Vancouver, Canada Marks Int’l Day of Solidarity

Two successful events took place this weekend in Vancouver to help commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Two successful events took place this weekend in Vancouver to help commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
The first was a packed and lively reception on Nov. 28, 2015 that continued the tradition of Vancouver’s annual commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity. The reception also honoured Robert Lovelace, indigenous activist, lecturer and twice a Freedom Flotilla to Gaza sailor, who was in town for several speaking engagements. Both Robert Lovelace and Hanna Kawas, representing Canada Palestine Association-Vancouver, spoke at the reception and encouraged supporters to continue the struggle for Palestinian national and human rights, and the rights of all colonized and oppressed people.
The reception was hosted by BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish, Canada Palestine Association and Seriously Free Speech Committee. Proceeds from the event went to the Tamam Defense Fund, which is helping with the legal expenses of a local Palestinian who is challenging the arbitrary denial of her Jerusalem residency rights by the Israeli occupation authorities.
Photos from the reception 1, 2, 3

(If you would like to contribute to the Tamam Defense Fund, here are the ways to donate.
Please make your cheques payable to:
Canada Palestine Association (write in the Memo: Tamam Defense Fund) and mail to: CPA c/o BC Market, 930 12th St., New Westminster, BC V3M 4K6 (Cheques can also be dropped off at BC Market)
Or donate online)

The second event was on Nov. 27 at the SFU Downtown campus STOLEN LAND: First Nations & Palestinians at the Frontline of Resistance where the audience heard speakers connecting the two indigenous struggles, including the special guest speaker Robert Lovelace. The event started with the powerful message in the Women’s Warrior Song.
That meeting was organised by the Seriously Free Speech Committee, co-sponsored by Canada Palestine Association/BDS Vancouver, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Independent Jewish Voices – Vancouver, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, UBC Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and endorsed by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, North West Indigenous Council, Streams of Justice, and United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel.
See the hasbara article in the local Zionist paper “Jewish Independent” that fabricated history under the misleading title “Co-opting history“, also see our response to this article, Debunking Zionist Hasbara
Photos from the event: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians

A reception to commemorate Int’l Day of Solidarity and honour Robert Lovelace.
Nov. 28, 2015, 1 pm, Tamam’s Restaurant – (Fully booked)

Reception is fully booked. Thanks for your support.

Join us at a reception to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and honour Robert Lovelace, indigenous activist, lecturer and twice a Freedom Flotilla to Gaza sailor.
When: Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, 1 pm
Where: Tamam’s Restaurant, 2616 E. Hastings, Vancouver
Admission: $10 – $15 sliding scale (all proceeds will go to Tamam Defense Fund). The reception will include a light lunch.
Lets mark the over 40 years of active solidarity in Vancouver between the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and Palestine.
Hosted by BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish, Canada Palestine Association-Vancouver and Seriously Free Speech Committee.

STOLEN LAND: First Nations & Palestinians at the Frontline of Resistance

Friday, November 27 @ 7pm
SFU Downtown, Room 1700
515 West Hastings, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
UBC Campus: Friday @ 1pm

With: ROBERT LOVELACE, Dima Alansari and Glen Coulthard

Friday, November 27 @ 7pm

SFU Downtown, Room 1700
515 West Hastings, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

For more information: info@seriouslyfreespeech.ca

STOLEN LAND : STOLEN VOICES
Canada and Israel are both built on land and resources stolen by European settlers; both are still sustained by the ongoing repression of indigenous peoples. The indigenous peoples of Canada and Palestine are on the front lines resisting the destruction of the land by militarism and industrial extraction. In the mainstream media and the halls of power, indigenous activists’ voices and stories have been silenced – they are treated as terrorists or historical curiosities. This evening will explore the commonalities of indigenous struggles for land and freedom in Canada and in Palestine as well as connections to the global fight for a decolonized world.

ROBERT LOVELACE is a lecturer at Queen’s University’s Dept. of Global Development Studies. An activist in anti-colonial struggles, he spent 3 ½ months in jail as a political prisoner for defending the Ardoch homeland from uranium exploration. A former chief of the Anoch Algonquin First Nation, Robert sailed twice on the Freedom Flotilla attempting to break the blockade of Gaza.

DIMA ALANSARI is a Palestinian-Kuwaiti filmmaker and performer based in Vancouver. She co-wrote and performed in “Return Home,” a play about the intersecting journeys of an Anishinaabe woman from Quebec living under the legacy of colonization, and a Palestinian woman born in exile, living in diaspora. She is currently the creative director of Salish Sea Productions, a media and production collective creating socially relevant works on themes of social justice, Immigrant, Indigenous and intercultural issues, women, youth & environment.

GLEN COULTHARD (Yellowknives Dene) is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and Political Science Department at UBC. His recent book “Red Skin, White Masks” exposes the politics of Canada’s ongoing colonialism.

Organised by the Seriously Free Speech Committee • seriouslyfreespeech.ca

Sponsored by Canada Palestine Association/BDS Vancouver, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Independent Jewish Voices – Vancouver, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, UBC Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights

Endorsed by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, North West Indigenous Council, Streams of Justice, United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel.

UBC Campus meeting With Robert Lovelace
Queens University Lecturer & former Anoch Algonquin Chief
Friday, November 27 @ 1pm
Room 098, Henry Angus Building
2053 Main Mall, Unceded & Occupied Musqueam Territory