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(en) Canada, weds. Oct. 12th, Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement introductory session/meeting

Date Sat, 08 Oct 2005 12:34:22 +0200

introductory session & meeting Wednesday, October 12th @ 5pm
QPIRG-Concordia, 1500 de Maisonneuve west, suite #204
Interested in learning about canadian colonialism and imperialism?
Recognise the importance of supporting indigenous sovereignty and
self-determination struggles through solidarity-based initiatives? Want to
take part in building a decolonization movement? Get involved with the
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement (IPSM), a Montreal-based collective
committed to education, mobilization, and action in support of indigenous
peoples self-determination and decolonization.

On Wednesday October 12th at 5pm, you are invited to attend an
introductory session to IPSM. Members of the collective will discuss
IPSM’s mandate (attached below), our history, and our current organizing
efforts. This session will be followed by the weekly IPSM meeting at 6pm,
which will be held at QPIRG-Concordia, located on the 2nd floor at 1500 de
Maisonneuve west, suite #204 (tel. 848-7585).

QPIRG-Concordia is a wheel-chair accessible space, as well as a scent-free
space – please refrain from wearing strongly scented products such as
cologne, perfume, etc.

If you are interested in getting involved, but are unable to attend this
meeting, please contact us at ipsm at resist dot ca. You can also request
to join our news/announcements list, or subscribe yourself by visiting

In solidarity,
The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement collective
Tiotiake, Kanienkeh (montréal, Mohawk territory)


The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement (IPSM) is a collective whose
primary goal is to ally ourselves with indigenous peoples in the active
fight for mutual self-determination. We employ a diversity of initiatives
and tactics, ranging from popular education to mobilisation to direct

IPSM operates out of an anti-authoritarian and anti-oppression framework.
We see the centuries-old structures of capitalism, imperialism,
colonialism, patriarchy and racism as mutually reinforcing. It is these
structures that are responsible for the marginalisation, displacement,
exploitation, subjugation and genocide of people worldwide.

IPSM stands in solidarity with Native peoples asserting their dignity,
livelihood and lives by forging an alternative to the present hegemonic
world order. We strive to create spaces where a truly free, democratic
and accountable society - based on the values of mutual aid and respect
for autonomy - may emerge.

IPSM recognises that the forces of colonialism and imperialism, under the
capitalist banners of "globalisation" and "war on terror", continue to
wreak havoc worldwide. Aboriginal people have been, and continue to be,
overtly exploited on this continent since the arrival of the first
European colonial-settlers centuries ago. To this day, Fortress America
remains comfortably intact as a colonial state. We view our solidarity as
logical, natural and necessary, given our position within the "belly of
the beast". In concretely targeting the roots of injustice here, we
oppose injustice everywhere.

The process of decolonisation in a settler-state like Canada can only be
achieved through an active and collaborative effort. It involves a
cessation of interventionist policies by the Canadian state and
self-interested corporations. Simultaneously, it calls for a radical
deconstruction and reconfiguration of relationships between Natives and
non-Natives, taking into account the politics of displacement and
realities of migration. Decolonisation involves the nurturing of a
culture that challenges the manner in which all our relationships are
affected, and infected, by the colonial mindset. The state has long
defined the relationship between Native and non-Native peoples,
characterized foremost by oppression. It is time to cut the state out of
this relationship, and to replace it with one which is mutually negotiated
and premised on a core respect for autonomy and

collective whose primary goal is to ally ourselves with indigenous
peoples in the active fight for mutual self-determination and
decolonization Info: ipsm@resist.ca http://ipsm.nativeweb.org
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