Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner to support Six Nations & Tyendinaga land defenders

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Written by Scott Gilbert

Students, activists and campus-based groups have collaborated annually for 4 years now on what is billed as an "Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner". This year the event is being held as a fundraiser for Six Nations & Tyendinaga land defenders.

The event is being organized and sponsored collectively by Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement-Guelph, OPIRG-Guelph, Central Students Association, and the UofG Human Rights Office.

In their press release the organizers ask :What better way to celebrate than a community feast with exciting discussion?"

And exciting it must be. The annual dinner is intended to be an alternative to the mainstream Canadian thanksgiving holiday and the myths surrounding it. Add a fundraiser for land disputes and a hint of activism and you have an incredibly unique thanksgiving.

Th event is free and includes a large meal, followed by a discussion.

In previous years this dinner has hosted Algonquin residents of Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo, spokespeople for Six Nations, and others. This year, five members of Six Nations and several from the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga will be in attendance to speak, including some of the people at the forefront of land reclamations of recent years in Caledonia, Brantford, and Deseronto. Also speaking will be Sarah Dover, the backbone of their legal support.

The press release for the event says "They will be talking about the struggles they've been involved with, the attempts by the government and police to label them criminals and terrorists, judicial efforts to shut them down, and how this fits into the broader picture of colonization in Canada. It should be a great time and we hope you can make it."


4th Annual Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner
Friday, October 17, 6pm
Guelph Youth Music Center, 75 Cardigan St.
Potluck if you can, but come with or without food
Free or By donation - This event is a fundraiser for legal support for Six
Nations and Tyendinaga land defenders

Organized and sponsored by Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement-Guelph,
OPIRG-Guelph, Central Students Association, UofG Human Rights Office

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