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The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have been forced into a costly legal battle with Canada to protect their land rights.

They cannot succeed without your support.

The community has been fighting for years to ensure Canada and Quebec honour the Trilateral Agreement, a landmark resource co-management agreement signed in 1991.

The governments are determined to quash the agreement and are now trying to seize sensitive community documents supporting the fight for the Trilateral Agreement. These documents include research on traditional land use & occupancy, wildlife habitat studies, and land claims research.

Barriere Lake is being forced to take costly legal action to protect themselves against the actions of the Canadian government, and its proxy, an illegitimate band council that doesn’t represent the community. The band council was put in place last summer by INAC with only a dozen nominations; most community members boycotted the process, defending their customary government system.

Monthly legal costs that the Algonquins of Barriere Lake must incur will rise into the tens of thousands of dollars by the end of the year, amounting to approximately $30,000 by December 2011. The community’s next legal bill – due at the end of August – will total over $6,000 alone.

If the community loses their case to keep possession of the Trilateral documents, they will launch a constitutional challenge against Canada and the imposition of SECTION 74 of the INDIAN ACT. Section 74 allows the Minister of Indian Affairs to impose band council elections on a customary government, which is a violation of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, protected in Section 35 of the Constitution. This legal challenge will cost more than $100,000 dollars over time.

To read about the 3 MAJOR CONSEQUENCES to this legal case, please see our website:

You can also find a PayPal link on our website for direct financial donations to the community:   Everything counts. Please give what you can.

Checks can be mailed to:

631 King Edward Ave. (3rd floor / 3ieme étage)
Ottawa, ON
K1N 7N8

** Please make checks out to “Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa”  with “Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund” in the memo line **

For more information on Section 74 or to find out how you can reach the community directly for support, please contact at or

For a good background video on Section 74 and the Barriere Lake struggle, please see this short 3-minute film:



Barriere Lake Solidarity has produced this video to help bring attention to the current struggle by the Algonquins of Barriere Lake (ABL) against the Canadian Government’s imposition of Section 74 of the Indian Act. By enacting this obscure piece of the Act, the Canadian Government is attempting to take control of the community by imposing band council elections on the community. The ABL have always had their own customary government.

For more information, visit:


Les Algonquins de Lac Barrière ont été entraînés de force dans une bataille juridique avec le gouvernement du Canada pour protéger leurs droits territoriaux.

Ils n’y parviendront pas san votre appui.

La communauté se bat depuis des années pour s’assurer que le Canada et le Québec honorent l’entente trilatérale, plan de gestion intégrée des ressources signée en 1991.

Les gouvernements sont déterminés à faire annuler l’accord et tentent maintenant de saisir des documents névralgiques de la communauté appuyant leur lutte en faveur de l’accord trilatéral. Ces documents comprennent de la recherche sur l’utilisation et l’occupation traditionnelle du territoire, des études sur l’habitat faunique et de la recherche en lien avec leurs revendications territoriales.

Lac Barrière est forcé de prendre des couteuses mesures judiciaires pour se protéger des actions du gouvernement Canadien et ses représentants, un conseil de bande illégitime qui ne représente pas la communauté. Le conseil de bande a été mis en place l’été dernier par AINC avec à peine une douzaine de nominations; la plupart des membres de la communauté ont boycotté le processus, défendant leur système de gouvernance traditionnel.

Les frais juridiques qu’encourent mensuellement les Algonquins de Lac Barrière totaliseront des dizaines de milliers de dollars à la fin de l’année, soit approximativement 30 000 $ en Décembre 2011. La prochaine facture de frais juridiques de la communauté, dues à la fin d’aout, coutera plus de 6000 $ à elle seule.

Si la communauté perd le droit de garder en sa possession les documents de l’entente trilatéreale, elle lancera une contestation constitutionnelle contre le Canada et l’imposition de l’article 74 de la Loi sur les Indiens. L’article 74 permet au Ministre des Affaires Autochtones d’imposer un Conseil de bande plutôt qu’un gouvernement traditionnel, ce qui est une violation des Droits et Traités Autochtones, protégés à l’article 35 de la Constitution. Cette contestation judiciaire couteras plus de 100 000 $ dollars à long terme.

Pour en savoir davantage sur les 3 CONSÉQUENCES MAJEURS de cette affaire, veuillez visiter notre site web : [Anglais seulement pour l’instant]

Vous trouverez également un lien PayPal sur notre site pour faire une contribution financière directement à la communauté: montant compte. SVP. Donnez ce que vous pouvez.

Les chèques peuvent etre postés à :
631 King Edward Ave. (3e Étage)
Ottawa, ON
K1N 7N8

** SVP libeller les chèques au nom de “Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa
et inscrire “Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund” au bas du chèque **

Pour plus d’informations sur l’article 74 ou pour savoir comment joindre la communauté pour l’appuyer directement, svp contactez nous. Pour une introduction sur l’article 74 et la lutte de Lac Barrière, veuillez visionner cette courte vidéo de 3 minutes :


Jan 22/23 – Global Apartheid conference/convergence

For full information, please see

This year, OPIRG Carleton and OPIRG-Ottawa/GRIPO-Ottawa have teamed up to organize a conference focusing on Global Apartheid: the system of global inequality that dictates access to wealth, power and basic human rights based on race and place*.  Apartheid, an institutionalized system of racial subjugation which means ‘separateness’ in Afrikaans, did not end when South African apartheid formally ended in 1994, but continues to manifest itself today in many local and global contexts: Indigenous struggles for justice from Turtle Island to Palestine; Canada’s system of unfree migrant labour; struggles against colonial borders and racist citizenship regimes around the world; and racialized economic apartheid, to name but a few examples.


Opening Plenary :: Race, Space, and (In)Justice
Global Apartheid from South Africa to Turtle Island

A panel discussion with Shawn Brant, Rozena Maart, Chris Ramsaroop, and Jaggi Singh
7:00pm :: Carleton University, Azrieli Theatre 102


Building Movements to End Apartheid :: Workshops & Panels
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Morisset Hall, 65 Universite Pvt, University of Ottawa

*Advance registration required – PWYC, $5-10 suggested (includes breakfast, lunch, and conference materials)
>> Click here to register
>> Click here for schedule
… schedule includes ‘Indigenous Solidarity For Settlers’ at 2:00pm presented by IPSMO

Artists Against Apartheid :: No One Is Illegal-Ottawa Fundraiser
9:00pm, East African Restaurant, 376 Rideau Street

PWYC // suggested $5 at the door – all proceeds to No One Is Illegal-Ottawa

Featuring the Ottawa debut of Palestinian spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah performing poems from her critically acclaimed CD “Hadeel”
PLUS * Ian Keteku (Ottawa) * Free Will (Ottawa) * Faye Estrella (Ottawa) * Readnex Poetry Squad (New York) * Beats by DJ yalla!yalla! and DJ Mikkipedia