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Direct Action Panel Discussion
January 10, 2015 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Do you participate in direct action as a form of resistance? Have questions or concerns about direct action as a strategy for political change? No clue what direct action is?? If you’re interested in learning more about the social and political context of direct action in struggles of environmental and social justice, join Guelph Anti-Pipeline Action for this panel discussion featuring three community organizers who will discuss the function of direct action within our struggles, and tell us more about past, current, and future Indigenous-led movements, and how you can contribute.
Vanessa Gray is a Anishinaabe kwe from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located in Canada’s Chemical Valley. In 2009 Vanessa started an environmental youth group called Aamjiwnaang Green Teens to bring environmental awareness to the community. In 2012 she co-foundedASAP (Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines), in 2013 she organized Idle No More actions, and today she continues to organize against Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline reversal. Vanessa is currently working to restore and take back traditional territory.
Awâsis is a Michif (Oji-Cree Métis) spoken word artist, educator, and community organizer currently helping to cultivate resistance to the tar sands pipelines locally and illegal occupation of Indigenous lands globally. As a dedicated advocate for environmental justice, her work is very much focused on drawing connections between the health and well-being of the Earth and Indigenous families. She is continuously inspired by acts of decolonization, resurgence, and community healing.
Miptoon is a community and medicinal elder from the Neyaashiinigmiing nation. He has done extensive work with species at risk, and is currently a band member.
LOCATION: University of Guelph Campus – University Centre, room 103 (just inside the south doors at the bus loop)
ACCESSIBILITY: the building, lecture room and washrooms are fully wheelchair accessible. Washrooms are gendered. If you have any specific accessibility requests, please contact GuelphGAP@gmail.com