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This is database of organizations, campaigns, calls to action, collective statements and demands, media outlets, and other listings, responding to the urgent pandemic crisis in Ontario.

It is for both collective advocacy efforts, as well as supports offered to individuals – all with the purpose of connecting people to get involved, take action, support, and find support.

Ontario’s current crisis is political and it is up to people’s efforts to do what’s needed.

Hopefully it is apparent, the value and potential of a directory with dozens of cross-sector listings from across the province, all in one place – especially with upcoming April 28th Workers Day of Mourning and May 1st May Day coordinated actions.


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PINNED POST / 2013 —
Here’s me explaining what EquitableEducation.ca is about  (Note: the email list is presently offline)


Panels from the pamphlet (2-page PDF)


The wording of the motion in August 1910 at the Second International Conference of Socialist Women, put forward by Clara Zetkin, Kate Duncker, and others, reads in part:

In agreement with the class-conscious political and trade organizations of the proletariat in their country the socialist women of all nationalities have to organize a special Women’s Day, which in first line has to promote Women Suffrage propaganda. This demand must be discussed in connection with the whole women’s question according to the socialist conception of social things.


This double-sided, folded pamphlet (2-page PDF) is intended especially for print distribution, beyond the virtual tower and the social media bubbles.


It includes that quote from the Women’s Day motion, alongside some context and further writing by Alexandra Kollantai from the years following, including:

On the 28th of February, 1909, the women socialists of the U.S.A. organized huge demonstrations and meetings all over the country demanding political rights for working women. This was the first “Woman’s Day”.


The 8th of March is a historic and memorable day for the workers and peasants, for all the Russian workers and for the workers of the whole world. In 1917, on this day [February 23 on the Julian Calendar], the great February revolution broke out. It was the working women of Petersburg who began this revolution; it was they who first decided to raise the banner of opposition to the Tsar and his associates.


Also included are illustrations from Stephanie McMillan (used with permission), providing colour, visual appeal, and a more immediate understanding and impact.


Here are the four panels of the pamphlet:

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Zibi development at sacred site poses questions of responsibility for all who attend events there

The Bluesfest drive-in promo logo beside a photo of the Zibi sign and island development

Article and multimedia by Greg Macdougall — updated August 13, 2020 — license: CC-BY-SA-ND

These first two August weekends, the RBC Bluesfest Ottawa drive-in concerts – livestreamed online with #CanadaPerforms, a federal program to support artists during the COVID pandemic – are being hosted at a venue that may raise eyebrows to anyone supporting the current protests against racism and monuments to a racist-colonial past.

The ‘Zibi’ development-in-construction is situated at a sacred site – the area at what is known in English as the Chaudière Falls, on the river between Ottawa and Gatineau, an area named Akikodjiwan or Asinabka in the Algonquin language Anishinabemowin.

This development of condominiums and commercial space has proceeded without the proper consent of the Algonquin Nation since being announced in 2013. This is in violation of principles included in rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada, and in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Previously, some local organizations and events have taken action to honour the complexity of this issue:

  • Five years ago, in 2015, organizers of the local Arboretum music festival paused their plans when they learned about the problems with the island venue they’d booked. They did eventually go ahead with it there, but with the addition of two panel discussions of Algonquins speaking on the issues (though only one of the selected speakers was actively opposed to the development).
  • That same year, Ottawa Riverkeeper had their annual fundraising gala at the island site sponsored by the developers – but based on pressure at the time, have not returned since (though they do continue to accept the developers’ sponsorship funding, and a board member is married to one of the developers).
  • Ecology Ottawa chose to stop taking sponsorship money from the development company in 2015, to maintain a clear distance from the developer.

While different grassroots Algonquin, other Indigenous, and settler peoples took positions (and action) against the development earlier, it was in the second half of 2015 that the chiefs of the nine status Algonquin communities based in Quebec – representing the vast majority of the Algonquin Nation – backed formal resolutions against development of the sacred site (read the Assembly of First Nations resolution).

The resolutions asked all levels of government to protect the site by (A) stopping development, and (B) entering into discussions to return the area to Algonquin stewardship. They referred to the pre-existing Asinabka vision for the site that had been led by the late Algonquin Elder and leader William Commanda, that had widespread support before the developers put forward their plans.

However, governments at all levels ignored these requests, and development has proceeded.

Earlier in 2015, the developers did enter into a benefits agreement with one status Algonquin community, Pikwakanagan, and then with the associated “Algonquins of Ontario” (AOO) entity that consists of Pikwakanagan and nine non-status communities, that was formed in the 2000s to engage in the contested Eastern Ontario land claim process.

There is more complexity to the differing positions within the Algonquin Nation than the above description, but that is the 2-minute version that illustrates how:

  • There is not only one position from the Algonquin Nation on this situation.
  • There was strong Algonquin opposition to the development, and an Algonquin-led alternative proposed.
  • There has not been any comprehensive Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), yet the development has proceeded regardless.

Since then:

  • The NCC (National Capital Commission), representing the federal government, began a series of meetings including the ten status chiefs (Pikwakanagan and the nine opposed) in 2016 – though this process has been publicly characterized by a number of the chiefs, including Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council Grand Chief Verna Polson, as inadequate for consultation purposes.
  • In late 2016, the Kitigan Zibi chief and council filed a site-specific land title claim for the area from Parliament Hill east to Lebreton Flats (coincidentally, the regular home of Bluesfest). This included the islands of Zibi development, but not the Quebec side: it is a legal challenge to the legitimacy of the Ontario land claim.
  • In spring 2017, two of the Quebec-based status communities under new leadership followed Pikwakanagan in entering into benefits agreements with the developers. This was only after construction was already underway in Gatineau, and the government had demonstrated lack of interest in honouring the Algonquin’s Indigenous rights.
  • For almost all of August 2017, the Gatineau Zibi site hosted Cirque de Soleil’s Volta performance, with more attendees than there are members of the Algonquin Nation. Along with contributing $300,000 to Zibi for the ‘Place des Festivals’ venue, Gatineau’s mayor said, “We have always viewed Zibi as a cultural and economic partner for our revitalized downtown – [this] cements this role.” The Algonquin opposition to the development was invisibilized.
  • In fall 2017, A Tribe Called Red withdrew their music from the sound and light show ‘Miwate’ at the falls (though this was not at Zibi, but at the Hydro Ottawa section of Chaudière Island, and ATCR said it was because they didn’t want to be part of a Canada150 event).
  • In late 2018 and early 2019, residents of the first Gatineau Zibi condominium building began to take occupancy. Residents have since also moved into the first building on the islands. The full development is still a number of years from being completed.

Public awareness and understanding of this situation – of the sacred site, the associated Indigenous rights, the development project, and the differing positions of the Algonquin people – is less than adequate.

The developer-friendly media, the company’s own PR, and divide-and-conquer dynamics have served to quiet or confuse and misinform many, and keep the issue from the prominence it deserves.

The two centuries of dispossession of the Algonquin and other Indigenous Nations who used the site – a sacred heart of one of the primary pre-colonial transportation corridors of the continent, with the waterfalls comparable in stature to Niagara Falls before being dammed – by historical figures like Philemon Wright, JR Booth, EB Eddy, and others, has also contributed to a diminished significance in the eyes of many. Otherwise, the Akikodjiwan-Asinabka-Chaudière Falls situation might be recognized by many more people in and outside of the region.

The danger of events like Bluesfest at Zibi, is that they can legitimize to the general population the re-colonization of the site that is happening, by pushing the issue out of consciousness and providing non-qualified endorsement of the development. In this instance it is to a national audience, with the government partnership of the National Arts Centre with #CanadaPerforms.

Acknowledging the full situation is necessary, and it goes beyond land acknowledgements.

The late Wolf Lake Chief Harry St. Denis referred to the problem with land acknowledgements in the face of this situation, in a 2017 presentation to committee at Parliament. He also speaks to the need for all Algonquin to have a say at this site, and problems with the larger land claim. Video 2min20s

Then-Chief of Kitigan Zibi, Gilbert Whiteduck, also spoke of the difference between ceremonial inclusion and material inclusion, in 2014 when the city of Ottawa decided to rezone the islands for development after ignoring Kitigan Zibi’s request to postpone the city council vote in order to have dialogue first. He also discusses Elder William Commanda’s vision for the site and approach to differing views, and more on the history of the area. Audio 3min40s

In this era where historical monuments to racism and colonialism are being contested and overthrown, we need to ask what responsibility non-Algonquin and non-Indigenous people have in proximity and potential participation with this place — with such a large ($1billion+), private-property, metal-glass-and-concrete monument to present-day corporate colonialism and the violation of Indigenous rights?


For a comphrehensive backgrounder on the site and development, please see this 2019 post:
Sacred Waterfalls Site in Ottawa – Annotated Resource Guide
(It includes references and source links to most of the information in this piece)

The August long weekend – the first Monday in August is a civic holiday in most of Canada – was when Grandfather William Commanda hosted annual gatherings at his place on Bitobi Lake in Kitigan Zibi, that grew to bring thousands together each year as a Circle of All Nations. The first gathering there was in 1969 and the last in 2011, just after he passed away (on August 3rd of that year). It was at the gathering a dozen or so years ago, that the author of this piece first learned about the Asinabka vision for the sacred site, and then since 2014 has been involved with Algonquin and other peoples to protect the site from the development.

(1) The Zibi development is on the Gatineau shoreline as well as on the islands closest to Chaudière Falls. Slightly downstream Victoria Island has been public space, a site of ceremony and gatherings in recent decades, while the other islands were occupied exclusively by industry.

(2) The nine non-status communities that are part of “Algonquins of Ontario” (AOO) have a large proportion of members with very tenuous connection to Algonquin ancestry; there are also other non-status Algonquin communities in Ontario that chose to not be part of AOO. There are nine status Algonquin communities based in Quebec, along with Pikwakanagan and also Wahgoshig in Ontario (Wahgoshig isn’t part of AOO). The Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council (AANTC) represents seven status Algonquin First Nations – Wahgoshig and six of the Quebec-based Algonquin communities – while the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council (/Algonquin Nation Secretariat) represents the other three Quebec-based communities.

(3) Windmill Development Group Ltd. is an Ottawa-based environmentally-focused developer company that created the ‘Zibi’ development. It later brought in a much larger partner, Toronto-based Dream Unlimited Corp, and also created a new spin-off company, Theia Partners, for its own interests in Zibi.

(4) In 2015, researchers Randy Boswell and Jean-Luc Pilon published archaeological studies focused on “Hull Landing” near the Canadian Museum of History, the downstream beginnings of the portage route around the falls, goig back more than 4500 years that “paint a picture of Ottawa-Gatineau as a profoundly important place for aboriginal people” (quote from the Ottawa Citizen newspaper).


Two short videos from Bluesfest first weekend:

Land acknowledgements:
The CEO of the National Arts Centre, the two Bluesfest concert co-hosts, and Samantha Tenasco (of Zibi’s Memengweshii council) acknowledging the Algonquin and other Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Haviah Mighty:
The 2019 Polaris Prize winner, performing Saturday August 1st, responds to a question from the audience about what message she might have for other artists about ‘the current situation’.

Two short videos from second weekend of Bluesfest:

Algonquin Nation message:
The second Saturday evening was opened with a recorded video from the Algonquin Nation and AANTC Grand Chief Verna Polson, followed by live jingle dress dance from Josee Bourgeois (member of Zibi’s Memengweshii council), Amanda Fox, Stephanie Sarazin, and Ember Sarazin.

Zaki Ibrahim
Amanda Rheaume:
Both of these artists, separately, had specific messages about the sacred site hosting the performances. As Ibrahim said, it’s important to come “to understand” these issues, what they mean.

Greetings of the solstice,

I’ve put together a summary of some of what I’ve been working on this year*.

If you’re interested to read through it but not right now, please bookmark or otherwise do something as a reminder.

Also please consider sharing this with peoples you know, if you think there’s something here that may interest them — One of the most helpful ways to support this kind of work is to help it reach appropriate (and appreciative) people. I’ve also made this summary available in print, if you want to give it on paper.

(( The Celtic year starts Oct 31 / Nov 1 (Samhain) at the start of winter season; thus, this summary also includes some pieces from the last months of 2018. ))

The summary below is in four parts:
Writings  —  Interviews  —  Recordings  —  Miscellaneous


Part A: Written articles

(Each is “long-form”, 2000+ words, with printable PDF versions)

  • Sacred Waterfalls Site in Ottawa – Annotated Resource Guide
    This is based on two walking tours I gave in May as part of Jane’s Walks Ottawa, of the Chaudiere Falls sacred site (Asinabka or Akikodjiwan in the Algonquin language). There have been efforts to protect the site since developers announced condo & commerce plans in 2013, that usurped a previous Algonquin vision for the site.
    IMHO I’ve put together the most accessible comprehensive guide to this issue I know of; it includes many links, videos, and exclusive audio segments, and a tribute to the late chief Harry St. Denis who was a leader in defending the site and passed away in fall of 2018.
  • The Indigenous Suicide Crisis in Canada is Worse Than We Thought
    In-depth exploration and analysis of a new Statistics Canada report with more detailed and accurate data than previously available.
    This is a followup to my 2018 article and multi-media on the Indigenous Suicide Crisis in Canada, featuring the work of authors Roland Chrisjohn and Shaunessy McKay (Dying To Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada) and of the Indigenous youth organization We Matter’s national Hope Forum event.
  • Solidarity with the People and Social Movements of Brazil under Bolsonaro rule
    In-depth analysis of the election of, and the threats posed by, new fascist president Jair Bolsonaro. Includes three half-hour audios. This also provides understanding of fascism in general and how it comes to power.


Part B: Interviews

  • Slts’lani (Banchi Hanuse) Nuxalk Radio program manager
    The Nuxalk Nation is located in the area of Bella Coola, BC. They started the radio station in 2014 to help promote their language, nationhood, and stewardship of their homelands – to decolonize. Slts’lani also wrote, directed, and produced a documentary film Cry Rock about preserving the Nuxalkmc language.
  • Marcelo Sabuc of the CCDA, from Guatemala
    Understanding the situation in Guatemala with resistance to mining, hydroelectric dams, and agri-business, that had resulted in the killings of five members of CCDA, aka Highland Peasants (Small Farmers) Committee, and 21 human rights defenders overall in 2018.
    The CCDA’s coffee is sold as Café Justicia in Canada via solidarity activists, with net proceeds to support the CCDA’s work, as well as in one of the fair trade blends from the Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative in the Maritimes.


Part C: Recordings

  • Joan Kuyek’s Unearthing Justice book launch (70-min)
    Subtitled “How To Protect Your Community From The Mining Industry”, Kuyek’s book is the first such comprehensive resource for Canada. She was founding director of MiningWatch Canada from 1999-2009; this launch was held alongside the organization’s 20th anniversary. Other speakers: Monique Manatch (Indigenous Culture & Media Innovations), Jamie Kneen (MiningWatch), Eriel Tchekwie Deranger (Indigenous Climate Action).
    Also see: My review of, and video interview with Kuyek for, her previous book Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach
  • December 6th Vigil (Ottawa) for the Montreal Massacre (10-min)
    Volunteers reading the names and short biographies of the 14 women killed in the 1989 Montreal Massacre, as well as of five women killed in the local area in 2018. This was from the 2018 vigil, published this year for the 30th anniversary.
  • Alt-Right Masculinities: A Talk by Dale Spencer of CarletonU (21-min)
    Analysis to understand the rise of the alt-right phenomenon, that includes the ChristChurch New Zealand mosque massacres and the Toronto ‘incel’ van attack, as well as the rise of Trump, 4chan, and more. This analysis is not widely-understood, but vitally important.
  • Algonquin-led canoe procession on the Rideau Canal (4-min)
    A short compiled video of part of the opening of the inaugural National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre program.


Part D: Miscellaneous

  • Intervention at the NCC for the Sacred Site
    Video of my question about Algonquin Nation consultation for the sacred Chaudiere Falls site development, at the National Capital Commission board of directors public meeting – and their response.
  • Groundwire Radio News contributions
    Find the segments I helped produce for this community radio syndicated half-hour bi-weekly radio magazine, at: http://www.groundwirenews.ca
  • UPDATED – Extending the Conversation: MMIMB
    Added videos of two February walks honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Boys, to this article (which was one of the most visited on my site, probably because there’s very little out there about MMIMB and also because of the public interest with the MMIWG inquiry)
  • Handout listing Print Items available online
    I created a half-page handout that lists the various PDF files available on my website, that can be printed off and given to someone who might be interested in the offerings.
    The idea behind it was when I was tabling at the Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture event in Ottawa, having this flyer available to give people as they (often rapidly) walk by allows them to ‘browse’ all the content and maybe come back later – to the table, or afterwards, to the website.
    It is one way to make things more accessible (as is this 2019 summary post) and it has also been of use in other situations.
    PRINT: Single-page PDF version, or double-side two-per-page PDF version

The Nuxalk Nation is located in the area of so-called “British Columbia, Canada”, in and around the town of Bella Coola, a 12 hours drive NW from Vancouver.

Slts’lani (Banchi Hanuse) is the manager of Nuxalk Radio, a small-transmitter CRTC-license-exempt Native radio station launched on the summer solstice 2014, inspired during the 2012 Idle No More resistance movement. Their main aim is to promote the Nuxalkmc* language, along with Nuxalk nationhood and stewardship of Nuxalk homelands, and to provide uplifting programming mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It broadcasts online at nuxalkradio.com, as well as locally at 91.1 FM.

(*Nuxalkmc is the word for the Nuxalk people)

In 2017, Slts’lani was in Ottawa for the Future of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Broadcasting national convergence. This interview was recorded after the convergence, and Slts’lani speaks about Nuxalk Radio, about the national and regional convergences she participated in, and more, including the desire for some sort of network coordination for Native radio broadcasters.

Below the interview, is Slts’lani’s 10-min presentation as part of a panel at the convergence (with both audio and video versions), and also the video trailer for her documentary film Cry Rock (see smayaykila.com) that Slts’lani created about the remaining Nuxalkmc language holders and efforts to keep the language alive.

All videos from the Future of Indigenous Broadcasting national convergence are online at archive.org, and the Cry Rock film can be obtained for viewing or screening via Moving Images Distribution

For more on the Nuxalkmc language, see the Nuxalk page on the First Voices website.

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Slts’lani quoted the late Neskie Manuel, of Secwepec Radio, in her presentation, to summarize what this is about:

“We are using this radio to decolonize our airspace, our minds and our hearts.”
– Neskie Manuel, Secwepemc Radio


INTERVIEW – Slts’lani (Banchi Hanuse) interviewed by Greg Macdougall (12min mp3 file)


PRESENTATION – Slts’lani (Banchi Hanuse) at Future of Indigenous Broadcasting (10min mp3 file)

TRAILER – Cry Rock, written/directed/produced by Slts’lani (Banchi Hanuse)

Recording of November 15, 2019 Ottawa event hosted by MiningWatch Canada and Octopus Books – “Unearthing Justice: How To Protect Your Community From The Mining Industry” (BTL Books, 2019).

With author Joan Kuyek, founding coordinator 1999-2009 of MiningWatch Canada, in conversation with Jamie Kneen of MiningWatch Canada and then with Erial Tchekwie Deranger (Athabaska Chipewyan First Nation) of Indigenous Climate Action.

Opening from Monique Manatch (Algonquins of Barriere Lake) of Indigenous Culture & Media Innovations, and short welcome to the event space – the Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop (Atelier) at Saint Paul University – from its general director Fernanda Gutierrez.

The event was held in conjunction with MiningWatch’s two-day 20th anniversary event, the “Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?” international conference.

A short five-minute audio highlights was part of GroundWire Radio News‘ November 18 episode:

The full event podcast / audio-recording is here (mp3 file, 1hr:11min):


VIDEO (1hr:11min)
[*In search of assistance to help improve captioning/ transcript: please contact if interested]


A small selection of the action in Ottawa-Gatineau 27 Sept 2019 in audio, video, and photos: Interview with Carmen and her mother Kim; Dara Wawate-Chabot’s speech on the Algonquin call for a moose moratorium; The Ottawa River Singers drum; and more. By Greg Macdougall, EquitableEducation.ca

At the Climate Strike, I was also distro-ing two handouts from the Sept 5th Amazon Rainforest Fires action at the Brazilian embassy in Ottawa, PDFs of both of them are available at the link.


Video Interview: Carmen and her mother Kim


Audio : Dara Wawate-Chabot explains the Algonquin call for a moratorium on moose sport-hunting in La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve/ Park, 3 hours north of Ottawa. This picks up mid-way through her speech.

Audio: The Ottawa River Singers’ drumming, with MC introduction


Video: Some chanting, some kids rolling around, and some signs


CBC Ottawa journalist Idil Mussa interviews two University of Ottawa students near the end of the rally:

Video credit screen, with two vantage photos from reddit.com/r/ottawa:
(Ecology Ottawa announced an estimate of 20,000 participants)