Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa
Updated: 5 hours 6 sec ago

le 3 janvier 2017 – Solidarité à Val d’Or avec les femmes authochtones

December 31, 2016 - 8:32pm

(ENGLISH FOLLOWS) En réponse aux poursuites de 2,3 millions entamées par 41 policiers de Val d’Or contre ICI Radio-Canada pour avoir couvert les accusations des femmes autochtones de 37 cas d’agressions sexuelles, une démonstration aura lieu à la station de police de Val d’Or le 3 janvier 2017. Cette démonstration servira aussi de réponse à la récente marche en support aux dit policiers, impliquant quelques citoyens de Val d’Or.

QUOI : Blancs (et autres) en solidarité avec les femmes autochtones
QUAND : Mardi 3 janvier 2017, 11h30am-1h00pm
OU : Val d’Or –1151 rue d’Escale (en dehors de la station de police)
POURQUOI : Démontrer notre support envers les autochtones qui ont dénoncées les injustices

  • Des lettres de support envoyées par différentes personnes ou organisations à travers du Canada seron lues sur place.
  • La démonstration demande spécifiquement aux blancs de démontrer leur support avec les femmes autochtones.
  • Le thème de démonstration assertera que :
    o Nous croyons les femmes autochtones et dénonçons la culture du viol qui laisse la vaste majorité des agressions sexuelles jamais dénoncées et/ou impunies.
    o Que la violence policière contre les personnes autochtones, peu importe la forme qu’elle prend, est une manifestation contemporaine de la suprématie blanche et du colonialisme d’occupation dans le présent.
    o Qu’il y a des alliés non-autochtones qui suivent et dénoncent ces injustices partout au Canada

CONTACT: Trycia Bazinet

Facebook for live video and more information: @IPSMO (Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement Ottawa
Page de l’évènement :

January 3, 2017 – Solidarity in Val d’Or with Indigenous Women

In response to the lawsuit launched by 41 police officers against the news outlet (ICI Radio-Canada) that aired the testimonies of Indigenous women denouncing sexual assault (37 cases recorded), a demonstration will take place at the Val d’Or police station on January 3rd 2017. This demonstration is also a response to the citizen’s march in support of police officers, which recently took place in Val d’Or.

WHAT: Non-native Solidarity rally for Indigenous women attacked by police in Val d’Or
WHEN: Tuesday January 3rd (2017) 11:30am – 1:00pm
WHERE: Val d’Or – 1151 rue d’Escale (outside the police station)
WHO: Non-native (especially whites) in support of those confronting and exposing mistreatment by police
WHY: To show support for those risking their own safety to stand up for justice

  • Letters of support, sent by various individuals and organizations, will be read on spot.
  • Main messages of the rally:
    o We believe Indigenous women and denounced rape culture, which results in the the vast majority of sexual assaults of ever being denounced and/or punished.
    o That police violence against Indigenous peoples, in whichever forms it takes, is a contemporary manifestation of white supremacy and ongoing colonialism of occupation.
    o There are allies all accross Canada following this case and denouncing the injustices

CONTACT : Rally coordinator Trycia Bazinet

Facebook for live video and more information: @IPSMO (Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement Ottawa)
Facebook event page :

Indigenous Land Defence – Wednesday December 7th – livestream

December 5, 2016 - 4:26pm

Special event Wednesday 7pm at Bronson Centre in Ottawa and livestream online – an evening to celebrate and support Indigenous land defence – and serving as a fundraiser for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake land defenders camp, established this fall to protect their territory from mining.

**** LIVESTREAM ****

** Indigenous Land Defence : An evening of speakers and multimedia **

Wednesday December 7th – 7:00pm
– at Bronson Centre (Mac Hall), 211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa


  • Standing Rock #NoDAPL
  • Chaudière Falls sacred site
  • Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion
  • Algonquins of Barriere Lake – No Mining! Land Defenders Camp

This event will be raising funds for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake land defence efforts – all levels of donations are welcome.

Childcare is planned to be available on site.
Event contact:
Background info:
Dec 7 event post:
Livestream info (embed or link) will be at the two above websites before Wednesday 7pm.

**** Support Barriere Lake via paypal even if you don’t attend in person ****

**** Please help spread the word: ****
– On Facebook
– Also, print posters
… and quarter-page flyers
– Copy and paste the text of this post for use elsewhere (emails, FB, …)
– Or just use the link of this post to share, send out over email, …


Ottawa – Stand With Standing Rock! Direct Action Dec. 5 2016

December 3, 2016 - 12:34pm
. #NODAPL SOLIDARITY NON-VIOLENT MASS DIRECT ACTION  . Stand with Standing Rock! . For updates and more see: .
  • When: December 5, 1pm-3h30pm
  • Where: Meet up Location is Confederation Park, Middle Fountain. Bank Branch T.B.A at meet up location.
  • What: Based on Global Calls for Action, we are organizing a Non-Violent Direct Action to publicly ask Banks to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The Action seeks to disrupt business from the targeted bank branch from the outside, and will simultaneously be a demonstration.
. CALLING for individuals and groups in unceded Algonquin territory, Ottawa, to join together in direct action on December 5 to demand that Canadian banks stop funding the Pipeline! . This protest and direct action will target a branch of a Canadian bank funding DAPL. Please join us if you would like to support OR join this act of civil disobedience. . Join us in refusing the expansion of pipelines across Turtle Island. #NoDAPL #NoEnergyEast #StopKinderMorgan


. If you’d like to help organize, if you’d like to speak or perform at the rally, or to suggest speakers/performers, inbox us ASAP or email! . If your group would like to endorse or support this action please get in touch with us ASAP!


. On December 5, the Oceti Sakowin Camp — the biggest encampment of water protectors — is threatened with possible forcible eviction or other violence, including cutting off of all services and supplies, or being charged with trespassing. . In response to the escalating and violent attacks against water protectors, The Sacred Stone Camp has put out a call for a month of action starting on December 1: . See:


. MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE ACTION: . LOCATION: Meet at Confederation Park at 1pm, at the Middle Fountain, and march to the branch of a bank funding the pipeline. Details of the action and its target will be announced at this meet-up. . Come out to act in solidarity with Indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock; to condemn the human rights violations that have been carried out in order to force the Dakota Access Pipeline through Indigenous lands without consent; and to demand that [X Bank] immediately withdraw its financing for the pipeline. . Join us in a peaceful protest in solidarity with water defenders and frontline communities at Standing Rock, who are resisting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. March with us to support the Indigenous-led movement. . We will stay outside the branch and will voice our demands, which will shortly be available in our press release. There will be designated negotiators. . We will also have jars to fundraise for the Standing Rock Camp. . For more information, contact!


. Print your own posters using graphics for land and water protectors here: ————————————————————— . Why target banks? . A coalition of groups at Standing Rock have endorsed a global day of action. The main targets are financiers of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the police departments that have been brought in from across the Midwest to brutalize water protectors. . The financial footing of the Dakota Access Pipeline is in jeopardy if they do not complete the project by January 1st. If this deadline is missed, a majority of the stakeholders with contracts to ship oil through the pipeline will be able to renegotiate or cancel their contracts. This could be devastating to Energy Transfer Partners and the other pipeline companies behind DAPL. . With its vulnerabilities exposed, our solidarity efforts are needed now more than ever. . Canadian banks connected with DAPL and Energy Transfer Partners include RBC, Scotiabank, and TD Bank. TD Securities, for instance, is providing over $360 million in direct financing to Dakota Access LLC. . For more context: An article about Canadian financiers of the pipeline – .


. *Are you a TD Trust, RBC or Scotia Bank customer? . Fill this form out and hand it to a bank manager at your branch. Make sure to take their time with questions and info, ask to see another manager– and ideally, come with your friends! We’ll be passing out these forms, and you can also print your own by downloading the pdf here: . Let’s let the financiers know what we think about their dirty oil projects. Stop the violence at Standing Rock and keep the oil in the ground. #WaterIsLife #StandWithStandingRock . ————————————————————— . THE PIPELINE’S CORPORATE BACKERS: . The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is owned by the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which created the subsidiary Dakota Access LLC. The DAPL, also known as the Bakken Pipeline, would transport half a million barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. This crude oil comes from fracking, which threatens the land and water. In August 2016, the final finances were secured when Enbridge and the Marathon Petroleum Company bought a 2 billion dollar share. . TD, RBC and Scotia Bank are 3 of the 24 banks that have provided project-level loans for the Dakota Access Pipeline. TD has the seventh largest commitment ($360 million+). For more info on the financing of the project: . ————————————————————— . SUPPORT THE FRONT LINES – Information from the Solidarity Campaign:
  • Always needed are supplies (, and folks with experience or skills in winter camping and winterizing, direct action, construction, chopping/hauling wood, cooking, dishes, childcare, etc. It is especially useful to commit to 2 weeks or longer.
. ————————————————————— . QUOTES FROM WATER PROTECTORS AND LAND DEFENDERS: “The place where pipeline will cross on the Cannonball is the place where the Mandan came into the world after the great flood, it is also a place where the Mandan had their Okipa, or Sundance. Later this is where Wisespirit and Tatanka Ohitika held sundances. There are numerous old Mandan, Cheyenne, and Arikara villages located in this area and burial sites. This is also where the sacred medicine rock [is located], which tells the future.” – LaDonna Bravebull Allard (Lakota, Dakota) “The dangers imposed by the greed of big oil on the people who live along the Missouri river is astounding. When this proposed pipeline breaks, as the vast majority of pipelines do, over half of the drinking water in South Dakota will be affected. How can rubber-stamping this project be good for the people, agriculture, and livestock? It must be stopped. The people of the four bands of Cheyenne River stand with our sister nation in this fight as we are calling on all the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires to do so with our allies, both native and non-native in opposing this pipeline.” – Joye Braun (Cheyenne River) .

Ottawa Fundraising Dinner, Tues Nov 8- Algonquins of Barriere Lake Land Defenders

November 7, 2016 - 10:00am

No Mining In Our Territory – Ottawa Fundraising Dinner
Algonquins of Barriere Lake Land Defenders Camp

Please join us this Tuesday to gather together for a dinner and opportunity to hear from Barriere Lake community members about their new efforts to prevent mining in their territory, and how you can support these efforts.

In late October, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake set up a camp to defend their territory from new threats of the various companies that have mining claims there. The Quebec government has recently begun unilaterally lifting multi-year moratoriums on mining in the area, despite this being against the Trilateral and Bilateral Agreements of the 1990s.
More info:

Tuesday, November 8th 2016
5pm – 7pm  (come as you can, even if not right at 5pm)
at St. John’s Church, 154 Somerset St W. (corner of Elgin)
– Basement hall: entrance off of Somerset, wheelchair accessible entrance ramp off of Elgin.

Due to too short notice, we have not arranged ASL sign language interpretation. Please contact us with any other questions about accessibility or otherwise:

Planned food includes wild game and/or fish from ABL territory, with vegetarian chili, quinoa, and salad generously provided by the Table Restaurant.

All levels of donations accepted – to go to maintaining the camp and for gas for travel monitoring the various areas of the territory where drilling/mining companies may start work. By cash or cheque. Donations are also accepted via paypal.

This event has been very quickly organized so we need your help to please get the word out and encourage your fam/friends/comrades/networks to show up. The land defenders camp has just been started within the last two weeks, and this fundraising dinner is timed to coincide with the “Joining Our Fires: Women for the Protection of Lands and Waters” rally happening directly afterwards at 7pm, at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin at Lisgar: 3 blocks from our venue).

IPSMO – new Basis of Unity

January 31, 2016 - 4:23pm

The IPSMO organizing committee has been busy updating our basis of unity, to better reflect our current organization.

We have adopted the following basis of unity, to be reviewed in the next 3 months. At this time, we are actively looking for feedback from our communities.

IPSMO Basis of Unity

Who we are:

IPSMO is an Ottawa-based, grassroots collective that supports Indigenous struggles for justice and decolonization.

We acknowledge that Ottawa, and the entire Kitchissippi (Ottawa River) watershed, is Algonquin territory. We are committed to helping decolonize this territory, and to supporting national and transnational indigenous struggles.

Our collective is for anyone who wants to be in solidarity with Indigenous people, but we want to be clear that most of us are settlers.  Our group strives to listen to and take direction from Indigenous voices. Learning from indigenous knowledge and indigenous knowledge holders is crucial to decolonizing ourselves, and to challenging the colonial ideas and practices that dominate Canadian society and undermine indigeneity.

What we want:

We affirm the sacredness of Mother Earth, the interdependence of all beings, and the right to live as part of healthy ecosytems.

We are dedicated to creating a decolonized world and understand all struggles for justice as interconnected.  We strive to build loving, respectful and accountable relationships and dialogues between all people and communities who are working for social, economic, and land justice.

We support the principles outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and its full implementation on Turtle Island. We believe in the principle of free, prior and informed consent, and oppose unilateral settler, state and corporate interventions in the lives of Indigenous peoples, including in the lives of those involved in sex work.

What we believe:

We believe that Canadian society owes its prosperity to colonization.  We understand colonization as a system that is founded on land theft, ecological destruction, racism, apartheid and genocide. We understand colonialism as an ongoing process that continues to benefit settler society; justice demands decolonization. When fully realized, decolonization would liberate the land, its people, and its settlers. We hold to a vision of Turtle Island (North America) where First Nations and settlers share the land in a just and peaceful relationship, and where indigenous sovereignty is fully recognized, including First Nations’ right to political, economic, and territorial self-determination.

We believe that decolonization requires questioning and changing the state, citizenship, capitalism, gender and sexual roles, the nuclear family, and the exploitation of the natural world.  We work in solidarity with indigenous movements to further this broad understanding of decolonization.

What we do:

We provide support to actions and campaigns for Indigenous sovereignty, defence of the land, cultural revitalization, ending violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits, and the honouring of treaties and agreements.

Our group supports and uses a diversity of tactics ranging from popular education, to fundraising, to direct action as a means of nurturing decolonization.

Barriere Lake Algonquins protest Health Canada

January 14, 2016 - 12:14pm

Health Canada Red Tape Puts Community Members’ Health at Risk

For immediate release

(Ottawa/January 14, 2016) Representatives from the Algonquins of Barriere Lake are in Ottawa today, protesting bureaucratic and obstructionist practices of Health Canada. Recent changes to the administration of medical transportation services in the community are leading to delays, loss of access to transportation and gross inefficiencies in the use of funds. The community is angered and frustrated that the Ministry’s red tape is putting some of their most vulnerable community members at risk and are demanding they be given back the authority to manage their own transportation budget.

Time and Location of Rally:
12 PM, January 14, 2016
70 Columbine Drive, Ottawa ON

As part of the health services provided to this and other Indigenous communities across Canada, Health Canada pays for transportation to medical appointments outside of the community, which is 3 hours north of Ottawa and which is serviced with a basic health clinic staffed by Health Canada nurses. Until recently, the travel expenses were efficiently managed by community-level health centre staff using drivers contracted from the community.

Starting in the New Year, Health Canada is requiring pre-authorizations by federal bureaucrats for transportation to medical appointments, and is withholding payments to the contractual drivers. These unilateral changes are creating unnecessary delays, leading to people missing appointments, and putting their health at risk. In one case a newborn requiring urgent attention in Maniwaki, QC was delayed departure from the community by over 4 hours while waiting for approval for the trip. Fortunately the baby was fine on this instance, but the waits, delays and missed appointments are creating a tremendous amount of stress for the community.

Casey Ratt, Chief of the Alognquins of Barriere Lake, insists that the community can manage the medical transportation funds. “We can handle this issue locally, do it more efficiently, be more responsive and have it cost a lot less than the current mess created by Health Canada” stated Chief Ratt.

Health Canada’s approval requirements include 48 hours’ notice, and disclosure of personal medical information, information that the community’s nursing staff do not want to provide, fearing a breach of their obligations to protect privacy.

“This issue has led to a real loss of trust between us and Health Canada” said Chief Ratt “We have heard some encouraging words from Prime Minister Trudeau these last few months, and appreciate his statement that for his government there is no relationship more important than the one with Indigenous peoples. Well it’s time for the Prime Minister and Ministers Philpott and Bennet to live up to these commitments”

Time and Location of Rally:
12 PM, January 14, 2016
70 Columbine Drive, Ottawa ON

Oct. 1: Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity, 6pm, Carleton University

September 28, 2015 - 3:06pm

Oct. 1: Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity, 6pm, Carleton University

Thursday, October 1
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Carleton University
2017 Dunton Tower
Wheelchair Accessible
The art is by Tania Willard.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Women’s and Gender Studies
Student Society, the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender
Studies, and the CU Aboriginal Service Centre.


This is a two hour workshop that introduces people to the basics of
indigenous solidarity. We explore some of the history of indigenous
resistance, key concepts, terminology and how to do indigenous solidarity.

This workshop is intended for everyone who is interested in being
principled allies to indigenous people. This workshop was designed by, and
will be presented by, non-indigenous people.

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so
vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It
respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.”

– Eduardo Galeano


The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a
grassroots organization that directly supports indigenous peoples in
diverse struggles for justice. We also work within communities to
challenge the lies and half-truths about indigenous peoples and
colonization that dominate Canadian society. The organization is open to
both indigenous and non-indigenous people, and focuses on local and
regional campaigns.

As we act in solidarity with indigenous people, we build relationships
where we can learn from indigenous cultures. By doing this, we can further
decolonize ourselves, and so learn to better challenge the racist and
colonial ideas that dominate Canadian society.

We provide support to actions and campaigns for Indigenous sovereignty,
self-determination, defense of the land, environmental protection,
cultural revitalization, and the honouring of treaties and agreements.


Solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Camp

September 2, 2015 - 8:16pm

Solidarity with the Unist’tot’en Camp
Wednesday, September 9
7:00pm – 9:00pm
University of Ottawa
University Center, Room 215

IPSMO is inviting everyone to our Solidarity with the Unis’tot’en Camp event for banner making and planning. We have the art supplies, so come make some art with us, and talk about next steps in case of a police raid, as well as ongoing solidarity with the camp!

“The Unist’ot’en Camp is a non-violent occupation of Unceded Unist’ot’en territory.” –

Canadian Progressive article:
RCMP planning mass arrests of indigenous Unist’ot’en activists under Bill C-51: Reports

The Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern British Columbia established the camp in 2010 to protest the planned Chevron Pacific Trail natural gas pipeline and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline.

Press Release by Union of BC Chiefs (quoted in the above article):
“The Indigenous Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern BC are on high alert about a likely impending large scale RCMP mass arrest operation on their territory.”

“The RCMP have made a number of visits to the Unist’ot’en as well as other First Nations leadership regarding the Unist’ot’en community’s active exercise of their Aboriginal Title and Rights to protect their lands from oil and gas development.”

More about the Unis’tot’en camp

Unis’tot’en – People of the Headwaters

The Unis’tot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu / Big Frog Clan) are the original
Wet’suwet’enYintah Wewat Zenli distinct to the lands of the Wet’suwet’en. Over time in Wet’suwet’en History, the other clans developed and were included throughout Wet’suwet’en Territories. The Unis’tot’en are known as the toughest of the Wet’suwet’en as their territories were not only abundant, but the terrain was known to be very treacherous. The Unis’tot’en recent history includes taking action to protect their lands
from Lions Gate Metals at their Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, and building a cabin and resistance camp at Talbits Kwah at Gosnell Creek and Wedzin Kwah (Morice River which is a tributary to the Skeena and Bulkley River) from seven proposed pipelines from Tar Sands Gigaproject and LNG from the Horn River Basin Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region

April 23, 2015: The Truth that Wampum Tells: Learning Canada’s Constitutional History through Wampum Diplomacy

April 12, 2015 - 4:21pm

The Truth that Wampum Tells: Learning Canada’s Constitutional History through Wampum Diplomacy

Featuring Author / Activist / Artist Dr. Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street (at Sunnyside Avenue)
6:30pm – 8:30pm

There is some parking to the south of the building, but often little on-street parking, because of proximity to the Mayfair.

Note on Accessibility: Unfortunately, this event is not accessible. This location does not have an accessible washroom. There is a small (5-10 cm) step in front of the entrance, which some wheelchairs have crossed in the past. Once inside there is a flight of 10 stairs to the event.

Event description:

The 1763 Royal Proclamation, Canada’s first constitutional document, was ratified at the 1764 Treaty at Niagara. Because successive governments have promoted a particular version of Canada’s history – a fiction of two founding nations – the broader Canadian public is unaware of the significant role Indigenous Nations held in Canada’s creation.

To guarantee the successful ratification of the Proclamation, assure a clear understanding, and codify the historic event at Niagara, British representative William Johnson relied on the Indigenous governance practice known as wampum diplomacy. He presented two Wampum Belts to the Anishinaabeg: The British and Western Great Lakes Covenant Chain Confederacy Wampum Belt and The Twenty Four Nations Wampum Belt. The former Belt codified a relationship between equal allies and the latter Belt represented the Indigenous Nations that participated in the Treaty. In turn, Indigenous Nations presented Johnson with a Two Row Wampum Belt.

Through Lynn Gehl’s doctoral work on the Algonquin land claims process she created new editions of these Wampum Belts and accepted the responsibility of creating a contemporary Wampum bundle. It is this bundle that she opens and reads in a traditional way via the oral tradition explaining the events at Niagara. In this way she contributes to the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge.

During this event, Lynn Gehl will be selling two of her books. Proceeds from this book go to supporting her ongoing work.

On Sale:

Mkadengwe: Sharing Canada’s Colonial Process through Black Face
Methodology ($17.95)

The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims
Process ($22.95)


Lynn will also be speaking on the night before at IPSMO’s 4th Annual
Celebrating the Defense of Mother Earth –

April 22, 2015: Celebrating the Defence of Mother Earth

April 12, 2015 - 4:18pm

IPSMO’s 4th Annual Celebrating the Defence of Mother Earth

Celebrating Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirits and the Defence of Mother Earth

“There is a direct connection between violence against the Earth and violence against women.”
– Lee Maracle

Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at 6:00pm
Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St.
Pay What You Can ($5 -$10 Suggested)]
Art by Gregg Deal

Join us this Earth Day for a feast, movie and panel celebrating Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirits and the defence of Mother Earth.

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa will be hosting our 4th annual Earth Day event. This year we will celebrate the defence of mother earth with a feast, a screening of the movie Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake, and a panel discussion with Jocelyn Iahtail (Cree), Gabrielle Fayant (Metis) and Lynn Gehl (Algonquin).

The event is also a fundraiser for Shawnejeagamik, the 510 Rideau Indigenous Drop-In Centre. Shawnejeagamik means “House of Compassion” in the Algonquin language, and has recently had its government funding cut. If the funding isn’t restored, or alternate funding isn’t found, then the
shelter will be forced to close.

6:00pm Welcoming by Annie St. Georges (Algonquin)
6:15pm Free Feast
7:00pm Movie – Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake
8:00pm Panel Discussion
9:30pm Closing


Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake

The tar sands are the most polluting resource extraction operation in the world today. This film examines issues surrounding the tar sands and the impending development of pipelines in eastern Canada and western Canada to open up markets for this dirty energy. This documentary concentrates on Indigenous struggles against tar sands and pipelines.

The film talks specifically about the proposed Energy East pipeline that would pass through Ottawa and cross the Rideau River, as well as Line 9, which passes through Akwesasne and Cornwall, on its way from Sarnia to Montreal.

Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake was directed by Clifton Nicholas

Panel Discussion

The panel will focus on the ways that the water, the earth, and indigenous women are interconnected, as well as their resistance to the violence that they experience.

After the panel there will be time for questions and discussion.


About the Panelists

Jocelyn Iahtail: Jocelyn is a mother, a survivor and a cultural teacher and consultant at Mother Earth and Child. She speaks out against the violence faced by Indigenous women and girls, and the historic and ongoing abuse of Indigenous children through the Residential School System, Indian Day schools, 60s scoop and the Millennium scoop.

Gabrielle Fayant: Gabrielle is the co-founder of a youth-led and youth-driven organization called Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) and Program Manager of a youth economic program called Reach Up! North in partnership with the Digital Opportunity Trust.

She has worked for a number of national Aboriginal organizations such as the National Association of Friendship Centres, Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. She has experience on a number of local, regional, and national advisory committees and councils, such as the Canadian Commission of UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group, Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, and Walking With Our Sisters Ottawa Youth Committee.

Gabrielle also serves as a board member for the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, and she sings with a female drum group called Spirit Flowers and as backup for a men’s drum group called the Ottawa River singers (aka O-Town Boyz). Gabrielle is the recipient of the 2015 Indspire Metis Youth Award.

Lynn Gehl: Lynn is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, Canada. She describes herself as a learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and she has been an  Indigenous human rights advocate for 25 years.

Lynn works to eliminate the continued sex discrimination in the Indian Act, and she is also an outspoken critic of the contemporary land claims and self-government process.

She has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a Master of Arts in Canadian and Native Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. She also has a diploma in Chemical Technology and worked in the field of environmental science for 12 years in the area of toxic organic analysis of Ontario’s waterways. While advocating for change is currently part of what she does, she is also interested in traditional knowledge systems that guide the Anishinaabeg forward to a good life.

Along with many journal and community publications, she has three books:

Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process Mkadengwe: Sharing Canada’s Colonial Process through Black Face Methodology Her website:

On April 23 in Ottawa, Lynn will be speaking at Black Squirrel Books at the event :’The Truth that Wampum Tells: Learning Canada’s Constitutional History through Wampum Diplomacy’

Introduction to Indigenous Solidarity

March 4, 2015 - 3:00pm


Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00pm
Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University Private
Room 4004, 1st Floor
Wheelchair Accessible
The art is by Tania Willard.

This is a two hour workshop that introduces people to the basics of indigenous solidarity. We explore some of the history of indigenous resistance, key concepts, terminology and how to do indigenous solidarity.

This workshop is intended for everyone who is interested in being principled allies to indigenous people.

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.”

– Eduardo Galeano


The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a grassroots organization that directly supports indigenous peoples in diverse struggles for justice. We also work within communities to challenge the lies and half-truths about indigenous peoples and colonization that dominate Canadian society. The organization is open to both indigenous and non-indigenous people, and focuses on local and regional campaigns.

As we act in solidarity with indigenous people, we build relationships where we can learn from indigenous cultures. By doing this, we can further decolonize ourselves, and so learn to better challenge the racist and colonial ideas that dominate Canadian society.

We provide support to actions and campaigns for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, defense of the land, environmental protection, cultural revitalization, and the honouring of treaties and agreements.


Le Mouvement de Solidarité avec les Peuples Autochtones -Ottawa (Abrégé en anglais: IPSMO) est une organisation populaire qui soutient directement les peuples autochtones dans leurs diverses luttes pour la justice. Nous travaillons au sein des communautés afin de débattre les mensonges et demi-vérités concernant les peuples autochtones et l’esprit de colonisation qui dominent dans la société canadienne. Cette organisation est ouverte à tous : aux personnes autochtones tout comme aux personnes non-autochtones, et mène une campagne concentré à un niveau local et régional.

En agissant solidairement avec les peuples autochtones, nous construisons des relations d’échanges où nous pouvons apprendre de leur culture.

En faisant de même, nous pouvons mieux nous décoloniser nous même, et ainsi mieux contester et combattre les idées racistes et colonialistes qui dominent la société canadienne.

Nous soutenons les actions et campagnes pour la souveraineté autochtone, son autodétermination, la défense du territoire, la protection environnementale, la revitalisation culturelle, et l’application des traités et accords.

Sat Feb 21 & Wed Feb 25: Save Odawa’s 510 Drop-In Centre

February 20, 2015 - 8:21pm

Open House / Prepare materials for Wed’s Rally/March
Saturday 11am-1pm at 510 Rideau

RALLY/MARCH to Save Odawa’s 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre
Wednesday 10am at Parliament Hill, march to Ottawa City Hall


Print promo materials:

Background info/links follow, beneath event details


The 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre will be holding an “Open House”
THIS Saturday, February 21st, at 11:00 a.m.

The purpose of this Open House is to meet the clients and staff of Centre 510 and to work alongside them in constructing pickets and signs, and to also meet with other people who are willing to assist and help with the rally, and we would also be able to get to know each other better!

If you are able to provide materials (such as signs, pickets, chairs for the elderly, and ANYTHING else that you can think of), please do, and it would be SO MUCH appreciated.

We really need your help! Spread the word!!Thank you!


RALLY / MARCH to Save Odawa’s 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre

Join us on Wednesday, February 25th at 10 a.m to begin with a peaceful march to have the voices of the homeless heard in telling the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa to restore funding to the Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s Shawenjeagamik – Centre 510 Drop-In Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples!
(Shawnejeagamik means ‘House of Compassion’ in the Algonquin language).

Join us in solidarity for the betterment of all
There will be some great advocates and speakers, including Ottawa-Centre NDP MP Paul Dewar, for example, and lots of others voicing their support alongside the most vulnerable in our society – this being the homeless – who will tell their stories on how the elimination of funding for their Centre 510 Rideau and the Bannock Bus will directly affect them and the community of Ottawa located on un-surrendered, non-ceded Algonquin Territory!

The march itself will begin at the Peace Flame on Parliament Hill, and continue on a route that will take us down Wellington Street and turning onto Elgin Street, continuing to Laurier Avenue to City Hall of Ottawa.

Once Gathered at City Hall, we will hear a Prayer and Honor Song in accordance with the Traditional Indigenous Protocol of the First Peoples to begin the rally.

There will also be a beautiful and memorable “Unity For The Community – Round Dance Ceremony” for those able to participate.

Please bring your signs and pickets so we can have the voices of the Indigenous Peoples who are “Homeless on the Homelands” heard!

PleaseTweet: #unity4thecommunity #homelessonthehomelands

Facebook event:



Facebook group: Save Odawa 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre !!

Petition: Re-establish funding to the Homeless Drop-in Centre at 510 Rideau


CBC Feb 4 (Video, audio, article):
Aboriginal homeless drop-in centre loses bid for city funding

Ottawa Citizen Feb 4 (article):
Odawa native group says funding cuts will force closing of homeless centre

Ottawa Sun Feb 4 (article):
Centre closure concerns Aboriginals

Metro News Feb 4 (article):
City funding cuts force Aboriginal homeless drop-in centre to close

APTN Feb 5 (video):
Ottawa’s Odawa drop-in centre closing

House of Commons Feb 5 (video):
Will the minister intervene to reinstate the funding to the Odawa centre?

Ottawa Citizen Feb 19 (article):
Councilor McKenney pledges help for homeless agencies

Centretown News Feb 23 (article):
Drop-in centre’s closure harms at-risk Aboriginals

Gabrielle Fayant Feb 23:
Open letter to Mayor Jim Watson, re: 510 Rideau



Trick or Treaty: A film by Alanis Obomsawin

January 25, 2015 - 2:10pm

Please see the attached PDF for an exciting event happening January 30th at Carleton University: Trick or Treaty screening

URGENT CALL FOR SUPPORT: Punishment for Failure to Submit to First Nations Financial Transparency Act?

December 20, 2014 - 9:02pm


Indian Affairs Push Algonquin Families of Barriere Lake to the Brink of Starvation; Food and Cash Needed


The Barriere Lake Algonquins live on approximately 17,000 square kms of unceded territory 4 hours north of Ottawa in Quebec.

For the last three months, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs has refused to issue social assistance cheques to 15 Algonquin families at Barriere Lake. This has affected between 50-60 people, including 25 children. Aboriginal Affairs is aware of the situation, but has failed to intervene.

The Chief and Council at Barriere Lake are questioning whether the band’s non-compliance with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act is behind this brutal denial of social assistance funds.

The Chief and Council at Barriere Lake have not submitted the consolidated financial statements required by the Transparency Act in protest of the band’s lack of control over band spending. As punishment for non-compliance, the Chief and a member of Council have not been paid for their work since November 27, 2014.

Barriere Lake has been under “Third Party Management” since 2006, which authorizes external accountants hired by Aboriginal Affairs to take over discretion of band finances and spending.

As winter sets in and the Christmas season is upon us, it is extremely difficult for these families and for the band’s governing body to survive without any other source of income. We are calling communities near and far to provide immediate support for Barriere Lake in this time of need.


What is needed?

Needed: Flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, rice, tomato soup, canned whole tomatoes, salt, pepper, cereals, eggs, porridge, macaroni, pasta, pasta sauce, white bread, chicken and beef broth, white beans, canned beans, margarine, potatoes (at least 200 pounds), pancake mix, syrup, dried peas, mac and cheese. Any other canned goods and dry goods that are common consumables and non-perishable.

If you are in Ottawa, please bring contributions to First United Church at 347 Richmond Road between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, December 21 – 27. Before delivering any contributions, please call the church at 613-­232­-1016 or if there is no answer call 613­729-­2647 to let them know you are coming. Please take the goods to the back of the Church off Madison Ave (one block north of Richmond).

You may still donate funds to the general Barriere Lake Solidarity fund, through PayPal:

You can also send the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Bernard Valcourt, a strong message through his website:

Insist that (1) all social assistance payments – including back payments – are made immediately, and that the Department will work with the Chief and Council to ensure that no further payments are withheld; and (2) that the Federal Government meet Barriere Lake’s following demands, regarding the Transparency Act:

– Chief and Council must be free to appoint a fully qualified auditor of their own choosing;

– Chief and Council must have a decisive say over what is included in the audit;

– A fair and transparent dispute resolution process must be initiated to deal with the transactions that the Third Party Manager and Aboriginal Affairs have undertaken to date without the band’s involvement or approval.


Thank you / Migwetch