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nsjf 2011: Reel Injun

evening event of the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum:
REEL INJUN: A film by Neil Diamond

The evening event for the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum features a screening of the fantastic documentary Reel Injun followed by a short panel discussion. Panelists are: Laurie Kirk, Michelle Sherry and Lacey Lewis.

6:30-7:00 Enjoying victuals provided by Rise Above for purchase
7:00-7:05 Laurie Kirk will introduce the film
7:05-8:30 Screening of Reel Injun
8:30-8:40 Break
8:40-8:55 Panelists Laurie Kirk, Michelle Sherry and Lacey Lewis will speak to the film
8:55-9:30 Open the floor to the audience for questions and discussion

onefortyfive Gallery – 145 King Street, Downtown St. Catharines
For directions visit the onefortyfive Gallery website:
Cost of event: FREE!

About the Film: Reel Injun
Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world.

Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.

Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, including Stagecoach, Little Big Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atanarjuat the Fast Runner, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.

VIEW THE Reel Injun Trailer:

For more information about the film visit the Reel Injun website: http://www.reelinjunthemovie.com


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nsjf 2010 featured in The St.Catharines Standard!

Conference shares the struggles of aboriginal women

Monday, March 22, 2010

Standing before a room of 30 men and women — all different ages, races — Wendy Sturgeon explained how aboriginal women in Canada have become an ‘endangered species.’

The residential school system, which stripped away their children for more than 100 years, the executive director of charitable organization Niagara Chapter- Native Women Inc., told the group gathered in the Brock University classroom Saturday afternoon.

The forced assimilation into European culture, said Sturgeon, hosting one of several workshops during Brock’s fourth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum.

Being forced into a foreign culture where men reigned supreme.

In most traditional indigenous tribes in North America, women were in charge, she said. They were the decision makers about when to go to war, when to move.

That all began to change with the arrival of the Black Robes, or Christian missionaries, in the 1600s, Sturgeon said.

“They regarded us as savages and thought we had to be civilized,” Sturgeon said. “We were a full-fledged, well-functioning society for years.”

Women have suffered the most in the years following the Indian Act of 1876. They were the ones who had to fight to keep their Indian status if they chose to marry a non-native man, she said.

Like other indigenous women around the world, decades of heartache has followed. Issues of extreme poverty, discrimination, and horrific violence, including murder, rape and torture.

This native baggage, as fellow presenter Marie Jones put it, is what aboriginal women have been carrying around and what’s been holding them back.

But all of her people are starting to wake up and are fighting oppression, said Jones, who is Mohawk from Six Nations.

It’s like being laid up for months with an injury, she said.

“Now we’re getting physiotherapy,” said Jones, an aboriginal child advocate with the Niagara Chapter-Native Women, Inc.

Sturgeon and Jones’ workshop, called Native Woman – Endangered Species, was one of 10 sessions led by Niagara residents during the day-long free forum. Topics ranged widely from protecting Niagara’s beautiful landscapes, to homeless youth to staying loyal to food produced in one’s own country.

About 200 people attended the day-long event, which was designed to give a variety of community groups the chance to share their commitment to overall social justice while addressing specific issues important to them.

“An event like this is a wonderful opportunity for groups in the community and groups on campus to connect with one another,” said Janet Conway, Canada Research Chair of the Social Justice at Brock and head of the forum.

“It’s great for the students to become aware that there are community organizations that are working on a myriad of issues in their own community and to get connected with them if they want to.”

The online version of this story can be found at:

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nsjf 2010 Workshops: Session 3

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2010: Saturday, March 20th from 9 a.m. – 5:45pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided 🙂

2:15: SESSION 3: Workshops

Native Woman – Endangered Species
Presentation by: Wendy Sturgeon, Executive Director, Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc. & Marie Jones, Aboriginal Child Advocate, Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc.
   Indigenous Women’s Rights are a social justice issue. There is a long history of dominant societies not only oppressing Native women but deliberately discriminating against us by creating legislation that keeps Native women in an inferior position, unable to succeed inter-generationally. This legislation was put in place to extinguish Native women altogether, and has been a powerful force of genocide.
   This presentation will take the observer / audience through the macro-view to the micro-view and will include the following: Truth Telling and History from a global / national Indigenous perspective, and an examination of the Ontario and Niagara perspective. This workshop may include the use of a power point presentation, group activities, and audience participation.

Food Sovereignty in the Global South: A Development and Peace Appeal
This workshop’s objective is to raise awareness about the critical issue of food sovereignty, the injustices associated with agrofuel production, and the nationwide campaign directed at Prime Minister Harper, host of the G8 Leaders’ Summit in 2010, to promote the responsible use of land for agriculture in the Global South.

Peace Cafes: Opening Your Own Community Centre for Peace Education and Social Justice
A Peace Café is a public space with ethical and sustainable food & drink, a peace resource library, engaging social justice oriented events, and personal and group development workshops. This workshop explores what a Peace Café is, who is running them, where they are, how they came to be, and how anyone could start one in their own community.

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nsjf 2010: Schedule

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2010
Saturday, March 20th
9 a.m. – 5:45pm
Pond Inlet, Brock University
Price: FREE. Lunch Provided
Evening performance of The Vagina Monologues
Market Square, Downtown St.Catharines
7:30 p.m.
Price: $10: All proceeds go to the Niagara Sexual Assault Centre.
Hosted by OPIRG. Refreshments provided.



8:45: DOORS OPEN. Coffee Available
9:00: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30: SESSION 1: Workshops
– Niagara’s Threatened Beautiful Landscapes
– Proper Shelter Saves Lives (Habitat for Humanity)
– Building Global Solidarity with Migrant Farm Workers in the Niagara Region
11:00: Coffee Break and Information Tables
11:30: SESSION 2: Workshops
– Aboriginal Children in Care of Children’s Aid Societies
– The Other Side of Consciousness: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer Films
– Conflict, Violence and Reconciliation: Lessons to be Drawn from Colombia
– Naming Homelessness
1:00: LUNCH
2:15: SESSION 3: Workshops
– Native Woman – Endangered Species
– Food Sovereignty in the Global South: A Development and Peace Appeal
– Peace Cafes: Opening Your Own Community Centre for Peace Education and Social Justice
3:45: Coffee Break and Information Tables
4:15: PLENARY: Film – Six Miles Deep (2009) about the Haudenosaunee Women and the Six Nations/Caledonia Conflict. Panel to follow with Director Sara Roque.
5:35: Drumming and Closing Remarks
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*Pond Inlet is located in “J” block of the MacKenzie Chown Complex which is directly north of the Zone 1/Lot A parking lot

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