Indigenous Solidarity for Settlers
Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm
McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy St. (facebook event)
Contact us in advance regarding ASL
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Matt (the facilitator for this workshop) is a white male, a survivor of childhood abuse and police violence, who has lived most of his adult life in poverty.
He has been engaged in indigenous solidarity activism for the past six years, primarily with the Indigenous Peoples` Solidarity Movement of Ottawa (IPSMO) and is also a part of Books to Prisoners Ottawa.
The goal of the workshop is to educate non-indigenous people about the importance of indigenous solidarity, to teach people and learn from them about what solidarity means and how to do it, and to work on our decolonial analyses.
1) Case study
Using a popular education exercise that is based in the experiences of the Lubicon Cree we explore what colonization is and, to some extent, how it feels.
2) What is solidarity?
We focus on what solidarity is and how to “do it”. The word solidarity is used a lot, especially in radical organizing, but it is not always easy to define or to do. Put simply we believe that it is essential in solidarity work to “listen, take direction and stick around”.
3) Looking at colonization from an anti-oppressive framework
This part of the workshop focuses on building a theoretical understanding of colonization and oppression. It is based on Andrea Smith’s analysis of the role that Heteropatriarchy and White Supremacy play in colonization, and also examines how colonization has been, and continues to be, imposed through individual, institutional and cultural oppression.Orientation for the IPSM Ottawa