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Mi’kmaq and Anishnabek Nationhood: Mi’kmaq Warrior West Coast Speaking Tour

Posted on the 17 January 2014 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

from Warrior Publications

Mi’kmaq warriors at tire fire blockade, December 2013.

Mi’kmaq warriors at tire fire blockade, December 2013.

Mi’kmaq Delegation from the Mi’kmaq Nation and Elsipogtog fracking land dispute on the east coast are touring BC to raise awareness about their struggle against fracking, their ongoing assertion and exercise of nationhood and the repression they face from police, courts, government and corporations.

Neskonlith event:
Giibwanisi Dizhnikaaz, will be speaking at Neskonith to raise awareness of ACTION (Anishnabek Confederacy To Invoke Our Nationhood) and Oshkimaadiziig Unity Camp, which is a land reclamation in their Anishnabek Nation in the so-called Awenda Ontario Provincial Park.
http://oshkimaadziig.org/

Everyone is Welcome to Attend. See you at this very informative event to learn and to honor some of our land defenders.

Monday, January 27, 2014 4:00pm until 8:00pm

Neskonlith, unceded Secwepemc Nation

Neskonlith Hall, 5 km west of Chase
Dinner will be served at 4 pm
Presentation by Guests
Honoring and Hand drumming

BACKGROUND:

Suzanne Patles speaks from Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Blockade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyewGdAlQNk

Elsipogtog: The Fire Over Water
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0N-lDcq1PQ

Mi’kmaq Blockade
http://www.submedia.tv/stimulator/2013/10/16/mikmaq_blockade/

Warriors Defence Fund:
http://www.gofundme.com/4v80u4

Sacred Fire: The People United Against Fracking
http://sacredfirenb.com/welcome-to-the-sacred-fire-website/

Guardian: New Brunswick fracking protests are the frontline of a democratic fight
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/21/new-brunswick-fracking-protests

Other dates and events:

Members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society who have been arrested and incarcerated will be on a speaking tour in January and February to raise awareness about their struggle against fracking, their ongoing assertion and exercise of nationhood, and the repression they face from police and courts.

“Our warriors are still being mistreated in the system, justice for our political prisoners of war.” Suzanne Patles, member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society

PUBLIC EVENTS (more details still coming):

* Lower Mainland campus speaking events: Friday January 24:
- Capilano University, Library LB 322 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
- SFU downtown campus (515 West Hastings), Strategy Seminar in Room 1415 from 2:30-4:30 pm
- more to be confirmed

* Community-wide public event on Friday January 24. Doors at 5:45 pm, start time at 6 pm. Room 1900, SFU Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver, unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories. FREE event. Wheel & scooter accessible, with accessible washrooms in the building. Child-friendly event with childminding support on-site.

* Sḵwx̱wú7mesh: Sunday January 26 from 10:30 am-noon. Pancakes Not Pipelines in the Squamish Nation to support Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipelines. Location: Chief Joe Mathias Centre 100 Capilano Road, West Vancouver. For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/200406563484543/

* Monday January 27 @ 4 pm. Dinner served. Event includes Honouring and Acknowledgement and Hand drumming. Location: Neskonlith Hall, Secwepemculucw, unsurrendered Secwepemc Nation

* Morricetown, Wet’suwet’en Territories. Saturday February 1 from 9 am – 1 pm. Location: Multiplex Mini Feast Hall, 205 Beaver Road.

* Unist’ot’en Camp: February 1 – February 3

* Victoria, WSANEC and Lekwungen Territories: Thursday February 6th at UVic, main public event on Friday February 7 evening (details tbc). For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411543315750502/

This speaking tour is organized, hosted and/or sponsored by Native Youth Movement, Unist’ot’en Camp, No One Is Illegal, Streams of Justice, VIPIRG, IGOV, Skwomesh Action, Capilano University First Nations Student Services, Capilano Student Union First Nations Caucus, Capilano University Humanities, Capilano University Social Sciences, Earthworks, Rising Tide, Council of Canadians, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, SFU Institute for the Humanities, SFU First Nations Studies, Idle No More, Defenders of the Land, SFPIRG and other allies.

If you can support this tour please get in touch hwalia8 at gmail dot com. Thank you!


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