The Invisible Nation: The Story of the Algonquin, Movie and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 23:00 to Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 02:00

Free Admission
Donations are appreciated.
Everyone is Welcome!
Wheelchair Accessible
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Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement -Ottawa

The Elders said “You have to know your history.  You have to know what is
behind you in order to know where you are going.  If you do not understand
that history, you cannot ever have any vision about where it is you want to

Here is an opportunity for you to learn some of the history of the Algonquin and
discuss how we can move forward!  Please join us in an evening of learning
and discussion with a Grandmother of Algonquin, Anishinabeg and the
directors of this best documentary – The Invisible Nation, The Story of The

** Coffee and snacks will be served.  Please bring your own cups!!!

We are honoured to have Dr. William Commanda, a respected 95-year old
Algonquin Elder, Founder, Circle of All Nations, to conduct an opening
ceremony for us on this evening!

Film: The Invisible Nation
The Story of The Algonquin - the winner of the 2008 Jutra for Best
Documentary, directed by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie


Claudette Commanda

Algonquin, Anishinabeg, National Coordinator of First Nations Confederacy of
Cultural Education Centre

Richard Desjardins

Director - The Invisible Nation

Robert Monderie
Director - The Invisible Nation

 The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied.
This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century.
Gradually, their Aboriginal traditions were undermined and their natural
resources plundered. Today, barely 9,000 Algonquin are left. They live in
about 10 communities, often enduring abject poverty and human rights abuses.
–  <>

Watch the trailer -

"A fascinating documentary exposing a truth we'd rather not know." -
Marc-André Lussier, La Presse
"Shocking but essential." - Michel Defoy, Voir
"The images speak and the words punch [...] a very moving film." - Brigitte
McCann, Le Journal de Montréal

“Colonialism is not just the theft of territory, and populating it with new
settlers and their way of life.  It also involves the destruction of the
social, political and economic institutions of the original inhabitants.” –
From Hoping Against Hope? The Struggle Against Colonialism in Canada

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