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.
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1923800771235696/
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 3weeks, 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: https://goo.gl/forms/Hp5IeNsiT0GDBese2
FORM TO FEED THE WATER PROTECTORS: https://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)
Interested? Contact Us at: TurtleIslandwaterprotectors@gmail.com
National Call to Action: https://www.facebook.com/events/193248851194723/
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