Aug 23 – Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum

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Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum

Saturday August 23, 9am – Noon

As part of the upcoming Peoples’ Social Forum we are planning an assembly of organizations and individuals who are interested in working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to decolonize Turtle Island.

The assembly will provide an opportunity to share ideas about being an effective solidarity activist, analyse the issues, solutions and strategies, and identify joint or supportive actions. The assembly proposal is endorsed by the Forum’s Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus.

Join us.

Accessibility: The assembly will be physically accessible. We will also be providing ASL or live note-taking in French and English, and simultaneous translation in French and English. Let us know if you have any other interpretation needs: ipsmo@riseup.net

The following organizations are supporting the assembly: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

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List of proposed Indigenous workshops at the Peoples Social Forum: click here for PDF file

Be sure to register to participate in the PSF
(although we still invite participation in the Assembly even if you haven’t registered)

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Assemblée de convergence pour la solidarité aux peuples indigènes au Forum Social des Peuples

Samedi 23 août, 9h – Midi

Dans le cadre du prochain Forum Social des Peuples, nous organisons une assemblée des organisations et individus intéressé-e-s à travailler en solidarité avec les peuples indigènes pour la décolonisation de l’île de la Tortue.

L’assemblée sera l’occasion de partager des idées pour être efficace dans notre travail de solidarité; pour analyser les problèmes, solutions, et stratagèmes; et pour identifier des actions en soutien et en commun. La proposition de l’assemblée est approuvée par le caucus des Peuples’ d’Origine du Forum.

Joignez-vous à nous!

Accessibilité: L’Assemblé sera accessible physiquement. Nous assurer la traduction ASL ou transcription en Anglais ou Français, et traduction simultanée en Anglais at Français.

Contactez-nous si vous avez des besoins de traductions vers des autres langues : ipsmo@riseup.net

L’assemblée est soutenue par les organisations suivantes: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

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July 12 – Open Meeting for the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

Open Meeting for the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

Are you interested in doing Indigenous solidarity organizing? Do you want to learn more about how to effectively oppose colonialism and to support Indigenous people, communities and nations?

If so, come out to the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa’s upcoming open meeting, and get involved!

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Open Meeting for the IPSM Ottawa

Saturday, July 12 at 2pm
Friends (Quakers) Meetinghouse, 91A Fourth Ave.

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Everyone Welcome!
Wheelchair Accessible
www.ipsmo.org
Contact us if you require ASL/LSQ, bus tickets, child care:
ipsmo@riseup.net
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Are you interested in doing Indigenous Solidarity organizing? Do you want to learn more about how to effectively oppose colonialism and to support Indigenous communities and peoples?

If so, come out to the IPSM Ottawa upcoming open meeting, and get involved!

We are currently  organizing towards an Indigenous Solidarity Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum, and will be organizing an event in collaboration with the Asinabka Film Festival (www.asinabkafestival.org) on July 23rd.

About the IPSM Ottawa

The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement of Ottawa started as a group of activists who did some solidarity organizing in support of the six nations land reclamation near Caledonia, in the summer of 2006.

Since then we have been doing Indigenous solidarity organizing in many varied ways and in support of many different people, issues, communities and nations. Some of this work includes supporting the Tyendinaga Mohawks during their occupation a quarry on their territory, supporting the Ardoch Algonquin and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations in their opposition to a uranium nine on their territory, and supporting local anti-racist organizing at Carleton University.

Most of the work that we have done in the past 6 years, however, has been in support of the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake and supporting initiatives and groups struggling for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits.

Our Basis of Unity:

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.

Wed May 28 – Decolonize & Anti-Oppression Workshop, Ottawa

Decolonize & Anti Oppression Workshop – Ottawa (Algonquin Territory)

Taking place on Algonquin Territory.

 

DnAO may28 imgWednesday May 28th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
at Bethel Fieldhouse (166 Frank St) in St.Luke’s Park

 

This workshop features a discussion about colonization from an indigenous context within Canada, as well as working on Anti-Oppression terminology, investigation & circle discussion and sharing knowledge about how to do community organizing, creating meaningful solidarity building, conflict resolutions processes & horizontal group/community structures.

Hosted by Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement Ottawa
In solidarity with the grassroots community actions of Idle No More.

Facilitated by: Tami Starlight is traveling from Vancouver / unceded Coast Salish territory to Montreal / Mohawk, Kanienkehaka, & Haudenosaunee territory.

 

Donation page for those who cannot make it. Please donate and pass it on. (every bit helps)
http://theantioppressionnetwork.wordpress.com/donate-now/

 

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Cost: $5 – $50 sliding scale; no one turned away due to lack of funds

Date: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Bethel Fieldhouse (166 Frank St) in St. Luke’s Park
(Near the corner of Elgin and Gladstone; the stand alone building in the middle of the park behind St. Louis Wings and Slice & Co.)

 

-What-

  • Discussion about colonization from an indigenous context within Canada
  • Anti-Oppression terminology investigation & circle discussion
  • Community organizing, meaningful solidarity building, conflict resolutions & horizontal group/community structures

 

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-Contact Information-

for more info or accessibility requests please email:
decolonizeantioppression@gmail.com

 

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April 22 – HONOUR YOUR WORD: Celebrating the Defense of Mother Earth!

 

Click image to print poster
Click image to print poster
Movie Screening and Fund Raiser for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake

With special guests: Barriere Lake community members including Norm Matchewan and Elder Michel Thusky, and (via Skype) filmmaker Martha Stiegman

Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm (doors 6pm)
at the Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank St. (near Sunnyside)
Buses # 1 & 7 (Bank) or # 5 (Riverdale)

$5-15 suggested donation
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
Fundraiser for Barriere Lake: Click to donate

 

Honour Your Word is a new documentary film – an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face.
 

Presented in Ottawa by the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa, with Diffusion Multi-Monde and co-sponsors MiningWatch Canada, OPIRG-Carleton, OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa and OSSTF District-25 Human Rights / Status of Women Committee.

 

Honour Your Word – trailer
 

 

9-minute interview with filmmaker Martha Stiegman, from CHUO 89.1FM radio show Click Here with host Mitchell Caplan:
 

 

Accessibility Notes:

  • The Mayfair Theatre has side entrances that are wheelchair accessible.
    The washrooms are not, but Shoppers Drug Mart (located next door) does have accessible washrooms.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products
  • Please contact us if you require ASL/LSQ
  • Please contact us if you require bus tickets

Contact: ipsmo@riseup.net – www.ipsmo.org
 

Please help us promote this event!

 
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Celebrating the Defense of Mother Earth!

This movie screening of Honour Your Word is the IPSM Ottawa’s 3rd “Earth Day” event Celebrating the Defense of Mother Earth!

Last year we were honoured to work with Defenders of the Land and Land Defenders from Six Nations and we raised $1405 for the legal defense of activists from Six Nations, and in 2009 we organized our 1st event with Minwaashin Lodge, the Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and others.

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More about the movie – Honour Your Word (2013, 59min):

New Algonquin leaders are followed as their community fights to protect their land, their way of life and their language.

The title refers to the Algonquins of Barriere Lake’s campaign slogan demanding Canada and Quebec honour a precedent-setting conservation deal signed in 1991. Director Martha Stiegman spent four years shooting this poetic, heartfelt documentary that challenges stereotypes of “angry Indians.” Honour Your Word juxtaposes starkly contrasting landscapes—the majesty of the bush, a dramatic highway stand-off against a riot squad, daily life within the confines of the reserve—to reveal the spirit of a people for whom blockading has become a part of their way of life, a life rooted in the forest they are defending.

For more information:

 
 

In-depth interview with IPSMO member on Decolonization and Indigenous Solidarity

 
IPSMO member Greg Macdougall was interviewed by Craig Fortier of York University for a larger research project on decolonization and Indigenous solidarity, that involves interviews with Indigenous solidarity activists across Turtle Island (North America).

There is a 70-minute audio, and full transcript, at this link

The interview is divided into six sections (themes):

  • (Personal) History + Background
  • On Decolonization
  • Ideas + Desires + Principles = Practices
  • Historical, Political, Social, Economic Context
  • On Relationships + Contradictions
  • On Resurgence

 

Hundreds to do casseroles protest against forestry company as Algonquins attempt to blockade logging

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release

Hundreds to do casseroles protest against forestry company as Algonquins attempt to blockade logging

Supporters, including spokespeople of CLASSE, to demonstrate against Resolute Forest Products and Charest government

July 18, Montreal, QC / – Today, a casseroles demonstration will take place at 11:30 am in front of the downtown Montreal offices of Resolute Forest Products (111 Duke street, between Wellington and Ottawa), as members of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue to try to blockade logging allowed by the Charest government.

Hundreds of protestors, including CLASSE co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau Dubois, will then march to the Premier Charest’s office at Mcgill and Sherbrooke.

During a two-week stand-off with Resolute Forest Products (formerly known as Abitibi-Bowater) on their traditional territory four hours north of Montreal, the Algonquin community has created a protest camp site close to logging operations to prevent the further destruction of the community’s sacred sites and moose habitat. Quebec police, including a riot squad from Montreal, have escorted the loggers and maintained a large presence, issuing threats of arrest to community members.

The multi-national company’s operations have been licensed by the Charest government without the Algonquin community’s consent or consultation, and in violation of the Trilateral Agreement the Quebec government signed with Barriere Lake in 1991.

“The Charest government has acted in bad faith, giving this company the go-ahead to log while they ignore their signed agreements with our community,” said Norman Matchewan, a community spokesperson. “The overwhelming majority of community members are opposed to what is happening. It has left us with no choice but to try to stop forestry operations. We have been waiting 20 years for the Quebec government to honour their agreements.”

“Indigenous communities like Barriere Lake who are courageously protecting their lands from ecological destruction by multinational companies are fighting on behalf of us all,” said Beatriz Muñoz, a representative of the social struggle committee of CLASSE. “Support for Indigenous rights is central to our broader struggle for the common good.”

Barriere Lake wants Quebec to honour the Trilateral agreement, a landmark sustainable development agreement praised by the United Nations. The Charest government has also ignored the formal recommendations of two former Quebec Liberal Cabinet Ministers, Quebec representative John Ciaccia and Barriere Lake representative Clifford Lincoln, that the agreement be implemented. The agreement is intended to allow logging to continue while protecting the Algonquins’ way of life and giving them a $1.5 million share of the $100 million in resource revenue that comes out of their territory every year.

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Contact: Community spokesperson, Norman Matchewan: 819-435-2171, 819-527-0414

(Montreal) Molly Churchill – 514-692-8220

Feb 13 – IPSMO New Members’ Meeting

IPSMO New Members’ Meeting & Screening of Short Films

Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2pm
ipsmo@riseup.net
http://www.ipsmo.org

Women’s Studies Student’s Association Office
55 Laurier Ave. East (at Laurier transitway station)
Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa
Room 2170 J

We will meet you in front of the doors in front of the Laurier bus stop.

Everyone Welcome!
Accessible
Contact us if you require sign language translation
Ottawa, Ontario
On unceded Algonquin territory

IPSMO is continuing to have “New Member’s Meetings” in order to make it easier for new people to get involved in the group.

New Members Meetings provide an opportunity to meet IPSMO organizers,  talk with them and to learn about what the IPSM Ottawa is and does. We will also be watching one or two short movies, in this case about missing and murdered indigenous women, as well as having some food and just talking about various things in a social atmosphere.

We will also provide a brief introduction to the campaigns and support work that we do. Finally, we will address how IPSMO works as a collective.

The IPSM Ottawa has and does work on many issues as far as indigenous solidarity is concerned. We work with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, the Ardoch Algonquin, the Akwesasne People’s Fire, as well as the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, support for John Moore, and many others.

As part of the New Members Meeting we will be showing one or two short movies. We hope to show 2 movies by Audrey Huntley:

Go Home, Baby Girl , CBC News Sunday by Audrey Huntley, Carolynne Hew and Liz Rosch

The Heart Has Its Own Memory
by Audrey Huntley and Folkard Fritz

Audrey Huntley from the No More Silence Coalition speaks about political activism and the neglected and ignored issue of missing Aboriginal women in Canada, before screening her film on the issue, ‘The Heart Has Its Own Memory’. Part of Toronto’s Israeli Apartheid Week 2008:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8019090184632452299#