Barriere Lake Algonquins protest Health Canada

Health Canada Red Tape Puts Community Members’ Health at Risk

For immediate release
http://www.barrierelakesolidarity.org/2016/01/health-canada-red-tape-puts-community.html

(Ottawa/January 14, 2016) Representatives from the Algonquins of Barriere Lake are in Ottawa today, protesting bureaucratic and obstructionist practices of Health Canada. Recent changes to the administration of medical transportation services in the community are leading to delays, loss of access to transportation and gross inefficiencies in the use of funds. The community is angered and frustrated that the Ministry’s red tape is putting some of their most vulnerable community members at risk and are demanding they be given back the authority to manage their own transportation budget.

Time and Location of Rally:
12 PMJanuary 14, 2016
70 Columbine Drive, Ottawa ON

As part of the health services provided to this and other Indigenous communities across Canada, Health Canada pays for transportation to medical appointments outside of the community, which is 3 hours north of Ottawa and which is serviced with a basic health clinic staffed by Health Canada nurses. Until recently, the travel expenses were efficiently managed by community-level health centre staff using drivers contracted from the community.

Starting in the New Year, Health Canada is requiring pre-authorizations by federal bureaucrats for transportation to medical appointments, and is withholding payments to the contractual drivers. These unilateral changes are creating unnecessary delays, leading to people missing appointments, and putting their health at risk. In one case a newborn requiring urgent attention in Maniwaki, QC was delayed departure from the community by over 4 hours while waiting for approval for the trip. Fortunately the baby was fine on this instance, but the waits, delays and missed appointments are creating a tremendous amount of stress for the community.

Casey Ratt, Chief of the Alognquins of Barriere Lake, insists that the community can manage the medical transportation funds. “We can handle this issue locally, do it more efficiently, be more responsive and have it cost a lot less than the current mess created by Health Canada” stated Chief Ratt.

Health Canada’s approval requirements include 48 hours’ notice, and disclosure of personal medical information, information that the community’s nursing staff do not want to provide, fearing a breach of their obligations to protect privacy.

“This issue has led to a real loss of trust between us and Health Canada” said Chief Ratt “We have heard some encouraging words from Prime Minister Trudeau these last few months, and appreciate his statement that for his government there is no relationship more important than the one with Indigenous peoples. Well it’s time for the Prime Minister and Ministers Philpott and Bennet to live up to these commitments”

Time and Location of Rally:
12 PMJanuary 14, 2016
70 Columbine Drive, Ottawa ON

Oct. 1: Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity, 6pm, Carleton University

Oct. 1: Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity, 6pm, Carleton University

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Thursday, October 1
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Carleton University
2017 Dunton Tower
Wheelchair Accessible
The art is by Tania Willard.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Women’s and Gender Studies
Student Society, the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender
Studies, and the CU Aboriginal Service Centre.

IPSMO: http://www.ipsmo.org/
PJIWGS: https://carleton.ca/womensstudies/
ASC: http://carleton.ca/aboriginal/
WGSTSS:https://www.facebook.com/groups/wgstss/
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This is a two hour workshop that introduces people to the basics of
indigenous solidarity. We explore some of the history of indigenous
resistance, key concepts, terminology and how to do indigenous solidarity.

This workshop is intended for everyone who is interested in being
principled allies to indigenous people. This workshop was designed by, and
will be presented by, non-indigenous people.

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so
vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It
respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.”

– Eduardo Galeano

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The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a
grassroots organization that directly supports indigenous peoples in
diverse struggles for justice. We also work within communities to
challenge the lies and half-truths about indigenous peoples and
colonization that dominate Canadian society. The organization is open to
both indigenous and non-indigenous people, and focuses on local and
regional campaigns.

As we act in solidarity with indigenous people, we build relationships
where we can learn from indigenous cultures. By doing this, we can further
decolonize ourselves, and so learn to better challenge the racist and
colonial ideas that dominate Canadian society.

We provide support to actions and campaigns for Indigenous sovereignty,
self-determination, defense of the land, environmental protection,
cultural revitalization, and the honouring of treaties and agreements.

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Solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Camp

Solidarity with the Unist’tot’en Camp
Wednesday, September 9
7:00pm – 9:00pm
University of Ottawa
University Center, Room 215

IPSMO is inviting everyone to our Solidarity with the Unis’tot’en Camp event for banner making and planning. We have the art supplies, so come make some art with us, and talk about next steps in case of a police raid, as well as ongoing solidarity with the camp!

“The Unist’ot’en Camp is a non-violent occupation of Unceded Unist’ot’en territory.” – https://www.facebook.com/unistoten

Canadian Progressive article:
RCMP planning mass arrests of indigenous Unist’ot’en activists under Bill C-51: Reports
http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2015/08/28/rcmp-planning-mass-arrests-of-indigenous-unistoten-activists-under-bill-c-51-reports/

The Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern British Columbia established the camp in 2010 to protest the planned Chevron Pacific Trail natural gas pipeline and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline.

Press Release by Union of BC Chiefs (quoted in the above article):
“The Indigenous Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern BC are on high alert about a likely impending large scale RCMP mass arrest operation on their territory.”

“The RCMP have made a number of visits to the Unist’ot’en as well as other First Nations leadership regarding the Unist’ot’en community’s active exercise of their Aboriginal Title and Rights to protect their lands from oil and gas development.”

More about the Unis’tot’en camp

Unis’tot’en – People of the Headwaters

The Unis’tot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu / Big Frog Clan) are the original
Wet’suwet’enYintah Wewat Zenli distinct to the lands of the Wet’suwet’en. Over time in Wet’suwet’en History, the other clans developed and were included throughout Wet’suwet’en Territories. The Unis’tot’en are known as the toughest of the Wet’suwet’en as their territories were not only abundant, but the terrain was known to be very treacherous. The Unis’tot’en recent history includes taking action to protect their lands
from Lions Gate Metals at their Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, and building a cabin and resistance camp at Talbits Kwah at Gosnell Creek and Wedzin Kwah (Morice River which is a tributary to the Skeena and Bulkley River) from seven proposed pipelines from Tar Sands Gigaproject and LNG from the Horn River Basin Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region

http://unistotencamp.com/

April 23, 2015: The Truth that Wampum Tells: Learning Canada’s Constitutional History through Wampum Diplomacy

The Truth that Wampum Tells: Learning Canada’s Constitutional History through Wampum Diplomacy

Featuring Author / Activist / Artist Dr. Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street (at Sunnyside Avenue)
6:30pm8:30pm

There is some parking to the south of the building, but often little on-street parking, because of proximity to the Mayfair.

Note on Accessibility: Unfortunately, this event is not accessible. This location does not have an accessible washroom. There is a small (5-10 cm) step in front of the entrance, which some wheelchairs have crossed in the past. Once inside there is a flight of 10 stairs to the event.

Event description:

The 1763 Royal Proclamation, Canada’s first constitutional document, was ratified at the 1764 Treaty at Niagara. Because successive governments have promoted a particular version of Canada’s history – a fiction of two founding nations – the broader Canadian public is unaware of the significant role Indigenous Nations held in Canada’s creation.

To guarantee the successful ratification of the Proclamation, assure a clear understanding, and codify the historic event at Niagara, British representative William Johnson relied on the Indigenous governance practice known as wampum diplomacy. He presented two Wampum Belts to the Anishinaabeg: The British and Western Great Lakes Covenant Chain Confederacy Wampum Belt and The Twenty Four Nations Wampum Belt. The former Belt codified a relationship between equal allies and the latter Belt represented the Indigenous Nations that participated in the Treaty. In turn, Indigenous Nations presented Johnson with a Two Row Wampum Belt.

Through Lynn Gehl’s doctoral work on the Algonquin land claims process she created new editions of these Wampum Belts and accepted the responsibility of creating a contemporary Wampum bundle. It is this bundle that she opens and reads in a traditional way via the oral tradition explaining the events at Niagara. In this way she contributes to the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge.

During this event, Lynn Gehl will be selling two of her books. Proceeds from this book go to supporting her ongoing work.

On Sale:

Mkadengwe: Sharing Canada’s Colonial Process through Black Face
Methodology ($17.95)

The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims
Process ($22.95)

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Lynn will also be speaking on the night before at IPSMO’s 4th Annual
Celebrating the Defense of Mother Earth –
https://www.facebook.com/events/424866644358725

April 22, 2015: Celebrating the Defence of Mother Earth

IPSMO’s 4th Annual Celebrating the Defence of Mother Earth

Celebrating Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirits and the Defence of Mother Earth

“There is a direct connection between violence against the Earth and violence against women.”
– Lee Maracle

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Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at 6:00pm
Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St.
Pay What You Can ($5 -$10 Suggested)]
Art by Gregg Deal
http://www.ipsmo.org/
ipsmo@riseup.net
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Join us this Earth Day for a feast, movie and panel celebrating Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirits and the defence of Mother Earth.

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa will be hosting our 4th annual Earth Day event. This year we will celebrate the defence of mother earth with a feast, a screening of the movie Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake, and a panel discussion with Jocelyn Iahtail (Cree), Gabrielle Fayant (Metis) and Lynn Gehl (Algonquin).

The event is also a fundraiser for Shawnejeagamik, the 510 Rideau Indigenous Drop-In Centre. Shawnejeagamik means “House of Compassion” in the Algonquin language, and has recently had its government funding cut. If the funding isn’t restored, or alternate funding isn’t found, then the
shelter will be forced to close.

6:00pm Welcoming by Annie St. Georges (Algonquin)
6:15pm Free Feast
7:00pm Movie – Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake
8:00pm Panel Discussion
9:30pm Closing

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Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake

The tar sands are the most polluting resource extraction operation in the world today. This film examines issues surrounding the tar sands and the impending development of pipelines in eastern Canada and western Canada to open up markets for this dirty energy. This documentary concentrates on Indigenous struggles against tar sands and pipelines.

The film talks specifically about the proposed Energy East pipeline that would pass through Ottawa and cross the Rideau River, as well as Line 9, which passes through Akwesasne and Cornwall, on its way from Sarnia to Montreal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01xd6yVaKFg

Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake was directed by Clifton Nicholas

Panel Discussion

The panel will focus on the ways that the water, the earth, and indigenous women are interconnected, as well as their resistance to the violence that they experience.

After the panel there will be time for questions and discussion.

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About the Panelists

Jocelyn Iahtail: Jocelyn is a mother, a survivor and a cultural teacher and consultant at Mother Earth and Child. She speaks out against the violence faced by Indigenous women and girls, and the historic and ongoing abuse of Indigenous children through the Residential School System, Indian Day schools, 60s scoop and the Millennium scoop.
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Gabrielle Fayant: Gabrielle is the co-founder of a youth-led and youth-driven organization called Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) and Program Manager of a youth economic program called Reach Up! North in partnership with the Digital Opportunity Trust.

She has worked for a number of national Aboriginal organizations such as the National Association of Friendship Centres, Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. She has experience on a number of local, regional, and national advisory committees and councils, such as the Canadian Commission of UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group, Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, and Walking With Our Sisters Ottawa Youth Committee.

Gabrielle also serves as a board member for the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, and she sings with a female drum group called Spirit Flowers and as backup for a men’s drum group called the Ottawa River singers (aka O-Town Boyz). Gabrielle is the recipient of the 2015 Indspire Metis Youth Award.
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Lynn Gehl: Lynn is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, Canada. She describes herself as a learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and she has been an  Indigenous human rights advocate for 25 years.

Lynn works to eliminate the continued sex discrimination in the Indian Act, and she is also an outspoken critic of the contemporary land claims and self-government process.

She has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a Master of Arts in Canadian and Native Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. She also has a diploma in Chemical Technology and worked in the field of environmental science for 12 years in the area of toxic organic analysis of Ontario’s waterways. While advocating for change is currently part of what she does, she is also interested in traditional knowledge systems that guide the Anishinaabeg forward to a good life.

Along with many journal and community publications, she has three books:

Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process Mkadengwe: Sharing Canada’s Colonial Process through Black Face Methodology Her website: http://www.lynngehl.com/

On April 23 in Ottawa, Lynn will be speaking at Black Squirrel Books at the event :’The Truth that Wampum Tells: Learning Canada’s Constitutional History through Wampum Diplomacy’
https://www.facebook.com/events/1564287183852316/

Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity

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Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00pm
Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University Private
Room 4004, 1st Floor
Wheelchair Accessible
The art is by Tania Willard.

ipsmo@riseup.net
http://www.ipsmo.org/
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This is a two hour workshop that introduces people to the basics of indigenous solidarity. We explore some of the history of indigenous resistance, key concepts, terminology and how to do indigenous solidarity.

This workshop is intended for everyone who is interested in being principled allies to indigenous people.

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.”

– Eduardo Galeano

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The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a grassroots organization that directly supports indigenous peoples in diverse struggles for justice. We also work within communities to challenge the lies and half-truths about indigenous peoples and colonization that dominate Canadian society. The organization is open to both indigenous and non-indigenous people, and focuses on local and regional campaigns.

As we act in solidarity with indigenous people, we build relationships where we can learn from indigenous cultures. By doing this, we can further decolonize ourselves, and so learn to better challenge the racist and colonial ideas that dominate Canadian society.

We provide support to actions and campaigns for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, defense of the land, environmental protection, cultural revitalization, and the honouring of treaties and agreements.

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Le Mouvement de Solidarité avec les Peuples Autochtones -Ottawa (Abrégé en anglais: IPSMO) est une organisation populaire qui soutient directement les peuples autochtones dans leurs diverses luttes pour la justice. Nous travaillons au sein des communautés afin de débattre les mensonges et demi-vérités concernant les peuples autochtones et l’esprit de colonisation qui dominent dans la société canadienne. Cette organisation est ouverte à tous : aux personnes autochtones tout comme aux personnes non-autochtones, et mène une campagne concentré à un niveau local et régional.

En agissant solidairement avec les peuples autochtones, nous construisons des relations d’échanges où nous pouvons apprendre de leur culture.

En faisant de même, nous pouvons mieux nous décoloniser nous même, et ainsi mieux contester et combattre les idées racistes et colonialistes qui dominent la société canadienne.

Nous soutenons les actions et campagnes pour la souveraineté autochtone, son autodétermination, la défense du territoire, la protection environnementale, la revitalisation culturelle, et l’application des traités et accords.
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Sat Feb 21 & Wed Feb 25: Save Odawa’s 510 Drop-In Centre

1622387_1761223400769974_3511792773388271591_oOpen House / Prepare materials for Wed’s Rally/March
Saturday 11am-1pm at 510 Rideau

RALLY/MARCH to Save Odawa’s 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre
Wednesday 10am at Parliament Hill, march to Ottawa City Hall

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Print promo materials:


Background info/links follow, beneath event details

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The 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre will be holding an “Open House”
THIS Saturday, February 21st, at 11:00 a.m.

The purpose of this Open House is to meet the clients and staff of Centre 510 and to work alongside them in constructing pickets and signs, and to also meet with other people who are willing to assist and help with the rally, and we would also be able to get to know each other better!

If you are able to provide materials (such as signs, pickets, chairs for the elderly, and ANYTHING else that you can think of), please do, and it would be SO MUCH appreciated.

We really need your help! Spread the word!!Thank you!

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RALLY / MARCH to Save Odawa’s 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre

Join us on Wednesday, February 25th at 10 a.m to begin with a peaceful march to have the voices of the homeless heard in telling the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa to restore funding to the Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s Shawenjeagamik – Centre 510 Drop-In Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples!
(Shawnejeagamik means ‘House of Compassion’ in the Algonquin language).

Join us in solidarity for the betterment of all
There will be some great advocates and speakers, including Ottawa-Centre NDP MP Paul Dewar, for example, and lots of others voicing their support alongside the most vulnerable in our society – this being the homeless – who will tell their stories on how the elimination of funding for their Centre 510 Rideau and the Bannock Bus will directly affect them and the community of Ottawa located on un-surrendered, non-ceded Algonquin Territory!

The march itself will begin at the Peace Flame on Parliament Hill, and continue on a route that will take us down Wellington Street and turning onto Elgin Street, continuing to Laurier Avenue to City Hall of Ottawa.

Once Gathered at City Hall, we will hear a Prayer and Honor Song in accordance with the Traditional Indigenous Protocol of the First Peoples to begin the rally.

There will also be a beautiful and memorable “Unity For The Community – Round Dance Ceremony” for those able to participate.

Please bring your signs and pickets so we can have the voices of the Indigenous Peoples who are “Homeless on the Homelands” heard!

PleaseTweet: #unity4thecommunity #homelessonthehomelands

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/897472826960987

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LINKS / BACKGROUND:

Facebook group: Save Odawa 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre !!

Petition: Re-establish funding to the Homeless Drop-in Centre at 510 Rideau

Fundraising: SAVE THE ODAWA NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE DROP-IN

CBC Feb 4 (Video, audio, article):
Aboriginal homeless drop-in centre loses bid for city funding

Ottawa Citizen Feb 4 (article):
Odawa native group says funding cuts will force closing of homeless centre

Ottawa Sun Feb 4 (article):
Centre closure concerns Aboriginals

Metro News Feb 4 (article):
City funding cuts force Aboriginal homeless drop-in centre to close

APTN Feb 5 (video):
Ottawa’s Odawa drop-in centre closing

House of Commons Feb 5 (video):
Will the minister intervene to reinstate the funding to the Odawa centre?

Ottawa Citizen Feb 19 (article):
Councilor McKenney pledges help for homeless agencies

Centretown News Feb 23 (article):
Drop-in centre’s closure harms at-risk Aboriginals

Gabrielle Fayant Feb 23:
Open letter to Mayor Jim Watson, re: 510 Rideau

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