Indigenous Sovereignty Week

Oct 27 – Nov 4, 2010 – Ottawa / unceded Algonquin Territory

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This is the 2nd annual Indigenous Sovereignty Week, a cross-Canada event intended to solidify relationships among and with Indigenous Peoples. We will hold a number of events in Ottawa on unsurrendered Algonquin territory. These events will localize our struggles, deepen our understanding, address issues and help us to strategize with unified strength and vision.

Please come join us and explore ways in working together to resolve our colonial history and work for a feasible world for our future generations.

Contact:, 613-656-5498,

See bottom of this page for list of ISW organizing partners and sponsors.

Also, please help us promote ISW in Ottawa:

Print off and hand out flyers (1/4pg, doublesided)
– Print off and display:  colour poster ~ b&w poster (yellow prints white)
– Send the ISW press release to media
– Share the link with your friends/networks (or use this callout to send an email)
– If you use Twitter, please use the #iswottawa hashtag to update people on the events (click here to see all #iswottawa tweets)

~~~~ More info follows list of events ~~~~


(all events free/by donation)

Wednesday Oct 27, 7:00pm

Film – Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden
… at PSAC building JK Wylie boardoom, 233 Gilmour (at Metcalfe)
Click here for: ~~ film website ~~ detailed description ~~ Facebook link

Friday Oct 29, 7:00pm

Seeking Justice: A National Call for an Public Enquiry for the Murdered and Missing Women
featuring speakers:
* Sharon McIvor, successful challenger of sex discrimination in the Indian Act
* Laurie Odjig, mother of Maisy (missing since Sept 2008)
* Yasmin Jiwani, Concordia University
… at Lamoureux Hall room 122, University of Ottawa
Click here for: ~~ detailed description ~~ Facebook link ~~ map of UOttawa: LMX building

Saturday Oct 30, 9:00am-5:30pm

Indigenous Sovereignty Symposium
featuring: Clement Chartier,  Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas, Bob Lovelace, Ben Powless, Russel Diabo, Krysta Williams of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, representatives from the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, and more…
* opening and closing ceremonies
* plenaries: Climate Justice, Defending the Land
* concurrent sessions: Indigenous Peoples Space, Working as an Ally, Reclaiming Indigenous Youth Self-Determination, An Oral History of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake
… at Lamoureux Hall (1st floor), University of Ottawa
Click here for: ~~ full schedule for the day ~~ Facebook link ~~ map of UOttawa: LMX building

Tuesday Nov 2, 5:30pm

Undermining Indigenous Rights: Conflicts with Mining Companies in Canada and Guatemala
with Ramsey Hart of MiningWatch
… University Centre room 378, Carleton University
Click here for: ~~ detailed description ~~ Facebook link ~~ map of Carleton U (‘UC’ bldg)

Wednesday Nov 3, 11:30am-2:00pm

The Oka Crisis – 20 Years Later: Is Reconciliation Possible?
featuring speakers: (note this is a bilingual event)
* Ellen Gabriel, Présidente, Femmes autochtones du Québec
* Francine Lemay, Traductrice agréée, “À l’orée des bois” | “At the Wood’s Edge”
* Pierre Trudel, Chercheur, Peuples autochtones et gouvernance, CRDP Université de Montréal\CEGEP Vieux-Montréal
* Jessica Yee, Chair, National Aboriginal Youth Council, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
… at Desmarais Building room 3120, University of Ottawa
presented by Forum for Aboriginal Studies and Research at University of Ottawa
Click here for: ~~ detailed description ~~ Facebook link ~~ map of UOttawa: DMS building

Wednesday Nov 3, 7:00pm

Film – Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
English with French subtitles
Followed by discussion with filmmaker Neil Diamond
… at Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau
presented by the National Film Board in collaboration with Canadian Museum of Civilization
Click here for: ~~ film website ~~ detailed description ~~ Facebook link

Thursday Nov 4, 7:00pm

Film – A Windigo Tale
Ottawa premiere, with director Armand Garnet Ruffo in attendance
… at National Library and Archives auditorium, 395 Wellington St (at Bay)
Click here for: ~~ film website ~~ detailed description ~~ Facebook link


To be kept up-to-date as details are finalized (and to receive future messages), please join the IndigSol email announcement list, the IPSMO facebook page, and/or the IPSMO facebook group.

For more info on ISW 2010 (nationally), please see this call from Defenders of the Land, the cross-Canada network of Indigenous activists who initiated ISW. (Note that in Ottawa, we are holding our ISW earlier than the official dates of late November).

For more info on the issues, please see the Defenders of the Land website, … also please see our RESOURCE LIST of books, films, articles, websites and more

Click here to see the lineup of LAST YEAR’s inaugural ISW in Ottawa .

And click here to go to IPSMO’s VIDEO ARCHIVES page, with footage from some of last year’s ISW events as well as other videos.


Organized by: Defenders of the Land; Indigenous Environmental Network; Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO); Bolivia Action Solidarity Network; MiningWatch; Project of Heart; Public Service Alliance of Canada

Sponsors: Canadian Union of Public Employees; Public Service Alliance of Canada; Canadian Union of Postal Workers; OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa; PSAC NCR Aboriginal Action Circle; PSAC National Women’s Department; CUPE Local 4600 (at Carleton University); Carleton University Graduate Students Association; PROMdemonium Fund; Canada Council for the Arts

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