Monday the 4th of September : Demonstration against exploration and extraction of fossil fuels in Gaspé and the rest of Québec.
After…at the River camp : A meal and a discussion with Dalie Giroux (associate professor at the University of Ottawa in political thought) :
The cohabitation of dispossession : territories, resistances, experimentation
A Talk in Solidarity with the River Camp
Saturday the 2nd of September 7pm at la Passe, 5037 Saint-Dominique, Montreal
On the night of August 7, on the road leading to Junex’s Galt exploration site in Gaspésie, native and non-native activists erected a blockade. In solidarity, a support camp was established at the base of the road. One week later, on August 14, a massive police force dismantled the barricades, putting an end to the blockade and arresting Anishnabe Water Protector Freddy Stoneypoint.
To continue this struggle against extraction projects in Gaspésie, situated in Mi’ikmaq territory, the support camp has continued its activities and has called for a week of action from the 4th to the 10th September.
In response to this call, and with the goal of strengthening ties with the River Camp, the collectives Anarchives and Stasis invite you to a public talk about the struggle against Junex.
Junex’s projects are integral to the extractivist economy that powers Canada. The energy transition programs put forward by the government are revealed to be false by the fact of non-consultation before the granting of drilling permits in Gaspésie. To struggle against Junex is to struggle against everything that ravages the land.
With the support of traditional Mi’kmak chiefs, this fight in defense of the territory has also become one of decolonization. To deal with the territory as part of the colonial project implies, for settler activists, engaging in this struggle alongside the communities who have long lived on this land and who have had it torn from them. Junex is just the latest episode in the Canadian colonial enterprise.
In this talk, we address the context and content of the struggle, and methods for furthering the fight. The River Camp continues, and is situated at the intersection of ecological and anti-colonial resistance. But how should we articulate this intersection? How can we re-think our ties to the territory? What exactly is “extractivism” and how can we dismantle this economy of death? How can we create new worlds within our struggles? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed, with friends and comrades, at the discussion.
Tekarontake, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawá:ke, Rotiskenraketeh was a part of the struggles of confederation. He was involved in the occupation that lead to the creation of the community of Ganienkeh. Speaking from these experiences, he will address the intrinsic link between land defense and decolonization.
Kahentineta, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawá:ke, journalist animating the site mohawknationnews.com, she has covered and participated in the struggles of the last 40 years. Lately, she participated in the solidarity camp with Standing Rock erected last fall in Kahnawá: ke.
Freddy Stoneypoint is an Anishnabe Water Protector and a student in Native Studies at the Carleton University in Ottawa. He was arrested during the Junexit blockade and had earlier participated in the Re-Occupation during the celebration of Canada’s 150th. He defines his activism as a revival of native epistemologies and ontologies. He will address the ontological issues revealed in struggles for the defense of land and water.
Leila Celis, member of the PASC (Projet d’Accompagnement Solidarité avec la Colombie), and professor at UQAM, conducts research on extractivism and native struggles, inscribing these fights in the context of the extractivist colonial economy. http://pasc.ca/