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Callout for June 13, 2009 delegated meeting in support of Six Nations

Invitation to a delegated meeting to discuss building solidarity with
Six Nations — hosted by the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working
Group (FNSWG) and the Hosgenegehta (Haudenosaunee Men’s Fire)

Dear Friends,

We would like to invite your organization to send two delegates to take
part in a special meeting that that the CUPE 3903 First Nations
Solidarity Working Group (FNSWG) is organizing in conjunction with the
Hosgenegehta (Haudenosaunee Men’s Fire). The aim of the meeting is to
introduce the Hosgenegehta — who have been leading Six Nations
resistance to development on traditional lands — to activist groups in
Toronto and to facilitate the sharing of information and support between
our different struggles for social justice and liberation.

As many of you might know, the CUPE 3903 FNSWG and the Hosgenegehta have
been organizing a seven city speaking tour with representatives from the
Hosgenegehta over the past month. One thing that is becoming
increasingly clear to us is the disconnect between activists in our city
and the very important and ongoing indigenous struggle that is happening
on the largest (by population) reserve in Canada — one that is less
than an hour’s drive away from Toronto.

Although people were familiar with the Caledonia reclamation, and many
Toronto activists went down to support it, there has been virtually no
support for activists at Six Nations since the reclamation transitioned
into a different and more protracted form of struggle. Over 30 people
from Six Nations have been arrested since then, and they have stopped
more than $2 billion worth of construction and development efforts.
Currently, the Canadian state’s strategy of criminalization of dissent
has reached a new level as key leaders within the community are facing
jail time for their refusal to abide by a variety of different
injunctions which seek to halt indigenous protest at construction sites
in the Brantford area.

Another frustration shared by both the CUPE 3903 FNSWG and the
Hosgenegehta is that while individual high profile events receive a
large scale turnout very little work is being done in concrete,
coordinated and ongoing ways to build the kinds of long-term
relationships that are necessary between indigenous struggles and other
anti-capitalist, environmental, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist
struggles.

Consequently, as part of a speaking tour, we are organizing a one-day
event on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 4 p.m. that will have half a
dozen representatives from the men’s fire present to talk about the
current situation in Six Nations and what it is they need from various
groups that wish to support them. Instead of organizing this as a public
meeting we want to hold this as a closed “delegates only” meeting and
would like to request that your group send two delegates to the meeting.
This way, the delegates can report back to their organization and
hopefully ensure that solidarity with Six Nations is done in a more
ongoing and consistent fashion.

Following the completion of the tour we will be having a meeting at Six
Nations hosted by the Hosgenegehta, to which delegates from all the
different organizations that were involved in the tour will be invited
to talk further about building an ongoing support network around Six
Nations struggles. The various groups that attend the June 13th meeting
in Toronto will be invited to send delegates to the meeting in Six Nations.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending the meeting on
June 13th, and if you can think of some other groups that should also be
there. Please email 3903fnswg@gmail.com to confirm your attendance at
the meeting or call Tom at 416-526-4255.

In solidarity and struggle,

The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group

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July 21, 2009 - Posted by | FNSWG Events, six nations

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