Vancouver: Anti-Canada Day rally, July 1
Submitted by wolfe on June 24, 2006 - 9:39am. Canada
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ANTI-CANADA DAY RALLY
Saturday July 1, 2006
12 Noon @ Oppenheimer Park
(Powell & Dunlevy, 1 block North of E. Hastings St. in DTES Vancouver)
Drumming & Singing * Speakers
Community Feast * Take the Streets
This is a CALL TO ACTION.
Canada portrays itself as a "peaceful multicultural" society when in fact, Canada is responsible for an ongoing assault on the identities, lives, and lands of the Original Peoples of these lands. In light of recent mainstream media smears and intimidation tactics and police/military threats against the Six Nations people, lets us demonstrate once more that our peoples do have power when we stand together and communicate with our feet and our shouts in the streets of Vancouver, in the occupied territories of the Coast Salish.
These, including numerous other systemic issues, will be discussed and the subjects of focus in how we can shame Canada and improve the situation of all of our peoples:
* Over 500 dead and/or Missing Aboriginal Women across Canada;
* Routine police abuse, racism & violence against Indigenous Peoples;
* Indigenous Peoples in Canada have the highest rates of cancer, aids/HIV, tuberculosis, and other diseases;
* Indigenous peoples have the highest levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and imprisonment;
* Indigenous peoples have the highest suicide rates in Canada;
* Indigenous lands & territories remain under attack by government and corporate forces;
* Canada is guilty of the attempted genocide of Indigenous peoples;
* Canada is guilty of the theft of Indigenous lands;
* No Olympics on stolen land (and get the fu*k out of Haiti & Afghanistan).
If everyone remembers the good feelings we all had on April 26th, when 400-500 of us took the streets of Vancouver and blocked the Lions Gate Bridge, we demanded an end to state violence and the racist provocation against Six Nations and all Indigenous peoples. Let us do that again on July 1st, and shame Canada for all that it has done and continues to do against Indigenous peoples.
There will be a workshop on security and safety during a rally as well as direct action tactics the week following and leading up to July 1st.