July 9, 2009
Frontline Partners with Youth Network Workshop:
Supporting Indigenous struggles in Canada: starting the journey
When: July 9, 5:30 - 9:00pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue, 4th floor
Suggested donation for the workshop is $1-$7
Dinner will be provided
Central to the story of Canada's development is the story of dispossession, assimilation, and genocide of the Indigenous peoples who have lived on this land since time immemorial, and their continued resistance and survival. Non-Indigenous people learn, at best, a spotty version of these stories in Canadian schools - often romanticizing Indigenous cultures as historical artifacts, or treating Canada's crimes as things of the past that have been overcome and replaced with an "enlightened" multiculturalism and celebration of Indigenous peoples' place in Canada. But the project of assimilation, termination, and extinguishment of Indigenous peoples and their rights, including land rights, continues today.
This workshop is for people who want to learn more about the history of Indigenous-Canada relations, and who are interested in supporting Indigenous struggles for self-determination. The workshop is especially intended for non-Indigenous people, but all are welcome. It is intended as a first step towards developing the skills and consciousness needed to do solidarity work. The workshop
will include a range of activities and methods.
The workshop will be delivered by Corvin Russell, a non-Indigenous activist and educator who has worked on many Indigenous solidarity projects, including co-organizing the Defenders of the Land gathering of first nations in land struggle in Winnipeg last year.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please include a little bit about yourself: why you are interested in this workshop; any relevant background, including work on Indigenous issues or decolonization, trainings you may have attended (including anti-racism trainings), and so on. This will help with planning of the workshop.