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Unsettling Canada reading group! | Indigenous Peoples' Solidarity Movement Ottawa - IPSMO | Thursday, 18. January 2018

Read 'Unsettling Canada' with us, and then come talk about it and about strategies for unsettling and decolonizing!

Earlier this year, Indigenous activists associated with Idle No More and Defenders of the Land rejected celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the settler-colonial state of Canada. They encouraged people to, instead, read Arthur Manuel’s book 'Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call'.

Manuel, who passed away in January, was one of the leading strategists of the anti-colonial struggle. His book showed how Canadian policy toward Indigenous peoples incorporated and still reflects all the elements of colonialism that are condemned by the United Nations: dispossession, forced dependency and oppression.

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To register please email us at indigsol@riseup.net

We have a few free copies of the book to give people who can't buy one. If you need one, please email us ASAP!

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The format of the Reading Group will involve small-group discussions of chapters from the book. There should be a moderator for each group, who will have some questions and prompts as a starting point for discussion.

Please note that these moderators will generally be from a settler background – folks who have been involved in Indigenous solidarity work themselves and with a long-term interest in unsettling themselves and our society, but not Indigenous themselves. (We believe that there’s important work to be done by settlers in educating their own community and pointing peers towards Indigenous resources, and that settlers don’t have an inherent right to always have an Indigenous person hold their hand and educate them about the basics of colonialism.)

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Date of first session: Thurs Jan 18, 6pm-8.30pm
*This session will be facilitated by settlers who are members of the IPSMO collective.

Location: Room 133, Thompson Residence, 45 University Private, University of Ottawa

There will be a scheduled break, and some light snacks available.

Please contact us (indigsol@riseup.net) if you need help paying for bus fare, or have any other accommodation needs.

Second, third and last sessions: The third Thursday of each month. Same time, different locations (downtown Ottawa, TBA).

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Schedule of readings:

January 18: Foreword-Chapter 4, inclusive (up to p. 51)
February 15: Chapter 5-9 (up to p. 125)
March 15: Chapter 10-13 (up to p.179)
April 19: Chapter 14-UNDRIP Appendix (up to 251)

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  • For those attending the Unsettling Canada Reading Group: We want to remind you that the first session for this will be this Thursday, January 18. It will start at 6pm, and should wrap up around 8-8:30. It will be held in Room 133, of the Thompson Residence (45 University Private, University of Ottawa). The Facebook event page is here, which you can go to for updates, articles, and a place to ask questions: https://www.facebook.com/events/666234773573049 The format of the Reading Group will involve small-group discussions of chapters from the book. There should be a moderator for each group, who will have some questions as a starting point for discussion. Please note that these moderators will generally be from a settler background – folks who have been involved in Indigenous solidarity work and with a long-term interest in unsettling themselves and our society, but not Indigenous. (We believe that there’s important work to be done by settlers in educating their own community and pointing peers towards Indigenous resources, and that settlers don’t have an inherent right to always have an Indigenous person hold their hand and educate them about the basics of colonialism.) The schedule for the Reading Group will go like this: January 18: Foreword-Chapter 4, inclusive (up to p. 51) February 15: Chapter 5-9 (up to p. 125) March 15: Chapter 10-13 (up to p.179) April 19: Chapter 14-UNDRIP Appendix (up to 251) So we hope that you’ll be able to read the first 50 pages of Arthur Manuel’s Unsettling Canada by this Thursday. (Of course by now you’ve not only finished the book, but moved on to Manuel’s next book, The Reconciliation Manifesto, right?). If you haven’t started yet, just do you best to get as deep into those first few chapters as you can. If you don’t yet have a copy, Octopus Books still has 3 copies. (Perfect Books is out, but should get a shipment of five sometime this week). We have a limited number of copies on hand too, which you can claim (free or by donation) by emailing indigsol@riseup.net. There will be a scheduled break, and some light snacks available. Please contact us (indigsol@riseup.net) with any questions, if you need help paying for bus fare, or have any other accommodation needs. Love and Solidarity, IPSMO - Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement - Ottawa On stolen Algonquin land
  • Here's some good complementary reading:
  • Hi, would you be able to list the folks who are facilitating this group? Saying 'settlers' is really vague and doesn't encourage me to join in.
  • **** Location and reading schedule updates! **** Jan 18 session: 6 pm - 8.30 pm. Location: Room 133, Thompson Residence, 45 University Private, University of Ottawa There will be a scheduled break, and some light snacks available. Please contact us (indigsol@riseup.net) if you need help paying for bus fare, or have any other accommodation needs. January 18: Foreword-Chapter 4, inclusive (up to p. 51) *** This session will be facilitated by settlers who are members of the IPSMO collective. February 15: Chapter 5-9 (up to p. 125) March 15: Chapter 10-13 (up to p.179) April 19: Chapter 14-UNDRIP Appendix (up to 251) A list of potential discussion questions will be shared within the next couple of days.
  • Hi! I remember something being said about specific chapters we would look at at the first meeting since we wont have time to discuss the whole book in one night but i cant find that info - are we still doing that? And if thats the case, what are the chapters please?
  • Hi there! Do we have anything on the location for the event! Thanks!
  • Here's a review of the book from early 2016, by KamÕayaam/ChachimÕmulthnii (Cliff Atleo, Jr.) published in the Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, Society journal. What do you think (especially if you've read the book)? * also online at http://www.academia.edu/25595946/Book_Review_of_Unsettling_Canada
  • Thanks to the generous support of Opirg-Gripo Ottawa, we have several free copies of 'Unsettling Canada' to give to people who can't afford to buy a copy! If you need a copy, please get in touch via indigsol@riseup.net to register to attend (unless you've already registered) and let us know.
  • Change of date announcement! We've received several requests for the event to be postponed to January, to give people more time to read, and so that students who are busy in November can participate. We will also likely add at least one extra date, so that you can participate in one or more discussions! Details will be updated as soon as decisions are made. The event date has been provisionally changed to January 18, but will be confirmed later. If you have suggestions, drop us a comment or email at indigsol@riseup.net If you've already registered, you don't need to re-register. We'll contact you by email with updated info and dates as soon as it's available.
  • Most people are taught that Canada 'recognized and affirmed' Indigenous rights in the 1982 Constitution, with the implication that Canada 'granted' these rights because it's a benign State that Did The Right Thing. Most settlers don't know that Indigenous people, in response to news that the constitution was to leave out Indigenous people entirely, organized what's been called the largest ever grassroots campaign in the country. Against great odds, the campaign successfully forced constitutional affirmation of rights. Look up 'Constitution Express'. Arthur Manuel also recollects this campaign in his book. Of interest to people who live in Ottawa: at a time when settlers were largely ignorant of Indigenous rights, Marion Dewar (then mayor of Ottawa) was one of the few people who supported the campaign, asking the activists aboard the trains headed from the West Coast to Ottawa what they needed, and calling on Ottawa residents to open their homes to travelers.
  • In Ottawa, 'Unsettling Canada' is available at Octopus Books for $30 (+ tax)! Please support the city's only radical independent bookstore! A few copies are available to borrow at Opirg-Gripo Ottawa Resource Centre (to U of O students, or anyone who purchases a community membership ($5-10 based on ability to pay). Further accessibility info coming soon!
  • 'In honour of Art Manuel and the integrity with which he always began with the land and honoured the grassroots people, the #Unsettling150 crew are proud to launch this video filled with Art's words, read by his daughter Kanahus Manuel, to launch the final lead-up to the national day of action, education, and reflection.'
  • See the full call out and more resources:
  • Read two chapters of 'Unsettling Canada' -- on Aboriginal Title and on The Constitution Express -- here.