Thursday, November 19, 2015
Native Friendship Center of Montreal
2001 boulevard St-Laurent (métro St-Laurent)
doors at 6pm; evening events to continue until 9pm
Free – Welcome to all! — Wheelchair accessible
Childcare on-site — Whisper translation (EN-FR)
Please get in touch about any accessibility needs.
This event takes place on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. The Kanien’kehá:ka are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The island called “Montreal” is known as Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin peoples.
Confirmed presentations & speakers:
Toghestiy is a traditionalist and grassroots land defender. He is a Hereditary Chief of the Wet'suwet'en Likhts'amisyu Clan and has lived on the frontlines for 5-1/2 years. He is starting a new Wet'suwet'en Frontline Camp called the Likhts'amisyu Stronghold on his people's traditional territory stopping all Pipelines from starting construction. He is starting to assemble an Indigenous solidarity network called the Indigenous People's Frontline Alliance. This Alliance represents traditional/heredirary people battling development on their homelands using truly grassroots methods.
Demian is an artist residing & working in Portland, Oregon. Born & raised in the “Indian Capital of the World”, Gallup, NM, Diné Yazhi’ is a transdisciplinary warrior whose work is an archivalization & exploration of memory formation, landscape representation, HIV/AIDS-related art & activism, gender / sexuality, & indigenous survivance. Demian has exhibited work nationally & internationally, in addition to having his artwork & writing published over the last few years. In 2010 he founded the Indigenous artist/activist/warrior collective, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. For more info, visit: http://burymyart.tumblr.com/
Continuing an annual tradition, several Montreal-area social justice organizations committed to anti-colonial organizing and action, are presenting this evening of food, film and resistance. We have decided to cease using the term “Thanksgiving”. We are making this change as a way of distancing ourselves from colonial settler myths, and rather position our gathering in a tradition of anti-colonial education and resistance.
This event is organized and supported by: Frigo Vert, QPIRG Concordia, People's Potato, Midnight Kitchen, submedia.tv, Concordia Student Union (CSU), Kanata McGill, Center for Gender Advocacy Concordia, CURE Concordia, QPIRG McGill and others (to endorse this event, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).