Struggles for land, Stories of community (Indigenous Sovereignty Week Toronto 09)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 00:00 to 02:00

This panel attempts to highlight community stories of struggle against dispossession and loss of land and culture. Government policies have long pushed Indigenous peoples to the margins of Canadian society in reservations and urban ghettos. However, Indigenous peoples have long histories of organizing to resist the loss of culture, land and livelihood both on the land and in the city. This occurs in both the fight to maintain traditional territories and the fight against homelessness. In presenting stories of community organizing, we want to recognize the work of Indigenous peoples in various places and the relationships between them.


MARYLYNN POUCACHICHE, Algonquins of Barriere Lake

VICKI MONAGUE, Beausoleil First Nation, Site 41 Struggle

HARVEY MANNING, Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence, Toronto)

TAHANEE JADE KAHSENNIYO WILSON – Y.O.U. (Young. Onkwehowe. United.) from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

+ SLAM POETRY by Y.O.U. member…

Ryerson University, Lib 72,
350 Victoria Street
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 27.846" N, 79° 22' 48.6372" W
Ontario CA

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