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Activist Communique: The Tar Sands are Coming to Ontario - Say NO to Line 9

Subject Line: Don't Miss It! Sat., Nov.17, 10 a.m.: TAR SANDS COME TO ONTARIO: NO LINE 9!

Resistance, education and alternatives

Sidney Smith, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St.
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

***lunch, childcare provided, accessible location***

Special guests includes Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians), Art Sterritt (B.C Coastal First Nations Executive Director), Wes Elliott (Haudenosaunee land defender), Aaron Detlor (Haudenosaunee Development Institute), and Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang First Nation).

Programing will include workshops, a panel discussion and a people’s assembly.

Workshops (10 am - 12 pm)

1. Line 9: Tar sands in our communities. Room 2135.
Resource people: Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang First Nation), Art Sterritt (Coastal First Nations), and Wes Elliott (Haudenosaunee Land Defender).

2. Tar sands, unionized workers, and migrant workers: the climate jobs alternative. Room 2106.
Facilitator: Tara Seucharan (Council of Canadians). Resource people: Nick DiCarlo (CAW), Carolyn Egan (USW), Tzazná Miranda Leal (Justicia).

3. Climate justice and the global south. Room 2108.
Facilitator: Bryan Dale (Council of Canadians). Resource people: Raul Burbano (Common Frontiers), Rainos Mutamba (Network for Pan-African Solidarity), Kundan Kumar (University of Toronto).

4. Tar sands, climate change, and capitalism. Room 2110.
Facilitator: Judy Deutsch (Climate Justice Working Group). Resource people: Ian Angus (Climate and Capitalism) and Anna Zalik (York University).

5. Strategies to stop Line 9. Room 2128.
Facilitator: Meaghan Daniel (Movement Defence Committee). Resource people: Albert Koehl (EcoJustice), Dave Vasey (Environmental justice activist).

6. Treaty law; two-row wampum and the friendship belt. Room 2101.
Facilitator: Eva Portillo (Toronto Bolivia Solidarity). Resource person: John Henhawk (Haudenosaunee land defender).

Lunch (12:00-12:45 pm) - Skype in with Unis'tot'en camp Room 2135

Keynote Panel: Resistance, solutions and solidarity: Indigenous leaders and allies (12:45 - 2:45 pm)

Speakers: Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians), Aaron Detlor (Haudenosaunee Development Institute), Wes Elliott (Haudenosaunee land defender), Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang First Nation), and Art Sterritt (Coastal First Nations).

3:00-5:00 People's Assembly - Stopping the pipelines: a realistic goal
A People’s Assembly with action-oriented breakout discussions.

Co-facilitators of The Tar Sands Come to Ontario -- No Line 9! -- Eva Portillo and Bryan Dale

Join us for a day of discussion and organizing for action to stop tar sands pipelines in Ontario as part of the OPIRG Building Bridges Conference

What is Line 9?
First Nations’ land defense is catalyzing resistance across Canada to the tar sands menace. In Ontario, this threat is posed by Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, which could soon be pumping corrosive and toxic tar sands across the province. Line 9 cuts through Toronto, north of Finch. Tar sands in Line 9 would violate indigenous land rights, menace natural environments, and threaten Toronto and communities across the province. And exploitation of Canada’s tar sands escalates climate change, posing a deadly threat to all the world’s peoples.

Co-Organizers: Center for Social Justice, Climate Justice Working Group/Science for Peace, Common Frontiers, Council of Canadians-Toronto, Latin American Caribbean Solidarity Network, OPIRG-Toronto/York, St. Paul-Trinity Public Witness Circle, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity

Women's Coordinating Committee for Free Wallmapu
Southgate Public Interest Group
April 28 coalition
Mining Injustice Solidarity
Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity
No One Is Illegal
International Socialists (IS)
Toronto Workers Assembly-international-solidarity-committee
Toronto People's Assembly
Climate Action Network
KAIROS Toronto Central/East Group
Ontario Federation of Labour
Indigenous Environmental Network.

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