Dec 1st: Protect The Land feast

Protect The Land: IPSMO’s Fundraiser Dinner
Benefit dinner and concert
Dinner will be served at 7pm
Colour poster Poster #2

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Monday, December 1st at 7:00pm
Music will begin at 8:00pm
Green Door Restaurant (198 Main St.)
Dinner will be served at 7pm
Tickets: $0-50
No one turned away
More information: ipsmo@riseup.net
https://ipsmo.wordpress.com/

Speaker: Mireille Lapointe,
Co-chief of the Ardoch Alqonquin

Bands:

Use Every Part of the Deer
Tyler Shepherd w/ AND 245
The Rough Sea
Musk Ox
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The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and Allies (AAFNA) is a confederation of Algonquin families who have lived in the Ottawa’ River watershed since time immemorial and who are currently situated in the area described by the Mississippi, Madawaska, Rideau, and Tay watersheds.

The Ardoch Algonquin “are committed to finding peaceful ways to resolve the underlying factors that led to the issuance of mineral claims within [their] homeland. This approach includes educating the public and ourselves on the danger that uranium represents to human and animal health and ecological stability, as well as providing information on Algonquin law, relationships with the land, and responsibilities within our homeland.

[They] have also pursued legal and political solutions, as well as direct action, to bring attention to the issue and the ways in which the Government of Ontario promotes the mining industry over human rights and the environment.”

From: http://www.uraniumdefense.ca/

More information: http://www.aafna.ca

The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement of Ottawa 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.

More information: https://ipsmo.wordpress.com/

IPSMO presents public eduction

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

For Immediate Release

Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement-Ottawa (IPSMO) Presents Public Education, Ottawa, Ontario

Saturday, November 1, 2008, 3:30PM: IPSMO members will build public awareness; gathering at War Memorial to demand that CN Rail drop racist charges against Mohawk activists.

As part of long-standing struggles for land and self-determination – including unresolved land claims, poverty, suicides and polluted water – – members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk community have organized to defend their territory. In particular, several actions, including blockades, have taken place to expedite the slow negotiation process over the Culbertson Tract, a piece of land the government has long acknowledged was taken illegally from the Mohawks. A quarry on the land was reclaimed in March 2007, and Mohawks have maintained a full-time presence on-site ever since.

Due to their actions in defence of their land, several members of the Tyendinaga community have been charged with serious offences, and forbidden from participating in protests. Instead of acknowledging the just claims of the Tyendinaga Mohawks, the government and police permitted the development of the mine on land to which they are not legally entitled and then criminalize the community when it asserts its ownership.

CN is currently suing three activists from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – Shawn Brant, Jason Maracle and Tara Green — for over $100 million. Given the financial strength of the individuals and community, it would be impossible to pay this sum of money. The lawsuit does not seek justice or foreseeable financial gain, rather it intimidates and marginalizes indigenous organizers to keep them from reacting to the injustices which occur when their title to the land is not recognized. Those who are active in the legitimate defence of their land and livelihood face criminalization as the broader issues remain unaddressed. By bringing public attention to the ludicrous lawsuit, we hope to pressure CN into dropping all charges against the activists, recognizing that the Mohawks have title to the land.

In solidarity with actions in Tyendinaga and Montreal, we are demanding that CN drop their racist lawsuit.

General inquiries may be sent to ipsmo@riseup.net

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