A night of solidarity for the ongoing struggle of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, featuring groundbreaking native artists SAMIAN, CerAmony and Cheri Maracle.
When : Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 8 pm
Where : Petit Campus, 57 Prince-Arthur East, Montreal, QC
The concert takes place on June 11th, the first anniversary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology for the residential schools system – an apology that many survivors in Barriere Lake believe will take on real meaning only when the government changes its policies to ensure just relations with Indigenous peoples.
performances from :
* SAMIAN : celebrated Algonquin hip-hop artist
with members of Nomadic Massive and Sola y las Lolas
Beats for Barriere Lake
SAMIAN is an Algonquin hip-hop artist who is the first to perform in French and Algonquin. Born in the community of Pikogan in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Samian (Samuel Tremblay) recounts the tales of the youth in his community and the plight and struggles of First Nations. Samian’s music has struck a cord in Quebec society and within the hip-hop community and beyond through collaborations with the celebrated Quebec hip-hop ensemble Loco Locass.
* CerAmony : Cree eclectic musical duo who hail from the James Bay region of Canada
* Cheri Maracle : Mohawk singer/songwriter from Six Nations with Ojibway singer/songwriter Marc Nadjiwan
* screening of Blockade on the 117 by filmmaker Martha Stiegman
Tickets for fundraiser : $10-12 at the door (sliding scale)
Presented by : Barriere Lake Solidarity, CKUT radio, Productions Multi-Monde, Tadamon ! Montreal and the National Campus and Community Radio Conference (NCCRC)
* background information on Barriere Lake
Since the Department of Indian Affairs ousted their Customary Chief and
Council in March 2008 and used the Surete du Quebec to forcibly impose
the authority of a minority community faction, the Barriere Lake
Algonquins have been organizing to roll-back the quiet coup d'etat. They
are campaigning to make the government honour a number of agreements,
including the Trilateral, a internationally praised land co-management
and resource-revenue sharing deal the Algonquins signed with Canada and
Quebec in 1991. It would significantly protect their forests from
clear-cut logging, but it remains unimplemented. They first signed the
agreement after a campaign of logging road blockades, which culminated
in a one-day blockade of highway 117, a crucial economic vein in
Northern Quebec, in 1990. In October, 2008, Barriere Lake once again
blockaded the 117, to force the government to respect their agreements
and their leadership customs. The SQ brutally put down the peaceful action.
info Barriere Lake Solidarity Collective: