6:00pm – 9:00pm
Presented by The Decolonizing Lens, join us for “Art and Activism” an important evening of discussion, learning and understanding. Canada is in the midst of a land title crisis that has left many Canadians questioning things like Indigenous title, land protection, the Indian Act, and Indigenous sovereignty. This event is to create a safe space for a shared dialogue and understanding about the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s efforts to protect their traditional territory and to discuss the role art can play in political activism.
Join us for a screening of a short film titled Invasion, followed by an important panel discussion.
In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.
The Unist’ot’en Camp has been a beacon of resistance for nearly 10 years. It is a healing space for Indigenous people and settlers alike, and an active example of decolonization. The violence, environmental destruction, and disregard for human rights following TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) / Coastal GasLink’s interim injunction has been devastating to bear, but this fight is far from over.
Dr. Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation, a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights and Treaty rights.
Bruce represents First Nations across Canada. His recent and ongoing work includes an Aboriginal title claim by the Mi’kmaq for 1/3rd of the New Brunswick, representing Anishinaabe First Nations of northern Ontario in the proposed Ring Fire development and in negotiations for joint-decision making with the provincial government, representing a Nakoda First Nation in Saskatchewan to resolve century-old treaty violations and representing the Syilx Okanagan Nation of British Columbia in litigation involving the Canada-U.S. international boundary.
Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada (Canadian Legal Expert Directory and Chambers Canada). Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history, and is a Fulbright Scholar.
Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry and is a volunteer board member for such organizations as Ka Ni Kanichihk and sakihiwe Festival. The Sockeye Mother (winner of The Science Writers and Communicators Book Award) was Brett’s first book for children. This book is part of the series called Mothers of Xsan.
As Brett continues creating new art and working on new books, he is also working with the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg. With the support of his wife Jeri and their children Warren and Ruby, Brett endeavours to continue sharing stories with his writing, artwork and photography.
Victoria Redsun is a multimedia creator, acclaimed poet, community outreach worker and a multifaceted artist. She is Denesuline and Woodlands Cree from Brochet, Manitoba. She has spent significant time at the Unist’ot’en Camp on Wet’suwet’en Territory and was arrested on February 10, 2020. “Communicating through art the social and political hurt that has been felt by generations of Indigenous people is important,” said Redsun, “because art is an accessible form of creativity.”
Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.
Niigaan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.
Watch 150 Years of Resistance here:
Invasion, Michael Toledano, Sam Vinal, and Franklin Lopez – filmmakers, provided by Unist’ot’en Camp