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Heather Milton-Lightening, Indigenous scholar and activist, currently based in Toronto, speaks to First Nations solidarity for Palestinian rights. This is an excerpt from her talk at the "Sailing to Gaza – Again!" event with Bob Lovelace, a Canadian delegate on the Freedom Flotilla III. Filmed in Toronto, June 14, 2015. Camera: Darryl Richardson (youtube.com/drryll, mediacoop.ca). Editing: Canadian Boat to Gaza, (tahrir.ca). Learn more about the Freedom Flotilla here.
As Freedom Flotilla 3 sets sail, some video from the Canadian Boat to Gaza.
Jim Manly is a former Canadian MP and a retired United Church of Canada minister. He was a delegate on the Swedish Ship "Estelle" which attempted to break the blockade of Gaza in October 2012.
In this video, he comments on the implications of the Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and Israel which says that targeting Israel for criticism is the face of the new anti-semitism. He also comments on Canada's proposed Bill C-51, which has now been passed by the Senate.
To read more about Freedom Flotilla 3, click here.
Freedom Flotilla III has set sail for Gaza and on board is respected Queen's professor and Indigenous activist Robert "Bob" Lovelace.
The Flotilla is sailing to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and to collect artisanal goods made by Palestinians for sale.
"Every little bit of material aid helps," said Richard Day, spokesperson for Lovelace while he is travelling. "There's that first, very material, goal of bringing medical supplies, of bringing blankets and basic stuff that's next to impossible to get in there."
Lovelace, who is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, sees a parallel between the settler-colonial occupation of land in Canada and in Gaza. He has referred to Gaza as "the world's largest Indian reservation."