Special event Wednesday 7pm at Bronson Centre in Ottawa and livestream online – an evening to celebrate and support Indigenous land defence – and serving as a fundraiser for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake land defenders camp, established this fall to protect their territory from mining.
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** Indigenous Land Defence : An evening of speakers and multimedia **
Wednesday December 7th –7:00pm
– at Bronson Centre (Mac Hall), 211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa
Standing Rock #NoDAPL
Chaudière Falls sacred site
Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion
Algonquins of Barriere Lake – No Mining! Land Defenders Camp
This event will be raising funds for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake land defence efforts – all levels of donations are welcome.
Rajagopal P.V. of Ekta Parishad is the foremost leader, teacher, and practitioner of nonviolence in India. From South India, Rajagopal began his work on nonviolence when he spent six years working in the Chambal region. He spent 15 years working with Indian rural youth through nonviolent and community building training programs. In 1993, Rajagopal became the Secretary of the Gandhi Peace Foundation. In 2007, he organized and led a large nonviolentmarch, Janadesh, where 25,000 people walked from Gwalior to Delhi. In 2012, after preparing for four years, Rajagopal organized a similar, although larger, nonviolent march where 100,000 people walked, again from Gwalior to Delhi, for land reform, and were successful in negotiating their requirements for sustainable land regulations. Rajagopal, along with the work of Ekta Parishad, is a world leader on nonviolent struggles, training and actions.
Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagan) in Northern Manitoba, Canada, is an activist for indigenous self-determination and environmental justice. Based out of Ottawa, Clayton is the co-director of the Indigenous TarSands (ITS) Campaign of the Polaris Institute as well as a volunteer organizer with the Defenders of the Land-Idle No More national campaign known as Sovereignty Summer. Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement globally for energy and climate justice. He serves on the board of the Global Justice Ecology Project, Canadian based Raven Trust and Navajo Nation based, Black Mesa Water Coalition. Clayton has traveled extensively domestically and internationally leading Indigenous delegations to lobby United Nations bodies including the UN framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Earth Summits and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Michel Thusky is an Elder and spokesperson from the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake. He is involved with the Barriere Lake Solidarity activities, and is often a spokesperson for his community. Several documentaries, including the recent film Honour Your Word, have been made about the issues in Barriere Lake, and the lack of attention paid to the injustices suffered by the Algonquin community who live there. Mr. Thusky often addresses the various struggles, blockages and community identity in the context of his people’s struggle to defend their land, their way of life, and their traditional governance system against attacks by the colonial governments of Quebec and Canada.
Monday, April 22, 6:00 to Midnight
Rideau Curling Club, 715 Cooper Street, Ottawa
— Facebook event link
Free – suggested donation $10 – $20
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Food will be provided by Food Not Bombs Ottawa, and there is a bar in the Curling Club
The IPSM is organizing a fundraiser for front-line land defenders from Six Nations this Earth Day!
All of the money raised will be going directly to the Six Nations Land Defenders Legal Defence Fund.
The night will feature short movies, speakers and live music!
Day Zero, about the Six Nations Land Reclamation
Rough Cut: Toad: Onkwehonwe Land Defender
the National Film Board film, Six Miles Deep (subtitled)
Francine “Flower” Doxtator
True Rez, award winning hip-hop artists from Six Nations
In 2006, activists from Six Nations reclaimed a part of their territory, “Kanonhstaton” that was going to be developed by several construction companies who had, illegally, invested in Douglas Creek Estates. For most of the summer of 2006, the land reclamation was highly publicized. Since then, although it has not generated the same media attention, Haudenosaunee activists have continued to fight to protect their lands and waters. Due to this fight, the last six years have seen harsh criminalization of Haudenosaunee Land Defenders. Dozens of people have faced criminal charges and several have served substantial time in jail. In Brantford, an injunction was passed making it illegal for anyone from Six Nations to be involved in land claims protest within the city.
Several Six Nations activists have also been arrested and charged of serious criminal offences due to the actions of Gary McHale, a racist right-wing demagogue with ties to overt white supremacists. On February 18th several Six Nations land defenders were arrested for allegedly “obstructing” and “assaulting” OPP officers. That day anti-native rights activist, Gary McHale, marched onto Kanonstaton and succeeded yet again in instigating conflict by unexpectedly marching towards the house at Kanonhstaton and disturbing the Haudenosaunee people living there. Later, on April 28th, the police claimed that by being at Kanonhstaton on April 28th, Flower had breached conditions stemming from the charges on February 18th.
We must continue to build support for Six Nations land defenders and resist the actions of the colonial courts in criminalizing Six Nations land defenders. Flower is still not legally allowed to return to Kanonhstaton and in order to avoid jail she had to agree to live with her surety in Toronto – away from her home, her community and friends, her daughter, and her four grandchildren. All of us living on this land are treaty people, and we as treaty people must overcome such outrageous and heartbreaking violations of treaty and human rights by building support for our friends and allies at Six Nations.
In terms of a legal strategy, money is still urgently needed.
The April 28th Coalition is asking for your help to support Flower in a number of ways:
Pass a motion within your union or political organization denouncing this political repression of indigenous land rights activists.
Invite Flower and other members of the April 28th Coalition to come and speak to your group about her case and the larger issues of Six Nations land rights and activism in support of treaty rights.
Raise money to help cover the legal costs of appealing the court’s decision to ban Flower from Kanonhstaton.
Send money to help Flower cover the cost of replacing the glasses the police broke while arresting her and to aid with her living costs while she is in Toronto.
Come to Flower’s next court appearance at 2pm on June 26th in Cayuga, Ontario.
Get involved in the April 28th Coalition.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with us and tell us how you can help with any of these matters. Cheques can be made payable to “First Nations Solidarity Working Group” and mailed c/o Laura Lepper to 193 Tansley Rd., Thornhill, ON, L4J 2Y8. You can also donate money via credit card or paypal by clicking on the “donate” button at the http://www.april28.net/ website.
A different Canada… begins with respect, relationships and openness to change.
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)
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