Toronto: Mapuche Solidarity Event. Guest Speakers Directly from Six Nations & Kanahus Pelkey, Alaina Tom of NYM

July 10, 2009


For the Continental Unity & Sovereignty of Our Indigenous Nations!!

With Lemun and Catrileo in Revival with Wisdom and Strength for the Reconstruction of the Mapuche Nation.

In Chile, Native Men, Women, & Youth are Killed, Tortured, Raided & Jailed under the Fascist Policies and Set-Ups Conducted by the Michelle Bachelet Government.

Night of Solidarity in Support of the Mapuche Arauco Malleco Communities in Conflict -Wallmapu- in so-called southern Chile.

Directly from Coast Salish, St’at’imc & Secwepemc territory:

**Kanahus Pelkey and Alaina Tom**

of the Native Youth Movement

**Representatives Directly from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory**

**Sharon Sanchez**

Political Science Specialist (University of Toronto), Member of the WCCC on the Mapuche Struggle

Live Music, Poetry, Dance and Documentary



150 Charles Street West, TORONTO

(Just East of Museum Station)


8 PM

Organized by:

The Women’s Coordinating Committee Chile-Canada



Toronto: Special Screening: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

September 23, 2008
Press Release:

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Special anniversary screening in HD with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Toronto, September 15, 2008
– The NFB Mediatheque and DOC Toronto are pleased to welcome Alanis Obomsawin for a special anniversary screening in HD of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. In May 2008, Obomsawin received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

For one special evening we invite you to meet Alanis as she shares her personal insight about the making of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.

Behind Mohawk lines during the summer of 1990, Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 days and nights filming an armed standoff between the Kanehsatake Mohawk people, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. A powerful feature-documentary emerges that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, providing insight into the Mohawks’ unyielding determination to protect their land.

This is the first of four films that Obomsawin would make about the Oka crisis, an event that galvanized Aboriginal resistance across North America.  The four films have been re-released by the National Film Board as a commemorative DVD box-set, 270 Years of Resistance, complete with a booklet of essays, available for sale at the NFB Mediatheque.

For further information on how to purchase tickets for this event please visit the NFB Mediatheque website at

About the Mediatheque and the NFB

The NFB Mediatheque is a state-of-the-art multimedia facility in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. A public access point for groundbreaking films from the NFB and around the world, the NFB Mediatheque’s digital viewing stations, educational programming, and special screenings have attracted more than 500,000 visitors since it opened its doors in 2002.

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issues documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Since its founding in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. For more information about the NFB, or to order films, go to or call 1-800-267-7710.

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Media Contacts:

Melissa Wheeler, Promotions & Community Relations Officer, (416) 973.0896,
Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist, (416) 954.1384,

Office National du Film - National Film Board
For one exceptional evening we invite you to meet Alanis Obomsawin for a special anniversary screening in HD of
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
The camera of Alanis Obomsawin does not simply see. It speaks. And it listens. What it hears are North America’s First Peoples — the Aboriginal voices so often cast aside and overlooked in official history.
Alanis will share insight into the making of this powerful, feature length documentary that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle.

Friday, September 26 at 7 PM

$6 | $4 students, seniors, NFB members
150 John street (corner Richmond)
For more information 416.973.3012
Office National du Film - National Film Board

Walk for Justice FRIDAY 6:30 PM, welcome women to Toronto – TOMORROW

August 29, 2008

Walk4Justice (a 4,700-kilometre trek from Vancouver to Ottawa) Arrives in Toronto to Raise Awareness About Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Welcome Reception: Friday August 29th, First Nations House (563 Spadina Ave.)
A meal will be served and the walkers will address the public & the media beginning at 6:30pm.

Hope to see some of you there!


Walk4Justice (a 4,700-kilometre trek from Vancouver to Ottawa) Arrives in Toronto to Raise Awareness About Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

(August 27, 2008) Hundreds of Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing in Canada over the last decades. These tragic deaths received little public attention until Amnesty International took the unprecedented step of investigating a host country, Canada. The organization linked the disproportionate levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women to governmental polices and called the situation a human rights tragedy. While the public is well aware of the horrors that were committed at a Port Coquitlam Farm few know that one third of the women killed were Indigenous. Recently, in one weekend in Toronto the Native community lost Carolyn Connelly and Katelynn Sampson who was only 7 – both murdered.

The Walk4Justice publicly addresses the key issues faced by marginalized, missing, and murdered Indigenous women and their families. They will present a petition to Parliament Hill on September 15th and demand a national inquiry into these deaths and disappearances.

The Walk4Justice is organized by Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman went missing on BC’s Highway of Tears, and Bernie Williams, a front-line worker in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, where many Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered. The Walkers left Vancouver on June 21st and arrive in Toronto on August 29th.

The media is welcome at the following public events, organized to welcome and honour the Walk4Justice as they pass through Toronto:

Welcome Reception: Friday August 29th, First Nations House (563 Spadina Ave.)
A meal will be served and the walkers will address the public & the media beginning at 6:30pm.

Public Send-Off: September 2nd, 9am at Allen Gardens (across from the Native Women’s Resource Centre, 191 Gerrard St.). The Walkers will be continuing on to Tyendinaga on September 2nd, and arriving in Ottawa on September 12th. They will be on Parliament Hill September 15th.

A full day of events has been planned at Six Nations, where the Walkers will be welcomed by Bev Jacobs, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. They will also visit the Six Nations Polytechnic, where a tree has been planted in memory of Tashina General, murdered last Spring at the age of 21, and her unborn son, Tucker.

For more information, please contact:

− Audrey Huntley, No More Silence Network Toronto: 416-508-8632
− Gladys Radek, Walk4Justice Organizer: 778-839-0072
− Norma General, Grandmother to Tashina General (Six Nations) 519-445-4238
− Bev Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada: 613-878-6922

Deputy Minister Wernick gives Algonquins the slip, disparages efforts to end Indian Affairs’ illegal meddling in their governance

August 12, 2008


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs gives Barriere Lake Algonquins the slip, disparages their efforts to end Indian Affairs’ illegal meddling in their governance

Ottawa, ON / – On Friday, August 8, Algonquins from Barriere Lake and their supporters protested at the home of Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs Michael Wernick. They hoped a delegation could meet with the Deputy Minister, but he slipped out of his house just before the Algonquins arrived and told a journalist he was “disappointed” by the Algonquin’s tactics.

“He’s disappointed we were in front of his house,” says Marylynn Poucachiche, a Barriere Lake spokesperson. “Compare that to our disappointment about Indian Affairs’ illegal meddling in our internal affairs and their violation of our constitutionally-protected rights to customary governance.”

“Deputy Minister Wernick shouldn’t feel disappointed,” added Norman Matchewan, a youth spokesperson for Barriere Lake. “He should feel ashamed that he allows this behaviour of Indian Affairs to continue.”

The Barriere Lake Algonquins are demanding that the Government of Canada revoke its illegal decision of March 10, 2008, to recognize as Chief and Council members of a minority faction not selected according to Barriere Lake’s customs nor supported by a majority of the community, and to respect the outcome of a new leadership selection process in accordance with Barriere Lake’s Customary Governance Code.

Instead of meeting Barriere Lake’s demands, Pierre Nepton, the Associate Director of the Quebec Regional Office of Indian Affairs, has suggested further violating their leadership customs by imposing an Indian Act electoral governance system on the community, which would be a direct violation of Barriere Lake’s constitutionally-protected Aboriginal Rights.

The Algonquins also want the Government to uphold signed agreements with the community, dating back to the 1991 Trilateral Agreement, a landmark sustainable development, conservation, and resource co-management process praised by the United Nations and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Canada walked away from the agreement in 2001.

Last month, members of Barriere Lake gathered for multi-day protests outside the office of Minister Lawrence Cannon and the Department of Indian Affairs in Gatineau.

“We’ll leave politicians and bureaucrats alone when the Department of Indian Affairs treats our community fairly, honours its agreements, and stays out of our business,” concluded Matchewan. “Until then, we’re not going to stop protesting.”

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Photos of the action (for tif files, please get in touch):

Media Contacts:

Marylynn Poucachiche, Barriere Lake spokesperson: (819) 435 – 2142

Norman Matchewan, Barriere Lake youth spokesperson: (819) 435 – 2142

For background see
a submission to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

Collectif de Solidarité Lac Barrière


U of T: Evening with Bob Lovelace – saying NO to uranium mining, August 13th

August 12, 2008

You are invited to attend:

An evening with Bob Lovelace

Wed. Aug. 13, 2008 – 7:00 p.m.
Hart House, Debates Room, 2nd floor
7 Hart House Circle , University of Toronto
(direction by subway: go to St. George station, walk south, left on Harbord)

Meet Bob Lovelace, former Ardoch Algonquin First Nation chief and Queen’s University lecturer, who was sentenced to six months in jail for saying ‘no’ to uranium mining on indigenous lands. Lovelace made this stand in defense of the Earth and Creation, which indigenous peoples regard as sacred.
Popular support for this cause contributed to the decision by 22 Ontario municipalities to vote against uranium mining and a promise by the Ontario government to revise antiquated legislation which currently gives mining companies ‘free entry’ to contested indigenous lands and private property. At stake is indigenous sovereignty, protection of the boreal forests from contamination by toxic mine tailings, and the right of indigenous communities to say no development which affects them.

Mr. Lovelace will share his reflections on the events of the last year, the meaning that the land has for indigenous peoples, and the challenges that attend to the current age of mass industrial development and destruction of the land.

Sponsored and promoted by GSU Social Justice Committee (U of T), Toronto MiningSupport Group/Students Against Climate Change, Sam Gindin Chair ( Ryerson University ), University of Toronto Students Union .

Statement from Kahentinetha Horn

June 22, 2008

Below is the statement issued by Kahentinetha Horn. This 67-year old grandmother and activist, along with the editor of Mohawk Nation News (MNN) were assaulted by Canadian border officials. Ms Horn suffered serious arterial damage and had to be hospitalized.

This brutal action by of Canada Customs officers makes Canada’s apology to our Aboriginal people ring all the more hollow and disingenuous.


STATEMENT–June 18, 2008

Kahnawake–Two Mohawk women were assaulted by Canada Customs officers on Saturday June 14, 2008 at 2 pm. at the Cornwall Island border in Akwesahsne. Mohawk rights-activist and elder Kahentinetha Horn, 67, suffered arterial damage during the assault and was hospitalized under guard. Also hurt in the incident was Mohawk Nation News (MNN) editor Katenies, who was held until Sunday and released. Charges against Ms. Horn were dropped. Ms. Horn was hospitalized in Cornwall until her release June 18. Charges against Katenies were dropped on Monday June 16. “I understand that our people are upset about this,” Ms. Horn said, after her release from hospital and under private care for her injuries. “I am concerned that the incident has upset my daughters and grandchildren. There’s no excuse for what they did to us.” The incident is under investigation. No other details are available at this time.


Canada’s apology

June 14, 2008

On Wednesday, June 11th 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a long-overdue formal apology to the native survivors of Canada’s residential schools.

For over a century, more that 150,000 aboriginal children were arbitrarily removed from their parents and communities and placed into residential schools, under the guise of giving the children a ‘proper’ education. But the intention was far more venal. It was to completely ‘take the Indian’ out of the children — their language, customs and heritage — in order to assimilate them into settler society. The reasoning behind this long-standing government policy was that this would eliminate ‘Canada’s Indian problem’. It was a ‘final solution’.

Protestant and Catholic churches colluded in the century-long profound atrocities inflicted on aboriginal people by the residential school policies.  Those running the schools committed physical, psychological and sexual abuse on the children. Children who died were buried in unmarked graves. Many parents never saw their children again, never knew what became of them.

Can we even begin to imagine their agony? The anguish of parents losing their children? The suffering of the children?

“The treatment of children in Indian residential schools is a sad chapter in our history”, said the Prime Minister. But it is much more than a ‘sad chapter’. It is also testament that our nation was built on the blood of the people whose lives and lands we stole.

Have we Canadians learned from our past?

Not enough, for we are still perpetrating injustices against the people whose only ‘crime’ was that they were inhabiting this land we so coveted — a land rich in natural resources which we exploit at their expense.

The federal apology is a start but we still have a very long way to go. Until we expeditiously and justly resolve the numerous long-outstanding land claims; respect the human rights of all First Nations peoples in Canada and stop building and mining on their land without consultation and permission; and until we alleviate the deplorable, toxic conditions on most native reserves, this federal apology and the settlement monies paid to residential school survivors lack sincerity. These are merely tokens to assuage our collective guilt.

Stephen Harper’s apology can begin the healing when we begin to address those issues — when we right the wrongs we continue to perpetuate on our aboriginal people to this day — and when more Canadians, not just First Nations peoples, become active participants in the newly created Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The Commission is charged with the tasks of assisting Canadians to know and understand the truth of our Indian Residential School legacy and of promoting reconciliation through new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect.”


However, for the Inuit of Labrador the federal apology rings hollow. (I heard something on CBC Newsworld earlier that aboriginal people of PEI and another province were also not included because those regions were not part of Canada at the time the residential schools were started, but I can’t find the link to this anywhere. So I don’t have the facts on this and I didn’t hear the entire report…)



Links on


Truth & Reconciliation: Stolen Children: Featured CBC Video and Audio

Main page
Analysis, background, history
FAQs: Aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation Commission
About the commission and its purpose
Commission panel
About the members of the commission
Indian residential schools
The history of Canada’s residential schools and education policy for aboriginal peoples
Prime minister’s statement of apology
Full text of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to Parliament, June 2008
Timeline of aboriginal education in Canada
Video: Stolen children
From The National: Can Truth and Reconciliation Commission start the healing?