Ottawa’s First Decolonial Thanksgiving Dinner:
community feast and celebration of indigenous struggle for land, survival and sovereignty
* Marylynn Poucachiche – Barriere Lake
Algonquin community activist
* Beverly Pyke – Akwesasne People’s Fire
* and more TBA
Sunday November 8
Bethel Field House ( 166 Frank St.)
* located in the park behind the Second Cup, at Elgin & Gladstone
anti-colonial struggle for land, survival and sovereignty
You’re invited to the first annual Decolonial Thanksgiving Dinner in Ottawa.. The DCT dinner is an autumn celebration bringing together indigenous and settler communities involved in land defense, urban indigenous people involved in diverse daily struggles for justice, and anyone else interested in learning from and supporting these diverse struggles.
In the past year, indigenous communities across Turtle Island have stood up against illegal developments, government repression and for indigenous sovereignty in their territories. There have been blockades in Akwesasne, Tyendinaga, Barriere Lake, and Six Nations. New developments have been reclaimed by Six Nations. There have been restorative justice programs across Turtle Island. On the west coast, an indigenous resistance network has been mobilizing resistance to the 2010 Olympics. Families and communities of missing and murdered aboriginal women are working to find their stolen sisters, and engage indigenous and settler communities to end the epidemic of violence against indigenous women.
Across Canada the tension is mounting as the aspirations of anti-colonial peoples and colonial culture collide. In Akwesasne, the Canadian Border Services Agency is attempting to re-install the border crossing, and to arm the notoriously racist border guards. In an attempt to stifle ongoing direct actions for land rights in Tyendinaga, the OPP is attempting to bring in a contentious police station to the territory, in an attempt to stifle ongoing struggle for land rights. In Barriere Lake, there has been a renewal of clearcut logging, and the Quebec government has handed out illegal timber concessions on unceded land, in violation of the 1991 Trilateral agreement. The 2010 Winter Olympics are set to start in February on stolen native land, and the Olympic torch is coming through every large native and non-native community from coast to coast.
The dinner will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share if you are able to. Food will also be provided, with both traditional indigenous foods and vegan fare being available.
Bethel Field House is a wheelchair accessible space, and the space will be child-friendly.