THURSDAY, MARCH 7
Idle No More to Occupation No More: Indigenous Intifadas from Turtle Island to Palestine
Thursday, March 7 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 134
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus
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“You who come from beyond the sea, bent on war,
don’t cut down the tree of our names,
don’t gallop your flaming horses across
the open plains….
Don’t bury your God
in books that back up your claim of
your land over our land,
don’t appoint your God to be a mere
courtier in the palace of the King”
– Mahmoud Darwish, The Penultimate Speech of the “Red Indian”
There are many similarities between the experiences and struggles of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and the Palestinian people: the establishment of settler-colonial states on stolen land, the ongoing destruction and exploitation of indigenous land and resources, denial of collective identity, culture, and rights, and most importantly, ongoing resistance to colonization, occupation and oppression.
The emergence of the Idle No More movement for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination and rights also has strong parallels to the two Palestinian Intifadas (an Arabic word literally meaning “shaking off”) – powerful civil society movements that arose spontaneously from the grassroots to challenge decades of oppression under the Israeli occupation.
Come explore and discuss these connections and what lessons each movement can learn from the other with a panel of speakers involved in the Idle No More movement in Edmonton and a Palestinian refugee involved as a grassroots organizer during the First Intifada (1987-1993) in Gaza.
In the words of the statement by Palestinians in Solidarity with #IdleNoMore: “Now is the time – from Canada/Turtle Island to Palestine, we must all be ‘Idle No More’, and take a stand: against colonialism, against occupation, and for self-determination, sovereignty, rights and justice for Indigenous peoples.”