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Anti-Canada Room: Building Resistance to Canada 2017 Celebrations

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Anti-Canada

Sunday, May 24, 11am-5pm
Room #125, 2515, rue Delisle (métro Lionel-Groulx)
part of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
www.anarchistbookfair.ca

The year 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Already, federal and local governments are spending multi-million dollar sums to celebrate and re-brand “Canada” in anticipation of 2017. The next three years will see a concerted attempt by the state to promote the idea of a beneficent and progressive “Canada”, locally and internationally, as well as to whitewash, literally, Canada’s past.

As anti-statists, rooted in struggles against oppression in all its forms, we want to undermine the idea of Canada, with a potential decentralized mobilization, linked to ongoing anti-colonial, anti-racist organizing, in the coming years. This theme room will allow us to learn about different anti-Canada perspectives, as well to network a bit about potential anti-Canada organizing in the coming months and years.

The ANTI-CANADA ROOM at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is organized by three anarchists who despise Canada: Mandy Hiscocks (Guelph), Dan Sawyer (Ottawa) & Jaggi Singh (Montreal, via Toronto), with the support of No One Is Illegal-Montreal and the Anti-Canada Committee in Montreal.
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SCHEDULE

11am: Canada the Apartheid State: Myths and Realities – Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas (FR)

This presentation will expose some of the mythologies that uphold Canadian self-identity, focussing on exposing the apartheid realities in Canada, particular in relation to the treatment of Indigenous peoples.

Presented by Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas. Clifton is a member of the Kanien’kehá:ka community of Kanehsatake. He was part of the resistance at Kanehsatake in his role as a young warrior in 1990. He is active in resisting the proposed Niocan mine and the Energy East pipeline on his territory. As an activist-filmmaker, Clifton operates his own film production company called Devil Dog Productions. His films include Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake, a feature about resistance to pipelines.

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1pm: Indigenous Land Defense Against Colonialism – Kanahus Manuel (EN)

A frontline view of resisting state control, as well as resisting settler-colonialism, in its many forms.

Presented by Kanahus Manuel. Kanahus is a mother and warrior from the Secwpemc Nation in the Shuswap region of “British Columbia”. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill, possibly the worst mining pollution disaster in Canadian history. For her efforts, she has been named as a defendant by Imperial Metals in a court injunction to stop blockades of the mining company’s operations.

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3pm: Building Resistance to Canada 2017 – Mandy Hiscocks, Dan Sawyer, Jaggi Singh (FR/EN)

Three anti-Canada organizers based in Ottawa/Gatineau, southern Ontario and Montreal, will share the background to anti-Canada 2017 organizing, as well as ideas around building decentralized by coordinated campaigns to undermine the celebration of Canada. The underlining reasons for a concerted and public opposition to Canada will also be discussed. This session will also focus on the beginnings of a potential network for anti-Canada organizing.

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flagflameAnti-Canada Room: Building Resistance to Canada 2017 Celebrations
Sunday, May 24, 11am-5pm
Room #125, 2515, rue Delisle (métro Lionel-Groulx)
part of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
www.anarchistbookfair.ca

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