URGENT: Chaudière Falls & Islands sacred site – Proposed condominium rezoning hearing, City of Ottawa

URGENT: 4pm Wed Oct 1st deadline to register to speak or submit to the City of Ottawa Planning Committee, that is meeting Thurs Oct 2nd 9:30am at City Hall to consider a rezoning proposal for two of the islands in order to allow the Windmill condominium development

Overview of planning vision for Indigenous & Peace Centres on sacred islands at Chaudiere Falls.
Overview of vision for Indigenous & Peace Centres on sacred islands at Chaudiere Falls.

Continue reading / scrolling for registration instructions & background information, along with compelling new 10-min video of renowned Aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal.

The Planning Committee will decide upon a recommendation to put forward for voting on by the full City council on Oct 8th, but there will be no opportunity for public input at the Oct 8th meeting.

Giving the go-ahead to building condominiums on these islands would detrimentally impact the ability to achieve the full vision of the late Algonquin spiritual leader Grandfather William Commanda for this religious / sacred site.

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TO REGISTER: Contact Committee Coordinator, Christopher Zwierzchowski at 613-580-2424 extension 21359, in advance of the meeting, by at least 4:00 pm on Wednesday, to register to speak to the committee (presentations of 5 minutes maximum).

Or, you can email him a written submission, by the same deadline (or possibly anytime before midnight on Wed Oct 1st), at: christopher.zwierzchowski@ottawa.ca – also cc: hieu.nguyen@ottawa.ca

OF NOTE: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted or the zoning by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Ottawa to the Ontario Municipal Board.

ALSO: Call or email your local councillor, especially if they are on the Planning Committee, to express your concern. Members of the Planning Committee are: Peter Hume, chair; Jan Harder, vice-chair; Stephen Blais; Rainer Bloess; Rick Chiarelli; Catherine Hobbs; Allan Hubley; Bob Monette; Shad Qadri; Tim Tierney. Contact information for councillors is at: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-council

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION on Grandfather William Commanda’s vision for the Sacred Chaudière Site, and on the City’s rezoning proposal:

VIDEO – Architect Douglas Cardinal explaining things (link to watch on youtube)

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Covenant Chain Link III – Oct 19-20, 2012

A different Canada… begins with respect, relationships and openness to change.

Click for PDF of poster

Join us Friday evening, October 19th and all day Saturday, October 20th to learn more about Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on education and how to build respectful, positive and lasting partnerships.

Covenant Chain Link III will include movie screenings on Friday evening, guest speakers, panel discussions, workshops, spoken word performances, displays, resources, networking opportunities and more!

Guest speakers include:

  • Simona Arnatsiaq, Inuit rights activist and residential school survivor
  • Albert Dumont, Algonquin elder, poet and storyteller
  • Francine Lemay, translator, sister of Marcel Lemay, who was killed during the 1990 Oka crisis
  • Lois McCallum, Métis Senator and rights advocate
  • Susanna Singoorie, Inuit elder
  • Joel Westheimer, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

Where: Bronson Centre, Mac Hall, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa

When: On October 19th (registration at 6:15 pm) & October 20th (registration at 8:30 am)

For more information: Contact Ed Bianchi ebianchi@kairoscanada.org / 613-235-9956 ext. 221 / http://www.kairoscanada.org

To register – only $45: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/covenantchainlink

This event is co-sponsored by: KAIROS Canada, Legacy of Hope, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Presbyterian Church in Canada, Project of Heart, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, United Church of Canada

DOWNLOADS: poster brochure

 
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FRIDAY EVENING

  • 6:15 Registration & Gathering
  • 7:00 Presentation by Francine Lemay
  • 8:00 Film Screenings
    – Residential School Resistance Narrative Project, a collaboration with Indigenous youth
    – Why White People are Funny

SATURDAY

  • 8:30 Coffee & Gathering
  • 9:00 Ceremonial Opening with elders
    Albert Dumont
    Lois McCallum
    Susanna Singoorie
  • Panel Presentation
    The elders reflect on our theme:
    A different Canada…begins with respect, relationship and openness to change
    Moderator: Viola Thomas Truth & Reconciliation Commission
  • HEALTH BREAK
  • Focus Groups with each elder
    You are invited to join one conversation
  • 12:30 LUNCH
  • 1:30 Spoken Word Poetry
    Presentations by Indigenous and refugee youth
  • 2:00 Presentation by Professor Joel Westheimer
    Engaging citizenship in a deeper way
  • 3:00 HEALTH BREAK
  • 3:15 Open Space conversation
    One way each participant will engage in building a nation marked by relationships of reconciliation and hope for the future
  • 4:15 Closing

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, www.bit.ly/iswottawa
Or contact: ipsmo@riseup.net, 613-656-5498

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

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

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Full information at www.bit.ly/iswottawa

Indigenous Sovereignty Week Oct24-31

National Indigenous Sovereignty Week site – www.defendersoftheland.org/isw

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

SCHEDULE:

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)