September 15, 1-5pm
University of Ottawa Alumni Hall
85 University Private
Host: Darren Sutherland
Guests: Alexa Lesperance, Jennifer Adese, Ed Bianchi, Neal Freeland, and others…
Participation by: Kairos, Ecology Ottawa, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Amnesty International, Odawa Friendship Center, Families of Sisters in Spirit, and others…
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On September 15, 2013, Niigaan: In Conversation is proud and excited to present a chance to participate in a discussion about recreating the relationship between Indigenous and Settler peoples here in the city. Meet local community organizers and visionaries, share ideas, and add your energy and passion to making Ottawa a truly indigenized and inclusive city.
Decolonization is art that changes everything we know or thought we knew about our community, our country and our world. It is the inclusion of Indigenous stories in our collective histories. It is the unlearning and relearning Canadian history. It makes us uncomfortable, and that’s okay because it means we are learning.
Decolonization challenges the foundational structure and story of Canada and the accepted narratives of who we are and recognizes the many narratives that exist and deserve equal airtime in our consciousness.
The art of decolonization leads to material changes. What we hope starts as conversation will build into relationships that build into ideas that build into action that build into houses and healthcare and child care and equal services and lands and the respect for the treaties that have built this nation. So that no more 11 year olds decide to take their own lives and parents can keep their children safely at home and students can achieve their dreams because their schools are just as good as anywhere else and communities can build sovereign healthy nations rooted in their culture.