"L'éveil au Cercle" - "Awakening to the Circle"

Monday, October 25, 2010

Kogi Spiritual Leaders

On Tuesday Oct. 26th at the University of Ottawa, there will be a lecture held by Indigenous people from Colombia.

The presentation will be at 7:30pm in the Alumni Auditorium, University Centre, 85 University Private.

The cost of the lecture is $20.

Indigenous Sovereignty Week
Oct 27 - Nov 4, 2010 – Ottawa / unceded Algonquin Territory

Please share this information!

Full details and updates, posters and flyers to print off, press release, and links to Facebook event pages, are at: http://www.bit.ly/iswottawa

This is the 2nd annual Indigenous Sovereignty Week, a cross-Canada event intended to solidify relationships among and with Indigenous Peoples. We will hold a number of events in Ottawa on unsurrendered Algonquin territory. These events will localize our struggles, deepen our understanding, address issues and help us to strategize with unified strength and vision.

Please come join us and explore ways in working together to resolve our colonial history and work for a feasible world for our future generations.

Contact: ipsmo@riseup.net, 613-656-5498, www.bit.ly/iswottawa


Wednesday Oct 27, 7:00pm
Film - Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden
… at PSAC building JK Wylie boardoom, 233 Gilmour

Friday Oct 29, 7:00pm
Seeking Justice: A National Call for an Public Enquiry for the
Murdered and Missing Women
featuring speakers:
* Sharon McIvor, successful challenger of sex discrimination in the Indian Act
* Laurie Odjick, mother of Maisy Odjick (missing since Sept 2008)
* Yasmin Jiwani, Concordia University
… at Lamoureux Hall room 122, University of Ottawa

Saturday Oct 30, 9:00am-5:30pm
Indigenous Sovereignty Symposium
featuring: Clement Chartier, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas, Ben Powless, Russell Diabo, representatives from the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Native Youth Sexual Health Network, National Association of Friendship Centres, and more...

* opening and closing ceremonies
* plenaries: Climate Justice, Defending the Land
* concurrent sessions: Indigenous Peoples Space, Working as an Ally, Indigenous Sovereignty in an Urban Context, Reclaiming Indigenous Youth Self-Determination, Land Conservation and Indigenous Sovereignty

… at Lamoureux Hall (1st floor), University of Ottawa

Tuesday Nov 2, 5:00pm

Undermining Indigenous Rights: Conflicts with Mining Companies in Canada and Guatemala

with Ramsey Hart of MiningWatch

… venue to be confirmed (on campus of Carleton University)

Wednesday Nov 3, 11:30am-2:00pm
The Oka Crisis – 20 Years Later: Is Reconciliation Possible?
featuring speakers: (note this is a bilingual event)
* Ellen Gabriel, Présidente, Femmes autochtones du Québec
* Francine Lemay, Traductrice agréée, “À l’orée des bois” | “At the Wood’s Edge”
* Pierre Trudel, Chercheur, Peuples autochtones et gouvernance, CRDP Université de Montréal\CEGEP Vieux-Montréal
* Jessica Yee, Chair, National Aboriginal Youth Council, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
… at Desmarais Building room 3120, University of Ottawa

Thursday Nov 4, 7:00pm
Film - A Windigo Tale
Ottawa premiere, with director Armand Garnet Ruffo in attendance
… at National Library and Archives auditorium, 395 Wellington St

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Four Arrows Summary of Recent News:
Passing of Chief Jake Swamp
McIvor Bill Up For 3rd Reading
Treaty 4 First Nations Want Compensation for Potash
Truth and Reconciliation Running Short of $$$
Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement in Controversy

Click on link: e-notes Oct. 21, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Public Lecture in French and in English


La Crise d'Oka – 20 ans plus tard :
La reconciliation est-elle possible ?

Ellen Gabriel

Présidente, Femmes autochtones du Québec

Francine Lemay

Traductrice agréée, “À l’orée des bois” | “At the Wood’s Edge”

Pierre Trudel

Chercheur, Peuples autochtones et gouvernance, Université de Montréal\CEGEP Vieux-Montréal

Jessica Yee

Chair, National Aboriginal Youth Council, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Mercredi, 3 novembre
11 h 30 à 14 h 00
Pavillon Desmarais, pièce 3120



Monday, October 18, 2010

MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO: Casual Employment Opportunity

The MNO is looking for young students who are looking for some casual work doing filing with their Registry people. $12/hour and probably two weeks of work, can work around an undergrads schedule.

If you are interested or for more information please contact Jane Brennan at: 613-798-1488 or janeb@metisnation.org.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Run For James Bay Cree Youth

(Courtesy of Angela O'Leary)

I am running the Hamilton Marathon with a wonderful group of people from True North Aid on November 7th.
I really need everyone's help to raise funds for the James Bay Cree youth! Please visit the link below and pledge what you can even if it's a few dollars. I'm running 42 kilometres for this cause. It is a great cause. It is an opportunity to help people in your own country. I am literally putting my sweat into it.


Thank you in advance,


Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Dr. Nicole St-Onge
ASE Local Arrangements Committee Chair

Ottawa hosts the American Society for Ethnohistory’s (ASE) Annual Conference

The American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE) is proud to announce that its annual conference will be held October 13-17 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. This year’s conference entitled “Creating Nations and Building States: Past and Present,”will feature some of the top historical researchers from around the world. This year’s topics include environmental protection on reserves, First Nations’ sovereignty, and the role of language in Native society. Panels will run Thursday October 14 through Saturday October 16 between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

The ASE is particularly excited to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. David Hackett Fischer to deliver the Keynote address on Saturday afternoon. Dr. Fischer’s address, entitled “Ethnohistory and Nation Building: Champlain’s New France as a Case Study” will explore Samuel de Champain’s early exploration of Canada. Dr. Fischer, one of the foremost historians in the world, is perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning Washington’s Crossing, part of the renowned ‘Pivotal Moments in American History’ series and examined George Washington’s famed crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolution.

Since the meeting is being held in Canada's capital during the 125th anniversary of the second Métis provisional government and resistance movement at Batoche, discussions will include the role of indigenous populations in the creation of modern nation-states. Attracting historians from Europe, Australia, and North America, there are to be many diverse points of view, which will make for an informative, entertaining, and lively conference

The ASE was founded in 1954 to promote the investigation of the history of the Native Peoples of the Americas. The ethnohistorical method involves developing histories informed by ethnography, linguistics, archaeology, and ecology. Today, the ASE is a thriving organization of over 1,200 scholars and related members. The ASE prides itself on representing the best of North American research and to that end its Conference has been held in various cities across the continent. The ASE is proud that next year’s Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California.

For further information, including a complete schedule of events please visit the conference website (http://www.ethnohistory.org/sections/meetings/2010/index.html) or contact Dr. Nicole St-Onge.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Pauline Johnson - On Stage

"'Paddle Song’ is a one hour, one woman stage play with words and music about the life of Pauline Johnson, the beloved Canadian poet and touring performer. She was born to a Mohawk Chief and his English wife in 1861 and died in 1913."

Visit the Link for More Details: Pauline Johnson On Stage

Building Relationships” - St. Joseph healing and Reconciliation Circle - October 23rd, 2010

"Building Relationships" - St. Joseph healing and Reconciliation Circle - October 23rd, 2010

On October 23rd the St. Joseph Healing and Reconciliation Circle has planned a workshop entitled "Building Relationships".

We are aware that you and your community are very much interested in developing healthy relationships among aboriginal and non- aboriginal peoples within the community of Ottawa; and we invite your participation in this event.

Ed Bianchi from Kairos will start activities by directing the Blanket Exercise, designed to help participants to appreciate the experiences of First Nations peoples after the arrival of Europeans to Native lands.

In the afternoon, Elder Dan Ross, Algonquin of Pikwakanagan First Nation Golden Lake, Ontario, will lead an activity designed to build an understanding of aboriginal spirituality through the use of the Medicine Wheel.

There is no cost for participation.(A ‘free will’ offering to cover expenses and support our presenters, is optional) Attendees are asked to bring some food to share at lunch.

Pre registration is encouraged by calling the reception desk at St. Joseph 613-233-4095

For more information please call Dorothy Collins or John Weir at 613-749-8619.

Thank you

Dorothy Collins

Healing and Reconciliation Circle - St. Joseph Parish

Great Spirit - Morning Prayers

Oh Great Spirit
Let your voice whisper righteousness in our ears through the East Wind at the break of day.
Let us be blessed with love for all our brothers & sisters on Earth so we may truly live in peace.
Let us have good health mentally & physically to solve our problems and accomplish something for future generations.
Let us be sincere to ourselves and make the world a better place to live
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin / All My Relations

Oh, Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be superior to my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes,
so when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit will come to you
without shame.

American Indian Lakota Chief Yellow Lark

Great Spirit, I am Mother.
I was made by You so that the image of Your love
Could be brought into existence.
May I always carry with me
The sacredness of this honor.
Creator, I am Daughter.
I am the learner of the Traditions.
May I carry them forward
So that the Elders and Ancestors
Will be remembered for all time.
Maker-Of-All-Things, I am Sister.
Through me, may my brothers be shown
The manner in which I am to be respected.
May I join with my sisters in strength and power as a Healing Shield
So that they will no longer bear the stain of abuse.

Niskam, I am Committed Partner:
One who shares her spirit,
But is wise to remember never to give it away,
Lest it become lost,
And the two become less than one.

I am Woman.
Hear me.

(Courtesy of Ron 'Bigbear' Goddard)