Saturday, May 24, 2008

Workshop Program

• The workshop programming for this gathering was generated through an open callout to supporters and allied organizations.
• While the schedule is packed and tight, please keep in mind that it is also flexible and intended to be fluid throughout the Gathering.
• Please attend whatever workshops you like, keeping in mind that there are at least two in every timeslot. Please remember to follow “ground rules” for the Gathering during all workshops.
• Any questions on site can be directed to our programming coordinator who can be contacted through our Orientation & Safety Station (which will be marked and visible, and located at the north end of the camp at queen’s park). Any questions prior to the event should be directed to

• Protest Barrick
o is an international network of groups fighting barrick gold. Will be showing films about mining conflicts abroad, or a slideshow/presentation about their tour, which took them from the UN Permanent forum on indigenous issues, to Barrick's AGM in Toronto, to Ottawa with Indigenous communities from the U.S., Australia, Papua new Guinea, and Chile.

• Tyendinaga Support Committee
o The Tyendinaga Support Committee is a group in Toronto working to gather support for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) in their struggles for land and justice and against criminal prosecution.

• Mining Watch Canada
o Joan Kuyek, Mining Watch’s National Coordinator is presenting a workshop/teach-in on the impacts of mining related to Indigenous struggle.
• “No Olympics on Stolen Land – Resistance to 2010”
o A workshop-presentation on the issues and growing resistance to the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympics.
o Peoples Global Action Bloc Ottawa has already been organizing for 2010 since early this year.

• Algonquin of Barriere Lake and the Trilateral Agreement: 20-years of Struggle
o The Algonquin of Barriere Lake Caravan will be traveling to Toronto as part of a three-city tour to speak out about the history of the current crisis in their community. Spokesperson Marylynn Poucachiche and former Chief Michel Thusky will describe how, for twenty difficult years, the small Algonquin community of Barriere Lake, 5 hours north of Montreal, has been struggling to hold the government to their word. In 1991, they signed a pioneering resource co-management and sustainable development agreement with Canada and Quebec to protect Algonquin land uses, conserve the forest and wildlife, and give them a share in the resource revenue from the logging and hydro projects on their traditional territories. The Canadian government walked away from the agreement in 2001 and the Quebec government has sat on recommendations for implementing its side of the agreement since 2006. Instead of fulfilling their obligations, the Federal Department of Indian Affairs, with the support of the Quebec government, has been playing divide and rule in Barriere Lake, wreaking havoc in the community by ousting the Customary Chief and Council and illegally appointing a small faction as the leadership.

o The Environmental Justice Organizing Initiative and Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network will host a discussion about Indigenous peoples on the front lines of fighting environmental destruction in Ontario, across Canada, and around the world, examples in Canada including the struggle of Cree and Dene Nations against the tar sands, Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, and coal bed methane in northern BC.
o Will look at how climate change threatens the survival of humanity and most species on earth and how Indigenous people are going to be key to stopping this threat, with the solidarity of social justice and environmental activists, but we need to name the economic order that drives this destruction and imagine alternatives, and what would a green economy look like and how might decentralized, renewable energy production (eg) help Indigenous communities achieve sustainable sovereignty while helping the rest of the world fight climate change.

• “Haudenosaunee Women and Youth Mobilization”
o Jessica Yee, founder of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and current chair of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Committee for Canadians for Choice, will facilitate a workshop on mobilization from a Haudenosaunee perspective, specifically for youth, with the emphasis on women as the land title holders in our matriarchal culture. This would speak to the violence and marginalization that women and children specifically face in our communities and the reclamation of our rights to organize and speak out to respect ourselves and Mother Earth.

• Political Prisoners
o Skyler Williams, from Six Nations will talk about his experience as a political prisoner and resisting state oppression. He may be joined by others.

High Profile Programming
• This is media friendly programming that will happen at 1pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• Tuesday will be a presentation from several First Nations Chiefs: Grand Chief Sydney Garrioch from MKO and other Manitoba Chiefs, Chiefs from Pikangikum, Muscrat Dam, and possible others, and Cheif Simon Fobister from Grassy Narrows.
• Wednesday we are hoping to feature Church and Union leaders talking about solidarity with Indigenous communities.

• Nonviolence training will be collaboratively provided by Christian Peacemaker Teams and No One is Illegal-Toronto.

• Studies in Non-Violent Action (SINVA) – musical performance
o Formerly know as Imagine Rainbow Warriors, founded in 1981 “to address, through music, human rights and environmental issues. SINVA has done extensive work for First Nations over the years; in particular, the Oneida Nation in western Ontario, the Cree Nation at Lubicon Lake, the Mohawk Nation at Oka, The Leonard Peltier Defence Committee and the Native Canadian Centre. Currently SINVA consists of two vocals and one guitar.

• Monster Redlight – Musical Entertainment
o Clayton will be performing Hip Hop which can be sampled at .

1 comment:

RS said...

Are all the workshops taking place at Queen's Park?