The fifth speaking event of the Kitchener-Waterloo Peoples' Summit (KWPS) is highlighted by a presentation by author and agent of social change Gord Hill and focuses in the topic of Hill’s book, and new comic book – 500 Years of Resistance.
Here is Gord's description:
The history of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans is often portrayed as a mutually beneficial process, in which '”civilization” was brought to the Natives, who in return shared their land and cultures. A more critical history might present it as a genocide in which Indigenous peoples were helpless victims, overwhelmed and awed by European military power. In reality, neither of these views is correct.
500 Years of Indigenous Resistance is more than a history of European colonization of the Americas. In this slim volume, Gord Hill chronicles the resistance by Indigenous peoples, which limited and shaped the forms and extent of colonialism. This history encompasses North and South America.
The KW Peoples Summit is running from May 3rd to June 16th 2010 and features panel discussions, workshops, authors, music, movies, and poetry themed around the upcoming G8 and G20 summits and convergences which are taking place in Huntsville and Toronto from the 18th to the 27th of June. Working with veteran community organizers, faith, youth, and cultural leaders, academics and students, the KWPS aims to present a well rounded understanding of the impacts caused through the policies formed, and the ideologies advanced, at the undemocratic G8 and G20 leaders summits. The KWPS hopes to mobilize citizens in and around Waterloo region in the quest for social justice.
For more info about the KWPS, check out http://www.2010resistance.ca
THE KW Peoples' Summit is endorsed or supported by the KW Anti-Torture Coalition, [email protected], KWCCSJ, WPIRG, LSPIRG, and the Peak Magazine in Guelph.
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