Excerpt from Beyond ‘No War’: A Panel Discussion on Demilitarization and Transformative Social Movements

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On Friday November 13th, Demilitarize McGill hosted the panel discussion “Beyond ‘No War’: Celebrating Resistance to Canadian Nationalism,” in the McConnell Engineering BuildingThe organization exists to “oppose research, recruitment and other activity for military purposes… by ending military collaboration at McGill.” Beyond No War was moderated by the artist-activist Kama La Mackerel, and was held as part of “#Rememberthis : A Series of Events Against War and Militarism.”

Panelists include:
Harsha Walia  : author of Undoing Border Imperialism, co-founder of No One Is Illegal
Mostafa Henaway : community/labour organizer and long-time Palestine solidarity activist
Toghestiy : grassroots land defender and Hereditary Chief of the Wet’suwet’en Likhts’amisyu Clan
Freda Huson : spokesperson and land defender of the Unist’ot’en Camp in British Columbia

This recording was produced by Claudia Edwards.

McGill University Receives Notice of Seizure by Kahentinetha Horn Regarding Stolen Land

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On September 12, 2015, a Notice of Seizure was delivered to McGill University by Kahentinetha Horn of the Bear Clan, a member of the Kahnawake community. The notice outlined McGill’s use of Mohawk land that had never been sold by the Kahnawake community as well as the outstanding sum of $1.7 billion that McGill had borrowed from the Six Nations’ Trust Fund and had never repaid.

Also outlined in the notice was McGill’s violation of Kaia’nere:kowa, the Great Law of Peace that Kahentinetha abides by. The discovery of military research being conducted by McGill is explained by Kahentinetha as going in direct violation of her governing law, strong motivation in her decision to send the notice.

CKUT’s Victoria Xie spoke with Kahentinetha about the reasoning behind the notice as well as what she is hoping will happen in the future.

McGill University accused of withholding information on Military Ties

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CKUT spoke with Cadence O’Neal, an antiwar organizers at McGill. Students claim that McGill University is displaying increasing desperation in its bid to stop students from learning about military research on campus. The McGill administration is shelling out for an expert access-to-information legal team, Raymond Doray, which is going to new lengths to block ATI requests about military research, according to a press release issued this week.

Since 2012, McGill has been in court against a group of students from Demilitarize McGill, who
have been attempting to file Access to Information requests on the university’s ties with
military contractors and weapons companies. Up until now, the university has refused to comply with the requests.

While her request was filed in her first year of university, Cadence will have graduated this year before having access to this information. The request, which pertains to thousands of emails, is being contested by McGill on the grounds that they are not official property of the university. Other students who have filed requests for McGill have also been waiting since 2012. The fact that McGill has blocked these Access to Information Requests until now leads many to suspect their deep involvement in military contracting.

In October, the students will return to court to continue to press for their requests to be honoured.

Panel Discussion: Opposing Militarism and Austerity in Canada


Listen to a panel discussion recorded live on CKUT’s community news program Off the Hour that highlights the voices of Montreal activists working to oppose both militarism and war.

In this discussion local activists highlight the massive financial resources directed to the current neo-colonial military bombing of Iraq and Syria while at home, in communities across Quebec and Canada, there is a massive revoking of public financial resources to critically important institutions, like public schools and health care. Continue reading

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Doug Smith of Tadamon!

Doug Smith at the August 13th Palestine-Solidarity protest
Doug Smith at the August 13th Palestine-Solidarity protest
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Doug Smith is a Montreal- based Palestine solidarity activist and a member of Tadamon!. Tadamon is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond.

In this interview Doug will be talking to us about Tadamon and the different activities the group organises. He will explain how you can volunteer within the group and contribute to its different activities. He will also discuss a program called Cure (Community-University Research Exchange). CURE is a Qpirg initiative that facilitates research collaborations between university students and grassroots community groups which include Tadamon. Doug will talk about the different researches Tadamon! is involved in within the CURE framework and how students can get involved in these researches in exchange for credits. We will finally discuss why Israeli universities like Technion should be boycotted by our Canadian universities as part of the academic boycott.

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Demilitarize McGill holds another blockade in protest of ongoing military research at McGill


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On Friday, March 14th, students at McGill University with the group Demilitarize McGill blockaded the Macdonald Engineering building on campus for several hours in the morning. Roughly 25 people took part in the action to denounce Mcgill’s collaboration with the Canadian military in ongoing drone warfare research.

Light shed on military research at McGill university


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On Tuesday, February 25th, members of Demilitarize McGill blocked access to McGill’s Shock Wave Physics Group laboratories, as an act of opposition to military research at McGill. Demilitarize McGill is a campaign organized by students and community members hoping to interrupt McGill University’s history of complicity in war and colonialist violence by ending military research at the institution. CKUT’s Amelie Philipson spoke with some of the members about this action, and also about their ongoing research concerning military research and military funding of labs at McGill University.