Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Algonquins of Barriere Lake – Land Defenders – Videos

December 11th, 2016

Three videos, two current re No Mining, and one feature film now available pay-on-demand, are EMBEDDED BELOW or clickable: 5-min Nov 21 GroundWire News feature; 11-min Nov 22 Quebec National Assembly press conference (French w English subtitles); and 59-min 2013 Honour Your Word documentary (English w French subtitles, $4.99 on-demand).
UPDATE: Urgent call to action (Dec 16) – Appel à la solidarité (le 16 dec)

No Mining on Algonquin Territory, by Waylon Nottaway

“No Mining on Algonquin Land”, painting by Waylon Nottaway

Since the start of October 2016, Barriere Lake community members have set up a Land Defenders Camp to protect their territory from mining, from Copper One and other mining companies. Read more at ou en Francais,

Here are ways to support the efforts:


Recent articles

Mining Companies Encounter Barrier at Barriere Lake
by Sarah Nixon (The Leveller, Nov 23 2016)

Lac Barrière: l’assaut des minières
by Norman Matchewan (Le Devoir, Nov 21 2016)

Forthcoming book…

Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State
by Shiri Pasternak – based on the work contained in her 2013 thesis

Video #1: No Mining – Algonquins of Barriere Lake Land Defenders Camp – GroundWire News (5min)

  • November 21 2016, featuring interviews with Norm Matchewan (via The Circle, CHUO 89.1FM Ottawa) and Chief Casey Ratt (via OPIRG Roots Radio, CKCU 93.1FM Ottawa)

Video #2: Lac Barrière et Malartic – L’acceptabilité sociale des projets miniers? (11min, Fr w Eng sub)

  • November 22 2016 press conference at the Quebec National Assembly, featuring Amir Khadir of Quebec Solidaire, Priscille Trudel of Comité de citoyens de la zone sud de Malartic, and (starting at 5:25) Michel Thusky of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.

Video #3: Honour Your Word (2013, 59min, directed by Martha Steigman; Eng w Fr sub; $4.99 ondemand)

  • The film draws us into the lives of two young leaders: Marylynn Poucachice, a mother of five, and Norman Matchewan, the soft-spoken son and grandson of traditional chiefs. Both spent their childhoods on the logging blockades their parents set up to win a sustainable development plan protecting their land. But it turns out signing the agreement was the easy part. Now, 20 years later, Norman and Marylynn are taking up the struggle of their youth, to force Canada and Quebec to honour their word.

Upcoming Events (Sept and beyond)

September 4th, 2011

Welcome to September from Organizing For Justice!

We have some 70 events listed here… please don’t be overwhelmed 🙂
(Thanks to Tasha at Alt101/OPIRG-Ottawa for her work in assembling some of them)

Please forward this email on to some friends to tune them in to what’s going on in the community!
– Tell people not already on this list to sign up, at:
(Note: there’s a link on that page to the list archives, which will include this sendout)


We’re working on building an online events calendar.
– Just think if all these events, and more, were all available in one location online, where anyone could check out what’s going on, and anyone could add on their own events to be included in the schedule
SO – if you’d like to help, please contact us:
(project management and/or tech skills highly appreciated!)

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Labour Day Celebration
When: Mon Sept 5, Parade @ noon, Picnic @ 1-4:30pm
Where: meet at Elgin&Lisgar, march to McNabb Park (Gladstone&Bronson)

30 Days for Justice (Sept5-Oct4)
– To raise critical awareness, support Aboriginal families affected by violence, and demand justice and accountability in the disappearances and murders of more than 600 Aboriginal women and girls in Canada in recent decades.
– Organized by Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) along with allies ’30 Days of Justice’
— Schedule includes:
* SEPT 6TH -Third Anniversary Vigil for Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander (KITIGAN  ZIBI/MANIWAKI,QC)
* SEPT 7TH – PANEL DISCUSSION ‘The Sex Workers’ Rights Movement and Indigenous Communities’
* SEPT 9th – ALT 101 WEEK at University of Ottawa: SOCIAL JUSTICE FAIR
* SEPT 27th – ABORIGINAL WOMEN & PRISONER JUSTICE – a community gathering and discussion
* SEPT 28TH – FILM NIGHT: Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside
* OCT 3RD – PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FAMILY MEMBERS: On the disappearance and murders of Aboriginal Women in Canada
* OCT 4TH – Families of Sisters in Spirit annual Vigil (former Sisters in Spirit vigil)
— Full info:

Picket Support – College Workers on Strike
When: Picket lines start up again Tuesday morning (Sept 6th)
Where: Algonquin College, La Cite Collegiale
More info:

Political Comedy w/ Hari Kondabolu!

When: Tues Sept 6, 7pm doors, 7:30pm show
Where: room 1160 Desmarais Bldg, 55 Laurier E, UofOttawa
Very Limited seating! Get there early!
No charge for ALT 101 students, $5-$10 sliding scale for everybody else
http://alternative101.com613-230-3076 &

Venus Envy fall workshops

* Sept 6: Erotic Talk: Talking Dirty for Everyone
* Sept 12: Going Down: A Guide to Fellatio
* Sept 13: I’m Coming: A Guide to Women’s Orgasm
* Sept 26: How to Get Your Groove Back: Post-childbirth
* Oct 3: Mouthing Off: Sensational Oral Sex
* Oct 11: The Big O for Her! Tips and Tricks for Bigger, Better and More Frequent Orgasms!
* Oct 24: Up Yours: Anal Pleasure and Health
– Where: Venus Envy, 320 Lisgar St
– Cost: $20 ($10 sliding scale) each workshop

Triple book launch from local authors
When: Wed Sept 7, 5-7pm
Where: Parliament Pub, 101 Sparks Street
– “Activism that Works” edited by Elizabeth Whitmore, Avery Calhoun and Maureen G. Wilson
– “Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach” by Joan Kuyek
– “Research for Social Justice : A Community-Based Approach” by Adje van de Sande and Karen Schwartz

Stop Harper’s Cuts
Join a city-wide meeting to plan resistance against austerity
When: Thurs Sept 8, 7pm
Where: CUPW office, 377 Bank St
– Contact:

Alt101 Social Justice Fair

– Check out a bunch of groups working on different social justice movements on campus and in town.
When: Fri Sept 9, 3-7pm
Where: Grand Alley, U of Ottawa
http://alternative101.com613-230-3076 &

South March Highlands – “A Living Temple”
Honouring Algonquin Grandfather William Commanda
When: Sat Sept 10, 6am – 11pm
Where: Beaver Pond Park (end of Walden Dr., Kanata)

5th Ottawa Tenants Conference
When: Sat Sept 10, 9am-3pm
Where: Ottawa City Hall
– No cost (lunch provided, bus tickets available)
– Registration DEADLINE: Sept 5th

The First Voice of Muslim Youth Provincial Election Engagement Session
When: Sat Sept 10, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Dr
– Contact: Chelby Marie Daigle 613-709-3799

Feast of Fields
When: Sun Sept 11
Where: Central Experimental Farm
– Tickets $50 until Sept 5, $70 afterwards

Ask me about my day / Une journée dans la vie d’une travailleuse du sexe
Students for Sex Workers Rights
When: Sept 11, 5-9pm
Where: TBD (U of Ottawa)

Public lecture: Dr. Cindy Blackstock
Make a Difference for this Generation of First Nations Children

When: Tues Sept 13, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: TBD at Carleton University
Contact:, 613-520-5622

Social Assistance Forum
When: Thurs Sept 15, 6pm to 11pm
Where: PSAC Building, 233 Gilmour
Contact: Ottawa ACORN: 613-744-7228,

SASC Soiree: Fundraiser for the Sexual Assult Support Centre of Ottawa
When: Thurs Sept 15, 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: 175 Third Avenue (at Lyon St. South)
Contact: (613)725-2160 ext. 221,

United for Somalia Fundraiser
Somali Youth Mentoring Support
When: Sat Sept 17, 1pm to 6pm
Where: Ridgemont High School
Contact: 613-818-8986,

the Fall Flea Market
When: Sat Sept 17, 11am to 5pm
Where: Bronson Centre Mac Hall, 211 Bronson Ave

Green Gala
Fundraiser for Tucker House Renewal Centre
When: Sat Sept 17, evening
For tickets and info:

Tools for Change – fall workshop series
– organized by OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa
Sept 21: Facilitation and Decision Making
Sept 29: Outreach and Recruitement
Oct 11: Grassroots Fundraising
Oct 20: Making our Movements Accessible
Nov 5: Campaign Strategy
Nov 16: Media Strategy 101
Nov 17: Media Strategy 201
Nov 29: Avoiding Burnout
— Contact:

5th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival
When: Sept 21-Oct2
Schedule includes:
* Sept 21: Paddle for Peace
* Sept 21: Music Concert for Peace
* Sept 22: Panel on ‘The Libya Question’
* Sept 22: Panel on ‘Nonviolent Arab Awakening’
* Sept 23: Film – Journey of the Universe
* Sept 23: Film – Countdown to Zero
* Sept 24: Book launch – “Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping” by Dr. Walter Dorn
* Sept 24: “How to Save the World in your Spare Time”: Keynote by Elizabeth May
* Sept 25: Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life
* Sept 26: Panel on Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions
* Sept 27: Pino Buffone on “UN Association in Canada: NCR Branch’s Role in Building Peace in Ottawa”
* Sept 28: Panel on “Dissent in Democracy in Canada: Should dissent be confined to peace activists?”
* Sept 29: “A Department of Peace: Why?”
* Sept 29: Spiritpainting for Peace
* Sept 30: Workshop: This Precious Life-My Conscious Creation: Be Here Now-Do Here Now
* Oct 1: 9th Annual Friends for Peace Day
* Oct 1: Path of Peace Walk (Jean Béliveau) phase 1
* Oct 2: Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti celebrations
* Oct 3: Path of Peace Walk (Jean Béliveau) phase 2
— Contact: Bill Bhaneja, 613-244-1979, and Peter Stockdale, 613-863-4527
— Schedule posted at: http://www.departmentofpeace.ca —

Take Back the Night March

When: Thurs Sept 22, 6 to 9pm
Where: Minto Park, Corner of Elgin and Gilmour

Visioning Session – Peace & Environment Resource Centre
When: Thurs Sept 22, 6:30pm
Where: St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Bank & First (First Ave entrance)

Beyond Borders conference
Student Christian Movement
When: Sept 22 to 25
Where: St. Albans Church and St. John’s Church
** Please write to in order to receive your registration form

Power Up Your Life

Sacred Activism workshop w/ Andrew Harvey
When: Sept 23-25
Where: Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St. Almonte
– $250 ($150 for students) money goes to Council of Canadians
Conact: 613-256-0216 orp 613-295-6749

From the Back of the Room: Women in Punk and Mayfair theater
When: Sept 23rd at 9pm
Where: Mayfair Theater, 1074 Bank St

Decolonize Me (Art Exhibit)
– features six contemporary Aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada’s long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways.
When: Sept23-Nov20
Where: Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court (2 Daly Ave)

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

Bruce House, ACO, PTS, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation, Wabano
Centre for Aboriginal Heath, YSB
When: Sat Sept 24th – Check in at 5pm, walk at 7pm
Where: Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall

Ottawa Tar Sands Action
Indigenous Environmental Network, Council of Canadians, Greenpeace
Where: Parliament Hill

Reading Power: Social Justice and African Literature
Facilitated by Joanne St. Lewis
When: Sept 26, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 28
Where: U of Ottawa, as part of Continuing Education program
Registration: $120,

Activism Course: Building a Better World
Facilitated by Greg Macdougall
When: Tues evngs 7-9pm, Sept27-Nov1
Where: Glebe Collegiate Institute (corner of Carling & Bronson)
– as part of OCDSB community education General Interest Program
Registration: $101, 613-239-2751 (course #58999)
More info:
– Info session for potential participants:
Tues Sept 13, 7pm – contact for details

Democratic Development Abroad: Dos & Don’ts
Public lecture with Ed Broadbent

When: Tues Sept 27, 7:30pm
Where: First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave
Contact: 613-725-1066

Environmental Justice article

February 5th, 2009

An article on Environmental Justice, based on content from the Organizing For Justice 2008 conference, was published in the Dec 08/Jan 09 edition of the Linchpin paper.

Cliick here to download the 4-pg pdf file for easy printing (article is on pages 1-2). The paper can also be picked up at Exile Infoshop, 256 Bank St., 2nd floor (hours: 12-8pm Wed-Sat, 12-5pm Sun).

Note: we also have notes from a few of the sessions at the conference, and may get them typed in and posted online at some point … stay tuned!

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