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December 31, 2016

le 3 janvier 2017 – Solidarité à Val d’Or avec les femmes authochtones

(ENGLISH FOLLOWS) En réponse aux poursuites de 2,3 millions entamées par 41 policiers de Val d’Or contre ICI Radio-Canada pour avoir couvert les accusations des femmes autochtones de 37 cas d’agressions sexuelles, une démonstration aura lieu à la station de police de Val d’Or le 3 janvier 2017. Cette démonstration servira aussi de réponse à la récente marche en support aux dit policiers, impliquant quelques citoyens de Val d’Or.

QUOI : Blancs (et autres) en solidarité avec les femmes autochtones
QUAND : Mardi 3 janvier 2017, 11h30am-1h00pm
OU : Val d’Or –1151 rue d’Escale (en dehors de la station de police)
POURQUOI : Démontrer notre support envers les autochtones qui ont dénoncées les injustices

  • Des lettres de support envoyées par différentes personnes ou organisations à travers du Canada seron lues sur place.
  • La démonstration demande spécifiquement aux blancs de démontrer leur support avec les femmes autochtones.
  • Le thème de démonstration assertera que :
    o Nous croyons les femmes autochtones et dénonçons la culture du viol qui laisse la vaste majorité des agressions sexuelles jamais dénoncées et/ou impunies.
    o Que la violence policière contre les personnes autochtones, peu importe la forme qu’elle prend, est une manifestation contemporaine de la suprématie blanche et du colonialisme d’occupation dans le présent.
    o Qu’il y a des alliés non-autochtones qui suivent et dénoncent ces injustices partout au Canada

CONTACT: Trycia Bazinet tryciabazinet@gmail.com

Facebook for live video and more information: @IPSMO (Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement Ottawa
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January 3, 2017 – Solidarity in Val d’Or with Indigenous Women

In response to the lawsuit launched by 41 police officers against the news outlet (ICI Radio-Canada) that aired the testimonies of Indigenous women denouncing sexual assault (37 cases recorded), a demonstration will take place at the Val d’Or police station on January 3rd 2017. This demonstration is also a response to the citizen’s march in support of police officers, which recently took place in Val d’Or.

WHAT: Non-native Solidarity rally for Indigenous women attacked by police in Val d’Or
WHEN: Tuesday January 3rd (2017) 11:30am – 1:00pm
WHERE: Val d’Or – 1151 rue d’Escale (outside the police station)
WHO: Non-native (especially whites) in support of those confronting and exposing mistreatment by police
WHY: To show support for those risking their own safety to stand up for justice

  • Letters of support, sent by various individuals and organizations, will be read on spot.
  • Main messages of the rally:
    o We believe Indigenous women and denounced rape culture, which results in the the vast majority of sexual assaults of ever being denounced and/or punished.
    o That police violence against Indigenous peoples, in whichever forms it takes, is a contemporary manifestation of white supremacy and ongoing colonialism of occupation.
    o There are allies all accross Canada following this case and denouncing the injustices

CONTACT : Rally coordinator Trycia Bazinet tryciabazinet@gmail.com

Facebook for live video and more information: @IPSMO (Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement Ottawa)
Facebook event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/1689759581338008/

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July 16, 2012

Algonquins threaten blockade while Montreal riot cops stand on alert

Charest allows logging by Resolute Forest Products in violation of Agreement, as supporters prepare casserole demo in Montreal on Wednesday
 
July 16, Poigan Bay, QC – Tension is escalating between the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake, QC, and Resolute Forest Products (formerly known as Abitibi-Bowater) as their standoff enters its thirteenth day, and as members of the Algonquin community move their protest camp site closer to logging operations to prevent further cutting.
 
Algonquin families have camped alongside the road where logging has been destroying the community’s sacred sites and moose habitat, and have succeeded in periodically stopping the cutting.  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 Montreal-based 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.
 
“I was not properly consulted nor did I provide consent to this logging within our territory,” said Algonquin elder Gabriel Wawatie, whose family territory is being clear-cut, in a letter last week to Premier Charest and the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources that has not been responded to by the Liberal government.
 
“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.  “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 it.”
 
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.
 
A casserole demonstration in support of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake has been called for this Wednesday (July 18th) at 11:30am, at the Resolute headquarters in Montreal.
 
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Contact: Community spokesperson Norman Matchewan, 819-435-2171, 819-527-0414
 
 
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Escalade de conflit concernant la coupe à blanc sur un territoire algonquin
 
Le gouvernement Charest autorise la société Resolute Forest Products à déboiser un territoire, enfreingnant l’Accord, lorsque les sympathisants et sympathisantes se préparent pour une manifestation de casseroles à Montréal mercredi prochain
 
Le 16 juillet, Baie Poigan, QC – Alors que l’impasse entre la communauté algonquine du Lac Barrière, QC, et la société Produits forestiers Résolu/Resolute Forest Products (anciennement connue sous le nom d’Abitibi Bowater) en est à son 13ième jour, les membres de la communauté déplacent leur campement de  manifestation plus près des opérations d’abbatage afin d’empêcher la continuation de la coupe.
 
Des familles algonquines ont campé le long du chemin où le déboisement est en train de détruire non seulement l’habitat des lieux sacrés de la communauté, mais aussi celui  des orignaux. Ces familles ont vécu des petites victoires en mettant fin au déboisement pendant des périodes de temps. La police, dont certain de l’escouade anti-émeute de Montréal, a accompagné des bûcherons sur le territoire, et y maintient une présence importante. Elle a déjà menacé d’arrêter des membres de la communauté.
 
Les opérations de la société multi-nationale, dont le siège-social se trouve à Montréal, ont été autorisées par le gouvernement Charest sans le consentement de la communauté et sans l’avoir consultée. Cette autorisation enfreind l’Accord Trilatéral que le gouvernement du Québec a signé avec la communauté du Lac Barrière en 1991.
 
“On ne m’a pas consulté et je n’ai donné aucun consentement pour autoriser le déboisement sur notre territoire,” a dit Gabriel Wawaite, aîné de la communauté, dans une lettre envoyée la semaine derniére au premier ministre Jean Charest et au ministre des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune. Bien que la coupe ait lieu sur son territoire et celui de sa famille, il n’a toujours pas reçu de réponse de la part du gouvernement libéral.
 
“Le gouvernement Charest a agi de mauvaise foi en autorisant cette société a déboisé le territoire en dépit des accords signés avec notre communauté,” dit Norman Matchewan, porte-parole de la communauté. “Par conséquence, nous n’avons pas d’autres options que de tenter d’empêcher la continuation des opérations forestières. Ça fait 20 ans que nous attendons que le gouvernement québécois respecte l’Accord.”
 
La communauté du Lac Barrière veut que le Québec respecte l’Accord Trilatéral. Il s’agit d’un accord de dévéloppement durable avant-gardiste, qui a reçu l’éloge des Nations Unies.  Le gouvernement Charest a aussi ignoré les recommendations de deux anciens ministres du cabinet libéral, soit le représentant de Québec John Ciaccia et celui du Lac Barrière Clifford Lincon. Ceux-ci recommendaient que l’Accord soit mis en application. L’Accord vise à permettre l’abbatage tout en protégeant la mode de vie des AlgonquinEs, et il leur offrirait 1,5 million de dollars des 100 million de dollars de revenus issus de l’extraction des ressources sur leur territoire chaque année.
 
Une manifestation de casseroles en soutient aux AlgonquinEs du Lac Barrière aura lieu mercredi prochain (le 18 juillet) à 11h30, au siège-social de Résolu/Resolute à Montréal.
 
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Contact: Porte-parole de la communauté, Norman Matchewan: 819-435-2171, 819-527-0414
 

March 8, 2011

Mar18-19: Forum on Police Violence, Incarceration and Alternatives

Forum on Police Violence, Incarceration and Alternatives

LE FORUM SUR LA VIOLENCE POLICIÈRE, L’EMPRISONNEMENT ET LES ALTERNATIVES – OTTAWA 18 ET 19 MARS 2011

Schedule//horaire

FRIDAY MARCH 18th=====================

Opening Panel – 7pm

with Ashanti Alston, Bridget Tolley, Julie Matson, Jaggi Singh

MRT 205 (U of O campus)

In this opening panel the panelists will speak about their various
experiences with and analysis of the police, prisons and alternatives to
both.

Ashanti Alston:

is a former member of the Black Panther Party and ex-political prisoner.
He publishes the Zine Anarchist Panther and has been a guest lecturer at
the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont, speaking on the Panthers and
the history of Black nationalist movements. He has spent time in Chiapas,
Mexico, studying the autonomous structure of Zapatista communities and
working on his memoirs. Ashanti resides in Rhode Island, where he is
presently the national co-chair of the Jericho Amnesty Movement, and an
active member of Estacion Libre, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and
Critical Resistance.

Bridget Tolley:

is a member of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec. Her mother was
struck and killed by the Quebec Police on October 6th, 2001.She believes
that there was homicidal negligence on the part of Surete du Quebec
officers and is presently working on a complete review of the
investigation, arguing that homicide files were filled with inaccuries and
incongruent reports and that police procedures were not conducted
according to accepted practices.Bridget feels the dignity and respect of
the deceased and family members was greatly breached by all police
officers and the investigation team involved.

Julie Matson:

is the daughter of Ben Matson who was killed by Vancouver police in 2002.
She is an activist who opposes police violence and impunity. She says
investigations into police killings and brutality should be conducted by a
third party not connected to any police force. She says the way police
there handled the investigation into her father’s death is typical of what
happens across the country.

“I witnessed first hand cover-ups, lies, misinformation [and] conveniently
forgotten reports,” said Matson. “It’s not recognizing the real story
that’s happening there. It’s just recognizing what they want to see, and
that’s protecting themselves.”

Jaggi Singh:

is a long-time organizer and activist. He has been involved in many groups
and campaigns over the years, especially the anti-capitalist movement
(CLAC), anti-racism and migrant-justice (with No One Is Illegal –
Montreal), indigenous solidarity and anti-police brutality. He was also
targeted for arrest during the recent anti-g8/g20 protests in Toronto.

SATURDAY MARCH 19th==========================

Morisset rooms 219, 221, 250, 256 – U of O campus

More info and confirmed speakers to come soon

Confirmed Speakers:

Sara Falconer
Anne K. Abbot
Patrizia Gentile
Sunny Marriner
Karl Kersplebedeb
Ottawa Movement Defence
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Coalition Opposed to Police Brutality
Transvestite and Transsexual Health Action
Prostitutes of Ottawa: Work, Educate, Resist

The themes of the conference will be police violence, especially against
resistance movements, how to support prisoners, state violence against
indigenous communities, alternatives to prison, campaigns against state
repression and much more.

We hope that you will be inspired by the conference and that this
inspiration will translate into a renewal of local initiatives against
police violence, prisons and creating alternatives to both.

Les thèmes de la conférence seront la violence policière dans les
mouvements contestataires, comment supporter ceux présentement
emprisonnés, la violence d’état dans les communautés Autochtones, les
alternatives aux prisons, campagnes contre la répression et plusieurs
autres.

Nous espérons que vous serrez inspirés par la conférence et que cette
inspiration se traduira en un renouvellement d’initiatives locales contre
la violence policière!

More info: 613-230-3076 / opirgrc@gmail.com / http://policeforum.wordpress.com

IPSMO has endorsed this event.

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