Solidarity Week Event Schedule: October 6 – 12, 2012

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Edmonton Sister in Spirit Rally – Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk
11 AM – 3 PM
City Hall
On Saturday October 6th 2012, Edmonton will be hosting the National Sisters in Spirit Rally & Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk. Please gather with us to honour our lost sisters and show support to their families & friends. We gather to show that we are a united front. We gather to shed light on a crisis that affects every Canadian. The epidemic of racialized and sexualized violence against Indigenous/Aboriginal Women is a national tragedy (‘Aboriginal’ identified in Canada as First Nations, Non Status, Métis and Inuit).
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Hands Off Iran! International Day of Action
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Churchill Square

A peace rally organized by the Edmonton Coalition Against War & Racism (ECAWAR) urging the Canadian government not to use military intervention in Iran.

The program includes:
Dr. Rose Geransar (Iranian-Canadian activist)
Siavash Saffari (Iranian-Canadian activist)
Peggy Morton (ECAWAR)
Dr. Dougal MacDonald (ECAWAR)
Paula Kirman (political singer/songwriter)

Hands off Iran! Hands off Syria! No Sanctions – No War!
Canada Needs and Anti-War Government!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

katipeyimisohk: indigenous notions of freedom and colonisation
Telus Centre, room 236/238
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street

The old people often speak of the importance of language to Indigenous identity. More than just a different set of sounds and grammatical rules for equivalent concepts, different languages are different ways of thinking that both say and talk about different things in different ways and with particular social meanings. Social, political and spiritual meaning are all conveyed in the enunciation of simple seemingly obvious statements. The comparison of indigenous and colonial languages reveals both colonialism and indigeneity as conflicting spiritual cultures which not only govern what is thought, but the very framework which allows it.

The goal of this Solidarity Week session is to do a light survey of particular elements of Cree and English in order to examine both colonialism and indigeneity as spiritual cultures and with the intention for a discussion on how these notions impact colonialism today and struggles for decolonisation.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Supporting indigenous land struggles against neo-colonialism
7:00 PM
Telus Centre, room 236/238
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street

What does colonization look like today? How can communities in the city support indigenous land struggles, and what does that support look like? This discussion will feature speakers who have been involved in solidarity work, as well as members of communities that are resisting colonization in Alberta. Profiling the upcoming court challenges by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, and the struggles of the grassroots Denesuline people out in Cold Lake, this discussion seeks to explore ways for folks in the city to support the struggle against ever-encroaching land theft.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Palestine: Connection to Land and resources (Short Films)
12:30 PM
Telus Centre, room 217/219
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street

Doors to the Sea: Gaza’s Fishers Under Siege
This film, produced by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine, explores through interviews, film of fishers working, and commentary, the experience of Gaza’s fishers under siege, confronted by Israeli warships, sharp restrictions on their areas for fishing, and the political, military and economic siege on Gaza. Participants in the film include Vittorio Arrigoni, the martyred international solidarity activist murdered in Gaza in April 2011.

My Beloved Olive: Palestinian Farmers On their Land
This film, produced by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine, explores the role of the olive in Palestinian farmers’ lives, and in the Palestinian economy, and the struggles of farmers to remain on their land and continue to harvest their olives in the face of the construction of the Apartheid wall, military occupation, settlement building, and land confiscation at the hands of the Israeli occupation. Includes numerous interviews with Palestinian farmers.
Staying: Palestinian Farmers and Fishers
This film, produced by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine, looks at the impact of Israeli siege on Palestinian fishers and farmers in Gaza, and the fishers’ and farmers’ steadfastness and resistance on their land and the Gaza sea.
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artivist happening
2:00 PM
2nd Floor, Fine Arts Building
(in front of the artivist 4 life display case).

You are invited to join design students, artivists 4 life Uganda and anyone and everyone interested in joining or supporting our emerging artivists 4 life Edmonton group/project as we engage in a creative happening. It is pretty wide open, but one of the main objectives of this exchange is to decolonize how we tend to think about youth in Africa, Africa in general and others in general. We are using creative/artistic processes to help us build community around the idea of artivism to change the terms of the conversation for talking about art, Africa, diversity, community and so on.

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AlterNATIVE Perspectives: Challenging Embedded “Truths” With a Mandatory University Native Studies Course
Telus Centre, room 236/238
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street

The Native Studies Students’ Association (NSSA) is hosting a workshop to increase awareness regarding the reproduction of colonial knowledge embedded within structural institutions, which includes the post-secondary education system in Canada. The institutional reproduction of colonial knowledge not only influences our everyday understandings of the world we live in, but also reproduces “authority” knowledge through research frameworks and teaching methodologies that reflect Eurocentric perspectives and histories, without consideration of Indigenous epistemologies and histories.

The Faculty of Native Studies seeks to reposition understandings of colonial structures in Canada through Indigenous perspectives and knowledges within post-secondary, and to challenge the colonial, mainstream, ideas of Indigenous peoples’ past, present and future.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Inquilab: A Night of Reflection, Human Rights & the Power of the People
6:30 PM
TransAlta Arts Barn
10330 – 84 Avenue
Tickets: $10
Robby 780-278-5600 or Aditi 780-720-3751

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