Celebrating the Defence of Mother Earth
A Fundraiser for the Six Nations Land Defenders Legal Defence Fund
Movies, Speakers, Music and Free Food!
Monday, April 22, 6:00 to Midnight
Rideau Curling Club, 715 Cooper Street, Ottawa
– Facebook event link
Free – suggested donation $10 – $20
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Food will be provided by Food Not Bombs Ottawa, and there is a bar in the Curling Club
The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa is organizing a fundraiser for front-line land defenders from Six Nations this Earth Day!
All of the money raised will be going directly to the Six Nations Land Defenders Legal Defence Fund.
The night will feature short movies, speakers and live music!
- Day Zero, about the Six Nations Land Reclamation
- Rough Cut: Toad: Onkwehonwe Land Defender
- the National Film Board film, Six Miles Deep (subtitled)
- Francine “Flower” Doxtator
- Tom Keefer
- True Rez, award winning hip-hop artists from Six Nations
- Balam Santos
In 2006, activists from Six Nations reclaimed a part of their territory, “Kanonhstaton” that was going to be developed by several construction companies who had, illegally, invested in Douglas Creek Estates. For most of the summer of 2006, the land reclamation was highly publicized. Since then, although it has not generated the same media attention, Haudenosaunee activists have continued to fight to protect their lands and waters. Due to this fight, the last six years have seen harsh criminalization of Haudenosaunee Land Defenders. Dozens of people have faced criminal charges and several have served substantial time in jail. In Brantford, an injunction was passed making it illegal for anyone from Six Nations to be involved in land claims protest within the city.
Several Six Nations activists have also been arrested and charged of serious criminal offences due to the actions of Gary McHale, a racist right-wing demagogue with ties to overt white supremacists. On February 18th several Six Nations land defenders were arrested for allegedly “obstructing” and “assaulting” OPP officers. That day anti-native rights activist, Gary McHale, marched onto Kanonstaton and succeeded yet again in instigating conflict by unexpectedly marching towards the house at Kanonhstaton and disturbing the Haudenosaunee people living there. Later, on April 28th, the police claimed that by being at Kanonhstaton on April 28th, Flower had breached conditions stemming from the charges on February 18th.
We must continue to build support for Six Nations land defenders and resist the actions of the colonial courts in criminalizing Six Nations land defenders. Flower is still not legally allowed to return to Kanonhstaton and in order to avoid jail she had to agree to live with her surety in Toronto – away from her home, her community and friends, her daughter, and her four grandchildren. All of us living on this land are treaty people, and we as treaty people must overcome such outrageous and heartbreaking violations of treaty and human rights by building support for our friends and allies at Six Nations.
In terms of a legal strategy, money is still urgently needed.
The April 28th Coalition is asking for your help to support Flower in a number of ways:
- Pass a motion within your union or political organization denouncing this political repression of indigenous land rights activists.
- Invite Flower and other members of the April 28th Coalition to come and speak to your group about her case and the larger issues of Six Nations land rights and activism in support of treaty rights.
- Raise money to help cover the legal costs of appealing the court’s decision to ban Flower from Kanonhstaton.
- Send money to help Flower cover the cost of replacing the glasses the police broke while arresting her and to aid with her living costs while she is in Toronto.
- Come to Flower’s next court appearance at 2pm on June 26th in Cayuga, Ontario.
- Get involved in the April 28th Coalition.
Email email@example.com to get in touch with us and tell us how you can help with any of these matters. Cheques can be made payable to “First Nations Solidarity Working Group” and mailed c/o Laura Lepper to 193 Tansley Rd., Thornhill, ON, L4J 2Y8. You can also donate money via credit card or paypal by clicking on the “donate” button at the http://www.april28.net/ website.
For more information about the legal defence fund: http://april28coalition.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/support-flower-stop-the-criminalization-of-six-nations-land-defenders/
For a preview of Six Miles Deep: http://www.nfb.ca/film/six_miles_deep/clip/six_miles_deep_clip_1