Oakville event with Professor Metta Spencer, Sept. 24th

September 4, 2008

If you live in the GTA, please consider attending this event:

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 7 PM

Who: Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)

What: Peace Public Forum on the Struggle for Peace & Democracy in Russia with Professor Metta Spencer

Where: St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville

Link/Phone: www.oakvillepeacecentre.org / (905) 849-5501

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More about Indigenous communities’ resistance to Barrick Gold / Goldcorp Inc. ASM

May 8, 2008

Communities from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Chile, and the U.S. will be speaking over the next month about their resistance to Toronto’s Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold miner.

I had put up a previous post about this, but here is a bit more detail about the itinerary of the international aboriginal leaders. Also of interest are the Goldcorp events later in May in Toronto and Guatemala City. Many Canadian and American citizens are shareholders in Goldcorp Inc. The Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) has over $200,000,000 of investments in Goldcorp.

These events have already taken place:

Sunday, May 4th: Indigenous Voices Against Barrick. Our guest will make presentations, show short films, and answer questions about mining on thier land. Steelworkers Hall. 7-9pm. 25 Cecil. sponsored by Mining Watch Canada, ProtestBarrick.net, Mineral Policy Institute (AUS), Friends of the Earth (AUS) and Western Shoshone Defense Project (U.S.)

Tuesday, May 6th: Barrick shareholders meeting 10am, Rally to express your disapproval of Barrick’s conduct abroad and join voices calling for mandatory regulation to hold Canadian Mining Companies accountable. 250 Front Ave.

Wednesday, May 7th: Film Screening and Speakers. ‘Pascua Lama: a contemportary quest for El Dorado’ with film-maker Prof. Carolina Loyola-Garcia, writer Asad Ismi, and Indigenous guests. 6pm Steelworkers hall. 25 Cecil. sponsored by Toronto the Better, and the U of T Anthropology dept.


This event is taking place later today:

Thursday, May 8th: Photo exhibit ‘Someone Else’s Treasure: Barrick’s legacy in the Philippines, and Other Struggles Against Mining Expoitation’ Photo exhibit by Allan Cedillo Lissner 8pm Leonardo Galleries. 133 Avenue Road ( just south of Davenport). Part of the 2008 CONTACT Photography Festival.

For more information see

http://protestbarrick.net

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Also of interest is the Goldcorp event later in May …

THE ‘OTHER GOLDCORP SHAREHOLDERS’ TO MEET IN TORONTO & GUATEMALA CITY

On May 20, Goldcorp Inc. (www.goldcorp.com) will hold its Annual Shareholder Meeting at 2:00pm: Le Royal Meridien, King Edward Hotel, Toronto, 37 King St. E, Toronto.

Building on our ‘Investing in Conflict’ speaking tour, and upon years of critical education and resistance work by groups in Central and North America, Rights Action – in conjunction with organizations and concerned citizens in Honduras, Guatemala and North America – is planning educational and activist events in Toronto and Guatemala, to coincide with Goldcorp’s Annual Shareholder Meeting.

Goldcorp Inc. operates mines throughout the Americas, including the ‘San Martin’ open pit, cyanide leaching gold mine, that has caused a health and environmental crisis in the Siria Valley, Honduras, and the ‘Marlin’ gold and silver open pit mine that is contributing to health and environmental harms in numerous Mayan communities of San Marcos, Guatemala. Both mines operate without community consent; they are depleting and contaminating vital water sources; they are contributing to repression and to community tensions and breakdown.

Unbeknownst to them, many USA and Canadian citizens are shareholders in Goldcorp Inc.

Example: The CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) has over $200,000,000 of investments in Goldcorp. Many other North American investment firms and pension funds are invested in Goldcorp (as well as in other mining, resource extraction and military production industries).

IN TORONTO:
Is your organization/ community interested in planning your educational activities in the days leading up to May 20th and/or coordinating events and activities with Rights Action? Are you interested in organizing a group of people to join a mid-day peaceful information picket at the Le Royal Meridien, King Edward Hotel on May 20th?

IN GUATEMALA:
For more information about activities being planned in Guatemala City, contact: info@rightsaction.org.

CONTACT: info@rightsaction.org, 1-860-352-2448

www.globalsurvival.ca .


TRUE: Six Nations informative lecture in Brantford, May 15

May 8, 2008

Brantford land claims – the true history behind the headlines

What:
An informative lecture and Q&A time with 30 year veteran of Six Nations land claims research Phil Monture and other leaned special guests.

When:
Thursday, May 15, 2008, beginning at 7 pm.

Where:
At the BCI Auditorium, Brant Ave. Brantford.

Why:
Without the truth, it will be impossible to understand why Six Nations are blocking development in Brant/Brant County and elsewhere.

DID YOU KNOW:

Did you know that more than 50% of the present Six Nations land and resources disputes registered with Canada involve Brantford or Brant County?

Did you know there are dozens more yet to be filed?

Did you know that since 2002, the Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the federal and provincial governments of Canada as well as municipalities and developers to engage in meaningful consultation and accommodation with First Nations where contested land land claims or treaty rights are concerned?

Did you know that the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 recognized and affirms Aboriginal Rights and Treaties?

Did you know that only 807 acres of Brantford is accounted for, and most of that has yet to be paid to the people of Six Nations?

Don’t believe it? Come and hear the real truth behind the settlement of Brant County and the expansionism policies of today’s City Hall.

Find out where is the Johnson Settlement is; Eagles Nest; Burtch Tract; Onondaga Township; Martin’s Tract; Oxbow; Oneida Township; Grand River Navigation Co. Tow Path; the Nathan Gage Tract; the original Brantford Town Plot, and many more important areas of Brant County in need of settlement of
200 years of historic claims of ownership by the Crown, Canada, Ontario and Brantford.


Background:

TRUE is a growing Brantford based citizens group, seeking knowledge, justice and understanding of our responsibilities towards our Six Nations neighbours, according to the Two Row Wampum Treaty.

“The Truth is a hard thing that gets even harder with every year it is kept bound and gagged in a dark room, away from the eyes of decent people,” says Marilyn Vegso and Jim Windle, co-founders of TRUE (Two Row Understanding through Education). “That is why we began this series of lectures designed to reveal the real truth and gain a Six Nations perspective on the historical relationship Brantford has had with its Six Nations neighbours over the past 200 years.”

Previous TRUE lectures covered the two Row Wampum Treaty and it’s significance today, and Kevin Annett’s revelations of Residential School murders of thousands of Native children in Canada’s Secret Holocaust.

“This movement is growing as more and more non-Native people begin to hear the truth and are as appalled as we were when we discovered the history we weren’t taught in school,” says Vegso. “It is incumbent upon us to acknowledge what our government has done and to make it right. That’s our
responsibility under the Two-Row.”

With all the talk and headlines about how Six Nations protection against the development of contested Six Nations’ land, TRUE has cut to the chase and is hosting what could be one of the most important and informative meeting of their series to date.

Brantford land claims – the true history behind the headlines with 30 year Six Nations land claims researcher Phil Monture and present Six Nations lands and resources manager, lawyer, and researcher Lonny Bomberry, along with other recognized Six Nations’ historians.

Monture has dedicated his entire life to finding the truth behind what has become Canada’s most pressing domestic issue. The wanton theft of Indian lands and resources is creating a formula for disaster which can be avoided, if we have the courage to face the truth and do something about it.

This meeting is guaranteed to be a bitter and inconvenient pill to swallow for most, but until we are cured of our short sighted arrogance, addiction to tax dollars, and the destruction of irreplaceable farm lands, we are on a collision course with not only the original people protectors of the land, but with nature herself.