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Here are the different emails I’ve had with the Indigenous Affairs (INAC) Minister’s office as well as with the National Capital Commission (NCC), as I wrote to them in support of the demands issued by four Algonquin chiefs in October to protect the sacred site from Windmill Ltd’s pending “Zibi” condo-commercial development at the site, to return the area to Algonquin stewardship and to begin the process of creating an Algonquin cultural and historic centre and park there.

I published the full correspondence at mediacoop.ca: http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/followup-letter-inac-minister-carolyn-bennett-sacr/34345

Cover page of handout to protect the sacred site - full 2-pg pdf (meant for printing double-sided and folding) at www.bit.ly/chaudiere-flyer

Cover of handout to protect the sacred site – full 2-pg pdf (meant for printing double-sided and folding) at www.bit.ly/chaudiere-flyer
 

In order, it is:

  • the follow-up email to the INAC after phone conversation with an INAC employee in their Ontario regional office (who said that they had started work on a response to the chiefs and the minister would be issuing it probably sometime mid-to-late January) that includes links to Kitigan Zibi assertions of land title and rights as well as relevant Ottawa Citizen articles;
  • the original letter I sent to INAC, the Prime Minister, the Premiers of both Ontario and Quebec, the mayors of both Ottawa and Gatineau, the NCC, and to Windmill Ltd, that includes links to the resolutions passed by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador;
  • and the response I got from the NCC, and my follow-up email to them (cc’ed to local MPs for Ottawa-Centre, Catherine McKenna, and Hull-Aylmer, Greg Fergus).

 

All the email addresses of the relevant parties are included in my messages about the chiefs’ demands, so if you’d like to write your own letters to them please do. Note that the only response I got were from INAC (by phone and email) and from the NCC (by email, and who’ve also indicated they will be responding to my follow-up to them).

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Dec. 19 Asinabka / Akikodjiwan panel discussion & musical performances, as part of Phil Ochs Festival in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin territory.

Link to full video on Youtube (embedded directly below) and also the podcast/audio recording (and direct mp3 download). The following are the start times for each individual speaker/singer in the full video, along with links to the separate stand-alone video for their segment (the individual videos are all also embedded on this page, further below – keep scrolling down – or Youtube playlist here):

♦ 0:57 Barbara Dumont-Hill ♦ 06:05 Albert Dumont ♦ 12:03 Tito Medina ♦ 18:00 Douglas Cardinal ♦ 26:50 Gabrielle Fayant & Amanda Fox (aka Spirit Flowers) ♦ 36:40 Michael Desautels ♦ 40:37 Kevin Schofield ♦ 48:10 Romola Thumbadoo ♦ 1:08:46 Julie Comber (aka Vela) ♦ 1:21:24 Peter Di Gangi ♦ 1:30:10 Barbara Dumont-Hill

 

Barbara Dumont-Hill opening the event.

Barbara Dumont-Hill opening the event.

PAMPHLET:
Support the Algonquin Vision for Akikodjiwan Kichizibi(2-page pdf to print double-sided ‘flip on short edge’ then fold) that you can pass on to friends, family and colleagues: available at www.bit.ly/chaudiere-flyer – includes background information and action items.

More info on this issue at:

For updates, please email akikpautik (at) gmail.com and ask to receive the emails from them, and/or visit www.freethefalls.ca and subscribe to news updates.
 
Call to Support Protection of Sacred Waterfalls Area

The following three demands were issued by four Algonquin chiefs on Oct 30, 2015, and since then supported by five other Algonquin chiefs, as well as the AFNQL and AFN.

Please as individuals, and as organizations passing official resolutions/endorsements, contact the relevant government officials to indicate your support of these demands (contact info below).

  • 1. The federal and Ontario governments should purchase the lands within our Algonquin Sacred Area for return to an Algonquin controlled institution set up by legitimate Algonquin First Nations.
  • 2. The Algonquin Sacred Waterfalls Area Akikodjiwan must be protected in perpetuity and recognized within the National Capital Region as an Algonquin Nation Cultural Park and Historic Commemoration Site under an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin First Nations.
  • 3. The governments of Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the National Capital Commission and the municipalities of Gatineau and Ottawa must contact the duly elected Algonquin Chiefs and Councils to negotiate the establishment of a proposed Algonquin Nation Cultural Park and Historic Commemoration Site under an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin First Nations.

List of email addresses to contact:
pm@pm.gc.ca, minister@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca, premier@ontario.ca, info@ncc-ccn.ca, Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca, maire@gatineau.ca, hello@zibi.ca
(ie: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, National Capital Commission chair Russell Mills, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, and Jonathan Westeinde of Windmill Development Group)
Also – Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard contact form

AND – Please send copies of all support letters or resolutions to Ms. Brenda St. Denis at forestry@wolflakefirstnation.com

 

Map – downtown Ottawa/Gatineau border on the Ottawa River

Approx. location of the Zibi condo development project at the sacred Akikodjiwan falls site on the Ottawa River, downtown Ottawa/Gatineau (Map: Google Maps, customized by IntercontinentalCry.org)

Approx. location of the Zibi condo development project at the sacred Akikodjiwan falls site on the Ottawa River, downtown Ottawa/Gatineau (Map: Google Maps, customized by IntercontinentalCry.org)

 

INDIVIDUAL VIDEOS:

 

Barbara Dumont-Hill
– Algonquin drum keeper, community volunteer, and spiritual advisor

 

Albert Dumont “South Wind” AlbertDumont.com
– Algonquin community activist, volunteer, poet, storyteller and spiritual advisor

 

Tito Medina TitoMedina.net
– Singer-Songwriter and an icon for Guatemalan revolutionary music

 

Douglas Cardinal djcarchitect.com
– World-Class Organic Architect, Anishinaabe Elder and First Nations Activist

 

Gabrielle Fayant & Amanda Fox facebook.com/spirit.flowers.singers
– Spirit Flowers Indigenous women’s hand drum group

 

Michael Desautels
– Student & Labour Action Committee of Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands

 

Kevin Schofield
– the Tennessee Cree

 

Romola Thumbadoo circleofallnations.caAsinabka.com
– Coordinator, William Commanda’s Circle of All Nations / Asinabka Chaudiere Site Work

 

Julie Comber (Vela) JulieComber.com
– Singer-songwriter researcher settler-ally; member of Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands

 

Peter Di Gangi AlgonquinNation.ca
– Research and Policy Director for the Algonquin Nation Secretariat

 

Barbara Dumont-Hill

 

Videos by Greg Macdougall, EquitableEducation.ca

 

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91-minute audio recording: Protecting Asinabka / Akikodjiwan from Windmill’s planned “Zibi” $1.2bn condo-commercial development on the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa/Gatineau, unceded Algonquin territory. From December 19, 2015 as part of the Phil Ochs Festival.

Listen here (or the mp3 file):


Recorded by Judith Matheson, FreeTheFalls.ca and Birth 2012 Ottawa Gatineau
 

Peter Di Gangi - Research and Policy Director, Algonquin Nation Secretariat - speaking to the crowd at #OchsFest

Peter Di Gangi – Research and Policy Director, Algonquin Nation Secretariat – speaking to the crowd at #OchsFest
 

VIDEO STILL TO COME !
– Send an email to Akikpautik (~at~) gmail.com and ask to be notified when it’s ready (please state whether you’d like ongoing updates, or just this one email)
UPDATE: Videos are now posted at this link.

 

Also – PAMPHLET:
Support the Algonquin Vision for Akikodjiwan Kichizibi(2-page pdf to print double-sided ‘flip on short edge’ then fold) that you can pass on to friends, family and colleagues: available at www.bit.ly/chaudiere-flyer – includes background information and action items.

 

Set list‘ with start times:
(moderator = Michael Desautels)

  • 0:00 Barbara Dumont-Hill
    – Algonquin drum keeper, community volunteer, and spiritual advisor
  • 05:07 Albert Dumont “South Wind”
    – Algonquin community activist, volunteer, poet, storyteller and spiritual advisor
  • 11:04 Tito Medina
    – Singer-Songwriter and an icon for Guatemalan revolutionary music
  • 17:10 Douglas Cardinal
    – World-Class Organic Architect, Anishinaabe Elder and First Nations Activist
  • 25:43 Gabrielle Fayant and Amanda Fox
    Spirit Flowers Indigenous women’s hand drum group
  • 67:21 Julie Comber (Vela)
    – Singer-songwriter researcher settler-ally; member of Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands
  • 88:27 Barbara Dumont-Hill

 

 

Map – downtown Ottawa/Gatineau border on the Ottawa River

Approx. location of the Zibi condo development project at the sacred Akikodjiwan falls site on the Ottawa River, downtown Ottawa/Gatineau (Map: Google Maps, customized by IntercontinentalCry.org)

Approx. location of the Zibi condo development project at the sacred Akikodjiwan falls site on the Ottawa River, downtown Ottawa/Gatineau (Map: Google Maps, customized by IntercontinentalCry.org)


 

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Panel discussion and musical performances.

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Topics to be addressed include the spiritual significance of the area on the Ottawa River in the heart of Canada’s capital; Aboriginal land title and rights; the Asinabka vision of the late Algonquin leader Grandfather William Commanda for the site; Algonquin communities’ perspectives; settler/ally activism on this issue; and corporate/colonial incursions on Indigenous collective well-being.

 

Saturday Dec. 19, Noon-2pm

at Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave at Bank St by the canal, Ottawa
Unceded Algonquin Territory

Facebook event page – please invite your friends!

Print and display the poster: 8.5×11 pdf file

Free admission – as part of PHIL OCHS FESTIVAL www.ochsfest.ca 10am-6pm

 

Dec19-chaudiere-posterSPEAKERS:

  • Albert Dumont “South Wind” – Algonquin community activist, volunteer, poet, storyteller and spiritual advisor
  • Romola Thumbadoo – Coordinator, William Commanda’s Circle of All Nations/Asinabka Chaudiere Site Work
  • Douglas Cardinal – World-Class Organic Architect, Anishinaabe Elder and First Nations Activist.
  • Christal Ratt – Anishnabe Mitchikinabikok Inik: Algonquin of Barriere Lake
  • Peter Di Gangi – Research and Policy Director, Algonquin Nation Secretariat
  • Julie Comber (Vela) – Singer-songwriter researcher settler-ally; member of Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands

SINGERS:

  • Spirit Flowers
  • Tito Medina
  • Vela
  • Kevin Schofield
  • Barbara Dumont-Hill

MC:

  • Michael Desautels – Student & Labour Action Committee, Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands

 

— ACTION ITEM —

Please support the three demands as outlined in the “Call to Support Protection of Sacred Waterfalls Area” from four Algonquin First Nations.

Have your group or organization endorse the list of demands and communicate these to the relevant government officials — and individually write to these officials with your support of these demands, as well as questioning why no levels of government (except Quebec) have even acknowledged, let alone engaged with, the chiefs’ communications to them on this matter.

List of email contacts:
pm@pm.gc.ca, minister@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca, premier@ontario.ca, info@ncc-ccn.ca, Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca, maire@gatineau.ca, hello@zibi.ca

ie: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, National Capital Commission chair Russell Mills, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, and Jonathan Westeinde of Windmill Development Group

Also – Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard contact form

 

AFNQL resolution (passed November 19 2015):
http://equitableeducation.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/R%C3%A9solution-Algonquin-Nation-sacred-waterfalls-area-ang-.pdf

AFN resolution (passed December 8 2015):
https://freethefalls.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Resolution-Algonquin-Nation-sacred-waterfalls-area-Eng.pdf

 

— BACKGROUND MATERIALS FROM EQUITABLEEDUCATION.CA —

78 minute audio recording of talk by Research and Policy Director of the Algonquin Nation Secretariat, Peter Di Gangi, presented December 8th 2015 at Octopus Books in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin territory – also available is a 74 minute version for use in burning to standard CD format.

Audio player embedded below.

Map of the Ottawa River Watershed - Click the map for full-size image, or download the pdf version.

Map of the Ottawa River Watershed – click the map for full-size image, or download the pdf version.

Outline of talk:

  • The Ottawa River
  • Algonquins and Nipissings – pre-contact
  • French-English competition, fur trade, war and peace
  • Logging and settlement in the Ottawa valley
  • Impacts
  • Petitions for reserve lands
  • Dams and hydro
  • Sports hunting, trapping
  • Policy and law in the 20th century
  • Current events

 
Listen to the talk:

Click for mp3 files:

 

Algonquin Nation Secretariat: www.algonquinnation.ca

 

—- Related content —-

 

On the Algonquin land claim for eastern Ontario:

  • Interview with Algonquin Nation Secretariat advisor Russell Diabo (February 2015) mp3 file link
    (with correction: 6,000 non-status enrolled members, not 16,000)

 

On the sacred Chaudiere Falls area (Akikodjiwan / Asinabka) and Windmill Development Group’s “Zibi” condo plans:

by Greg Macdougall

originally published in the Centretown Buzz

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) described it as “the most formidable obstacle now faced by the condo project” in an article on November 26.

Photo by Vela Description: A handmade picket sign with the words "Free the Falls! No condos on stolen Algonquin Land!" sits directly on top of a corporate orange Zibi logo sign.

Photo by Vela
Description: A handmade picket sign with the words “Free the Falls! No condos on stolen Algonquin Land!” sits directly on top of a corporate orange Zibi logo sign.
 

It was on that day that APTN, preceded a few hours earlier by FreeTheFalls.ca and EquitableEducation.ca, broke the news: the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, a 43-member organization including nine Algonquin chiefs, had passed a resolution to protect the sacred Algonquin site, Akikodjiwan (a.k.a. the Chaudière Falls area), in downtown Ottawa/Gatineau from the proposed Zibi condo development planned by Windmill Development Group Ltd.

In the following days, the only further coverage was republication of the EquitableEducation.ca story on three websites – mediacoop.ca, rabble.ca and IntercontinentalCry.org – along with a follow-up story on APTN.

The local mainstream media (CBC, The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Sun, Metro News, and The Ottawa Business Journal) were all silent on the issue.

With plans to make the area public – including a park and freed falls – in existence since the 1950 Greber Report and, in recent decades, the transformative vision for the site brought forward by late Algonquin leader William Commanda, this brings to mind a previous development situation Ottawa residents faced with some similarities.

Culminating five years ago, the proposals for re-developing Lansdowne Park saw community opposition and possible alternatives sidetracked by both government and media. Instead, well-connected corporate interests were fast-tracked and sole-sourced to become the commercial and condominium reality now in existence at that site.

Carleton professor Randal Marlin wrote a 2010 editorial on the Lansdowne situation in the Global Media Journal: “Propaganda, Ethics, and Media—Political and Commercial Erosion of Journalism Ethics(in Vol.3, No. 2 at www.gmj.uottawa.ca).

“The most disturbing aspect of commercial intrusion into the media comes at the point when … the news and opinion columns become promotional rather than critically evaluative of commercial developments arguably pitting public against private interests,” Marlin wrote.

Marlin noted the controversy at the time around journalist Maria Cook. “The Citizen unceremoniously shut her down by pulling her off the urban affairs beat and suspending her blog,” wrote the editor of The Canadian Architect.

This was in the lead-up to the city’s vote on Lansdowne, after Cook had written critically of the corporate development plans. Incidentally, it was right around the time she won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Award for Architectural Journalism.

“Certainly, there were instances where opposing voices found expression in the paper, but timing, placement, depth of argument and frequency all play a role, along with photographic and other imagery,” Marlin also wrote.

With the Algonquin chiefs’ resolution having been brought forward at the Canada-wide Assembly of First Nations meetings December 8-10 here in Ottawa, what will the local media’s response be?

Given that kind of prominence, perhaps the question won’t be if the media have covered it, but how.

What kind of impression and perspective will readers and viewers, many less than fully knowledgeable on issues around indigenous rights, be left with?

The resolution cites articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and states that both Canadian law and the international indigenous human rights of the Algonquin peoples are being violated in this situation.

An earlier call by four of the Algonquin chiefs, in October, to protect the sacred site also cited recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The new federal Liberal government has promised to implement and honour both the TRC recommendations and the UNDRIP, so it remains to be seen if they actually will in this case, and also if the media will alert and inform their audiences on these fundamental issues.

Wiliam Commanda’s vision for Asinabka is truly transformative: Indigenous and peace-building centres at the sacred heart of Canada’s capital, and true harmony with the environment at this most special site – all vital elements in these troubled times if we are to move forward in a better way. Or will Canada’s history of colonialism continue, with non-native visions of “progress” imposed upon long-standing indigenous values of spirituality?

As already seen here, community and alternative media will be a valuable means of ensuring these kinds of things are made clear and prominent as the situation develops.

Coming together in person is another way: there will be a panel discussion on this issue on Saturday December 19, noon-2pm, as part of the Phil Ochs Festival at Southminster Church (15 Aylmer Ave at Bank St) in Old Ottawa South.

Future updates and events will also be posted at www.FreeTheFalls.ca.

 

*Note: The author of this article, Greg Macdougall, also wrote the above-mentioned article posted on EquitableEducation.ca, which is his website.

 

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by Greg Macdougall, EquitableEducation.ca — click for mobile-friendly version at mediacoop.ca

Update: now re-published (and proofread) at rabble.ca and Intercontinental Cry
 

Chaudière Falls area, Ottawa/Gatineau — On November 19, the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador passed a resolution brought forward by Algonquin chiefs to protect the sacred Akikodjiwan falls site on the Ottawa river (Kichizibi), unceded Algonquin territory.

This is in opposition to Windmill Development Group Ltd’s plans, in partnership with Dream Corp, to build a condominium/commercial development named ‘Zibi’ (an Algonquin word meaning river) on the islands at the waterfalls and on the Gatineau shoreline.

Also, Hydro Ottawa has recently started development on a new hydroelectric generating facility at the dammed falls.

Charles William Jefferys 1930 painting of a tobacco sacrifice at Chaudière Falls (courtesy www.bytown.net)

Charles William Jefferys 1930 painting of a tobacco sacrifice at Chaudière Falls (courtesy www.bytown.net)
 

The prelude to the points of the resolution cites articles 11 and 12 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the historic Algonquin habitation and patterns of use of this territory, and the destructive history of colonization and asserts the Indigenous rights of the Algonquin Nation to this site and how different levels of government are violating Canadian law and the international human rights of the Algonquin Peoples.

The resolution includes the following:

  • a call for immediate government consultation with the Algonquin communities about this site;
  • opposition to the rezoning of these lands for development;
  • a call for no development until there is free, prior, and informed consent from the Algonquin Nation as a whole;
  • demand of the return of the sacred site to the Algonquin Nation;
  • demand that the governments purchase all privately-held lands at the site;
  • a call for the governments to enter into discussions with the Algonquin chiefs and councils for the establishment of a Algonquin Nation Cultural Park and Historic Commemoration Site at this location.

The AFNQL resolution was passed two days after the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) dismissed the appeals against the City of Ottawa’s decision from last October to rezone the island lands for the ‘Zibi’ development. The rezoning is a prerequisite for the sale/transfer of these lands from the current holders, Domtar Corp, to Windmill. A minority of the land slated for the development is owned and leased out by Public Works Canada / the National Capital Commission.

The OMB decision to not hear the rezoning appeals stated, in part, The evidence shows that an extensive consultation process was undertaken by both the City and proponent [aka Windmill] and that the concerns of First Nations particularly the Algonquin have been adequately considered …”

The OMB decision is being challenged at the Ontario Divisonal Court by one of the original appellants, renowned Anishinabe architect Douglas Cardinal. Cardinal is a keeper of the late Algonquin hereditary chief and elder William Commanda’s Asinabka vision for the waterfalls and islands, and has played a leading role in the opposition to the condo/commercial development.

The chief of Wolf Lake First Nation, Harry St. Denis, brought forward the AFNQL resolution, and it was seconded by Jean-Guy Whiteduck, chief of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. The resolution was passed unanimously (with one abstention) at last week’s meeting of the AFNQL, a 43-member organization including nine Algonquin chiefs; and although not all the Algonquin chiefs were present for the resolution’s passing, Chief St. Denis confirmed for this article that he had ensured they were all supportive before he brought the resolution forward.

The only federally-recognized Algonquin chief to support the development is Kirby Whiteduck of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation (located by Golden Lake, Ontario). The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) organization are also on record in support of the development – the AOO is an organization formed in 2006 to negotiate the eastern Ontario Algonquin land claim that in current form would give up rights to the Ottawa/islands section of the sacred site (along with some 98.7 per cent of the full territory being negotiated in the claim). Seven of the 16 votes in AOO decision-making are held by the Pikwakanagan chief and council, with the other votes coming from the ‘Algonquin Negotiation Representatives’ for each of the nine non-status Algonquin communities included in the land claim process.

 

Approx. location of the Zibi condo development project at the sacred Akikodjiwan falls site on the Ottawa River, downtown Ottawa/Gatineau (Map: Google Maps, customized by IntercontinentalCry.org)

Approx. location of the Zibi condo development project at the sacred Akikodjiwan falls site on the Ottawa River, downtown Ottawa/Gatineau
(Map: Google Maps, customized by IntercontinentalCry.org)



 
Link to full resolution in english (3-pg pdf file)

Link to full resolution in french (3-pg pdf file)

 

Text of resolution points:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AFNQL Chiefs-in-Assembly:

  1. Call upon the governments of Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the National Capital Commission and the municipalities of Gatineau and Ottawa to immediately consult the Algonquin communities who form the Algonquin Nation regarding changes to the status of lands and islands within the Algonquin sacred area Akikodjiwan; and
  1. Oppose the re-zoning of the sacred area Akikodjiwan (Gatineau Waterfront in Quebec and Chaudiere, Albert and Victoria islands in Ontario) from parks and open space to mixed use due to the failure to consult and accommodate the Algonquin communities who form the Algonquin Nation; and
  1. Support the Algonquin Nation in their opposition to the Windmill Development Groups’s Zibi Project proceeding within the Algonquin sacred area Akikodjiwan unless and until the free, prior and informed consent of the Algonquin Nation is given; and
  1. Support the Algonquin Nation in their demand for the Algonquin sacred area Akikodjiwan to be returned to the Algonquin Nation and controlled by an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin communities who form Algonquin Nation; and
  1. Support the Algonquin Nation in their demand for the governments of Canada, Ontario, Quebec, Ottawa and Gatineau to purchase any lands privately held within the Algonquin sacred area Akikodjiwan and return those lands to an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin First nations comprising the Algonquin Nation; and
  1. Call on the governments of Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the National Capital Commission and the municipalities of Gatineau and Ottawa to immediately contact the duly elected Algonquin Chiefs and Councils forming the Algonquin Nation to discuss the establishment of the proposed Algonquin Nation Cultural Park and Historic Commemoration Site to be established on part of the Akikodjiwan under an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin Communities who form the Algonquin Nations; and
  1. Direct the AFNQL Regional Chief to communicate this decision of the AFNQL Chiefs-in-Assembly by letter to the governments of Canada, Ontario, Quebec, Ottawa, Gatineau, the National Capital Commission and the Windmill Development Group.

 

 

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“What Sustains Us? What Stops Us?” An exploration and conversation starter on how we meld our activist lives, our political selves with our personal lives, our mental health work and the way we are in community – and how we can make it sustainable, healthy and constructive.

Photo of Counterbalance zine on bookshelf

Photo of Counterbalance zine on bookshelf
 


Zine by Kristi Kenney;
some pieces by guest authors.

 

PDF FILES:

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Acknowledgements & Thank You
  • Welcome & Hello
  • Despair for the World & Personal Depression
  • Looking to Those Who Have Been Here Before: Miriam Greenspan, Joanna Macy & Sarah Conn
  • Building a Culture of Connection as Activists, by Jenna Golden & Karen Hixson
  • Where Despair & Hope Meet
  • The Psychology of Social Change; or, why doesn’t this seem to be working?
  • Questions About Burnout & Aging in the Activist Scene, by PB Floyd
  • Inspiring Activists
  • DIY Emotional Well-Being Tips, from Slingshot Organizer 2008
  • In Conclusion, Future Inquiries & Connections
  • References & Recommended Readings

 

Link to the Counterbalance Project website
– also the Counterbalance Facebook page

 

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