Beginning May 31 and till June 3 the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) is holding its closing events in Ottawa. The Committee has been working hard to raise awareness about more than 120 years of injustice and suffering that Aboriginal Peoples of Canada went through in Indian Residential Schools funded by the federal government. The Schools had been created with the purpose of assimilation of the marginalized communities to Canadian population, but instead deprived Aboriginal Children of language, cultural identity and traditions.
The closing events organized by the TRC include the Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday March 31, Education Day on June 1, Induction of Honorary Witnesses followed by other educational activities and a Report by TRC on June 2, and closing presentations on June 3.
CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk had an opportunity to discuss the issue with Terry Audla, the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami organization. TRC and Inuit Tapiirit worked side by side to make this diverse educational and cultural conference possible. Terry shared his hopes with CKUT as to the significance of the conference and the Walk for Reconciliation particularly.
Image Credit: CKUT’s snapshot of a video posted by Waubgeshig Rice on TRC’s twitter.
Mohammed Morsi, the former Egyptian President, was sentenced to death on May 16th for allegedly escaping prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. He fell from power in 2013 after massive popular protests.
Participants at the demonstration in Montreal were flying egyptian flags and singing for peace and justice in their country of origin.
CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux was there to bring us this story.
On May 12th, the Migrant Sex Worker’s Project and Butterfly, an Asian and migrant sex workers support network, held a forum in Toronto to discuss some of the problems with discourse of “anti-trafficking”. Following the event, CKUT’s Emily Enhorning spoke with Elene Lam, founder of Butterfly, about some of these issues.
On Saturday, May 23rd, CKUT did a live broadcast from the Anarchist Bookfair in Saint Henri, Montreal. The event gathered artists, booksellers, zinesters, distributors and groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North America and beyond. Over the course of the weekend, they were sharing their publications and materials, most of which are hard or impossible to find at mainstream book stores. Furthermore, there was the Anarchist Film Festival, featuring alternative films and documentaries, and two themed rooms: the Autonomous Media Room led by CKUT, and the Anti-Canada room.
An important international demonstration happened in Toronto on May 16, where people gathered to protest against psychiatric electroshock treatment. It was organized by the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) and happened simultaneously in over 25 cities around the world.
CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk had a chance to interview Don Weitz, an insulin subcoma shock survivor before the demonstration, which you can find HERE. He shared why the protest is a historic event and what is special about it. CKUT wants to thank Aishwarya Singh for being present during the protest on May 16th and providing the materials for us, which allowed CKUT to report on its happenings.
The gathering included many shock survivors willing to tell others about their experiences, either by reading from the book or by a spoken word, to prevent further violence from electroshock activity. There was chanting and passionate cheering, which proved just how much the subject should be addressed.
A broad coalition of groups, representing hundreds of thousands of people across Canada, hosted a press conference in Toronto yesterday to announce plans for the “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.” The march will call for a justice-based transition to a clean-energy economy in Canada, and is expected to attract thousands of people in Toronto on July 5, on the eve of the Climate Summit of the Americas and Pan American Economic Summit.
On May 14th Montreal had a chance to host a sneak preview of the documentary by a Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw called “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine” (2015), which focuses on the consequences of Ukrainian Euromaidan Revolution in modern Ukraine and its occupied regions. The film preview and discussion were co-presented byCinema Politica, the Concordia University Research Chair in Sexual Representation & in Documentary. They were followed by the discussion with a Ukraine human rights activist Anna Dovgopol who is knowledgable about the current perception of LGBT community in Ukraine. She is also a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, responsible for supporting LGBT/queer, feminist and gender initiatives.