Forum on Indigenous Nationhood, Land, and Sovereignty: Building
A Callout to Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Communities
Thursday February 21st, 2013 6 – 9pm
Room 1614, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster, BC
Unceded Coast Salish Territories
*Accessible venue. Childcare, bus tickets and light refreshments
available. For more information visit:
This forum invites immigrant, ethnic, and racialized communities
across the Lower Mainland to increase their awareness and
understanding of Indigenous Peoples' histories, struggles and
The forum is dedicated to supporting the Idle No More movement.
Panel speakers will discuss past and recent laws that affect
Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination. The forum will also look at
historical and contemporary settler colonialism in Canada. What is our
place and role in building respectful relations with Indigenous
Peoples and their lands?
Following the speakers there will be group discussions where you will
be able to talk with each other, the speakers, and other resource
people. This will allow you to ask questions and work towards a deeper
and respectful understanding of our relationships.
Elder Larry Grant (Musqueam)
Kat Norris (Lyackson/Nez Perce)
Mique’l Dangeli (Tsimshan)
Facilitator: Dorothy Christian (Secwepemc-Syilx)
This forum is being organized by a coalition of Indigenous Peoples and
people of colour who are trying to create spaces in racialized
immigrant communities to discuss colonialism and Indigenous-settler
relations. We hope that the forum will encourage different immigrant
communities to have ongoing conversations about these topics and
organize similar spaces across the Lower Mainland.
Larry Grant is from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) - People of the River
Grass. He is a sessional instructor in the UBC First Nations language
program , where he teaches h?n’q’?min’?m’ language. He is the current
FNHL Elder in Residence and is a former band counsellor and
grandfather. Larry has been involved with immigrants and settler
dialogues for over half a century. Larry Grant, born and raised in
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) unceded and occupied territory by a
traditional hən’q’əmin’əm’ speaking Musqueam family.
Kat Norris (Coast Salish- Lyackson/Nez Perce) is the spokesperson for
and founder of the Indigenous Action Movement. Kat Norris is the of
Indigenous Action Movement and survivor of the Kuper Island
Residential School. Kat joined the American Indian Movement and has
been a social activist since. Most recently, she has been organizing
against police abuses and her biggest success is the Frank Paul
Raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Mique’l Dangeli is of the
Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She is currently a PhD
Candidate at the UBC specializing in Northwest Coast First Nations Art
History. Mique’l served her community for eight years as their Museum
Director. She is a curator, author, dancer, and choreographer. Since
2003, she and her husband Nisga’a artist and carver Mike Dangeli have
shared the leadership of the Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper
Shield), an internationally-renown Northwest Coast mask-dancing group
based in Vancouver, BC.
Dorothy Christian (Secwepemc-Syilx) is a writer, a video artist, a
director of documentaries and a scholar. She is a member of the
Splats’in Community, one of 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation.
She is currently in the PhD Program at UBC’s Department of Educational
Studies to research Fourth World Cinema as Public Pedagogy.
Room 1614 is a wheelchair and scooter accessible venue.
We will also be providing childcare. Please RSVP for childcare by Mon,
Feb 18th either by calling this number 604-255-6554 or filling out
this form: http://tinyurl.com/bz3bwvy (the contents of the form will
be kept confidential). Bus tickets and light refreshments available!