TORONTO INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY EVENT – MAY 10TH
Building Solidarity Across Struggles: a half day conference on supporting the struggles of the people of Six Nations
This event is being jointly organized by CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group, the Black Action Defense Committee, and the Anarchist Black Cross Federation – Toronto Chapter.
Saturday May 10th, 2008 1pm to 8pm at the Concorde Café 937 Bloor St.
1pm – 2:30pm Movie Screenings: Viewing of several short films by Tracy Bomberry and Tom Keefer on the Six Nations reclamation.
2:30pm – 4:00pm UPDATE AND BACKGROUNDER ON THE STRUGGLE AT SIX NATIONS. Bryan Skye on the current status of negotiations, the history of the Haldimand tract, and the connection between indigenous and environmental struggles. Ruby Monture on the status of ongoing land rights struggles in Brantford. Adam Hill on the historic links between indigenous and anti-racist struggles, the upcoming solidarity festival in Six Nations, and his experiences at the reclamation site.
4:00pm – 5:30pm: HOW CAN NON-NATIVES BUILD SUPPORT FOR SIX NATIONS? Chris Harris from BADC on the relationship between Black and indigenous struggles. Joanne Webb (CUPE National Aboriginal Council) on how to build trade union support for indigenous sovereignty. Jan Watson, Caledonia resident, on building solidarity for indigenous struggles in Caledonia and other non-native towns in the Haldimand tract. Tom Keefer on strategies for overcoming far right organizing against indigenous struggles.
5:30PM: CATERED DINNER PROVIDED BY THE CONCORDE CAFE
6:30pm – 8:00pm: INCARCERATION AND RESISTANCE. Movie showing of Robert Seth Hayes’ Video Statement on Black Liberation, Political Prisoners and the Six Nations Struggle. Skyler Williams, Six Nations political prisoner on resisting state repression. Sarah Dover, lawyer for Six Nations political prisoners on the historical and political context of state repression against indigenous peoples. Sara Falconer on the work of the Anarchist Black Cross and how to build a long-term movement in support of political prisoners.
Due to space considerations, attendance to this event is limited. We want to prioritize the attendance at this meeting of people committed to doing ongoing work in support of indigenous sovereignty. If you are interested in attending the event please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.