Indigenous Sovereignty Week, Oct27-Nov4

Please join us as we celebrate the 2nd annual Indigenous Sovereignty Week in Ottawa, Oct27 – Nov4, 2010

The week is a part of a national grassroots initiative to build relationships and raise awareness about the issues and struggles of indigenous people that are often marginalized in Canadian society.

Full information is available on our ISW page,
Or contact:, 613-656-5498


Wednesday Oct 27, 7:00pm
Film – Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden
… at PSAC building JK Wylie boardoom, 233 Gilmour

Friday Oct 29, 7:00pm
Seeking Justice: A National Call for an Public Enquiry for the
Murdered and Missing Women

featuring speakers:
* Sharon McIvor, successful challenger of sex discrimination in the Indian Act
* Laurie Odjig, mother of Maisy (missing since Sept 2008)
* Yasmin Jiwani, Concordia University
… at Lamoureux Hall room 122, University of Ottawa

Saturday Oct 30, 9:00am-5:30pm
Indigenous Sovereignty Symposium
featuring: Clement Chartier, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas, Ben Powless, representatives from the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Native Youth Sexual Health Network, National Association of Friendship Centres, and more…
* opening and closing ceremonies
* plenaries: Climate Justice, Defending the Land
* concurrent sessions: Indigenous Peoples Space, Working as an Ally, Indigenous Sovereignty in an Urban Context, Reclaiming Indigenous Youth Self-Determination, Land Conservation and Indigenous Sovereignty
… at Lamoureux Hall (1st floor), University of Ottawa

Tuesday Nov 2, 5:30pm
Undermining Indigenous Rights: Conflicts with Mining Companies in Canada and Guatemala
with Ramsey Hart of MiningWatch
… University Centre room 378,  Carleton University

Wednesday Nov 3, 11:30am-2:00pm
The Oka Crisis – 20 Years Later: Is Reconciliation Possible?
featuring speakers: (note this is a bilingual event)
* Ellen Gabriel, Présidente, Femmes autochtones du Québec
* Francine Lemay, Traductrice agréée, “À l’orée des bois” | “At the Wood’s Edge”
* Pierre Trudel, Chercheur, Peuples autochtones et gouvernance, CRDP Université de Montréal\CEGEP Vieux-Montréal
* Jessica Yee, Chair, National Aboriginal Youth Council, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
… at Desmarais Building room 3120, University of Ottawa
presented by Forum for Aboriginal Studies and Research at University of Ottawa

Wednesday Nov 3, 7:00pm
Film – Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
English with French subtitles
Followed by discussion with filmmaker Neil Diamond
… at Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau
presented by the National Film Board in collaboration with Canadian Museum of Civilization

Thursday Nov 4, 7:00pm
Film – A Windigo Tale
Ottawa premiere, with director Armand Garnet Ruffo in attendance
… at National Library and Archives auditorium, 395 Wellington St


Full information at

Indigenous Sovereignty Week Oct24-31

National Indigenous Sovereignty Week site –

Indigenous Sovereignty Week is a pan-Canadian event intended to deepen the commitment of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for justice for Indigenous Peoples. The Ottawa Working Group will offer a range of discussion forums, cultural activities, educational opportunities and opportunities for action as a first step in solidifying relationships and localizing the struggle. Please come out and explore ways that you can join those who wish to address our colonial history and work for a sustainable future.

>> Click to download and print off posters: — 8.5″x11″ size11″x17″ size1/4-pg flyers

>> Note: we are video recording many of the ISW events, see the IPSMO youtube channel for everything we’ve got posted thus far


Sat Oct 24
Celebrating Indigenous Cultural Resistance!
3:00-5:00pm – Workshop: Circle Stories Rising Strong: Love Your Voice, Share Your Song
6:00-10:30pm – Opening Ceremony; Community Dinner served with Buffalo Chili with bannock; Kick-off concert for Indigenous Sovereignty Week
all at Odawa Friendship Centre, 12 Stirling Avenue (at Scott)

Sun Oct 25, 1:00pm
Remembering Residential Schools
at Ottawa Public Library main branch auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St (at Laurier)

Mon Oct 26, 6:30pm
Indigenous Perspectives on the Environment
at Ottawa Public Library main branch auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St (at Laurier)

Tues Oct 27, 7:00pm
Fighting for Our Rights: Indigenous Women and Youth in an Urban Context
St. Joseph’s Church, 151 Laurier Ave E. (at Cumberland) [Hall entrance at 174 Wilbrod St]

Wed Oct 28
5:00pm – New Frontiers of Resistance: Exploring Kahnesatake and the Tar Sands (click on link for updated timing for the evening: 5:00pm Ellen Gabriel, followed by film, followed by speakers Garry Benson and Jack Woodward on Beaver Lake Cree Nation and the Tar Sands)
St. Joseph’s Church, 151 Laurier Ave E. (at Cumberland) [Hall entrance at 174 Wilbrod St]

Thurs Oct 29, 7:00pm
Defenders of the Land: National Speakers Tour
St. Joseph’s Church, 151 Laurier Ave E. (at Cumberland) [Hall entrance at 174 Wilbrod St]

Fri Oct 30, 6:00pm
Pachakut’i (Cosmic Upheaval): the Emergence of Indigenous Peoples
Alumni Auditorium, Jock Turcot University Centre, University of Ottawa

Sat Oct 31, 11:00am
Workshop: Indigenous Solidarity for Settlers
room 205, Jock Turcot University Centre, University of Ottawa

Sat Oct 31, 1:00pm
Celebrating Indigenous Sovereignty march and rally
meet at corner of Rideau and Sussex
(followed by closing ceremony for Indigenous Sovereignty Week, on Victoria Island)