Stoking the Sacred Fire: Mobilization for Indigenous Land Defense second day

Stoking the Sacred Fire: Mobilization for Indigenous Land Defense
From 9 am to 5 pm
Location: The Hall at 1739 Venables Street (at Commercial Drive) Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

See below for access information

Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and
səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

A weekend gathering of frontline Indigenous communities engaged in land defense struggles, urban Indigenous people facing our own multiple frontlines, and supporters.

Indigenous land defenders from land struggles are converging on Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26 to speak and strategize on protecting lands and waters and asserting nationhood on their territories.

Join them on Friday for a public panel on No Kinder Morgan and Unist’ot’en to Lelu Island and Madii'Lii:

This will be followed by a weekend of training and strategizing with the intention of better supporting those communities facing extraction projects on their territories. The weekend also aims to continue building connections between urban Indigenous folks with various relationships to their territories and Nations and land defenders who are living on, defending, and acting as stewards of their lands.

Saturday will offer space for sharing information and expertise on how to build our resistances together with a combination of workshops, skills based training and organizing meetings. The workshops being offered are those that land defenders have requested that supporters be trained in. Time will be set aside on Friday and Saturday for urban Indigenous peoples to gather and discuss our struggles within the city, as well as the potentials and importance of building connections with land defenders.

Then, on Sunday, we will join together in a process to create a more organized network, connected to and responsible to frontline Indigenous communities and their particular needs.

Come see how you can effectively lend your skills and energy for our collective futures.


TO REGISTER please email and respond to the following questions:

1. What is your name?

2. How can we reach you? Please provide your email and/or phone number.

3. Do you have any accessibility needs?

4. Will you be needing childcare? Please let us know how many children, and what ages.

5. Billeting: Are you coming from out of town? Will you need a place to stay? How many nights? How many people? Children?
Alternatively, do you have space to host people?
How many? All of the nights? Location? Room for children?

6. Are there particular areas of organizing that you may like to be involved with in the future?
Choose all that apply:
media, social media, art-making, permaculture, fundraising, website development, rally/event organizing, writing, research, physical support on front-lines, supply/donation drive organizing, first aid, other (please indicate)


Areas to volunteer in:

1. Billeting (see above)

2. Food Prep and/or Donation: we will be offering lunch on Saturday and Sunday. We will need help with prep and clean up. If you have access to large quantities of food to donate, please also let us know!

3. Money donations can be made here: (funds are going toward travel for land defenders to attend the conference)


see link below for accessibility audit of the Saturday/Sunday venue
we are in the process of obtaining a ramp and accessible washroom for Astorinos (The Hall @ 1739 Venables)


We acknowledge we will be gathering on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Our words and actions will reflect our awareness and appreciation that this is occupied land and we will confront the marginalization and oppression that indigenous people and people of colour face on a daily basis. We commit to rejecting all manifestations of marginalization and discrimination, including, but not limited to patriarchy, racism and white supremacy, classism, ableism, ageism, homophobia and transphobia.


All attendees, therefore, will strive to not replicate the systems of oppression, which extractive industries and those who support them use to divide and rule, as we come together to create a better world.

Listening: Living in this complex, contested time means that there are hard questions that need to be asked and the hard work of careful listening is vital to hearing each other. Do not assume you know where someone is coming from. Be open to positions different from yours.

Photography: Before taking any photos or posting them online, please obtain permission of everyone who is in your photo.

Scent-reduction: To help make this a safer space for those in our communities who have chemical sensitivities or allergies, please refrain from wearing perfume and other scented-body products.

Childcare: Childcare is available for those who want it. Please make spaces safe and welcoming to children and their parents who attend events.

Pronouns: Respect chosen pronouns. Do not assume: if you are unsure of what pronoun somebody uses, ask respectfully or use first names.

Gender-neutral washrooms will be made available in the venue(s).

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 09:00