Unsettling Canada: 150 years of Colonization and Resistance
In so-called British Columbia, colonial governments continue the dispossession of Indigenous People’s land to make way for industrial mega-projects, threatening their way of life. Colonization is an act of War.
Instead of being intimidated, Indigenous People continue to raise their voices and demand respect of their rights, autonomy and sovereignty. People continue struggling for liberation from colonial and class oppression. Learn more about how Canada 150 stands for pipelines, mining, colonialism, and occupation, and hear why we Indigenous and accomplices resist against occupation.
Saturday, April 29 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
1803 East First Ave at Salsbury (one block east of Commercial Dr)
Cecilia Point - member of the Musqueam Nation will start the event with a protocol welcome to the
Unceded territory of the Coast Salish people including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh)
With Kanahus Manuel - Kanahus is an inspired organiser and mother from the Secwepemc Women's Warrior Society. She has worked with many Indigenous Nations throughout Turtle Island with a clear mission to defend territory and protect clean water, food, and land. This has meant confronting colonial power and being arrested for fighting Sun Peaks Resort, Imperial Metals, Kinder Morgan and other extraction and development projects. At Standing Rock, Kanahus was arrested in the first mass arrest of 143 Water Protectors, and is facing charges with a court date on June 2, 2017.
Audrey Siegl, sχɬemtəna:t, St’agid Jaad - Audrey is an independent activist from the traditional territory of the Musqueam who has been active on grassroots environmental and social justice political front line movements. She has worked on raising awareness on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, DTES issues including housing & displacement, and the connection between extractive industry projects and violations of Indigenous People’s land & human rights.
April Thomas - April is a Sewepemc (Shuswap) human rights and Secwepemc’ulecw rights and title activist and advocate who works on an individual, community, national and international levels with all Secwepemc membership, allies and organizations to assert and exercise their human rights, as well as their 'Collective' Secwepemc'ulecw rights and title to sovereignty and self-determination under international and Indigenous law. Her main focus is on developing Secwepemc nationhood while stopping any and all destruction in Secwepemc territory, including the Northern Sewepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) Treaty, Mount Polley mine, and Kinder Morgan.
other speakers TBA
Organized by grassroots organizers with the support and endorsement of: Media Mornings; Streams of Justice; Rising Tide Vancouver - Coast Salish Territories; No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories; Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance; We Love This Coast; In Solidarity with All Land Defenders; International League of People's Struggle; Mining Justice Alliance.
All proceeds going to support the struggle against Kinder Morgan and Imperial Metals in Secwepemc Territory.
Music – Food – Entrance By donation – Wheelchair Accessible – Childcare
more info at Defensa del Ixofillmogen (Fb) or firstname.lastname@example.org