(SATURDAY) Forum Against the Plan Nord

For a sharing of resistance to Plan Nord and Colonization

When: Saturday the 29th of September, 10 am-5 pm
Where: the 7th floor of Hall, at Concordia University, 1455 boulevard de
Maisonneuve West

The event will take place in two stages: a panel on Friday evening with indigenous women involved in resistance to colonialism, followed by an open forum on Saturday for sharing our strategies, with workshops and spaces for discussion. If you already have a workshop you would like to present on Saturday, you will be able to propose it during the open forum. The forum will serve to verbalize our paths of sharing and discussion, on an anti-capitalist and anti-colonial basis.
Since the beginning of 2012 a new plan for the colonization of the North
American territory has been initiated: the Plan Nord. The political and
capitalist class are attempting to sell a fantasy discourse, describing
untouched territories that are ready to be developed, new frontiers to be
expanded, and a quasi-mysterious space to be modeled to meet our desires.
This is how they prepare for the cultural and environmental destruction of
the peoples of the North.
Throughout this same year, there were numerous acts of resistance by
indigenous people against the Plan Nord and its specific projects,
including foresty, hydroelectric dams, and mining. People are speaking up
against the Plan Nord, among the Innu, the Algonquins, the Crees, and also
the Atikamekw. As well, many events took place in the cities of the south,
such as during the Salon du Plan Nord in Montreal, where there were moments
of intense confrontation.
The current motor of colonialism is called profit, and its principal
movement is toward the concentration of wealth. Its motive is to dispossess
the resources of the land, for investment in the tools of this
dispossession: the state and the private-sector. In this way, the
emergence of resistance to Plan Nord within the student movement was
inevitable. To resist a project for the liberalization of the economy, it
is necessary to talk about how we’re relating to the land and the people
who live on it. We invite you to share your knowledge and your experiences,
to build links that will allow us to better understand our strengths and
weaknesses. We invite you to come share your resistance.
Co-sponsored by QPIRG Concordia.
Organized by the Anti-Colonial Solidarity Collective, a working group of QPIRG Concordia.

info: http://www.indigenoussolidaritymontreal.net/forum-anti-colonial-contre-le-plan-nord