Wed Oct 28
- 5:00pm – Ellen Gabriel will speak
- followed by the film, Kahnesatake: 270 Years of Resistance
- approx 7:30 – speakers on Beaver Lake Cree Nation and the Tar Sands: Garry Benson and Jack Woodward
at St. Joseph’s Church, 151 Laurier Ave E. (at Cumberland) [Hall entrance at 174 Wilbrod St]
- Ellen Gabriel of Kahnesatake Nation has traveled across Canada, the Hague in Holland as well as to Strasbourg, France in 1990 to address the European Parliament on the human rights violations that occurred during the “Oka Crisis”. She also traveled to Japan to educate people about the events in her community during 1990 and to sensitize the public on the history, culture and identity of Aboriginal people. Ellen believes that education is one of the key factors for Aboriginal people to overcome oppression and the effects of colonization while still maintaining our languages, cultures and traditions. In October of 2004, Ellen was elected president of Quebec Native Women Inc. It is a position she is honored to uphold given the legacy of strong, intelligent Aboriginal women whose tenacity brought about changes to the Indian Act in the form of Bill C-31.
- Garry Benson of Kelowna is a member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation and a senior partner with Benson Salloum Watts LLP, where he represents financial institutions, Aboriginal organizations and development projects. He has participated in negotiations involving Aboriginal people at the local, provincial and national level. He served as principal negotiator for the Metis Nation British Columbia and lead counsel for the Beaver Lake Cree Nation.
- Jack Woodward is one of Canada’s pre-eminent practitioners of Aboriginal Law. Jack has been practicing law since 1979, and literally wrote the book on Aboriginal law: Native Law, Canada’s leading text on the subject. Jack has a significant track record: he stopped clear cut logging on Meares Island in the mid-1980s, and won the first Aboriginal title claim in British Columbia since the Delgamuukw ruling. Now, following on the heels of the Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia victory, Jack has embarked on another monumental challenge. This time he is determined to help stop the ecologically disastrous expansion of the tar sands.