June 3 – Fundraiser for Tears 4 Justice cross-Canada walk – feat. screening of Highway of Tears

Monday June 3, 7:00-9:30pm
Mac Hall, Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave. Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, ON K1R 6H4

Tears 4 Justice presents a screening of the documentary Highway of Tears to raise awareness of the missing and murdered women and children in Canada and to fundraise for the upcoming Tears 4 Justice walk across Canada from Membertou, Sydney, Nova Scotia to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Come out and support an important initiative!

This event has been made possible with the help and support of:

  • Craig Benjamin of Amnesty International
  • Katie Quinn of Kairos
  • Sharmeen O’Baid Film maker of Highway of Tears
  • AFN
  • Aaron Benson
  • Elaine & Theland Kiclnosway

Performers will be:

  • Aaron Benson and his song for Stolen Sistas
  • Theland Kicknosway Blanket & Hoop dance

AFN to have a 50/50
and a raffle for donated items

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Link to this event’s Facebook page

 

June 14 – The 60’s Scoop: A Hidden Generation documentary – Trailer Launch and Fundraiser

Join us for the official trailer launch of The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation. This film, by Ottawa-based Colleen Cardinal, will share the stories of the survivors of a period of Canadian child welfare policy during which an estimated 16,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and adopted into non-Indigenous homes: the Sixties Scoop.

Following the trailer screening and launch of the online Indiegogo campaign we will be hosting a panel discussion with Sixties Scoop survivors Angela Ashewasegai, Neal Shannacappo, & Elaine Kicknosoway who will discuss the importance of speaking out about the Sixties Scoop and the inter-generational trauma it has caused Indigenous people.

The panel discussion will also feature guests:

  • Robert Commanda (tentative) a plaintiff in the historical class action lawsuit against the Ontario government on behalf of Sixties Scoop survivors.
  • Families of Sisters in Spirit is dedicated to raising awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in and impacts of historical colonial violence.
  • Joanne Dellaire -She currently sits as the Elder on Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council, works with various Aboriginal agencies in Toronto and the National Capital region and is a visiting Elder at Kumik and the Dodem Kanonsha. Joanne has made extraordinary contributions in the areas of counselling, advising and educating on Aboriginal concerns and empowering and capacity building within the Aboriginal community and non-Aboriginal community at large. She has dedicated her career to serving the Aboriginal community and advocating for change in terms of broader societal relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Performance of spoken word by Neal Shannacappo, Vera Wabegijig & Angela Ashewasegai

 

Friday, June 14
Location: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave
Doors Open and Light Refreshments: 6:30PM
This event is Accessible

This event is open to all, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.
The event is being put on and supported by KAIROS

 

For more information about this documentary, check out the blog
http://ahiddengeneration.wordpress.com/

Like the documentary FB page!
https://www.facebook.com/AHiddenGeneration

and here is the FB event page for June 14

 

Families of Sisters in Spirit Zine Callout! Our Voices Matter : Talking Back

CALLOUT TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES!!

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR UPCOMING ZINE BY FSIS – DEADLINE SEPT 30, 2013

Our Voices Matter : Talking Back

Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) believes in centering stories and voices of Indigenous women, youth, families, communities and Nations. Highlighting our lived experiences as well as our power, resilience and strength are absolutely essential if we are to move forward as Indigenous peoples together in a good way; in a way that nurtures strong relations with non-Indigenous and settler peoples and ensures our collective futures are free from violence and oppression.

What?

An online and print zine for and by First Nations, Métis, Inuit and mixed-heritage Indigenous peoples, women, youth, families, Elders, elders, two-spirit/queer/gender fabulous, and grassroots folks. Please send us your submissions!

We are accepting a wide variety of submissions including memoirs, personal testimonies, short stories, short plays, prose, poetry, lyrics, photographs, art, collages, paintings, drawings, carvings, sculptures or other creative commentary by Indigenous peoples. We encourage emerging and unpublished as well as more established storytellers to submit. Topics are fairly broad but should speak to historical and ongoing colonial violence in Canada and what we need as Indigenous people to heal, resist and live as we were always meant to be.

Why?

We are making this zine in order to and validate our many and varied experiences of interpersonal and structural violence and celebrate our resilience and community power. Sharing our struggles and triumphs are acts of resistance and survival and show us that we are not alone. Our voices matter and affirm our self-determination as well as interdependence to one another and Mother Earth, and strengthens our families and communities.

Why else?

Because it feels like hardly nobody listens to us! Because Indigenous stories and experiences, especially those of women, are not valued as they should be. Because too often our complex realities are ignored and erased. Because we are tired of policies, decisions, and committees made on our behalf by people who are far removed from our realities. Because we are tired of people speaking for us and about us. Because we need to be the ones telling our stories. Because we are the experts in our own lives and we are talking back!

Who?

Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) is a grassroots, non-profit, all volunteer, unfunded organization by family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with support and solidarity from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies and friends. FSIS is committed to extensive public education, media and social media engagement, fundraising, and especially capacity and relationship-building with/among Indigenous families of missing and murdered women and girls. We believe in facilitating safe(r) spaces for families to share, grieve and strategize together, privately and publicly. FSIS follows anti-oppressive, anti-colonial and Indigenous feminist frameworks that root our work in radical relationships with the land, one another, our ancestors and future descendents.

Two members of FSIS Colleen Cardinal (Hele) and Kristen Gilchrist have taken the lead in launching Our Voices Matter: Talking Back

Colleen Cardinal (Hele): zhaawanongnoodin mihingan dodem, saddle lake n’doojbah

My name is Southwind woman, I am wolf clan originally from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta on Treaty 6 territory. I am a Plains Cree mother of four young adults and grandma to a lively granddaughter named Rosalie. I am in the beginning stages of producing a documentary called The Sixties Scoop: A Stolen Generation that follows six First Nation women and men who were forcibly adopted out of their Nations and placed into non-Indigenous households far away from their families or homelands in the middle of the 20th century. I am a Sixties Scoop survivor raising awareness about how historical colonial violence has impacted and continues to shape my family. My sister Charmaine Desa was murdered in 1990 and my sister-in-law Lynne Jackson was also killed in 2004. I have been involved with FSIS for more than a year, often engaging in public education about violence(s) against Indigenous women and girls.

Kristen Gilchrist self-identifies as a white settler, queer/femme, survivor of violence(s), living with invisible disabilities, and situated within/across intersecting dimensions of privilege and oppression, agency and constraint. I am a graduate student in sociology at Carleton University, co-founder and allied/non family member with FSIS, and ally in the sex workers’ rights movement in the Ottawa area — traditional Algonquin territories.

How?

Please send all submissions to fsiszine@gmail.com with SUBMISSION as the subject. If it can’t be emailed, mail it to:

Suite 601, 250 City Centre Ave
Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7
℅ FSIS (zine)

The deadline is NOW September 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm! All submissions and inquiries about submissions should be sent to fsiszine@gmail.com

In your submission, please include:

– Your name (or name you want to be published)
– RELIABLE Contact information (in case we need to talk to you about your work)
– A brief (50-100 word) bio or description of who you are/what you do, etc. (if you want to include it)
– Please make sure all attachments are either in PDF, JPEG, Word, RTF, BMP or any other compatible program.
– Your submission should be in an attachment, not copy/pasted into the email. (If you have trouble with attachments, email us for help!)

*We acknowledge the limitations and contradictions inherent in requesting and publishing submissions in the colonial English language. Our hope is this is a starting place for sharing and that many different translations could be possible in the future.*

Want to submit? Get involved in the planning/making of the zine?
Wanna support FSIS?
Got concerns, questions, etc?
Email us at fsiszine@gmail.com to talk and if you’d like to get involved.

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Fill the Hill on 4 Oct: Show Indigenous women are loved & valued!

The Families of Sisters in Spirit National Vigil is Thursday October 4th, 6:15pm, on Parliament Hill (Unceded Algonquin Territory).

In Canada, Indigenous women are at a greater risk of violence than non-Indigenous women. Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) is a volunteer, grassroots, non-profit organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

This annual event is an opportunity for everyone to show that the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women is unacceptable and must stop. We want to Fill the Hill to show Indigenous women are loved and valued!

What you can do:

  1. Join us to Fill the Hill on 4 Oct, 6:15pm – 7:15pm!
  2. Share this page, and share the video about the Oct 4 Vigil: http://youtu.be/wnjuImXPn0o. If you are on Facebook, invite your friends.
  3. FSIS is fundraising to bring the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women to the Hill to speak their stories. Please give generously to help support these courageous family members: http://familiesofsistersinspirit.com

Meegwetch! (Thank You!),
Families of Sisters in Spirit
– email us at: familiesofsistersinspirit@gmail.com
– connect with us on Facebook through the Families of Sisters in Spirit page

PS – If you cannot join us for the Vigil in Ottawa, please note there will be 111 Vigils across Canada, find or start one near you! www.nwac.ca/programs/2012-vigil-locations

PPS -The 34th annual Take Back the Night March will leave from the Hill immediately after the Vigil at approx. 7:30 pm.


Note: the Native Women’s Association of Canada is organizing two events prior to the 6:15pm vigil on the same day:

  • Rally at Parliament Hill at 12 PM noon where Aboriginal leaders and politicians will come forward and demand action.
  • At 5 PM a Community Feast is being held at St. Andrew’s Church to share a meal at 82 Kent Street. At 5:45 PM those gathered at the feast will make their way to Parliament Hill in a Candlelight March to the 6:15PM Vigil.

Families of Sisters in Spirit National Vigil – 6:15 PM, Parliament Hill:

  • National Chief Shawn Atleo
  • NWAC President Michele Taina Audette
  • Elder Annie Smith St Georges

Drumming ~

  • Apachitwane Kicknosway (Tansi Cree)
  • Irene C
  • Tania D

Families ♥

  • Bridget Tolley ~ Daughter of Gladys Tolley
  • Gladys Radek ~ Aunt of Tamara Chipman
  • Beverley Jacobs ~ Cousin of Tashina General
  • Sue Martin ~ mother of Terri Ann Dauphinais
  • Sage Hele & Colleen Hele ~ Sister of Charmaine Hele
  • Cindy McLachlan and Lana Jackson ~ Sister of Lynn Jackson
  • Lana Jackson ~ Sister of Lynn Jackson
  • Laurie Odjick ~ Mother of Maisy Odjick
  • Caroline Mathewsie ~ mother of Shannon Alexander
  • Lita Blacksmith ~ Mother of Lorna Blacksmith
  • Doreen Morrisseau ~ Mother of Kelly Morriseau
  • Sharon Johnson ~ Sister of Sandra Kaye Johnson
  • Aileen Joseph ~ Mother of Shelley Joseph
  • Amy Miller ~ Mother of Denise Bourdeau: Jan 17/67-Jan.07.
  • Michele Pineault ~ Mother of Stephanie Lane

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Interview with Bridget Tolley and Kristen Gilchrist of Families of Sisters in Spirit:

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A Brief History of the Marginalization of Aboriginal Women in Canada: http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/community-politics/marginalization-of-aboriginal-women.html

 

VIDEO: Sue Martin speaking about the murder of her daughter, Terrie Ann Dauphnais

Sue Martin of Familiies of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) talks about her murdered daughter, the work of FSIS, and the situation of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada.

From the Taking Back Democracy conference hosted by Occupied Ottawa on unceded Algonquin territory, June 3rd 2012.

To contact Sue: SueMartin29@hotmail.com

For more info on FSIS:
facebook: Families of Sisters in Spirit group
twitter: @Famsisterspirit
email: familiesofsistersinspirit@gmail.com
website (coming soon): www.fsis.ca

 

 

Walk 4 Justice

Please spread the word!

On June 21, 2011, Walk4Justice began their long walk from Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory to Ottawa, Algonquin Territory to raise awareness about the plight of the far too many (over 3000) missing and murdered Indigenous women across Turtle Island (Canada). On Monday, September 19, they will be ending their walk at Parliament Hill where they will continue demanding justice for these women and their families.

Please come out and show your support for the walkers. Bring your banners, signs or placards and good spirit to the rally!

March & Rally
Monday, September 19
9am at Minwaashin Lodge (424 Catherine St), 10am Parliament Hill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112167435552467

Please join the walkers at Minwaashin Lodge at 9am and walk with them to Parliament Hill.  If you can’t make it then, please come to the rally on Parliament Hill at 10am.

Feast and Fund-raiser 
Monday, September 19
5:00pm at Mac Hall on 211 Bronson Ave.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=242669869108872

Community celebration, feast, entertainment, and fundraiser! Featuring Walk4Justice co-founders Gladys Radek & Bernie Williams and Beverley Jacobs from Families of Sisters in Spirit.  Headliners for the performance: Elaine Kicknosway, Nancy Myatt, Vera Wabegijig, Sandy Scofield, Elizabeth Riley Band and Jamie Koebel!Please spread the word!

These 2 events are part of the 30 Days of Justice organized by the Families of Sisters in Spirit and their allies.  “30 Days of Justice” brings together families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and the wider Ottawa communities to raise critical awareness on the violence against Indigenous women and demand justice and accountability for the disappeared and murdered women. For more details and other events during the 30 Days of Justice: http://30daysofjustice.wordpress.com

About Walk4Justice

The Walk4Justice is a nonprofit organization that was created by donation and volunteer since January 2008. Gladys Radek and Bernie Williams co-founded this group to raise awareness about the plight of the far too many missing and murdered women across Canada. Their supporters consist of family members who have lost their loved ones across the nation and grassroots women and men from all walks of life. Together with their supporters, the Walk4Justice demands justice, closure, equality and accountability.

Gladys’s niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman disappeared off Highway 16 out of Prince Rupert, BC, now dubbed the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia. She vanished without a trace on September 21, 2005. Bernie is a long time advocate and voice for the women who have been forced to live on the streets of Canada’s poorest postal code, the DTES. She has been a frontline worker in the DTES for 25 years. Her mother and two sisters were also victims of violence who were murdered in the DTES over the years.

For more info: http://fnbc.info/walk4justice

About Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS)

FSIS is a volunteer grassroots non-profit organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada with the support of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. FSIS was the vision of one family member named Bridget Tolley, an Algonquin grandmother and activist from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation whose mother was killed by a Quebec provincial (SQ) police car in 2001 with the ongoing support of Beverley Jacobs, Mohawk grandmother from Grand-River Territory, whose cousin Tashina General, pregnant with her son Tucker, was murdered in 2008, and non-Aboriginal student and activist Kristen Gilchrist. Together we are working to end violence, challenge interconnected inequalities in Canadian society, and transform ourselves and the world around us.

Visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Families-of-Sisters-in-Spirit/169989823049052

About the performers

Elaine Kicknosway and her son Theland: Drummer and Hoop dancer

Nancy Myatt: Nancy is a Mohawk from Kahnesatake with Algonquin. Her family lives in Kitigan Zibi. She is a traditional dancer and drummer. She has two daughters and a granddaughter arriving in November. She has supported Take Back the Night and Sisters in Spirit by sharing songs in her culture. She is very happy to support and be involved in this cause because her great grandmother was also murdered.

Vera Wabegijig: Vera is a poet and Anishnaabe mother from the bear clan who writes for expression and to connect with the larger world. See Vera’s gift to us: http://verawaabegeeshig.wordpress.com/

Sandy Scofield: Sandy is a multi-award winning composer, musician and singer. She has studied classical, jazz, African, Indonesian gamelan and electro-acoustic music. A Métis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations, she hails from four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians. Among her four recordings to date, she has won five Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, an Indian Summer Music Award (U.S.A.), a Western Canadian Music Award and received three consecutive Juno nominations. Check out her web site: http://sandyscofield.com/

Elizabeth Riley Band: Ottawa-based Elizabeth Riley Band has a raw, contagious sound, with original songs and interpretations inspired by bluegrass, folk classics, and alt and traditional country music. Wielding banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, djembe, stand-up snare, these four singer-songwriters speak out about personal, social and political realities. Their songs are infused with women’s lived experience. Vocally driven with an electrified edge, Elizabeth Riley Band has captivated audiences at an eclectic range of venues. For a taste of their music: http://www.elizabethrileyband.com/

Jaime Koebel: Jamie is Metis from Lac La Biche, Alberta. She is an artist, a performer, an educator and a public speaker. As a successful visual artist, she has been fortunate to have works that have been showcased world-wide and held in many prestigious personal and public galleries. Her art reflects fantastical plant life – all with a story! As a performance artist, She was a dancer with the well-known troupe, Jig on the Fly for five years until 2010 when she started a new dance group with her children called Jaime and the Jiglets. She also dances with the musical group, Fiddle Ground. Over the years, She has won many individual dance competitions in Canada and the United States. See her fantastic works: http://www.JaimeKoebel.com/

ROLL WITH THE DECLARATION – “THE LAND, OUR LIFE”

~~ Please spread the word ! ~~

ROLL WITH THE DECLARATION – “THE LAND, OUR LIFE”
Participatory Indigenous Solidarity Workshop with KAIROS, IPSMO – Barriere Lake Solidarity Collective and FAMILIES OF SISTERS IN SPIRIT

We will be making BANNERS!

1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, June 4 2011
PSAC boardroom, 233 Gilmour St. Ottawa
Unceded and Unsurrendered Algonquin Territory

This workshop is open to everyone!  Refreshment and snack will be provided.

Please R.S.V.P. through this facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164532860277728.  Thanks!!

Special guests: Ed Bianchi, Kristen Gilchrist, Bridget Tolley, Tillis Wawatie Keye and Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas!

Come and learn about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Mitchikanibikok Inik (the Algonquins of Barriere Lake) and Violence against Indigenous Women in Canada.  As a part of the discussions, we will do a powerful exercise that explores the experience and impacts of colonization – the BLANKET exercise.

In the 2nd part of the workshop, we will collectively make banners to express our solidarity with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and Indigenous Women in this country.  These banners are a way to urge Canada to get to work on implementing this historic international agreement – UNDRIP – the minimum standard for the governments to fulfill their obligations for the right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination.  These banners will then join other banners from across the country in a demonstration and march on June 20 Day of Action organized by KARIOS.

** We will ask for donations to cover the costs of materials for this event.

For more info:

Mitchikanibikok Inik (the Algonquins of Barriere Lake): http://www.barrierelakesolidarity.org,
Violence against Indigenous Women in Canada: http://www.amnesty.ca/campaigns/sisters_overview.php,
Families of Sisters in Spirit: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_126522944087041&ap=1,
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa: http://www.ipsmo.org,
KAIROS: http://www.kairoscanada.org, and

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/drip.html

Families of Sisters in Spirit: CALL FOR ARTISTS & PERFORMERS IN THE OTTAWA AREA!

Families of Sisters in Spirit, a grassroots non-profit led by families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls is seeking artists and performers who can donate their talents for the 1st Annual Families of Sisters in Spirit Fundraiser. If you would like to donate your talents please e-mail us at familiesofsistersinspirit@gmail.com,  Thank you so much in advance for your support!!

The fundraiser is on Friday April 29th, 2011 at 8 p.m. at Montgomery Legion, 359 Kent Street. Join us!

We will be serving food, raising awareness, auctioning off art, and celebrating the talents and gifts of our communities.

The 1st Annual Families of Sisters in Spirit Fundraiser will take place after a memorial vigil 6-7pm on Victoria Island, Ottawa. The vigil honours Terrie Ann Dauphinais a young Aboriginal mother of three who was murdered in her home in Calgary on April 29th, 2002.