February 2020

From January 16 – February 3, a group gathered weekly to read the Yellowhead Institute’s most recent publication, and first Red Paper, LandBack. Land Back is a Red Paper in the tradition of the Citizens Plus Red Paper (1970) which rejected the barely veiled assimilationist aims of P.E. Trudeau’s 1969 White Paper.

Land Back propels us towards the deepest goals of decolonization and exposes the myriad obstacles it faces: crown and industry claims to land ownership, undemocratic and racist imperatives that act as a “kind of malware released into our ecological system,” and patriarchal gender dynamics that have especially alienated women, transgendered, queer, and Two-Spirit people from their precolonial power.

Reading to Decolonize is a public education project that is working towards a decolonized future. Our learning is collective and collaborative. We run three five-week long sessions a year. Join us by emailing us at richard@readingtodecolonize.ca or jocelyn@readingtodecolonize.ca

Conflict in Wet’suwet’en

Like you, we have been following closely what is happening on the ground in Wet’suwet’en territory. If you want to know more about the roots of the conflict or to understand the various and conflicting court rulings, please check out our Wet’suwet’en session from last year.

Coming Up in February:

The fundraising events will take place at the National Theatre School, 5030 Rue Saint-Denis, just two blocks from Metro Laurier. A sign at the entrance will tell you where in the school. Events run from 6:30-8:30. All are warmly welcome! 100% of Proceeds will go to the Unit’stot’en Camp Legal Defense Fund.

Public Screening of Invasion, and Wet’suwet’en Fundraiser
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Join us for a public screening and discussion of the short film, “Invasion,” about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation. Other reading material will be made available in advance of the event for those interested. In the second half of the evening, we will write letters in support of the Wet’suwet’en land protectors.

100% of proceeds collected at the door will be donated to Unistoten Camp Legal Fund.


Join us for this Public Talk with Shiri Pasternak
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Join us to hear more about LandBack, the first Red Paper put out by the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nation-led and focused think tank out of Ryerson University in Toronto. Shiri Pasternak is a research director at Yellowhead and specialist in solidarity movements, especially but not exclusively at Barrier Lake.