Defending the land – From Turtle Island to Palestine March 13, 7pm

March 4th, 2013 | Posted in Canada, Palestine, Events, Solidarity
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    Closing panel- Israeli apartheid week

Presentations by Arthur Manuel and Monira Kitmitto

    Wednesday, 13 March, 7pm
    Location: Moot Court, New Chancellor Day Hall
    McGill University 3644 Peel (metro Peel)

This closing panel will highlight Indigenous land struggles and resistance on Turtle Island and will make links with the Palestinian struggle of defending the land and resisting Israeli occupation. Land defense as a way of resisting ongoing occupation and colonialism is integral to Indigenous decolonizing movements both in Turtle Island and Palestine.

Speakers:

Arthur Manuel: Arthur is a spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade and Defenders of the Land network. Former chairperson of the Interior Alliance of BC First Nations, Manuel has been a leading voice of opposition to the Canadian government’s agenda to “extinguish” Aboriginal and Treaty rights and assimilate Indigenous peoples into the Canadian body politic. Active locally in Secwepemc land struggles, and at the national level, he has also taken the struggle international at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,following in the path of his father, the late George Manuel, Presidentof the National Indian Brotherhood and founder of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples.

Monira Kitmitto is a Palestinian activist, a member of the coordinating committee of Coalition Against Israel Apartheid, she is also a board member of Palestine House in Toronto. She was a former international anti-apartheid activist— supported the ANC and the people of South Africa in their fight for liberation. she has worked in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and was an active member in Palestinian Women movement.

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