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The Peoples’ Social Forum 2014

18 August 2014 No Comment


The Peoples’ Social Forum

August 21-24, 2014

University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland St

“We come together with open hearts and open minds in open space to share and learn. We seek to find best practices for movement building, get inspired, connect across work and distance, and see ourselves as part of a larger force. This is an open and horizontal structure, in which all peoples have a voice. Let’s respect each other, ourselves, and this land we stand on.”

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The Peoples’ Social Forum will open on August 21 with a traditional Algonquin ceremony at sunrise and a celebratory peoples’ march in the afternoon. August 21 and 22 will see hundreds of participant-led workshops happen simultaneously at the University of Ottawa. Saturday, August 23 will be a day of movement assemblies. The last day there will be a final all-movements assembly and closing ceremony. The Peoples’ Social Forum is also a joyous gathering with special exhibitions, work and peoples history tours, film screenings, critical mass rally, a pow-wow, street performances, concerts, games, and building new relationships. The Peoples Social Forum is a means of stimulating debate, discussion and furthering our sense of community and collective action.

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Indigenous peoples have occupied this continent since time immemorial. The Algonquin Nation Family consists of Algonquin, Nipissing, Mississauga, Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi. These are the nations of the Anishnabeg. The Anishnabeg share a common language that historians and anthropologists called the Algonquin language. The Anishnabeg though, call their language Anishnabewin often times people do not understand that the Algonquin are only one Nation within larger Algonquin/Anishnabewin linguistic group.

The first European contact by the Algonquin nation was with Samuel de Champlain in 1603. Numerous years after, Algonquins became allies with the French. The Algonquin nation never surrendered our land.

For many years injustices occurred including loss of land, disruptions of community, the Indian Residential Schools, the “60s Scoop”: policy failed to address the core issues; an insubstantial land base to allow sustainable economic, cultural, traditional, agricultural or resource independence, development and management.

The relationship is changing: in 1985, amendments were done to the Indian Act to address discriminatory legislation and to be more in line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In 2008, the Government of Canada issued a Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools.

Our community has been working hard to restore our culture, raise healthy children and to build strong futures.

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