“You Are On Indian Land” Akwesasne’s Land Struggles Past and Present

Movie Screening and Speakers
An educational and fund-raising event

Speakers will include:
John Boots – Akwesasne People’s Fire
Nona Benedict – Akwesasne People’s Fire

NFB Movie, “You Are On Indian Land
The movie will have subtitles.

Wednesday, May 19 at 7pm
Exile Infoshop, 256 Bank St.
2nd floor
Contact us if you have mobility issues and want to attend

Both John Boots and Nona Benedict are part of the Akwesasne People’s Fire, a group that formed in response to the attempt by CBSA to arm border guards on the territory of the Akwesasne Mohawks.

They were although both involved in the 1969 Blockade that is covered in the movie “You Are On Indian Land,” and thy will also be talking about this protest and of the long history of the Akwesasne Mohawks struggle for sovereignty with Canada and the United States.

We will be showing the National Film Board movie, “You Are On Indian Land” which is “A film report of the 1969 protest demonstration by Mohawk Indians of the St. Regis Reserve on the international bridge between Canada and the United States near Cornwall, Ontario. By blocking the bridge, which is on the Reserve, and causing a considerable tie-up of motor traffic, the Indians drew public attention to their grievance that they were prohibited by Canadian authorities from duty-free passage of personal purchases across the border; a right they claim was established by the Jay Treaty of 1794. The film shows the confrontation with police, and ensuing action.”

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Ottawa’s First Decolonial Thanksgiving Dinner

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
5:30 PM
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.

To RSVP, or for any questions or concerns, contact ipsmo@riseup.net or visit www.ipsmo.org for updates and further information.

Organizing For Justice workshops

The Organizing For Justice conference happens from Oct15-18 in Ottawa/Gatineau. It is focused on social, economic and environmental justice and healthy communities. This year’s theme is ‘Grassroots Responses to the Economic and Environmental Crisis’.

IPSMO will be tabling as part of the Book/Info-Fair on Saturday Oct 17 at 440 Albert St, as well as helping to put on two of the workshop panels that day:

12:30pm – ‘Queer Struggles in an Economic Crisis‘, with:

  • Nadijah Robinson from Agitate! Ottawa
  • Jeremy Dias from Jer’s Vision
  • Percy Lezard from 2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations
  • Gary Kinsman, Author and Activist

2:30pm – ‘Indigenous Peoples and the Law‘, with:

  • John Moore, a First Nations person from Serpent River First Nation currently living in Sudbury who has been fighting for justice for nearly 23 years against racism in the Canadian Court System
  • Romola Trebilcock from Circle of All Nations, who will be speaking on the legacy of Donald Marshall Jr both in terms of the criminal system and land rights issues
  • Beverly J. Pyke from the Akwesasne Peoples Fire, who will be speaking about the current community resistance to the border situation, as well as some history

Details about the conference can be found at www.OrganizingForJustice.ca or by contacting org4justice@gmail.com or 613-656-5498

The conference consists of five different events:

  • Thurs Oct 15, 6:30 pm – Keynote Panel Discussion, at the Ottawa Public Library main branch auditorium (120 Metcalfe St)
  • Fri Oct 16, 7:00pm-midnight – Music, Theatre, Spoken Word and Social Event, at the Atomic Rooster (303 Bank St)
  • Sat Oct 17, 10:00am-8:00pm – Full day of Workshops, Book/Info-fair, followed by Community Dinner at 6pm, at 440 Albert St (the Old Ottawa Technical High School)
  • Sat Oct 17, 7:00pm – Table Ronde (panel discussion in French), at le Dépanneur Sylvestre, 9 Fortier, Gatineau
  • Sun Oct 18, 10:30am-4:30pm – Ateliers [workshops in French], at UQO, Pavillon Lucien-Brault, 101 rue Saint Jean Bosco, Gatineau