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Kinnie Starr in Concert with guests Amai Kuda, Lena Recollet, Mata Danze & dj Nik Red

Apr/01/2011 - 8:00 pm

R3 and No One Is Illegal-Toronto present:

Kinnie Starr in concert
with guests Amai Kuda, Lena Recollet, Mata Danze & dj Nik Red
hosted by Rosina from Lal and Sedina Fiati.

April 1, 8pm doors
9pm show start!
A 'transformed' 25 Cecil Street
$10-$25

Tickets Available at Toronto Womens Bookstore 93 Harbord / Soundscapes 572 College St. ($10 in advance, $1.50 service charge)

Juno Nominated artist (2004 – “Sun Again”), Kinnie Starr appears in concert with Amai Kuda, Lenna Recollet (formerly of Red Slam), dance crew Mata Danze and DJ Nik Red at an all ages show in a completely transformed one-night only venue at 25 Cecil Street on April 1.

Rosina Kazi from Toronto electronic crew Lal and the amazing theatre artist Sedina Fiati will be hosting this fabulous, politically charged, all women and trans performers event, where partial proceeds go to Turtle Island and African Reparations Funds and No One Is Illegal

Sacred Fire at Queen's Park to Save the South March Highlands

Feb/09/2011 - 9:00 am
Feb/13/2011 - 2:00 pm

WHAT: Sacred Fire for the South March Highlands
WHERE: Queen's Park, Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday (Tomorrow) at 9:00am - Sunday, Feb. 13, Ceremony and Gathering on Sunday, Feb 13 at 10am

On Feb. 1 2011, two Algonquin men, Robert Lovelace and Daniel Bernard, chained themselves to trees in the Beaver Pond Forest (part of the South March Highlands) near Kanata, Ontario, to block a second day of clear-cut logging from destroying a forest considered sacred by Algonquin First Nations.

Remembering Our Sisters - 6th Annual Rally & March

Feb/14/2011 - 5:00 pm

February 14 National Day of Action
Toronto’s 6th Annual Rally & March for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ **5 pm** (NOTE THE NEW TIME)
Rally at Police HQ, 40 College St at Bay
March to the Coroner’s Office, 26 Grenville St.

Gathering with food following rally & march (6:30-8pm); a bus will be available to transport participants to the gathering. TTC tokens will be available for those attending by public transit.

According to research conducted under the Native Women Association of Canada’s (NWAC) Sisters in Spirit project, over 580 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing, most of them over the last 30 years. Despite the clear evidence that this is an ongoing issue, the federal government decided in Fall of 2010 to end funding to Sisters in Spirit. In a move to detract attention from this cut, Rona Ambrose announced a $10 million fund to be put primarily towards creating a central RCMP missing person centre. It is evident that few of those in power have a genuine interest in ending the violence against Indigenous women. On February 14th, we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous Peoples.

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY - June Update

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY

In September and October of 2008, Tyendinaga community members objected to the delivery of a $1.9 million pre-fabricated police station, funded jointly by the Band Council and the federal Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Band Council failed to consult the broader community before making the decision that a new police station should take priority over clean drinking water on the reserve and other pressing issues. The reserve school down the road from the proposed police station site lacks drinkable water, and the majority of reserve homes remain on a boil-water advisory. Tyendinaga police issued 12 warrants for Tyendinaga Mohawks and over the ensuing months, arrested and charged them in connection with protests against the police station, as well as protests against an illegal quarry operation on the Territory.

Algonquin of Barriere Lake Supporters Block Queen Street

Barriere Lake Supporters at Quebec Officesphoto credit: John BonnarTORONTO (Friday, 21 November 2008) - Some 40 supporters of the Barriere Lake Solidarity Committee in Toronto, blocked Queen Street West at noon today for nearly 30 minutes in an act of solidarity with the community of Barriere Lake in Quebec. During the blockade, leaflets were handed out explaining the current situation in the community. The action was held in front of the building that houses Quebec's representative office in Toronto, the "Bureau du Québec à Toronto."

After blocking the street for about 30 minutes, the supporters moved to deliver a letter to Paul-Arthur Huot, the head of the Quebec Office in Toronto. As Lawrence Angeconeb, a Barriere Lake Solidarity supporter explains: "We did this to raise awareness about the situation at Barriere Lake and to highlight how the people there are being repressed by the SQ. We are especially angered by the lack of response to the demands by the community that there be a government resolution to agreements already signed. We delivered a letter to the Quebec Office in Toronto in order to outline our disappointment with the way things have been handled. We want to keep pressure on the Quebec and Canadian governments to adhere to the agreements they've already signed."

Pain Compliance as Indigenous Relations

Inside the Barriere Lake Algonquins' blockade of highway 117

by Dru Oja Jay
The Dominion

I'm perched on an embankment overlooking Highway 117, an obscure but economically important link between Montreal and northern Quebec. To look at most maps, there's nothing here, five hours north of Montreal, well out of the cottage towns and ski resorts of the Laurentians and still two hours short of the cluster of resource extraction economies around Val d'Or (in English, Valley of Gold), where mining now focuses more on metals like copper, zinc and lead. I'm in the middle of a four hour stretch where most travellers could be forgiven for thinking was nothing but a few hunting lodges, logging roads and Hydro Quebec turnouts.

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