Fundraising


Feb 14th 2013, Montreal. The will to fight comes from a heart overflowing with love. Ellen Gabriel is a Native/human right activist, and former president of Quebec Native Women (QNW). She joined the members of her community of Kanehsatà:ke in March 1990 as they erected barricades to protect The Pines from the expansion of a golf course in the municipality of Oka. She was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and then by her community to be a spokesperson for them during the 1990 Oka Crisis. Video by Spencer...

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La famille de Tiffany Morrison offre une récompense. Tiffany Morrison avait 25 ans lorsqu’elle a été vue pour la dernière fois en juin 2006. Son corps a été retrouvé l’an dernier à quelques kilomètres de l’endroit où elle avait été vue pour la dernière fois. Sa famille offre désormais une récompense pour retrouver le meurtrier de Tiffany. Tous les détails dans cette chronique de Monic Néron. Ecoutez le video...

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–Please Forward Widely!– Missing Justice (Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), is a grassroots solidarity collective based in Montreal that works to eliminate violence and discrimination against Indigenous women living in Quebec and Canada. The collective seeks to consult and collaborate with Indigenous communities and organizations to foster understanding and dispel harmful stereotypes commonly held in regards to Indigenous women who are targets of violence. Our collective recently celebrated our one year anniversary. It has been an incredibly busy twelve months, during which we organized or co-organized 14 different events, including panel discussions, film screenings, demonstrations, and a direct action. On Thursday May 13th at 8pm, we will be holding a fundraiser at Eastern Bloc, located at 7240 Clark, (corner Jean Talon, Metro De Castelnau). All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward organizing popular education events, demonstrations, and direct actions, as well as covering the costs of individuals from directly affected families. Doors at 8, Show at 9. Spoken word: Kyra Shaugnessy Ali Naccarato Noah Mackell Music: Chelsea Vowel James Irwin North, my love Moe Clark (video poems) $10-$15 sliding scale No one will be turned away. Childcare available 48 hours in advance. more info: www.missingjustice.ca contact: justiceformissing@gmail.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wendykh#!/event.php?eid=112234802149601&ref=mf ********** Missing Justice is deeply action-based. Our goals are to raise public awareness and create a safer environment for Indigenous women by tackling issues of systemic racism, sexism, classism and negligence that are present in the media, the justice system and police forces. We recognize that the causes of racialized and sexualized violence are linked to Canada’s colonial policies of the past and present, with the ultimate aim of extracting resources from the land. We aim to provide social, moral, legal and political support to the families of victims, and to pressure the Canadian government into taking action on the more than 582 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women (up to 3000 according to activists) by paying heed to recommendations put forth by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Amnesty International, the UN, and Indigenous activists and communities. As a collective, our overall strategy for achieving these goals includes popular education initiatives, media outreach, coalition-building, case work, poster awareness campaigns, research projects, information sharing, publishing and broadcasting, political demonstrations, and direct...

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The Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) was established in 1998, with a one-time grant of $350 million from the federal government, and was given a mandate ”to encourage and support, through research and funding contributions, community-based Aboriginal-directed healing initiatives which address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse suffered in Canada’s IRS System, including intergenerational impacts.” [1] Less than two years after Prime Minister Harper’s apology for the Canadian government’s role in administering the IRS System, AHF funding was eliminated in Canada’s 2010 Budget, crippling 134 Foundation-funded healing projects across the country. [2] In many cases, organizations will be forced to close their doors as of March 31st, 2010 when the cuts take effect. $199 million was promised to address the legacy of residential schools in the 2010 Budget. None is being committed to the AHF. Half is going to Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, and half to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), which provides monetary payments to former IRS students. Among the organizations that will be affected by the cuts is the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal (NWSM). The Shelter will lose one third of it’s funding, and three employees will lose their jobs, including a Sexual Assault Counsellor. A 2009 report on the evaluation of the AHF undertaken on behalf of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) concluded that “there is presently no equivalent alternative that could achieve the desired outcomes with the rate of success that the AHF has achieved.” The Aboriginal Healing Foundation is prohibited from engaging in advocacy by its Funding Agreement. The 134 projects to have their AHF funding cut: http://www.ahf.ca/pages/download/28_13395 A petition demanding that the AHF’s funding be reinstated: http://www.petitiononline.com/fundAHF For more info, see: http://www.ahf.ca/ Residential schools for Aboriginal people in Canada date back to the 1840s. The last school closed in 1996. 139 is the official number of residential schools that have been located across Canada, though there were other, smaller schools run by religious orders which are harder to find information about. The purpose of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools (IRS), which separated Native children from their families, was infamously described as “killing the Indian in the child.” It is estimated that nearly half of the children originally enlisted in the schools died of malnutrition and disease. [1] http://www.femmesensante.ca/resources/show_res.cfm?ID=40010 [2]...

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On March 6th, 2009 a fundraiser was held in Montreal to raise money for two speaking events on March 16th and 17th–one, a lecture by Beverley Jacobs (President of NWAC), and the other a panel; presentation featuring Jacobs, Ellen Gabriel (President of QNW), Laurie Odjick, Beverley Tolley, and Sue Martin (all from families of missing and murdered women). The fundraising event included beautiful music, performance art, storytelling, drumming, and a silent auction. The silent auction featured art by several very talented local woman artists. Art exposure. Guests arriving. A performance piece by Emily Rose Michaud. Emily is sewing herself a dress of real, live dirt and grass. Nathalia, aka Auresia. Molly Sweeney on guitar. Annabelle Chvostek and her fiddle. Odaya, Native women’s drum circle. Melissa Dupuis shares a story and Emilie Monnet plays the drum. Chandra Melting Tallow, performative. Anna Banana. Deer by Frances Mackenzie of Teen...

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