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April 2015


Water is Life: Indigenous Communities and Mining in the Americas

Tuesday April 7th, 2015 from  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Paul’s Trinity Church (Spadina + Bloor) 427 Bloor St West, Toronto.

A dialogue open to the public featuring the following speakers:

From the website, "JOHN CUTFEET from Kitchenuhmaykoo​sib Inninuwug (KI) has long worked on mining issues, Indigenous rights, development & peace and has been involved in solidarity work in El Salvador, Mexico (Mesoamerica) and London England. He works with Northern Ontario communities on water protection.

JOSEPHINE MANDAMIN (Elder Water Walker) A First Nations Grandmother, Anishinaabekwe from Manitoulin Island, made a sacred walk around each of the Great Lakes over a period of five years and works tirelessly for the protection of water.

SHEILA GRUNER An activist and professor at Algoma University, has worked with communities in Canada and Colombia over many years on issues of displacement, mining, and alternative development

MANUEL ROZENTAL A medical surgeon, long-time international solidarity activist, was a member of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca and the Tejido de Comunicación (Colombia), founder and participant of  Pueblos en Camino, organization aimed at weaving peoples and processes in resistance and autonomies facing capital and global destruction for greed."


Medicine Wheel: Mother Earth

Thursday April 16th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

First Nations House Lounge, 563 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor

From First Nations House, "Spring is the perfect time for a teaching on mother earth and the medicine wheel! Join Elder Andrew Wesley for an Omushkwego Cree teaching."


Dodem Kanonhsa' Earth Day - Water Teachings and Ceremony

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dodem Kanonhsa, 55 St. Clair Ave East, 6th Floor | Toronto, ON M6H 3R9

From the website, "A drop-in format session where individuals can ask questions about the culture, specific teachings or just listen to a topic/teaching that the elder/traditional teacher is speaking about."


Deadline to Submit Application to Attend the Upcoming Feathers of Hope Child Welfare Youth Forum

Monday April 27th

From the application form, "The Feathers of Hope Working Group through the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth would like to extend an invitation to northern Ontario First Nation children and youth to attend the upcoming Feathers of Hope: Child Welfare youth forum this May 19-23, 2015 at the Best Western Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

This 2015 forum continues the work of Feathers of Hope by bringing together 100 youth aged 15-29 to address First Nations child welfare in Ontario. This forum will be an opportunity for First Nation youth from northern Ontario communities (located in Grand Council Treaty #3, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Robinson-Superior 1850, Sudbury and Manitoulin District, and Independent) who are currently in or who have had contact with the Child and Family Service System and Children's Aid Societies to participate in an open youth-led dialogue about the experiences of First Nation children and youth in care. Youth can be living on- or off-reserve. It is our hope that this process will lead to better experiences and outcomes for First Nation youth who may or will receive child welfare services."

Link to the Application Form







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