miscarriage; children are born with birth defects, and have much higher instances of serious physical health issues; both children and adults in affected communities experience grave physical and mental health issues, including cancers, post traumatic stress, developmental disabilities; animals are disappearing, as more and more are being killed or chased away from their natural habitats.
It is important to remember that the ecological degradation wrought by the tar sands happens everyday, and that the scale of the destruction is so great, and with such dire impacts for everyone, especially the environment and directly effected communities, but also in terms of climate change and global warming, that the Tar Sands need to be a political priority for every person, and movement in Canada.
The movement against tar sands is at a critical juncture. Currently the expansion of the tar sands is being significantly impeded by the fierce resistance that pipelines have attracted continentwide. The industry’s difficulties in moving their product West and South has led to Enbridge’s Line 9 Reversal project and TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Project, both of which cut through Ontario & Quebec on their way to the East coast. The time has come for people in our region to come together, declaring that we will not be complicit in the exploitation of Mother Earth and that we do not want these pipelines carrying Tar Sands oil running through our communities.
This event has been endorsed by:
The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO)
For more information on:
Indigenous People: http://canadiandimension.com/articles/1760
July 24, 2013
What: Film Screening of Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change
Where: Wednesday, August 14, 7PM
Where: 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor (Octopus Books in Centretown)
—- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/162833223900286/
Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.
Join the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO), Cinema Politica, and Octopus Books for a screening and discussion of “Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change). A member of IPSMO will facilitate a discussion after the film.
This event is “Pay What You Can (Nobody is turned away)”
More about the movie:
The impact of climate change in Canada is discussed by those at its front lines. In this historic documentary by the legendary Isuma Productions, Inuit people speak first-hand about how their landscape is changing, how the sky has turned colour and if the polar bear really is endangered. Their insight – borne from centuries of shared knowledge – reveals a deep intimacy with their environment and convincingly challenges mainstream media accounts of climate change. Unsettling accounts of new flora, thawing permafrost and dwindling ice point directly to the truth that climate change has become a human rights issue for many Indigenous people.
More about IPSMO:
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.
IPSMO website: http://www.ipsmo.org
Octopus Books website: http://octopusbooks.ca/
Cinema Politica website: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/inuit-knowledge-and-climate-change
July 17, 2013
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival – http://asinabkafestival.org – is bringing powerful and thought-provoking art and film to Ottawa for another summer. The Festival, to be held July 24-28, provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to tell their own stories and showcase their rich and vibrant culture in the National Capital Region.
This year, the Festival will feature a wide array of programming, including a series of films that examine deep spiritual connections to the land and the important role that women play in Aboriginal communities. The Festival will also focus on human rights and sovereignty issues raised by the Idle No More movement.
The Festival will revolve around strong programming with over 10 film screenings, including a delicious pre-festival “Dinner And A Movie” night at Mitla Café, an outdoor opening and film screening on Victoria Island, film programs at the National Gallery of Canada and Club SAW, and a “Gallery Crawl” with curated art exhibitions at Gallery 101 and Fall Down Gallery.
Highlights of the Festival include:
• A screening of the documentary “The People of the Kattawapiskak River” that exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario. Director Alanis Obomsawin will be in attendance and participate in a Q & A session led by Journalist Waubgeshig Rice.
• An opening night outdoor screening on Victoria Island, showing the critically acclaimed film “The Lesser Blessed” by Director Anita Doron and award winning Writer/Producer Richard Van Camp.
• A “Gallery Crawl” event including the opening of two person art exhibition “In-Digital” at Gallery 101 with the artists Jason Baerg and Christian Chapman in attendance, followed by a “Misko (Red) Party” at Fall Down Gallery with artwork by local and emerging artists, and an evening of multi-disciplinary performance with spoken word, live painting, experimental video-art, and live music.
• A “Dinner & A Movie” Night at Mitla Café (July 18 & 19), serving authentic Oaxacan Cuisine prepared by Chef Ana, and screening Director Roberto Olivares Ruiz’s film “Silvestre Pantaleón”.
• A weeklong video production program called “Video Works”, facilitated by Indigenous Culture & Media Innovations (ICMI), and held at the SAW Video Media Art Centre. Work produced during the program will be screened on the final night of the Festival.
• A “Late Night” film program at Club SAW titled “Fabulous Fantasies”, screening 8 short films that are quirky, humorous, dystopian, futuristic, queer, and fabulous.
“This event promises to be an excellent venue for advancing works from emerging and established Indigenous artists, both nationally and internationally,” stated Asinabka Co-Directors Howard Adler and Chris Wong. “Such a festival also has the potential to help Canadians better understand the realities of Indigenous peoples lives and experiences.”
This year’s Asinabka Film & Media Art Festival will feature more free programming then ever before. A large proportion of the Festival’s programming will be offered free of charge, including three film programs in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada and its “Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art exhibition”. As a result, the Festival will highlight Indigenous films not only from Canada, but also from Brazil, Russia, Australia, and the United States.
For more information about the Festival, please go to: http://asinabkafestival.org
For more information about the Festival, please contact Howard Adler at asinabkafestival at gmail.com or 613.889.9559
The Asinabka Film & Media Art Festival would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, as well as funding support from the City of Ottawa. We also thank our Festival Partners, the National Gallery of Canada, Saw Video, Gallery 101, Saw Gallery, ICMI, Wapikoni Mobile, Fall Down Gallery and Aboriginal Experiences.
July 7, 2013
Greetings / ahneen / kwey kwey,
Today we are sending out information about three fundraising campaigns.
We hope you will take a look at them, and consider seeing if you can
support, and also if you can spread the word, to help these worthwhile
Book: Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations v2
Film: The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation documentary
Website magazine: Intercontinental Cry – People Land Truth 2013
… more info on each follows:
Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations vol2 book
We are seeking funds to print 800 copies of this book in preparation for a
multi-city launch of this anthology for an Autumn 2013 release which
includes Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa and
Manistee. These launches will reach more people to whom we also would like
to share the wealth of knowledge and inspiration this book offers to
empower all peoples to tell and share their stories.
When the Honouring Indigenous Women campaign was launched in 2011, many
Indigenous women praised this initiative as it was creating a place for
Indigenous women’s voices while offering a complimentary space to allies
and alliances. Indigenous women recognized the importance of this space as
their voices were not marginalized or on the peripheral. As we have
learned, the mainstream media often reinforces stereotypes and patriarchal
thinking towards Indigenous women in their stories, and often does not
portray the whole picture.
This anthology is a re-presentation of Indigenous women by Indigenous
women by sharing lived experiences, realities and offering unique
perspectives of each contributors’ worldview.
It is a celebration and a practice of freedom for both its creators and
The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation documentary film
Q&A with Filmmaker, Colleen Cardinal
Q. Why did you embark on this project?
A. There needs to be an awakening in Canada to the realities of Indigenous
peoples—especially us telling our own stories to raise awareness, educate
and support our own healing journeys. My lived experiences include being
caught up in a deliberate attempt at cultural genocide—death by social
policy. When I first learned there were thousands of adoptees that went
through similar experiences of cultural loss, loneliness and abuse as I
did, I wanted to support them and make sure their stories were validated
We will share what it was like to grow up in non-Indigenous families,
without their culture, language, lands, identity and relations. This
deliberate attempt at assimilation of Indigenous people in Canada and
enforced federal policy through Children’s Services or Children’s Aid
Societies left the survivors feeling disconnected from themselves and
their people. Robert Commanda will also lend his voice and insights about
a class action lawsuit against the Ontario provincial government that he
has been fighting in the courts for the past four years. The documentary
will also include my son Sage Hele, who will speak about how
inter-generational trauma, abuse and discrimination shaped his own life. I
am grateful to those involved with this project for their resilience,
passion and openness to sharing their stories and healing journeys.
Q: Why is this documentary so important NOW?
A: I feel this is important because of the growing need for understanding,
awareness and education for mainstream Canadian audiences. The Idle No
More movement and the resurgence of Indigenous culture and awareness has
Indigenous people asking questions and awakening their need to reclaim
their identity. I also feel this documentary needs to be shared so that
other 60′s Scoop survivors know they are not alone.
Fund it: http://igg.me/p/456883
Film website: http://ahiddengeneration.wordpress.com
Videos of speakers from trailer launch / community gathering:
People Land Truth 2013 – Intercontinental Cry magazine
Intercontinental Cry (IC) Magazine needs your help. As an independent,
volunteer-run magazine, we are proudly funded by our readers; however, we
are currently facing some financial difficulties that threatens the
continuation of our work, including the publication of our 9th anniversary
magazine, PEOPLE LAND TRUTH 2013
Now in its 9th year online, Intercontinental Cry (IC) is one of the only
grassroots online publications dedicated to the world’s Indigenous
Peoples. So far we’ve written stories for 497 Indigenous Nations in 190
countries; authored 74 monthly reports and highlighted more than 400
outstanding videos and films. What’s more, we’ve done it all for free.
In an effort to highlight some of our work, we decided last June to bring
the best of IC to paper with an anniversary magazine called PEOPLE LAND
TRUTH (PLT). In the spirit of sharing, we made an eBook version that was
free to the public; the print version, meanwhile, was available for a
modest donation. We did the same thing six months later with INDIGENOUS
STRUGGLES 2012: DISPATCHES FROM THE FOURTH WORLD, our first annual
briefing on the global indigenous movement.
June 27, 2013
From Covenant Chain Link III – “A different Canada… begins with respect, relationships and openness to change” – October 19-20, 2012; Bronson Centre, Ottawa
Keynote speaker: Francine Lemay, sister of Corporal Marcel Lemay, the police officer killed during the 1991 standoff at Oka
(48 minutes, bilingual)
Please go to http://bit.ly/covenantchainlink
for more info about upcoming editions of Covenant Chain Link
– COVENANT CHAIN LINK IV: Oct 18-19, 2013
at Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Des Pères Blancs, Ottawa, ON
“Learn about Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives on education – join us for panel discussions, workshops, displays, resources, networking opportunities, and more!!!”
Covenant Chain Link is sponsored by KAIROS Canada
And co-sponsored by:
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Presbyterian Church in Canada
Project of Heart
The Anglican Church of Canada
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada;
United Church of Canada
May 29, 2013
Monday June 3, 7:00-9:30pm
Mac Hall, Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave. Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, ON K1R 6H4
Tears 4 Justice presents a screening of the documentary Highway of Tears to raise awareness of the missing and murdered women and children in Canada and to fundraise for the upcoming Tears 4 Justice walk across Canada from Membertou, Sydney, Nova Scotia to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Come out and support an important initiative!
This event has been made possible with the help and support of:
- Craig Benjamin of Amnesty International
- Katie Quinn of Kairos
- Sharmeen O’Baid Film maker of Highway of Tears
- Aaron Benson
- Elaine & Theland Kiclnosway
Performers will be:
- Aaron Benson and his song for Stolen Sistas
- Theland Kicknosway Blanket & Hoop dance
AFN to have a 50/50
and a raffle for donated items
May 22, 2013
Join us for the official trailer launch of The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation. This film, by Ottawa-based Colleen Cardinal, will share the stories of the survivors of a period of Canadian child welfare policy during which an estimated 16,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and adopted into non-Indigenous homes: the Sixties Scoop.
Following the trailer screening and launch of the online Indiegogo campaign we will be hosting a panel discussion with Sixties Scoop survivors Angela Ashewasegai, Neal Shannacappo, & Elaine Kicknosoway who will discuss the importance of speaking out about the Sixties Scoop and the inter-generational trauma it has caused Indigenous people.
The panel discussion will also feature guests:
- Robert Commanda (tentative) a plaintiff in the historical class action lawsuit against the Ontario government on behalf of Sixties Scoop survivors.
- Families of Sisters in Spirit is dedicated to raising awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in and impacts of historical colonial violence.
- Joanne Dellaire -She currently sits as the Elder on Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council, works with various Aboriginal agencies in Toronto and the National Capital region and is a visiting Elder at Kumik and the Dodem Kanonsha. Joanne has made extraordinary contributions in the areas of counselling, advising and educating on Aboriginal concerns and empowering and capacity building within the Aboriginal community and non-Aboriginal community at large. She has dedicated her career to serving the Aboriginal community and advocating for change in terms of broader societal relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Performance of spoken word by Neal Shannacappo, Vera Wabegijig & Angela Ashewasegai
Friday, June 14
Location: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave
Doors Open and Light Refreshments: 6:30PM
This event is Accessible
This event is open to all, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.
The event is being put on and supported by KAIROS
For more information about this documentary, check out the blog
Like the documentary FB page!
and here is the FB event page for June 14
Welcome to the 16th Annual Noongam Traditional Powwow
June 14, 15, 16, 2013
Queen Juliana Park, nearby Dow’s Lake
Carling Ave & Preston (Prince of Wales Drive)
Come and enjoy the weekend with us!
Drummers, Dancers, Spectators, Adults, Children, Seniors
Free Admission – Donations welcome at the gate – Free Parking
Friday June 14
3:00 p.m. – Gates Open
6:00 p.m. Warm Up
11:00 p.m. Powwow conclude for the night
Saturday June 15
9:00 a.m. Gates Open
12:00 p.m. Grand Entry
5:00 p.m. Community Feast
6:00 p.m.Grand Entry
11:00 p.m. Powwow concludes for the night
Sunday June 16
9:00 a.m. Gates Open
12:00 p.m. Grand Entry
5:00 p.m. Community Giveaway
5:30 p.m. Closing
6:00 p.m. Lunch
Have a safe and happy journey on the powwow trail
Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dishes (Saturday) and come early. Come journey with us. All visitors and participants welcome.
We look forward to meeting you!
Native Arts/Crafts and Food Concessions
Volunteers Needed – Food Donations Needed – Giveaway items Needed
OC Transpo Bus Service: 85, 3
This is a family-oriented event, NO alcohol, NO Drugs, NO Pets
For more information:
Web address: www.noongam.50megs.com/photo4.html