Interviews from Defenders of the Land 2008

Interviews from Defenders of the Land 2008

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John Ahni Schertow
January 9, 2010
 

Recorded during the Defenders of the Land gathering in 2008, Joseph Dore, a grassroots activist and member of the Anishnabe Nation, talks about his community’s struggle with mining and logging; and our greater, common need to put aside our differences and defend the Earth.

This is one of thirteen interviews with participants from the historic gathering, all of which have been uploaded to IsumaTV . To access the interviews for viewing or download, please visit: http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/

Courtesy of No One Is Illegal-Montreal, you can also order DVD copies of the interviews for $5/copy (plus shipping). Please contact nooneisillegal@gmail.com to arrange to get DVD copies mailed to you.

Defenders of the Land: a network of Indigenous communities and activists in land struggle across Canada

Between November 12-14, 2008, the historic Defenders of the Land gathering took place in Winnipeg. The gathering brought together dozens of grassroots activists, elders, youth, women and men from Indigenous communities across “Canada” who are in active struggle to defend their land and assert self-determination. The second Defenders of the Land gathering was recently held in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, in November 2009.

Members of No One Is Illegal-Montreal have recently uploaded thirteen interviews with participants from the 2008 Gathering. The interviews are available for viewing and download on IsumaTV, an online, interactive network for Inuit and Indigenous multimedia.

–> The Defenders of the Land channel, with all thirteen interviews, is accessible here: http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/ <-- The individual links to each interview are also included below. Collectively, the interviews provide a frontline perspective on diverse and linked struggles for land, freedom and self-determination on Turtle Island, as well as reflections on the Defenders of the Land gathering itself. 1. Arthur Manuel, spokesperson for Defenders of the Land (17:28) http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/arthur-manuel

2. Russell Diabo, spokesperson for Defenders of the Land (5:33)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/russell-diabo

3. Terry Sappier, Maliseet Nation of Tobique (7:47)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/terry-sappier

4. Reta Blind, Carol Martin & Phillipa Ryan, Downtown Eastside Vancouver (15:46)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/reta-blind-carol-martin-phillipa-ryan

5. Lionel Lepine & Jada Voyageur, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (7:26)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/jada-voyageur-and-lionel-lepine

6. Milton Bornwithatooth, Peigan Lonefighter’s Society (9:28)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/milton-bornwithatooth

7. Kimlee Wong, Sagkeeng First Nation (7:29)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/kimlee-wong

8. Judy DaSilva, Grassy Narrows (10:30)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/judy-dasilva

9. Joseph Dore, Anishnabe Nation (7:48)
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10. Jacqueline House, Six Nations (11:23)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/jacqueline-house

11. Mireille Lapointe, Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (8:32)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/mireille-lapointe

12. Marylynn Poucachiche, Barriere Lake (8:11)
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land/marylynn-poucachiche

(Interviews conducted between November 12-14, 2008 at the Defenders of the Land Gathering in Winnipeg. Interview with Arthur Manuel conducted at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on November 5, 2008.)

DVD copies of the 2008 Defenders of the Land interviews can also be ordered from No One Is Illegal-Montreal for $5/copy (plus shipping). Please contact nooneisillegal@gmail.com to arrange to get DVD copies mailed to you.

For more information
www.defendersoftheland.org
www.isuma.tv/hi/en/defenders-land
www.nooneisillegal.org
www.indigenoussolidaritymontreal.wordpress.com

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