Pillage and profit, from the Amazon to Ardoch

Pillage and profit, from the Amazon to Ardoch: An evening of film, music, and discussion about the exploitation of Indigenous peoples’ lands by Canadian companies

Click the image to download the Issue Brief: The Achuar and Talisman Energy prepared by Amazon Watch

Monday April 23, 2012 
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch
120 Metcalfe St. (at Laurier)
Ottawa, unceded Algonquin Territory 

Join us for an evening of discussion with Indigenous peoples resisting the exploitation of their lands by Canadian oil and mining companies.

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The event will be opened with a Blessing by Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont. There will be a screening of the award-winning documentary “Chumpi & the Waterfall”. This film explores the way of life of an Achuar community in the Peruvian Amazon – a way of life that’s under threat by Canadian oil company Talisman Energy’s plans to drill oil in their hunting and fishing grounds.

“I have told the CEO of Talisman, John Manzoni, that the Achuar people do not want oil operations in our ancestral territory, but Talisman refuses to respect our right to live in peace and harmony,” says Achuar leader Peas Peas Ayui.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with:

Peas Peas Ayui, Lucas Irar Miik, Lucas Chayat Ayui, and Puwaanch Kintui Antich, leaders from Achuar communities in the Amazon rainforest

Gregor MacLennan, Peru Program Coordinator for Amazon Watch

Mireille Lapointe, former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, who have resisted uranium mining on their land

Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas, of the Quechua-Aymara nation and professor of Aboriginal studies at the University of Ottawa

Musical performances by Three Little Birds, and by Julie Comber, Ógui, & Josh Myles.

Admission is free; donations to support the Achuar community will be accepted.

This event is hosted by Amazon Watch, Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa, and the Indigenous and Canadian Studies Students Association of the University of Ottawa.

Can’t make it to the event? Please visit https://www.achuarmovie.org to:

  • learn more about the Achuar
  • Sign a petition demanding that Talisman Energy halt oil exploration in Achuar territory
  • Donate to support the Achuar’s cause

“Leave us in peace. We want to live free, breathe pure air. The Creator made this land here so we could live peacefully.”
Pitiur Unti Saant, Achuar elder and leader

Achuar v. Talisman Energy: The struggle continues

Potluck Feast & Fundraiser! In Celebration of Algonquin Resistance to Assimilation


Potluck Feast and Fundraiser!
In Celebration of Algonquin Resistance to Assimilation 

A dinner with a talk by Michel Thusky, a community spokesperson from the Algonquin Community of Barriere Lake and musical performance by Three Little Birds.

photo credit: Mike Barber

6:00 to 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 1, 2012
PSAC, J.K. Wyllie Boardroom, 233 Gilmour St., Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territory

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Come share a meal and help support the long-standing resistance of Mitchikanibikok Inik, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, to forced assimilation and extinction. This event is a fundraiser to help cover the community’s legal costs incurred in a costly court battle they’ve been forced into by the Canadian government.

Michel Thusky, a spokesperson from the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake, will talk about 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.

Please bring either a dish to share, or a suggested minimum donation of $5 to 20 to ensure the costs of this event are covered. Some extra food will be prepared to make sure there is enough to feed everyone.

All proceeds after costs are covered, will go to the Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund.

Download the poster and spread the word!

The event location is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information about the Mitchikanibikok Inik community and their current legal action, please see:

For musical performance by Three Little Birds:

* This event is part of Barriere Lake Speaking Tour in Ontario and Quebec in March 2012: Ottawa (March 1), Waterloo (March 3), Toronto (March 5) and Montreal (Date: TBD)

Algonquin Resistance to Assimilation: Barriere Lake Speaks in Toronto
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto

Snacks and refreshments will be available at the event.

For a good background video on Section 74 and the Barriere Lake struggle, see this short 4-minute film: