The Bawating Water Protectors (Sault Ste Marie) are coming to Ottawa, on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory, for a four-day long public ceremony. Join our us and support them.
This will be a Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ inclusive space.
As part of Idle No More — OFFICIAL- Unsettling Canada 150: A Call to Action, the Bawating Water Protectors from Sault Ste-Marie are coming to Ottawa to tell another story and to reject the upcoming celebrations. Along with a four-day fasting ceremony, from June 28th to July 2nd, sustained programming will also take place in the form of public panels, performance art, workshops, and so much more.
Given that Canada 150 celebrations will be taking place in less than 3 weeks, the organizers of REOCCUPATION are calling on all Nations across Turtle Island to join us on July 1, 2017 to reoccupy the traditional lands of the Algonquin people by setting up tipis, wigwams, longhouses, or other lodges used by our respective nations on parliament hill.
The goal of this call to action is to reaffirm our rightful claim to these lands as the original caretakers of Turtle Island, and to demand the repatriation of the territories that were and are illegally seized by the Canadian state. This is not a celebration of Canada, but assertion of indigenous self-determination and sovereignties over our lives, lands, languages and cultures, among other aspects of living Mino-Bimaadziwin (the good life).
We recognize that the colonial legal state of Canada does not and cannot serve indigenous people as agents of our own lives. The inability of the Canadian government to carry out inquiries into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls; the over representation of indigenous people in the justice system, including unconstitutional imprisonments of land and water protectors; the lack of health and welfare services for indigenous communities; the inability to conform to free, prior, and informed consent surrounding resource extraction, among other things all serve as evidence to Canada’s inability or unwillingness to work with Indigenous nations on a ‘nation-to-nation’ basis.
This grassroots movement requires your help so we urge you to join us on July 1st to reoccupy the capital of the illegal settlement of Canada.
How can you help and support? See below:
FORM TO HOST WATER PROTECTORS: goo.gl/forms/Hp5IeNsiT0GDBese2
FORM TO FEED THE WATER PROTECTORS: goo.gl/forms/EnFbGBGtNbEQyoBu2
FORM TO JOIN THE INDIGENOUS YOUTH ART TEAM:
We ask that you, your community, and your organization join us to send a loud and clear message to Canada and the world that we will no longer accept the colonial system of dispossession, expropriation, and oppression that Canada has imposed on us for the past 150 years.
CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS:
(Indigenous 2S/LGBTQIA, women and femme voices are going to be prioritized in collaboration with the anti-colonial stances woven into this initiative)
(subject to variation — non-scheduled time might also have speakers and activities):
If you would like to join any meal, please note that Water protectors will be fed first and we ask you to bring your utensils and tupperware :). If you join them, we can clean and re-use your tupperware to serve you food. Bring a reusable water bottle.
1PM Water Protectors arrive in Ottawa.
We invite you to prepare your own signs and banners!
12PM-4PM Accepting Food Donations at 329 Bell Street South
6PM Orientation and Opening Ceremony, Human Rights Monument. All Welcome.
8PM Lighting of the Fire
5AM Sunrise Ceremony
12PM Outdoor Talk: 'History and Importance of the Chaudiere Falls (Asinabka)' — Lindsay Lambert
2PM Outdoor Panel: 'Unsettling colonial perspectives: emerging theories and futurism from BIPOC Communites'
Hamda Deria is an undergraduate student at Carleton University majoring in Law, with a Minor in Indigenous Studies, and a concentration grounded in Transnational Law and Human Rights. As a Black-Somali Muslim woman living in Canada, her academic profile is deeply rooted in her social realities, personal experiences and violent tensions regarding the racial colonial state and how this may also inform her relationships of resistance with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
6PM Outdoor Panel: 'Water, Gender and the 150th'.
Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail is an Ininew Eeyou Eskwayow from the Cree communities of Attawapiskat First Nation and Chisasibi First Nation.
John Fox grew up in Wikwemikong FN’s on Manitoulin Island. John is a survivor of the 60s scoop and he has lobbied for the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women Inquiry.
Lynn Gehl. Ph.D., is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe. She is an advocate, artist, and writer and is an outspoken critic of colonial law and policies that harm Indigenous women, men, children, and the land.
Elsa Hoover, Algonquin, PhD Student
5AM Sunrise Ceremony
2PM Outdoor Panel: 'Land Dispossession and Legal Technologies'
Fredrick Stoneypoint, Ojibwe, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, Student in Sociology & Human Rights
more speakers to be confirmed
7h00PM-9PM Indoor Panel: 'Cultural Appropriation in Art & Resurgence in Indigenous Art'
The Origin, 57 Lyndale
5AM Sunrise Ceremony
7AM-4PM All Day Action! Join for Details.
6PM Feast and Debrief for Protectors and Participants. Location to Be Announced on Place.
Interested? Contact Us at: [email protected]
National Call to Action: facebook.com/events/193248851194723/