Algonquin Resistance to Assimilation: Barriere Lake Speaks in Hamilton

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

Monday, March 5, 2012
Wentworth Lounge

Join us for light refreshments and a talk by Michel Thusky, a community spokesperson from the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake

Come hear about the long-standing resistance of Mitchikanibikok Inik, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, to forced assimilation and cultural extinction. Michel Thusky, a spokesperson from the Algonquin community, will talk about community identity in the context of his people’s struggle to defend their land, their way of life, and their traditional governance system against attacks by the colonial governments of Quebec and Canada.

This is a chance for the Hamilton and McMaster communities to learn about a remote community’s struggle for justice, presented by members of the community who we rarely have a chance to hear from first-hand.

The event is a fundraiser to help cover the community’s legal costs incurred in a costly court battle they’ve been forced into by the Canadian government. All proceeds (after costs are covered) will go to the Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund.

Light refreshments will be served.