Forum on Indigenous Nationhood, Land, and Sovereignty: Building Respectful Relationships

February 13, 2013

A Callout to Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Communities

Thursday February 21st, 2013, 6 – 9pm

Room 1614, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster, BC

Unceded Coast Salish Territories

For more information visit: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/503167856395538/

This forum invites immigrant, ethnic, and racialized communities across the Lower Mainland to increase their awareness and understanding of Indigenous Peoples' histories, struggles and resistance.

The forum is dedicated to supporting the Idle No More movement.

Panel speakers will discuss past and recent laws that affect Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination. The forum will also look at historical and contemporary settler colonialism in Canada. What is our place and role in building respectful relations with Indigenous Peoples and their lands?

Following the speakers there will be group discussions where you will be able to talk with each other, the speakers, and other resource people. This will allow you to ask questions and work towards a deeper and respectful understanding of our relationships. 

Panelists:

Elder Larry Grant (Musqueam)

Kat Norris (Lyackson/Nez Perce)

Mique’l Dangeli (Tsimshan)

Facilitator: Dorothy Christian (Secwepemc-Syilx)

This forum is being organized by a coalition of Indigenous Peoples and people of colour who are trying to create spaces in racialized immigrant communities to discuss colonialism and Indigenous-settler relations. We hope that the forum will encourage different immigrant communities to have ongoing conversations about these topics and organize similar spaces across the Lower Mainland.

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Larry Grant is from the Musqueam - People of the River Grass. He is a sessional instructor in the UBC First Nations language program , where he teaches hen'q’emin’em’ language. He is the current FNHL Elder in Residence and is a former band counsellor and grandfather. Larry has been involved with immigrants and settler dialogues for over half a century. Larry Grant, born and raised in 'Musqueam unceded and occupied territory by a traditional hen'q’emin’em’ speaking Musqueam family.

Kat Norris: (Coast Salish- Lyackson/Nez Perce)

Spokesperson: Indigenous Action Movement.

Kat Norris is the founder of Indigenous Action Movement and survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School. Kat joined the American Indian Movement and has been a social activist since. Most recently, she has been organizing against police abuses and her biggest success is the Frank Paul Inquiry.

Raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Mique’l Dangeli is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the UBC specializing in Northwest Coast First Nations Art History. Mique’l served her community for eight years as their Museum Director. She is a curator, author, dancer, and choreographer. Since 2003, she and her husband Nisga’a artist and carver Mike Dangeli have shared the leadership of the Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield), an internationally-renown Northwest Coast mask-dancing group based in Vancouver, BC.

Dorothy Christian (Secwepemc-Syilx) is a writer, a video artist, a director of documentaries and a scholar. She is a member of the Splats’in Community, one of 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation. She is currently in the PhD Program at UBC’s Department of Educational Studies to research Fourth World Cinema as Public Pedagogy.

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Benita Bunjun, PhD
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia
Coast Salish Territory
Vancouver, BC, Canada