Indigenous and related programming at the Peoples Social Forum

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The People’s Social Forum takes place this Thursday through Sunday, August 21-24. A full schedule can be found at
www.peoplessocialforum.org/program

We’ve also compiled a list of all the indigenous-related workshops and events: please see this PDF document.

Also keep reading below for the specific activities IPSMO is involved with at the PSF.

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Background – the People’s Social Forum is a movement-building gathering of progressive groups and institutions across Canada, Québec and Indigenous communities, with thousands expected to attend, and over 500 workshops and many other activites over the four days. Most of the activities are taking place at the University of Ottawa; there is also stuff going on on Sparks Street and Victoria Island. Registration is only $20-35. For more information, see their website:
www.peoplessocialforum.org

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IPSMO Workshops, Indigenous Solidarity assembly and Feast

All these events are at University of Ottawa

Thursday, Aug. 21: Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity, 9:00am Fauteux (FTX) 147 A

Friday, Aug. 22: Indigenous Solidarity For Settlers, 4:30pm Lamoureux (LMX) 121

Saturday, Aug. 23: Indigenous Solidarity Assembly, 9:00am ARTS 257

Saturday, Aug. 23: Feast, Faculty of Social Sciences, 7:30pm FSS 4007

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Thursday:

Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity
Thursday, Aug. 21
9:00am Fauteux (FTX) 147 A

This is a workshop for people who are new to the subject of decolonization and indigenous solidarity, and who want to learn more. We will be introducing some of the key issues, concepts and practices in effective and respectful solidarity organizing.

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Friday:

Indigenous Solidarity For Settlers
Friday, Aug.22
4:30pm Lamoureux (LMX) 121

This is a workshop that is intended for people who are already involved in doing Indigenous Solidarity organizing. It focuses on how colonization plays out in practice, and addresses how to do be effective and responsible allies. Finally, it also explores the issues of White Supremacy and Heteropatriarchy as tools of colonization.

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Saturday:

Indigenous Solidarity Assembly
9:00am, ARTS 257

As part of the upcoming Peoples’ Social Forum we are planning an assembly of organizations and individuals who are interested in working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to decolonize Turtle Island.

The assembly will provide an opportunity to share ideas about being an effective solidarity activist, analyse the issues, solutions and strategies, and identify joint or supportive actions. The assembly proposal is endorsed by the Forum’s Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus.

Accessibility: The assembly will be physically accessible. We will also be providing ASL or live note-taking in French and English, and simultaneous translation in French and English. Let us know if you have any other interpretation needs: ipsmo@riseup.net

The following organizations are supporting the assembly: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice for Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

AGENDA
9:00 Opening
9:30 Introduction
9:40 Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe
9:55 Leah Henderson
10:10 Clifton Nicholas, Mowhawk from Kanehsatake
10:25 Break
10:35 Small Group Discussion
11:05 2nd Small Group Discussion
11:35 Final thoughts
11:45 Closing
12pm – 12:30 Breakout group for additional planning

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Dans le cadre du prochain Forum Social des Peuples, nous organisons une assemblée des organisations et individus intéressé-e-s à travailler en solidarité avec les peuples indigènes pour la décolonisation de l’île de la Tortue.

L’assemblée sera l’occasion de partager des idées pour être efficace dans notre travail de solidarité; pour analyser les problèmes, solutions, et stratagèmes; et pour identifier des actions en soutien et en commun. La proposition de l’assemblée est approuvée par le caucus des Peuples’ d’Origine du Forum.

Accessibilité: L’Assemblé sera accessible physiquement. Nous assurer la traduction ASL ou transcription en Anglais ou Français, et traduction simultanée en Anglais at Français.

L’assemblée est soutenue par les organisations suivantes: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

Ordre du jour

9am Ouverture
9:00 Introduction
9:40 Dr. Lynn Gehl, Algonquienne Anishinaabe
9:55 Leah Henderson
10:10 Clifton Nichols, Mohawk de Kanehsatake
10:25 Pause
10:35 Discussion en groups petites
11:05 2ieme discussion en groups petites
11:35 Conclusions
11:45 Fermeture
12:00 – 12:30pm Discussion supplémentaire sur des actions prochaines

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Saturday:

Feast
Faculty of Social Sciences
7:30pm FSS 4007
Free Food!

Join us for a feast. We are organizing the feast as part of the Indigenous solidarity activities at the Peoples’ Social Forum, and it is intended for indigenous and indigenous solidarity activists, but everyone is welcome.

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Aug 23 – Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum

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Indigenous Solidarity Movement Assembly at the Peoples’ Social Forum

Saturday August 23, 9am – Noon

As part of the upcoming Peoples’ Social Forum we are planning an assembly of organizations and individuals who are interested in working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to decolonize Turtle Island.

The assembly will provide an opportunity to share ideas about being an effective solidarity activist, analyse the issues, solutions and strategies, and identify joint or supportive actions. The assembly proposal is endorsed by the Forum’s Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus.

Join us.

Accessibility: The assembly will be physically accessible. We will also be providing ASL or live note-taking in French and English, and simultaneous translation in French and English. Let us know if you have any other interpretation needs: ipsmo@riseup.net

The following organizations are supporting the assembly: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

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List of proposed Indigenous workshops at the Peoples Social Forum: click here for PDF file

Be sure to register to participate in the PSF
(although we still invite participation in the Assembly even if you haven’t registered)

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Assemblée de convergence pour la solidarité aux peuples indigènes au Forum Social des Peuples

Samedi 23 août, 9h – Midi

Dans le cadre du prochain Forum Social des Peuples, nous organisons une assemblée des organisations et individus intéressé-e-s à travailler en solidarité avec les peuples indigènes pour la décolonisation de l’île de la Tortue.

L’assemblée sera l’occasion de partager des idées pour être efficace dans notre travail de solidarité; pour analyser les problèmes, solutions, et stratagèmes; et pour identifier des actions en soutien et en commun. La proposition de l’assemblée est approuvée par le caucus des Peuples’ d’Origine du Forum.

Joignez-vous à nous!

Accessibilité: L’Assemblé sera accessible physiquement. Nous assurer la traduction ASL ou transcription en Anglais ou Français, et traduction simultanée en Anglais at Français.

Contactez-nous si vous avez des besoins de traductions vers des autres langues : ipsmo@riseup.net

L’assemblée est soutenue par les organisations suivantes: Christian Peacemakers Teams, Engage North, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Justice pour Deepan, KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal – Ottawa, Rising Tide – Vancouver, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton.

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Grassy Narrows Blockade – 10 years in resistance (Ottawa solidarity event Dec 5th)

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December 2nd, 2002 is the date when the courageous indigenous people of Grassy Narrows Ontario decided to halt further clear cutting of their forests.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the ongoing blockade, we are holding a film-screening and follow-up talk in solidarity.

7:00PM Wednesday December 5th

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, 4th Floor, Room 4006

(FSS building on map: http://uottawa.ca/maps)

Video “As Long as the Rivers Flow – The Grassy Narrows Blockade Story” by David Clement and Thunder Bay Indymedia
*preview:

There will be questions and discussions afterward with Craig Benjamin of Amnesty International. Craig has spent some time at Grassy Narrows.

Event hosted by IPSMO (Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa) and Amnesty International.

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IPSMO to present “Kinàmàgawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom” and “Reel Injun” at OPIRG Ottawa Film Festival

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO) will present the following films as part of the OPIRG Ottawa Film Festival:

2:00 PM: Kinàmàgawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom

A film by Canadian Studies MA student Melissa Santoro Greyeyes-Brant and filmmaker/Carleton University alumnus Howard Adler, “Kinamagawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom” examines the difficulties and challenges in discussing Aboriginal issues in post-secondary classrooms. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vjQgpEryVM

Image credit: OPIRG-Ottawa

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening

8:00 PM: Reel Injun

(Presented in partnership with the Aboriginal Studies Program)

“Reel Injun” takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

Location: University of Ottawa, University Centre Agora
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/128135853972830

Discussion will follow after the film with Sheila Grantham (Anishinabe/Metis and a doctoral candidate in the School of Canadian Studies) and David Welch, a member of IPSMO and professor at University of ottawa.

 

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.

The Business of Gold in Guatemala

Please join us for a public event with Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action – a grassroots organization working together with indigenous grassroots communities in Central America in resistance to human rights violations and in support of struggles for democracy, justice and Mother Earth:

CRACKS IN THE WALLS OF IMPUNITY & CORRUPTION
IN GUATEMALA & HONDURAS, &
WITH GLOBAL RESOURCE EXTRACTION COMPANIES

6:30 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010
Agora, Ground Floor of Jock Turcot University Centre, University of Ottawa (map)

In this event, we will present the documentary THE BUSINESS OF GOLD in Guatemala: Tale of a Conflict Foretold” followed by a Q&A session by Grahame Russell.

“The Business of Gold in Guatemala”, a 50-minute film, documents one struggle – the resistance of the Mayan-Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan (in Guatemala) against the Canadian company Goldcorp Inc.

In May 2007, former chairman of the Vancouver-based mining company Goldcorp Inc – Ian Telfer – donated $25 million to the School of Management of the University of Ottawa.  In honour of his donation, the School of Management was renamed the Telfer School of Management, ignoring environmental and health harms, and other human rights violations, caused by the mines operated by Goldcorp in Guatemala, Honduras and else-where in the world.

During the presentation, Grahame will focus particular attention on:

How “northern actors” – the USA and Canadian governments, businesses, investors, the World Bank, etc. – contribute to and benefit from the unjust economic model and resultant exploitation and poverty, environmental harms, and repression; and, from there, how North Americans, from all walks of life, can get more involved in these and other struggles to help achieve “another world is possible and necessary”.

Related article:

GUATEMALA – GOLDCORP Inc. ALERT:
Threat of more mining related tension & violence in Mayan Mam community of Sacmuj, near Goldcorp’s “Marlin” mine

http://www.rightsaction.org/Alerts/Goldcorp_alert_092210.html

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RIGHTS ACTION (www.rightsaction.org)

With tax charitable status in Canada and the USA, Rights Action funds and works to eliminate poverty and the underlying causes of poverty.  RA supports community-based development, environmental, disaster relief and human rights projects and organizations in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as in Chiapas [Mexico], El Salvador and Haiti.  RA educates about and is involved in other work aimed at critically understanding unjust north-south relations and global development, environmental and human rights issues and the challenges of poverty eradication.

GRAHAME RUSSELL

Grahame – a Canadian – lives in Connecticut with his two children.  He is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Latin American studies) and the Faculty of Law, Ottawa University.  From 1984-1995, Grahame worked with a range of development, environmental and human rights solidarity and NGO groups in Mexico and Central America, living for 8 years in the region.  With Rights Action since 1995, Grahame has led Rights Action’s work in the USA and Canada.  Grahame’s work has taken him throughout Guatemala, Honduras, Chiapas and Oaxaca, as well as to El Salvador and Haiti.  Grahame speaks and publishes regularly about the wide range of issues referred to above.  He is the author of: “The Never Ending” (1992) and “Code Z59.5: There is Only One People Here” (2010).

THE BUSINESS OF GOLD in Guatemala: Tale of a Conflict Foretold

Even as the government of Guatemala was signing the 1996 “Peace Accords”, it was – unbeknownst to the Guatemala population – giving out hundreds of mining concessions to international (mainly Canadian) mining companies.  Since the early 2000s, serious conflicts have broken out in Guatemala – as well as else-where in Central America – due to the environmental and health harms and other violations of human and indigenous rights being caused by mainly Canadian mining companies.

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* This event is brought to you by Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Mining Watch Canada, Public Service Alliance of Canada – Social Justice Fund, and Territorio Libre

* Admission is free, donations are welcome.  All donations will go to support the community groups Rights Action works with in Guatemala & Honduras.