Anti-Native Organizing & the “Caledonia Crisis”: Countering Right Wing Backlash and Building Indigenous Solidarity in Settler Communities.
Hamilton FreeSkool Practical Solidarity and Upping the Anti Present:
Wednesday, January 13th 7pm @ the Skydragon Center (27 King William St Hamilton)
Presentations, Discussion & Launch Event for Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action #9
The Six Nations people of the Grand River territory have been faced with a steadily increasing level of anti-Native organizing since they began the reclamation of the “Douglas Creek Estates” housing development in Caledonia in February of 2006. In addition to the large anti-native protests held by local residents, anti-native activists (who claim to speak on behalf of all non-natives) have organized a “militia” to oppose “native lawlessness,” have held protests against native smoke shops, and have supported actions of local governments to criminalize Six Nations land defenders. At the same time, there have been some important initiatives over the past several years that have seen non-native activists organize in solidarity with Six Nations and work on building on going relationships of solidarity and struggle.
Please join us on Wednesday January 13th at the Sky Dragon Centre for this public talk and to celebrate the launch of UTA Number 9.
About the presenters:
Katie Milley is a member of the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group and the author of _“Where is John Wayne when you need him?”: Anti-Native Organizing & the “Caledonia Crisis”_ In Upping the Anti #9. Tom Keefer is an editorial committee member of Upping the Anti, an activist with the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group, and the author of several articles on Six Nations land struggles.
About the facilitator:
Niki Thorne facilitates Hamilton FreeSkool’s ‘Decolonizing Practical Solidarity’ class and is also a member of CUPE 3903’s First Nations Solidarity Working Group. She’s written several articles about solidarity, Six Nations land struggles and anti-native organizing for Mayday Magazine and has co-authored a forthcoming book chapter about the same.