Tues Jan 28: Opening Ceremony & Land Defenders

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Tuesday, January 28th – 6pm-9pm (At^lohsa – 343 Richmond Street)

Opening Ceremony

Land Defenders: Indigenous Resistance to Settler Colonialism from Turtle Island to Palestine

Co-sponsored by: At^lohsa and People for Peace, London

 ‘Ownership’ of land is one of the main forms of settler colonialism. Indigenous communities from Turtle Island to Palestine have been resisting colonialism by defending their land since the beginning of occupation. We will be discussing the intersections of settler colonialism, land defence and the Prison Industrial Complex.


Kahsatstenhsera gah-sad-sdanh-se-ra is a Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) word that means Strength in Unity. This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi’kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet’suwet’en land defenders.

Women in Struggle presents rare testimony from four female Palestinian ex-detainees who disclose their experiences during their years of imprisonment in Israeli jails and the effect it has had on their present lives and future outlooks. Once content in their lives as sisters, wives and mothers, each of the women became active members for the national fight for Palestinian independence, but their “crimes” differed markedly–one woman was detained in a peaceful protest while another was arrested for her participation in a bombing.

Hunger Strike is about hunger strikes in the Israeli prisons launched by Palestinian prisoners in 2011-2012. This film explores the plight of Palestinian prisoners held in the Zionist military system under a policy known as administrative detention. Administrative detention is the practice of imprisoning individuals for indefinite periods of time without charge, trial, or sentence. Administrative detainees and their lawyers are powerless to defend against these allegations in court. Hunger strike is therefore the only non-violent method of resistance open to prisoners whose sole demand is that their human rights are respected in accordance with international law. We answer the questions of: What the meaning of the hunger strike? Why do Palestinian prisoners initiate hunger strikes? Mustafa Azizi is the film’s editor and director, its cameramen are Abraham Weizfeld and Mustafa Azizi. Narration was done by Chris Landau and Rana Hamdan. This film was made possible by the help of Tanweer Center and ISM.

Speakers: Robert Lovelace (via Skype) is a former Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and professor of Indigenous Studies at Queen’s University.


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