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TIOHTIAKE (so-called MONTRÉAL), AVRIL 7, 2016 – In solidarity with Sandy Michel’s family and all the community of Lac-Simon, a demonstration is organized on Monday April 11th, at 7:00 pm, metro Saint-Laurent. To say that, as for blacks, “Indigenous Lives Matter”!
We didn’t even have time to cope with the news of Jean-Pierre Bony’s murder, hit to death by a plastic bullet from the SPVM in Montreal North, that police struck again.
On April 6th at night, Sandy Michel, 25 yo, passed away, brutally assassinated by the anishnabeg reserve police in Lac-Simon, near Val-d’or. His only crime was to have shown an objet that « seemed » like a weapon. The police crushed him with their car before shotting him dead. It is an immense loss for his father Johnny, whose older son was also killed by the police in 2009… At this scale, we have the right to consider the murders of indigenous youth in northern Quebec, as for the murder of black youth in northern Montreal, as an example of intolerant racism, where non-white lives are to be liquidated without any further trial.
In the wake of this tragedy, the population of Lac-Simon, exasperated by years of police harassment, immediately assembled to ask them to quit their territory. This brough the SQ to intervene on the premises, formelly forbidding any media to go up there during the time of the investigation.
This mediatic black-out is not innocent. After the recent revelations on sexual atrocities commited by a considerable amount of police officers around Val-d’Or, the SQ is desperate to hide the systematic character of police violence against aboriginals. Remember that the « aboriginal police » had just come back to the territory of Lac-Simon, which it had to desert after the death of one of their officers, killed by Anthony Raymond Papatie, 22 yo, before he commited suicide. As we must believe that the police has not understood this signal of desperation, we must understand the murder of Sandy Michel as a brutal vengeance from their part. What police undertakes on reservations is but the prolongation of the old genocidal war.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/779765878822640/
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Contact: Solidarity with ANORW / Solidarité NABRO
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There will be a bus going there from Montreal (read below).
Join us for a peaceful rally in solidarity with ANORW (Anishnabe Nation of the Ottawa River Watershed), as well as with other First Nations and Environmental activists to protect Akikodjiwan against the mega-housing development project called Zibi, which is already underway, and against Hydro Ottawa’s ambitions.
Akikodjiwan is a place of great spiritual significance which covers the so-called “de la Chaudière” Falls as well as three islands nearby: so-called Victoria, Chaudière and Albert. From this area, in so-called Ottawa, we will walk to the Parliament to demand that the colonial government respect, without delay, the will of First Nations who want to protect the site. During the gathering, we will invite you to sign a large number of postcards with the ANORW logo to represent the Anishnabe sovereignty on the land of the Ottawa River Watershed. The cards will be sent to key players in the project.
BUS FROM MONTREAL – free or donate-what-you-want (reserve your seat here: http://tinyurl.com/
Meeting point : Sunday, February 28th at 9:00, corner of Lajeunesse and Crémazie, North side of Crémazie (close to the FTQ building and the metro)
Return in Montreal : Sunday, February 28th at 21:00, same location
13:00 – Gathering on Victoria Island. Food and ANORW postcards to sign.
14:00 – Start of the walk to the Parliement.
15:00 – Arrival at the Parliement. Speeches by elders.
16:00 or 16:30 – Start of the walk back to the Island.
17:00 or 17:30 – Return to Victoria Island.
** There will be free food for all (with meaty and vegetarian options), but bring your own lunch if you have specific needs beyond that.
** Also, please bring your own cup, plate and utensils!
To find out more about ANORW:
About Solidarity with ANORW group:
Traditionally, the de la Chaudière Falls were a place of gathering of great spiritual significance for over 65 First Nations. The Falls, with their vertical drop of 15 metres (49 feet) and width of 60 metres (200 feet) have been compared to the Niagara Falls for their splendour! The Anishnabe who came from the East, the West, the North and the South to meet there compared its swirling vortex to the cup of a great sacred peace pipe.
In the 19th Century, a round dam was built there to provide electricity to the industry. This era ended in 1997 with the shutdown of the Domtar plant, but the dam stayed, along with shambles of abandoned industrial buildings.
This site has traditionally been an important place for gathering, healing and peace education. Today, many Original people and others wish to make it a center for reconciliation and unification between all nations. If completed, the Zibi project would prevent this from ever being possible
Rather, what started in last December is the construction of a mega-housing development project called Zibi, by Windmill and Dream corporations. It is destined to be a 37 acre complex occupying both islands that will include restaurants, residential buildings and commercial spaces. And even if the promoters are bragging that they will give the public access to the de la Chaudière Falls, the dam that is blocking them will not be dismantled. On the contrary, Hydro Ottawa announced its plans to expand its hydroelectric production in this area.
Promoters are trying to give their project a nice green varnish. They even integrated references to the Anishnabe culture (for starters, by giving the project the name Zibi, which means “river”) in order to win the support of the communities concerned. They are also playing the “divided people” card to avoid having to acknowledge the traditionalists’ claims. And the project is going forward anyway, without the legitimacy of this decision being questioned by the authorities and developers.
Nonetheless, the voices of those who have at heart the preservation of the natural and sacred vocation of this site are already making themselves heard. And it will be the case even more on February 28th, when we will be walking to the parliament to increase the pressure.
This rally is organized by Solidarity with ANORW in collaboration with ANORW, SOS Territoire and the GRIP-UQÀM, Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands, Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC) and Rebel! Rebuild! Rewild!
Freeing Chaudière Falls and its islands on the Web:
A delegation of Algonquins (Anishinabek) of the Ottawa River Watershed will be in Quebec City and will offer a public conference – open to anyone, on december 10th at 19:00.
An invitation from Shannon Chief
(Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/339744232874672)
Saturday, November 15th, in Ottawa
We set up a carpooling page (https://www.facebook.com/events/373948932763616/)
The Algonquin Territory of the Anishnabe People has been goldmine for Canada’s econonmic development grossing Billions of dollars yearly from Mining and forestry and plans yet to insert pipelines through the territory. The People’s Clan Council are gathering to meet and discuss what is threathening the way of life for our people on the lands and the waters of the Ottawa River Watershed. The territorial lands of the Anishnabeg holds manys of the richest wildlife from soils, rare earths minerals, over 15 trees used for different wood products that is being sold to oversea markets, and the animals that are hunted yearly for games and trophies such as the wolves, moose and deers.
What currently threathens the future of the lands and wild life habitant are the current Land Claims that will only seal the deals of the destructions of our lands, waters and wildlife only to bring in more agreements for mining and forestry. While most of the INAC leaders sign away to have harmonized cuts and sit in meetings with Natural Resorces to bring in other plans without using the trust of our People’s Clan Council’s beliefs.
Band elected leaders are making too much decisions way ahead assuming its for the best interest of the people. The Anishnabe Clan Council have their views and separate interest for the land apart from the interests of Band elected leaders and its time our People’s Clan Council are heard because our voices matter..
9am – 12 pm Meeting with invited Speakers of our Algonquin Communities. To review and discuss what are the threathening matters in our territories.. what has been done and what can be done in a unified approched and supports needed.
12pm – lunch
1pm – 3 pm Panel to address to the public what our positions are and what the Peoples Clan Councils are willing to share, teach, do for our lands, for the future well beings of our children and all wild life on the Anishnabe Unceded Territory
4 pm – Supper & Debrief~Set up date to meet and ensure our People work as a Unified Nation with the Land as its first priorty
Potlot event.. please support our Nation’s effort to voice for heartland of Mother Earth.. bring your wonderful dishes.. come share a day with us in thoughts, stories, prayers and support..
Anishinabe Algonguin Grandmothers are calling for a campaign to stand up for Mother Earth . The campaign, “Kida KInan”, (the land that is ours) was declared at the 2014 Peoples Social Forum in Ottawa.
Some news about Friday’s hearing before the Superior court of Quebec. Anishinabek of the Algonquin Nation of the Ottawa River Watershed are attempting to obtain a safeguard order to stop the logging operations of Louisiana Pacific in Lac Lucie area, La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve.
The hearing has been postponed to Monday (tomorrow).
ANORW Solidarity will be waiting for you at 12:30 in front of Montreal’s court room (1 rue Notre-Dame, Place d’Armes metro) for a demonstration like we did on Friday. The hearing itself is set to happen at 13:30, in room 14.09.
Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/569127059866235/
Attorneys of Louisiana Pacific and Resolute Forest Products have asked for the hearing to be postponed, claiming that they weren’t ready and that, according to them, 6 logging companies could get involved in the case. There was even mention of involving other companies who are indirectly affected.
Meanwhile, as Tina Nottaway put it, nothing is said about every family, nation, ecosystem, animal and human who are indirectly suffering from the logging.
Furthermore, attorney for the Anishinabek Paul-Yvan Martin claims that the Ministry of Natural Resources has failed to provide him with the logging permits for the area, which would have allowed him to see in advance what companies are involved in the area and thus, to save precious time.
Louisiana Pacific agreed to not cutting trees between midnight Friday and midnight Sunday. However, she said she would still gather the trees that have already been cut, an operation which, in itself, causes a lot of damage to the vegetation and the soil.
This is disappointing, although not exactly unexpected.
That said, we’ve had a great gathering with supporters outside of the court house, and corporate media are starting to show interest for the case. We’ve talked to journalists from La Presse, Le Devoir, Le Journal de Montreal and CHGA FM radio station. That’s not even mentionning the few independent media who covered the event.
Despite these delays, we must persist and show our concern. If you can be there tomorrow, well, be there ; )
Wednesday, during a big gathering organized by the Anishinabe of the forest of La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve, a bailiff showed up… to serve a letter of notice to logging company Louisiana Pacific!
The company is summoned before the court on Friday morning, August 15th, at Montreal Palais de Justice. The judge will examine an emergency request of the Anishinabek to force a stop to the logging in some sectors of La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve. The decision to emit an injuction to that effect, or not, will be made the same day and will be immediately effective.
Friday morning at 9:00, we invite you
– to join us in front of the Palais de Justice for a solidarity gathering;
– and then to attend the court hearing in numbers. It promises to be extremely interesting, and a potential turning point of this fight.
*** Please note that the exact time of the event could change, as well as certain details.
See you soon!
Today, there was a lot of people at the checkpoint. Many Anishinabek from the community and around, Mohawks from Akwesasne and Kahnawake, Quebecers and visitors from many origins. The objective: to foster unity against the destruction of Mother Earth.
Representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Resolute Forest Products, who were invited to come and talk with the community to find a fair solution to the issue, didn’t show up. However, we had a pleasant surprise when a Bailiff sent by the Superior court of Quebec came to serve a letter of notice to logging company Louisiana Pacific, which is harvesting frantically in the checkpoint’s area. Friday, at the request of the community, a judge will decide whether or not to issue an injunction against Louisiana Pacific to interrupt logging activities.
We are still at the checkpoint at km 318 of road 117. The community here is organizing a big demonstration, with people from all Nations. They are hoping that this event could greatly impact how things will unfold next. So if you can go out there for one day only, Wednesday is a good day for that!
Wednesday, August 13th, 10:00 am, km 318 or road 117, Québec
” A peaceful demonstration to make aware of all of the people of all Nations, things have to change and the Grassroot people will have to lead this revolution in order to ensure a more green and naturally sustainable future for all mankind.
Only one day of your time is asked to come and speak and support for our Mother Earth.
Bring your drums and singers. ”