March 3 – Movie & Panel!!!

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The Elders said “You have to know your history. You have to know what is behind you in order to know where you are going. If you do not understand that history, you cannot ever have any vision about where it is you want to go.”

Here is an opportunity for you to learn the history of our ancestors and discuss how we can move forward! Please join us in an evening of learning and discussion with a Grandmother of Algonquin, Anishinabeg and the directors of this best documentary – The Invisible Nation, The Story of The Algonquin.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 6:30 pm
Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Free Admission
Donations are appreciated.
Everyone is Welcome!

** Coffee and snacks will be served.  Please bring your own cups!!!

Presented by Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa

We are honoured to have Dr. William Commanda, respected 95-year old Algonquin Elder, and Founder of Circle of All Nations, to conduct an opening ceremony for us on this evening!

Film: The Invisible Nation
The Story of The Algonquin – the winner of the 2008 Jutra for Best Documentary, directed by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie


* Claudette Commanda
Algonquin, Anishinabeg, National Coordinator of First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centre

* Richard Desjardins
Director – The Invisible Nation

* Robert Monderie
Director – The Invisible Nation

The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied. This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Gradually, their Aboriginal traditions were undermined and their natural resources plundered. Today, barely 9,000 Algonquin are left. They live in about 10 communities, often enduring abject poverty and human rights abuses. –

Watch the trailer –

“A fascinating documentary exposing a truth we’d rather not know.” – Marc-André Lussier, La Presse
“Shocking but essential.” – Michel Defoy, Voir
“The images speak and the words punch […] a very moving film.” – Brigitte McCann, Le Journal de Montréal

“Colonialism is not just the theft of territory, and populating it with new settlers and their way of life.  It also involves the destruction of the social, political and economic institutions of the original inhabitants.” – From Hoping Against Hope? The Struggle Against Colonialism in Canada