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INM: From Idle No More to the Indigenous Nationhood Movement – Public Forum – Feb 26, 2013

I’m excited to announce our upcoming follow up INM event at UVic, next Tuesday, February 26th. Full event details are posted below. All welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!


University of Victoria Faculty of Human and Social Development, Indigenous Governance, and the Native Students Union Present

INM: From Idle No More to the Indigenous Nationhood Movement
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
First Peoples House – Ceremonial Hall
University of Victoria
7:00-9:00pm PST
Twitter: #F26Forum
Download Hi-Res Poster: here [PDF]
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/164768627005844/
Livestream: http://www.spreecast.com/events/idle-to-no-more-to-indigenous-nationhood


VICTORIA, BC (Coast Salish Territories)—After the tremendous response to our last Idle No More Public Forum in January, which was attended in person and online by more than 1,200 people, this follow up event will explore the next phase of INM, as we move from ‘Idle No More’ to an Indigenous Nationhood Movement.

Indigenous peoples and allies have gathered in flash mobs, rallies and round dances in streets and malls across Turtle Island and, now, we are rising together to protect our lands and rebuild our nations. But what is at stake in this process? What does Indigenous nationhood look like? And what is required to build a lasting Indigenous resurgence movement that includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples?

As part of the UVic Native Students Union’s Indigenous Resurgence Week 2013—a week-long celebration of Indigenous community, culture and arts—this INM Forum will bring together activists, thinkers, educators and community leaders to reflect on this important transitional time in the movement and to reflect on the ongoing work being done in our communities to mobilize action, education, and land protection.

Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawake Mohawk, Professor, Indigenous Governance, UVic)
Toghestiy (Hereditary Chief of the Likhts’amisyu Clan, Wet’suwet’en)
Freda Huson (Wet’suwet’en, Spokesperson for the Unis’tot’en Action Camp)
Dawn Smith (Nuu-chah-nulth, LE,NONET/UVic Education)
Fred Speck (Gwawaenuk Tribe / Kwakwaka’wakw, Idle No More Organizer)

All nations and people welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

#J16Forum: Idle No More – Where Do We Go From Here?


#J16Forum: Idle No More – Where Do We Go From Here?
Teach-in & Public Forum
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
University of Victoria
First People’s House Ceremonial Hall
7-9pm PST

UPDATE: Here are the SPREECAST ARCHIVE LINKS from #J16Forum. We had multiple stream crashes due to our audience size and traffic volume, but you can watch the archive in segments below.

Part 0—Opening: http://www.spreecast.com/events/idle-no-more-where-do-we-go-from-here [Note: There is no video/audio on this one, but this has the opening 15 mins of online chat]
Part 1: http://www.spreecast.com/events/idle-no-more-where-do-we-go-from-here-1
Part 2: http://www.spreecast.com/events/idle-no-more-where-do-we-go-from-here-2
Part 3: http://www.spreecast.com/events/idle-no-more-where-do-we-go-from-here-3

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/521252821238499/
Downloadable HI-RES POSTER: click here

Wab Kinew (Media Personality, Director of Indigenous Inclusion, University of Winnipeg)
Dr. Taiaiake Alfred (Professor, Indigenous Governance, UVic)
Janet Rogers (Victoria Poet Laureate, Idle No More Victoria Organizer)
Mandee McDonald (MA Student, Indigenous Governance, UVic, Idle No More Victoria/Denendeh Organizer)

INFO: What is the Idle No More movement and where do we go from here? Bringing together local community organizers, university students and professors, and special guests, this will be an opportunity to learn, share and discuss the growing, global Indigenous Peoples’ movement and how it affects and involves all Canadians. All nations and peoples welcome.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served.

Please use the #J16Forum hashtag to join the discussion on Twitter during the event. Live back channel conversation will be moderated – and online audience will be able to interact and ask questions to the panel.

Co-presented by the UVic Faculty of Human & Social Development and the University of Victoria.

For more information on Idle No More, please visit:

Idle No More [Intro Video]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksESR2BVlqY&feature=youtu.be

Wab Kinew: “Idle No More Is Not Just an ‘Indian Thing'” – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/wab-kinew/idle-no-more-canada_b_2316098.html

Chelsea Vowel: “Idle No More only sounds vague. Let’s talk specifics” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/idle-no-more-only-sounds-vague-lets-talk-specifics/article7098267/

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Indigenous Resurgence Week: March 21-26, 2011 at University of Victoria

UVic Native Students Union Presents
March 21-26, 2011

*All events are FREE & will be held at the University of Victoria on Coast & Strait Salish Territories.*


6pm // Opening FEAST
Location: First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall

7pm // Panel Discussion:
Indigenous Grassroots Community Organizing
Panel discussion featuring: Mary Vickers, Rose Henry,
& other inspiring local organizers!
Location: First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall

7pm // Panel Discussion: ‘Ask A Settler’
Panel discussion featuring:
Angela Polifroni, Indigenous Governance [IGOV];
Dr. Michael Asch, Anthropology;
Kelsey Lavoie, IGOV; and Chris Johnson.
Location: Cornett Building B107

12pm // Indigenous Storytelling

(An Event for Indigenous Peoples)

Featuring local guests & storytellers from across Turtle Island.
Location: First Peoples House Student Lounge

6:30pm // Learn to Bead

(An Event for Indigenous Peoples)

Facilitated by Elaine Alexie [Teetl’it Gwich’in].
All experience levels welcome and all materials
provided by the Native Students Union!
Location: First Peoples House Large Classroom

7pm // Film Screening & Discussion:
‘Little Caughnawaga—To Brooklyn and Back’

For over 50 years, the Kahnawake Mohawks, of Quebec, occupied a
10 square block area in the North Gowanus section of Brooklyn, which
became known as Little Caughnawaga. This documentary explores the
story of Mohawk filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell’s exploration of her roots
& her family’s connections to the Mohawk community in Brooklyn, NY.
Featuring a post-screening discussion with Mohawk author & UVic
Indigenous Governance professor, Dr. Taiaiake Alfred,
& the visual artwork of Mohawk artist Lindsay Delaronde.
Location: Human & Social Development Building A240



6:30pm // Film Screening & Discussion:
Indigenous Peoples & Alberta’s Tar Sands
Guest Speakers:
Melina Laboucan-Massimo – Lubicon Cree Activist & Organizer
Drew Mildon – Woodward & Company, Legal Counsel to the Beaver Lake Cree Nation
FILM: H2Oilhttp://h2oildoc.com/

H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories
of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion.
Followed by a discussion with Greenpeace Tar Sands campaigner & Lubicon
Cree community member Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Drew Mildon, Legal
counsel to the Beaver Lake Cree Nation.
Location: First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall


2pm // Closing Feast & Potluck at GOLDSTREAM PARK
Celebrate the end of the academic year with our closing feast that will be held
potluck-style, so please bring what you can! The NSU will help to supply food
but we encourage everyone to bring a dish or two to share. There will be a
large covered hut as well as multiple fires for cooking!
Location: Goldstream Park

For more information & updates, follow us:
Email // nsu@uvicnsu.ca
Facebook // UVic Native Students Union
Twitter // @UVicNSU

O Si’em na Si’aya. We raise our hands to the Elders and
Chiefs of these territories where we are guests. In a good
way, we thank our host nations of the Greater Victoria

We look forward to seeing you next week!

END:CIV – Documentary Film ‘Sneak Preview’ Screening November 15, 2010 at University of Victoria

END:CIV | ‘Sneak Preview’ Doc Film Screening | November 15, 2010
1:00pm @ UVic First Peoples House | FREE

On Monday, November 15th UVic will host a free “sneak preview” screening of END:CIV — a new documentary film by Franklin Lopez of Submedia.tv. The film “examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”

END:CIV includes interviews with Paul Watson, Waziyatawin,  Gord Hill, Michael Becker, Peter Gelderloos, Lierre Keith, James Howard Kunstler, Stephanie McMillan, Qwatsinas, Rod Coronado, John Zerzan and more.


Indigenous Peoples and Global Collapse: Waziyatawin

Waziyatawin, an incredible Dakota scholar, activist and Indigenous Governance professor, will be speaking at the University of Victoria on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. The talk is being presented as part of the UVic Native Students Union Speaker Series and will be held from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall at UVic. The presentation will be tailored for an Indigenous audience. The event is free and no registration is required.

Waziyatawin’s recent work builds on her own research and writing, as well as existing literature on peak oil and the impending collapse of Western Civilization, as framed by Derrick Jensen (Endgame) and the END:CIV project.

To my Indigenous brothers and sisters: if you haven’t yet had the chance to hear Waziyatawin speak, I urge you to come out and listen. She will rock your world,  shatter your assumptions about peak oil, and compel you to take action to defend yourself, your people, and your homeland!

Indigenous Governance will also be hosting Endgame: An Evening with Derrick Jensen at UVic on November 17th.