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 or visit for updates and further information.

May 3rd: Anti-colonial walking tour of Ottawa


Sunday, May 3rd at 1:00pm
Near the statue of Champlain
Behind the National Gallery
(380 Sussex Drive)
Olympics Resistance Ottawa

On Sunday, May 3rd we will be going on an anti-colonial walking tour of Ottawa. We will be exploring Canada’s colonial legacy and the ongoing impact of colonization on “Ottawa”. In particular, we will be addressing the role that the Canadian government and transnational corporations are playing in the attacks on the environment, the elderly, people living in poverty, workers and migrant workers and indigenous people due to the 2010 Olympics in “B.C”.

This walk will focus on places in downtown Ottawa that are part of our pre-colonial past and our colonial present. We will talk about the little known history of different parts of Ottawa, how our colonial forebearers related to the land and the people living on the land, and how the Canadian government continues to relate to the land and the people, native and non-native. It will provide a critical perspective on the usual history of “Canada”.

The Eurocentric history that is taught in Canadian schools is a direct legacy of our colonial past and a source of on-going oppression of indigenous people in Canada. This walk is a creative and interactive way to encourage people to see the places where they live differently, to make visible the giant elephants in the room, or in this case, the city.

The walking tour will begin near the statue of the French colonialist Samuel Champlain. We will visit the Hudson’s Bay Company, Parliament Hill, the Olympic Clock, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Supreme Court, the Library and National Archives, Lebreton Flats, and Victoria Island/Chaudiere Falls.

This anti-colonial walking tour has been organized by Olympics Resistance Ottawa. ORO organizes in order to raise awareness about the destructive impacts of, and increase resistance to, the 2010 Olympics.

“Far from being simply about ‘sport’, the history of the Olympics is one rooted in displacement, corporate greed, fascism, repression, and violence. Only the political and corporate elite – from real estate developers to security corporations – have anything to gain from the Olympics industry. The effects of the upcoming Winter Games have already manifested themselves- with the expansion of sport tourism and resource extraction on indigenous lands; increasing homelessness and gentrification of poor neighbourhoods; increasing privatization of public services; union busting through imposed contracts and exploitative conditions especially for migrant labour; the fortification of the national security apparatus; ballooning public spending and public debt; and unprecedented destruction of the environment.”

We want to acknowledge the work and support of Jane’s Walk Ottawa.