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Re:Bodies Poetry Night: A Fundraiser for the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

On Monday July 4th the queer femme P.O.C. collective Re:Bodies held a poetry night at Coop l’Artère to raise funds for the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, as well as for Pagsibol. CKUT spoke with Nakuset, director of the women’s shelter, about their work and the services that they provide, and excerpts from the poetry night follow this interview.

For more information about how to get involved with the Native Women’s Shelter, check out www.nwsm.info.

This report was produced for CKUT by Claudia Edwards.

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7th Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women in Canada

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Moving speeches and songs for lost sisters were amplified through the streets and onward during the march.

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On Sunday February 14th of 2016, the 7th Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women took place at metro St Laurent, and was organized by the Centre for Gender Advocacy. Valentines Day was thus reimagined across the city of Montreal as a day to honour the lives of lost loved ones, and also to celebrate anti-capitalist forms of love, invisible forms of love, and a solidarity of sisterhood.

 

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A large crowd gathered in solidarity on this cold beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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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.

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Undoing Silence: 10th Annual Memorial March and Vigil for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Invited guests give speeches and performances to memorial attendees at Square Philips.
Invited guests give speeches and performances to memorial attendees at Square Philips.

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This past Sunday was the 10th Annual Memorial March and Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Each year the event honours the missing and murdered women and girls, while drawing attention to systemic violence perpetuated by the state, police forces, and education systems against indigenous women and their communities. A demand has been made, but not met, for a public inquiry into the disappearances of these women, and last year the RCMP reported more than 1,000 indigenous women were homicide victims, while indigenous activists estimate this number is closer to 3000.

The event was organized by Missing Justice, Quebec Native Women, and the Centre for Gender Advocacy. Invited guests included: Buffalo Hat Singers, Norman Achneepineskum, Ellen Gabriel, Melissa Mollen Dupuis (Idle No More), Nakuset (Native Women’s Shelter & Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Rachel Deutsch (Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Laureanne Fontaine (Quebec Native Women), and more!

This segment was produced by Claudia Edwards.

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Fall Series Preview with Cinema Politica, and In-Depth with Victoria Lean

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In this preview of Cinema Politica’s fall series, we speak with Svetla Turnin, executive director of the political activist film series, hosted every Monday evening at Concordia University. We also speak with the director of this Monday night’s film, After The Last River by Victoria Lean. The film follows local activists, community leaders and community members who are in opposition to the environmental destruction of their home, the Attawapiskat First Nation, as a result of diamond mining and other pursuits.

Concordia students can also loan or stream previously screened Cinema Politica films through the Concordia Library’s Cinema Politica Selections.

This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.

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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.

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Resistance to reopening of the Imperial Metals mine on Mount Polley

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In so-called British Columbia, Indigenous groups continue to resist the re-opening of the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine. A breach in a toxic tailings pond at Mount Polley last August caused one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. On April 29th, an national day of action was held to prevent Imperial Metals from resuming work in the area. We’ll hear from Indigenous warrior Kanahus Manuel about the situation.

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Grassy Narrows Walks Against Logging, Youth Group Issues Statement

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Community members in the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario undertook a “Walk to Protect Grassy Narrows Traditional Land Use Area from Destruction” last weekend. The event, organized in part by Band Councilor Randy Fobister along with grassroots community members, was a display of ongoing resistance to industrial logging in their Territory by people in Grassy Narrows.

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Wage Solidarity to Nourish the Nation

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On December 4th, hundreds of people across Turtle Island will be invited to donate their day’s wage in labour to “Nourish the Nation“, an autonomous Indigenous garden project that feeds communities on the front line of harmful extraction projects, as well as single families and elders. CKUT’s Off the Hour spoke with Ruby Smith Diaz from Wage Solidarity to find out more.

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Interview with Kanahus Manuel

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Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp Stands Up to Imperial Metals and the Mount Polley Mine Disaster

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Kanahus is a mother and warrior from the Secwpemc Nation in the Shuswap region of so-called British Columbia. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill, possibly the worst mining pollution disaster in Canadian history. She helped to set up the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe camp at the disaster site. For her efforts, she has been named as a defendant by Imperial Metals in a court injunction to stop blockades of the mining company’s operations. She was in Montreal last week, and came by CKUT for an in-depth interview, produced by Aaron Lakoff.

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Interview with Judy Rebick at the People’s Social Forum, Ottawa

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CKUT’s news collective spoke with Judy Rebick, the founder of Rabble.ca, and a life-long feminist activist, at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa. Rebick reflected on previous failed attempts at organizing a cross-Canada social forum, and why this one worked at this moment in history. She also shared her hopes and organizing visions for what could come out of the PSF.

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Interview with Grand Chief Derek Nepinak at the PSF Ottawa

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CKUT spoke with Derek Nepinak, Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa. Derek spoke about the ongoing issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada, as some of his hopes for the PSF.

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Off the Hour Live @ the PSF in Ottawa – Anti-Colonial Hour

 

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Off the Hour was broadcasted live from the People’s Radio, a pirate radio at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa on August 22!

Featured on the show:

Dr Lynn Gehl, Algonquin, on respectful relations between indigenous and settlers

-grand-mère Francine Prayer, assemblée pour l’eau

-Robin of the Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement of Ottawa and Ramsey from Mining Watch on the Indigenous solidarity assembly happening at the PSF

-Interview with Palestinian activist Yafa Jarrar on the links between Indigenous struggles from Turtle Island to Palestine

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Palestinian Activist Yafa Jarrar at the People’s Social Forum

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Yafa Jarrar is a Palestinian activist and organizer based in Ottawa. CKUT sat down with her during the People’s Social Forum to talk about the Palestine solidarity assembly happening at the forum, the links between Indigenous struggle in Turtle Island and Palestine, and recent developments in the case of her mother, Khalida Jarrar. Khalida Jarrar is an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council living in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, and a long-time activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She was recently issued an internal expulsion order by Israeli occupation forces, but is resisting her forced displacement to the city of Jericho. You can find more information on her case here:

http://samidoun.ca/khalidajarrar

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Supreme Court Refuses to Protect Grassy Narrows’ Treaty 3 from Provincial and Corporate Actions

 

Members of the anti-logging blockade at Grassy Narrows First Nation quietly marked its 10th anniversary on December 2, commemorating a decade of fighting to keep logging corporations and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources off their traditional territories. (Photo: David P. Ball)

On Friday, July 11 the Supreme Court refused to recognize the role that the federal government had in protecting Grassy Narrows’ Treaty 3 from provincial and corporate actions–in this case, logging in Ontario. CKUT’s Tiffany Lam spoke with Grassy Narrows’ Chief Roger Fobister to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court decision and the government’s role in working with indigenous communities.

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For more information on the Grassy Narrows struggle click here

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6 Nations Shuts Down Line 9 Construction Site

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Thursday morning members of the 6 Nations community and their allies interrupted work at a Line 9 construction site to protest the building of the environmentally detrimental pipeline. After a standoff, the Enbridge workers were forced to back down and removed their equipment. Aaron and Adina spoke with 6 Nations activist Danielle Boisson about the action.

 

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http://www.stopline9-toronto.ca/

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Panel discussion: “Climate change, the tar sands, and pipelines”

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On Friday, April 25th, Off the Hour was joined in studio and by phone by a panel of guests who talked about climate change, the tar sands, and pipelines. Tuesday, April 22nd marked Earth Day, and in May, dozens of citizens and community groups will be embarking on a 700 kilometer walk across Quebec to denounce oil and gas pipelines. The action is called the People’s March for Mother Earth, and will begin May 10th in Cacouna, in the lower St-Laurent region, make its way through dozens of communities including Montreal, before ending in Kanehsatake’s Mohawk community around June 14th. Along the way they will be sharing and educating communities about the impacts of major proposed pipelines such as Enbridge’s Line 9B, and Transcanada’s Energy East.

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This panel featured:

Jesse Kerr – Jesse is one of the organizers for Peoples for Mother Earth, and one of the individuals walking the whole 34 days.  Jesse is originally from British Columbia where they were involved in numerous protests and demonstrations for the environment and specifically against Enbridge and the northern gateway pipeline.

Audrey Yank – Audrey is a climate justice organizers with the groups Climate justice Montreal and la Coalition Vigilance Oléoducs.

Patrick Bonin – Patrick is with Greenpeace Quebec, who have been engaging in actions and campaigns against the Alberta Tar sands for several years.

Vanessa Gray, a youth activist from the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve near Sarnia, in what is known as Ontario’s “chemical valley”. She is a tireless activist for First Nation’s land defense, and against Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal proposal.

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The dark side of Brazil

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Amazon indian Nixiwaka Yawanawa from Brazil greeted the World Cup trophy on its arrival in London with a T-shirt saying “Brazil: stop destroying indians”. Doing this, Nixiwaka drew attention to Brazil’s indigenous population, highlighting that five hundred years after colonization, Brazilian Indians are still being killed for lands and resources. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Nixiwaka to find out more about how Indians are being treated in Brazil and how the World Cup can draw attention to them.

 

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Mi’kmaq mother and activist protests harmful extraction on unseceded land

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On March 31st a Maritimes Energy Association Briefing came to a halt due to the protests of several Mi’kmaq women.The Nova Scotian Energy Minister’s plan to discuss new oil and gas projects in the province was interrupted when Eliza Knockwood, Mi’kmaq mother and activist, took the stage to protest harmful extraction on unseceded land. Knockwood’s efforts were also supported by a large rally of environmental activists who stood in opposition of energy projects including the proposed energy east pipeline. CKUT’s Sula Greene spoke with Eliza Knockwood about her experience that morning and the urgent need to protect our land and water.

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Alana Boileau of the Quebec Native Women’s Association

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Over the course of Quebec’s provincial campaign, with its myopic focus on identity politics and a possible referendum on independence, many important issues have fallen through the cracks. CKUT’s Andre Goulet spoke  with Alana Boileau, Justice and Public Safety Coordinator for the Quebec Native Women’s Association, about what issues she feels have been neglected in this election cycle.