Ottawa Fundraising Dinner, Tues Nov 8- Algonquins of Barriere Lake Land Defenders

No Mining In Our Territory – Ottawa Fundraising Dinner
Algonquins of Barriere Lake Land Defenders Camp

Please join us this Tuesday to gather together for a dinner and opportunity to hear from Barriere Lake community members about their new efforts to prevent mining in their territory, and how you can support these efforts.

In late October, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake set up a camp to defend their territory from new threats of the various companies that have mining claims there. The Quebec government has recently begun unilaterally lifting multi-year moratoriums on mining in the area, despite this being against the Trilateral and Bilateral Agreements of the 1990s.
More info:

Tuesday, November 8th 2016
5pm – 7pm  (come as you can, even if not right at 5pm)
at St. John’s Church, 154 Somerset St W. (corner of Elgin)
– Basement hall: entrance off of Somerset, wheelchair accessible entrance ramp off of Elgin.

Due to too short notice, we have not arranged ASL sign language interpretation. Please contact us with any other questions about accessibility or otherwise:

Planned food includes wild game and/or fish from ABL territory, with vegetarian chili, quinoa, and salad generously provided by the Table Restaurant.

All levels of donations accepted – to go to maintaining the camp and for gas for travel monitoring the various areas of the territory where drilling/mining companies may start work. By cash or cheque. Donations are also accepted via paypal.

This event has been very quickly organized so we need your help to please get the word out and encourage your fam/friends/comrades/networks to show up. The land defenders camp has just been started within the last two weeks, and this fundraising dinner is timed to coincide with the “Joining Our Fires: Women for the Protection of Lands and Waters” rally happening directly afterwards at 7pm, at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin at Lisgar: 3 blocks from our venue).


IPSMO – new Basis of Unity

The IPSMO organizing committee has been busy updating our basis of unity, to better reflect our current organization.

We have adopted the following basis of unity, to be reviewed in the next 3 months. At this time, we are actively looking for feedback from our communities. [To share your feedback or to organize with us, contact: indigsol [at]]

IPSMO Basis of Unity

Who we are:

IPSMO is an Ottawa-based, grassroots collective that supports Indigenous struggles for justice and decolonization.

We acknowledge that Ottawa, and the entire Kitchissippi (Ottawa River) watershed, is Algonquin territory. We are committed to helping decolonize this territory, and to supporting national and transnational indigenous struggles.

Our collective is for anyone who wants to be in solidarity with Indigenous people, but we want to be clear that most of us are settlers.  Our group strives to listen to and take direction from Indigenous voices. Learning from indigenous knowledge and indigenous knowledge holders is crucial to decolonizing ourselves, and to challenging the colonial ideas and practices that dominate Canadian society and undermine indigeneity.

What we want:

We affirm the sacredness of Mother Earth, the interdependence of all beings, and the right to live as part of healthy ecosytems.

We are dedicated to creating a decolonized world and understand all struggles for justice as interconnected.  We strive to build loving, respectful and accountable relationships and dialogues between all people and communities who are working for social, economic, and land justice.

We support the principles outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and its full implementation on Turtle Island. We believe in the principle of free, prior and informed consent, and oppose unilateral settler, state and corporate interventions in the lives of Indigenous peoples, including in the lives of those involved in sex work.

What we believe:

We believe that Canadian society owes its prosperity to colonization.  We understand colonization as a system that is founded on land theft, ecological destruction, racism, apartheid and genocide. We understand colonialism as an ongoing process that continues to benefit settler society; justice demands decolonization. When fully realized, decolonization would liberate the land, its people, and its settlers. We hold to a vision of Turtle Island (North America) where First Nations and settlers share the land in a just and peaceful relationship, and where indigenous sovereignty is fully recognized, including First Nations’ right to political, economic, and territorial self-determination.

We believe that decolonization requires questioning and changing the state, citizenship, capitalism, gender and sexual roles, the nuclear family, and the exploitation of the natural world.  We work in solidarity with indigenous movements to further this broad understanding of decolonization.

What we do:

We provide support to actions and campaigns for Indigenous sovereignty, defence of the land, cultural revitalization, ending violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits, and the honouring of treaties and agreements.

Our group supports and uses a diversity of tactics ranging from popular education, to fundraising, to direct action as a means of nurturing decolonization.

Barriere Lake Algonquins protest Health Canada

Health Canada Red Tape Puts Community Members’ Health at Risk

For immediate release

(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

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.


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


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.


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.” –

Canadian Progressive article:
RCMP planning mass arrests of indigenous Unist’ot’en 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

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)

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)


Lynn will also be speaking on the night before at IPSMO’s 4th Annual
Celebrating the Defense of Mother Earth –

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

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

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

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:

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’