This event is cancelled.
We are so sorry for this cancellation but both Lee and Claudette are sick so we have to cancel it and hopefully we’ll organize another one in the future.
All Violence against Earth is Violence to Women,
How We must Look at the Past to Restore Our Future, a teach-in with a Celebrated Indigenous Woman, Lee Maracle!
Woman is the reflection of the Earth. – Grandmother Isabelle Meawasige
7pm – 9pm
Thursday, April 26, 2012
PSAC boardroom, 233 Gilmour St. Ottawa Unceded Algonquin Territory
MC: Michael Desautels, Metis & PSAC Aboriginal Program Officer
Opening by Claudette Commanda, Algonquin Nation
Drumming by Nancy Myatt
Followed by a circle response, discussion and poetry / spoken word performance by Vera Wabegijig, David Groulx and Angle Nsenga!
Admission: pay what you can ($5 suggested donation to cover the costs of this event).
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As a part of our Honouring Indigenous Women campaign, we are inviting you to join us in a short lecture with Lee Maracle, a highly respected woman from the Stoh:lo Nation and acclaimed author, poet, educator, storyteller and performing artist.
Last summer, we were very honoured to have Lee contribute a short piece of her writing to our Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations Vol. 1 booklet. This Spring, we are very excited and feel so privileged again that Lee is coming to Ottawa to talk to us about a very important connection. A connection that cannot be missed, oversighted or disregarded. Because our survival and our freedom depend on it:
There is a direct connection between violence against earth and violence against women.
Then there is another connection Lee wants us to pay attention to:
There is also a connection between the past and our future; a relationship that allows us to turn around, to heal ourselves and our communities.
Are you intrigued?
Come and join us on April 26th at 233 Gilmour St. in Ottawa, Algonquin Territory! We promise it’s going to be a fascinating evening that will transform your heart, mind and spirit!
This event is brought to you by Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa – www.ipsmo.org
A little be more about Lee Maracle:
Lee is currently the Aboriginal Writer-in-Residence for First Nations House, and an instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Dept. at University of Toronto. She is one of the founders of the En’owkin International School of Writing in Penticton, BC, and Cultural Director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto. She mentors young people on personal and cultural healing and reclamation. (CBC, 8th Fire)
Books by Lee Maracle
- Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel – 1975 (revised 1990)
- Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories – 1990
- Oratory: Coming to Theory – 1990
- Sundogs – 1991
- Ravensong – (Press Gang Publishers)1993
- I am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism – 1988; Press Gang Publishers 1996
- Daughters are Forever – 2002
- Will’s Garden – 2002
- First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style – (Theytus Books Publishing) 2010
“Embodied in my truth is the brilliance of hundreds of Native women who faced the worst that CanAmerica had to offer and dealt with it. Embodied in my brilliance is the great sea of knowledge that it took to overcome the paralysis of the colonized mind. I did not come to this clearing alone. Hundreds walked alongside me – Black, Asian and Native women whose tide of knowledge was bestowed upon me are the key to every CanAmerican’s emancipation.”
– Lee Maracle in I am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism
Lee Maracle speaking at May Day Assembly 2011
The Silence is Broken, But the Violence Continues: Now What? event at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto on July 20, 2011
The Silence is Broken, But the Violence Continues: Now What? Part II event at the Native Women’s Resource Centre in Toronto on November 24, 2011
All dis-empowered people seek empowerment. Patriarchy defines empowerment as the equivalent of power – over someone. This is the unifying philosophy that binds racism and sexism together. Power over the natural world, power over people, power over the seas, the air, time itself. Empowerment is the personal quest for oneness with nature, oneness with people, the seas, the skies, and time. The quest for power dis-empowers the very people who need to be empowered in order to alter the course of our story.
– Lee Maracle (Racism, Sexism and Patriarchy in Returning the Gaze Essays on Racism, Feminism and Politics: p.129)