Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign Launch Party!

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO) is inviting you to the launch of its Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign and its Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations – Vol. 1 booklet!

Click to download the poster and spread the word!

7 – 9 PM. Monday, March 19, 2012
Arts Court Studio, 2 Daly Ave. Ottawa
Unceded Algonquin Territory

Join us for a night of poetry, drumming and more, in celebration of the Power of Indigenous Women and their Special Relationship to Water!

To invite your friends via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/320011758055132/

MC: Cindy Gaudet (Métis)

Opening ceremony and women’s teaching by Verna McGregor (Algonquin) and Elaine Kicknosway (Swampy Cree from Northern Saskatchewan)

Featuring …..

Ruby Arnga-naaq (Inuit)
Earth Mothers women drumming group
Water teaching by Grandmother Francine Payer
Vera Wabegijig (Ojibwe),
Suzanne Keeptwo (Métis – Algonquin/French & Irish descent),
Jaime Koebel (Métis),
David Groulx (Ojibwe/Métis)

* There will be items made by Indigenous peoples for sale at this event.

About our campaign:

Our Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign aims at raising awareness on and putting an end to the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women. As a group mostly composed of non-Indigenous peoples who have participated or been complicit in the past and present colonization of Native peoples and lands, it is of utmost importance for us to support the work of Indigenous peoples in this regard. This campaign is an act of solidarity, and aims at supporting existing efforts from Indigenous women. As such, we are hoping to mobilize over 500 people to take part in the annual Families of Sisters in Spirit Vigil organized in Ottawa on October 4th.

This campaign also aims at understanding the links between violence against Indigenous women, colonialism, land and Indigenous Sovereignty. We echo the demands for equity, justice, and decolonization formulated by Indigenous women whom we have tremendous respect for.

We support self-determination of Indigenous peoples and work towards creating and maintaining respectful relationships with the First peoples of this land.

The campaign would not be as strong without the publication of the Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nation-Vol. 1 . The booklet, composed of five sections – Struggle, Resistance, Power, Liberation, and Be Solidarity, gives to Indigenous women their due space to express their lived realities through various art forms. Through this publication, we strive to augment the voices of Indigenous women in their many efforts to break the silence surrounding the systemic violence perpetuated by colonialism. It is, for us, a concrete and creative form of solidarity.

As a wise woman told us, we cannot achieve the ethic of respect by formulating demands, we will clearly state our hopes and expectations for this campaign and beyond, as well as announce our upcoming projects at our March 19th event. Stay tune!

To download Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nation-Vol. 1:  https://ipsmo.wordpress.com/honouring-indigenous-women/

Understanding violence against Indigenous women:

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Walk 4 Justice

Please spread the word!

On June 21, 2011, Walk4Justice began their long walk from Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory to Ottawa, Algonquin Territory to raise awareness about the plight of the far too many (over 3000) missing and murdered Indigenous women across Turtle Island (Canada). On Monday, September 19, they will be ending their walk at Parliament Hill where they will continue demanding justice for these women and their families.

Please come out and show your support for the walkers. Bring your banners, signs or placards and good spirit to the rally!

March & Rally
Monday, September 19
9am at Minwaashin Lodge (424 Catherine St), 10am Parliament Hill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112167435552467

Please join the walkers at Minwaashin Lodge at 9am and walk with them to Parliament Hill.  If you can’t make it then, please come to the rally on Parliament Hill at 10am.

Feast and Fund-raiser 
Monday, September 19
5:00pm at Mac Hall on 211 Bronson Ave.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=242669869108872

Community celebration, feast, entertainment, and fundraiser! Featuring Walk4Justice co-founders Gladys Radek & Bernie Williams and Beverley Jacobs from Families of Sisters in Spirit.  Headliners for the performance: Elaine Kicknosway, Nancy Myatt, Vera Wabegijig, Sandy Scofield, Elizabeth Riley Band and Jamie Koebel!Please spread the word!

These 2 events are part of the 30 Days of Justice organized by the Families of Sisters in Spirit and their allies.  “30 Days of Justice” brings together families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and the wider Ottawa communities to raise critical awareness on the violence against Indigenous women and demand justice and accountability for the disappeared and murdered women. For more details and other events during the 30 Days of Justice: http://30daysofjustice.wordpress.com

About Walk4Justice

The Walk4Justice is a nonprofit organization that was created by donation and volunteer since January 2008. Gladys Radek and Bernie Williams co-founded this group to raise awareness about the plight of the far too many missing and murdered women across Canada. Their supporters consist of family members who have lost their loved ones across the nation and grassroots women and men from all walks of life. Together with their supporters, the Walk4Justice demands justice, closure, equality and accountability.

Gladys’s niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman disappeared off Highway 16 out of Prince Rupert, BC, now dubbed the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia. She vanished without a trace on September 21, 2005. Bernie is a long time advocate and voice for the women who have been forced to live on the streets of Canada’s poorest postal code, the DTES. She has been a frontline worker in the DTES for 25 years. Her mother and two sisters were also victims of violence who were murdered in the DTES over the years.

For more info: http://fnbc.info/walk4justice

About Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS)

FSIS is a volunteer grassroots non-profit organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada with the support of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. FSIS was the vision of one family member named Bridget Tolley, an Algonquin grandmother and activist from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation whose mother was killed by a Quebec provincial (SQ) police car in 2001 with the ongoing support of Beverley Jacobs, Mohawk grandmother from Grand-River Territory, whose cousin Tashina General, pregnant with her son Tucker, was murdered in 2008, and non-Aboriginal student and activist Kristen Gilchrist. Together we are working to end violence, challenge interconnected inequalities in Canadian society, and transform ourselves and the world around us.

Visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Families-of-Sisters-in-Spirit/169989823049052

About the performers

Elaine Kicknosway and her son Theland: Drummer and Hoop dancer

Nancy Myatt: Nancy is a Mohawk from Kahnesatake with Algonquin. Her family lives in Kitigan Zibi. She is a traditional dancer and drummer. She has two daughters and a granddaughter arriving in November. She has supported Take Back the Night and Sisters in Spirit by sharing songs in her culture. She is very happy to support and be involved in this cause because her great grandmother was also murdered.

Vera Wabegijig: Vera is a poet and Anishnaabe mother from the bear clan who writes for expression and to connect with the larger world. See Vera’s gift to us: http://verawaabegeeshig.wordpress.com/

Sandy Scofield: Sandy is a multi-award winning composer, musician and singer. She has studied classical, jazz, African, Indonesian gamelan and electro-acoustic music. A Métis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations, she hails from four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians. Among her four recordings to date, she has won five Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, an Indian Summer Music Award (U.S.A.), a Western Canadian Music Award and received three consecutive Juno nominations. Check out her web site: http://sandyscofield.com/

Elizabeth Riley Band: Ottawa-based Elizabeth Riley Band has a raw, contagious sound, with original songs and interpretations inspired by bluegrass, folk classics, and alt and traditional country music. Wielding banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, djembe, stand-up snare, these four singer-songwriters speak out about personal, social and political realities. Their songs are infused with women’s lived experience. Vocally driven with an electrified edge, Elizabeth Riley Band has captivated audiences at an eclectic range of venues. For a taste of their music: http://www.elizabethrileyband.com/

Jaime Koebel: Jamie is Metis from Lac La Biche, Alberta. She is an artist, a performer, an educator and a public speaker. As a successful visual artist, she has been fortunate to have works that have been showcased world-wide and held in many prestigious personal and public galleries. Her art reflects fantastical plant life – all with a story! As a performance artist, She was a dancer with the well-known troupe, Jig on the Fly for five years until 2010 when she started a new dance group with her children called Jaime and the Jiglets. She also dances with the musical group, Fiddle Ground. Over the years, She has won many individual dance competitions in Canada and the United States. See her fantastic works: http://www.JaimeKoebel.com/

ROLL WITH THE DECLARATION – “THE LAND, OUR LIFE”

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ROLL WITH THE DECLARATION – “THE LAND, OUR LIFE”
Participatory Indigenous Solidarity Workshop with KAIROS, IPSMO – Barriere Lake Solidarity Collective and FAMILIES OF SISTERS IN SPIRIT

We will be making BANNERS!

1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, June 4 2011
PSAC boardroom, 233 Gilmour St. Ottawa
Unceded and Unsurrendered Algonquin Territory

This workshop is open to everyone!  Refreshment and snack will be provided.

Please R.S.V.P. through this facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164532860277728.  Thanks!!

Special guests: Ed Bianchi, Kristen Gilchrist, Bridget Tolley, Tillis Wawatie Keye and Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas!

Come and learn about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Mitchikanibikok Inik (the Algonquins of Barriere Lake) and Violence against Indigenous Women in Canada.  As a part of the discussions, we will do a powerful exercise that explores the experience and impacts of colonization – the BLANKET exercise.

In the 2nd part of the workshop, we will collectively make banners to express our solidarity with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and Indigenous Women in this country.  These banners are a way to urge Canada to get to work on implementing this historic international agreement – UNDRIP – the minimum standard for the governments to fulfill their obligations for the right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination.  These banners will then join other banners from across the country in a demonstration and march on June 20 Day of Action organized by KARIOS.

** We will ask for donations to cover the costs of materials for this event.

For more info:

Mitchikanibikok Inik (the Algonquins of Barriere Lake): http://www.barrierelakesolidarity.org,
Violence against Indigenous Women in Canada: http://www.amnesty.ca/campaigns/sisters_overview.php,
Families of Sisters in Spirit: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_126522944087041&ap=1,
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa: http://www.ipsmo.org,
KAIROS: http://www.kairoscanada.org, and

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/drip.html

Families of Sisters in Spirit: CALL FOR ARTISTS & PERFORMERS IN THE OTTAWA AREA!

Families of Sisters in Spirit, a grassroots non-profit led by families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls is seeking artists and performers who can donate their talents for the 1st Annual Families of Sisters in Spirit Fundraiser. If you would like to donate your talents please e-mail us at familiesofsistersinspirit@gmail.com,  Thank you so much in advance for your support!!

The fundraiser is on Friday April 29th, 2011 at 8 p.m. at Montgomery Legion, 359 Kent Street. Join us!

We will be serving food, raising awareness, auctioning off art, and celebrating the talents and gifts of our communities.

The 1st Annual Families of Sisters in Spirit Fundraiser will take place after a memorial vigil 6-7pm on Victoria Island, Ottawa. The vigil honours Terrie Ann Dauphinais a young Aboriginal mother of three who was murdered in her home in Calgary on April 29th, 2002.

March 3 – Decolonizing Social Justice: The Anti-Violence Movement and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Decolonizing Social Justice:
The Anti-Violence Movement and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

The Institute of Women’s Studies of the University of Ottawa is pleased invite you to the Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture in Women’s Studies entitled “Decolonizing Social Justice: The Anti-Violence Movement and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex” given by Andrea Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside Co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color against Violence and The Boarding School Healing Project.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium, 85 University Private, University of Ottawa
FREE ADMISSION
Info: womenst@uOttawa.ca or Kathryn.Trevenen@uOttawa.ca

BIO

Andrea Smith is a co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project. She is the author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide and Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances. She is also editor of The Revolution will not be funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex and The Color of Violence. She currently teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

********** Articles related to violence against women **********

Montreal’s 1st Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women
http://www.missingjustice.ca/2010/02/montreals-1st-annumal-memorial-march-for-missing-and-murdered-women/

Eagles soar above Vancouver march for murdered and missing women
By Carlito Pablo
Publish Date: February 14, 2010
Source: http://www.straight.com/article-289757/vancouver/eagles-soar-above-vancouver-march-murdered-and-missing-women

In Our Own Words
Women living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside weigh in on the Olympics
By by Stella August and Phillipa Ryan
February 14, 2010
Source: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/2917

An Olympics Failure:
At lease 137 Native Women Missing and Murdered in BC since 1980
by Maya Rolbin-Ghanie
February 12, 2010
Source: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/2982

Missing women’s initiative in limbo as memorial marches approach
By Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 13, 2010
Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Missing+women+initiative+limbo+memorial+marches+approach+words+with+optional+trim+words+OTTA/2559398/story.html

All Eyes on Us: Revealing Over 500 Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada

All Eyes on Us!
Capitalizing on the 2010 Olympics to Call International Attention to
the 500+ Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
By Carmen Teeple Hopkins
January 18, 2010
Source: http://no2010.com/node/1269

********** Action Alert **********

Please take FIVE MINUTES to ask that our elected officials take action to end the violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

Indigenous women living in Canada are five times more at risk of dying a violent death than other women, according to a Canadian government statistic. A study by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) concluded that 521 indigenous girls and women have gone missing or been murdered since 1980, and calls for an emergency strategy. Some activists believe the number of missing to be much higher, as many cases go unreported, often due to distrust between First Nations communities and police.

Amnesty International issued a comprehensive report in 2004 entitled “Stolen Sisters: A Human Rights Response to discrimination and violence against Indigenous women in Canada,” and the UN recently called on the Canadian government to investigate why hundreds of deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women remain unsolved.

Please ask that our elected representatives do something about this important issue:

SENT AN QUICK MESSAGE FROM THE WEBSITE OF THE JUSTICE FOR MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN CAMPAIGN: http://www.missingjustice.ca/voiceyourconcern

Sept 16: The Epidemic of Continuing Violence Against Indigenous Women

Update:

*** Please help spread the word ***

In solidarity with Indigenous Women across Turtle Island please join us in an evening of understanding
The Epidemic of Continuing Violence Against Indigenous Women

6:30 PM Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Auditorium, National Library and Archives
395 Wellington St. Ottawa, Algonquin Territory
Wheelchair Accessible
Free!  Everyone is Welcome.

This event is also a fundraiser for Laurie Odjick and her family for their struggle to find Maisy Odjick (her daughter) and Shannon Alexander, Anishinabeg teenagers from Kitigan Zibi, who have been missing since September 5th, 2008 (http://www.findmaisyandshannon.com/), and to support organizing to end violence against Indigenous women.

Presented by
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa
ipsmo@riseup.net,
https://ipsmo.wordpress.com

RSVP to this event on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139200731712

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Opening Ceremony:
Verna McGregor and Elaine Kicknosway, Anishinabekweg, Omàmiwinini (Algonquin) and Cree Nation

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Films Screening:
The Highway of Tears by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Heart Has Its Own Memory by Audrey Huntley and Folkard Fritz

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Speakers:

Laurie Odjick
Omàmiwinini (Algonquin) Nation
Mother of Maisy Odjick, Missing Teenage Girl

Doreen Silversmith
Guyohkohnyo (Cayuga) Nation
No More Silence Network

Bruce Sinclair
Metis Nation (Saskatchewan)
Brothers In Spirit, Native Women’s Association of Canada

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According to the Sisters In Spirit research by Native Women Association of Canada, in the past forty years, there are 520 known cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls.  Why are Indigenous women more susceptible to violence?  Why is there violence against women, particularly Indigenous women?  On September 16th, we will get a closer understanding of the reality of the lives of the Indigenous women across Turtle Island (Canada) and root causes of violence against Grandmothers, Grand aunties, Mothers, Aunties, Sisters and Daughters.

Exact a year ago, on September 15, 2008, hundreds of people gathered in front of Parliament Hill for a rally to raise awareness and demand a response from Canadian State on the violence against Indigenous women.  Since then, the circumstances of Indigenous women have not changed – colonial and racial oppressions and violence continue.  The majority of the people in the dominant culture still don’t know the dreadful threats Indigenous women face today.

In addition to demanding actions from Canadian government, what would it take for us to understand that the health of our environment is inextricably linked to the health and well-being of Indigenous women?  What would it take for us to begin caring about Indigenous women so that they will be once again respected and honoured like their ancestors prior to Colonization?

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Related Links:

A Letter from Kitigan Zibi http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/2677

Violence & Abuse Against Indigenous Women & Children: A Legacy of Colonialism & Apartheid
http://wiinimkiikaa.wordpress.com/violence-abuse-against-indigenous-women-children/

Indigenous Women and Violence, Quebec Native Women Inc.
http://www.faq-qnw.org/documents/reportviolence2008.pdf

Sisters in Spirit, Native Women’s Association of Canada
http://www.nwac-hq.org/en/background.html

Amnesty International Canada: End violence against Indigenous women
http://www.amnesty.ca/take_action/actions/canada_stolen_sisters_2009.php

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Society http://www.elizabethfry.ca/
Fact Sheets http://www.elizabethfry.ca/eweek09/factsht.htm

PrisonerJustice.ca http://www.vcn.bc.ca/august10/

Missing/Murdered First Nations (Native) Women http://www.missingnativewomen.ca/

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women http://missingjustice.mvmnt.ca/

Minwaashin Lodge http://www.minlodge.com/

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre http://www.dewc.ca/

An Indigenous Perspective on Feminism, Militarism, and the Environment
http://www.urbanhabitat.org/node/951