IPSMO to present “Kinàmàgawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom” and “Reel Injun” at OPIRG Ottawa Film Festival

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO) will present the following films as part of the OPIRG Ottawa Film Festival:

2:00 PM: Kinàmàgawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom

A film by Canadian Studies MA student Melissa Santoro Greyeyes-Brant and filmmaker/Carleton University alumnus Howard Adler, “Kinamagawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom” examines the difficulties and challenges in discussing Aboriginal issues in post-secondary classrooms. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vjQgpEryVM

Image credit: OPIRG-Ottawa

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening

8:00 PM: Reel Injun

(Presented in partnership with the Aboriginal Studies Program)

“Reel Injun” takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

Location: University of Ottawa, University Centre Agora
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/128135853972830

Discussion will follow after the film with Sheila Grantham (Anishinabe/Metis and a doctoral candidate in the School of Canadian Studies) and David Welch, a member of IPSMO and professor at University of ottawa.


March 3 – Decolonizing Social Justice: The Anti-Violence Movement and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Decolonizing Social Justice:
The Anti-Violence Movement and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

The Institute of Women’s Studies of the University of Ottawa is pleased invite you to the Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture in Women’s Studies entitled “Decolonizing Social Justice: The Anti-Violence Movement and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex” given by Andrea Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside Co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color against Violence and The Boarding School Healing Project.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium, 85 University Private, University of Ottawa
Info: womenst@uOttawa.ca or Kathryn.Trevenen@uOttawa.ca


Andrea Smith is a co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project. She is the author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide and Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances. She is also editor of The Revolution will not be funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex and The Color of Violence. She currently teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

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Montreal’s 1st Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women

Eagles soar above Vancouver march for murdered and missing women
By Carlito Pablo
Publish Date: February 14, 2010
Source: http://www.straight.com/article-289757/vancouver/eagles-soar-above-vancouver-march-murdered-and-missing-women

In Our Own Words
Women living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside weigh in on the Olympics
By by Stella August and Phillipa Ryan
February 14, 2010
Source: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/2917

An Olympics Failure:
At lease 137 Native Women Missing and Murdered in BC since 1980
by Maya Rolbin-Ghanie
February 12, 2010
Source: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/2982

Missing women’s initiative in limbo as memorial marches approach
By Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 13, 2010
Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Missing+women+initiative+limbo+memorial+marches+approach+words+with+optional+trim+words+OTTA/2559398/story.html

All Eyes on Us: Revealing Over 500 Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada

All Eyes on Us!
Capitalizing on the 2010 Olympics to Call International Attention to
the 500+ Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
By Carmen Teeple Hopkins
January 18, 2010
Source: http://no2010.com/node/1269

********** Action Alert **********

Please take FIVE MINUTES to ask that our elected officials take action to end the violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

Indigenous women living in Canada are five times more at risk of dying a violent death than other women, according to a Canadian government statistic. A study by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) concluded that 521 indigenous girls and women have gone missing or been murdered since 1980, and calls for an emergency strategy. Some activists believe the number of missing to be much higher, as many cases go unreported, often due to distrust between First Nations communities and police.

Amnesty International issued a comprehensive report in 2004 entitled “Stolen Sisters: A Human Rights Response to discrimination and violence against Indigenous women in Canada,” and the UN recently called on the Canadian government to investigate why hundreds of deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women remain unsolved.

Please ask that our elected representatives do something about this important issue: