2017 Schedule

Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt
Reconciliation Events & Activities

Short Hills Provincial Park, Pelham Road park entrance (except where noted)

November 11, 12, 25, 26, Dec 4 and 5 from 2:00pm – 6:30pm
Peace Food Table, Fireside Community Dialogue, Music and Celebration: on-going, every day of the harvest.

Everyone is welcome to share vegan and non-vegan food together. By providing food for everyone (including the supporters, hunters, Ministry of Natural Resources staff, police, anti-hunt protesters and the community at large) we come together in peace and friendship. Food donations or cash donations, to put toward the food table and firewood, are gratefully accepted. Please clearly label all food provided for the table.
Informal community dialogue and visit hosted at the fire. All community members interested in bringing an open mind to share and learn in an atmosphere of peaceful dialogue are most welcome. Join us as we honour the harvesters through song & drumming while they exit the park. Drums & shakers welcome.

Saturday November 11th at 2pm
Inviting peace and understanding: Traditional opening and welcome to recognize the land and help us come together in a good way

Led by Karl Dockstader, Oneida of the Thames Bear Clan.

Saturday November 11th at 3pm
Fireside dialogue: Indigenous Rights and Animal Rights Alliances

Led by animal liberationists and animal rights activists supporting Haudenosaunee harvesters and their right to hunt – how to decolonize and bring intersectionality to A/L movements. Please bring a lawn chair.

Sunday November 12th at 3pm
The Blanket Exercise

This activity is a teaching tool developed by KAIROS to raise awareness and understanding of the Nation-to-Nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Please bring a blanket or a bed sheet for this activity. More information:  https://www.kairoscanada.org/

Facilitated by: Janice Whiteley and Henriette Thompson.  Janice Whiteley is First Nations from the Chapleau Cree First Nation. Her people have their original roots in the Moose Factory area on the James Bay Coast. She was born and raised in Chapleau. Her reserve is the Fox Lake Reserve, 10 minutes outside the town of Chapleau. She is a Registered Nurse, and currently teach nursing, primarily in the Aboriginal Adult Practical Nursing Program with Mohawk/ McMaster. Henriette Thompson is a settler with European (Dutch) roots. She and her family currently reside on the Haldimand Tract (1784) in north Waterloo. She is actively committed to the work of reconciliation, and social and ecological justice.

Thursday Novembe 16th at 6pm
Community Social at Niagara Regional Native Centre

Everyone welcome. Potluck dinner with dancing and songs to follow.
Location: 382 Airport Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Monday November 20th from 6pm – 8pm (at Sankey Chambers, Brock University)
Sweet Blood, 2009, dir. Shirley Cheechoo (film screening)

Shirley Cheechoo, Brock University’s Chancellor and award-winning film director explains, “I know that I feel much healthier when I eat traditional foods such as moose, goose and deer. This is one of the reasons I wanted to make this film and why I wanted it to be shared at the Short Hills – to help educate people that going back to traditional ways of life, including harvesting traditional foods, is a fundamental part of the healing process” (2016). This year, Shirley again shares her documentary so that we can continue learning together about de-colonization and food justice. Produced for the Canadian Cree Health Board, awarded Best Public Service at the 34th annual American Indian Film Festival.
Sponsored by the Indigenous Solidarity Coalition @ Brock University in partnership with Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle and CUPE 4207 (Representing Academic Workers at Brock University).
Location: Sankey Chambers, Brock University

Saturday November 25th from 12:00pm-2:30pm
Peace-building through radical dialogue and non-violent social action

This training session is led by Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Christian Peacemaker Teams. Through a lens of anti-oppression, this training is designed to equip participants in practical skills in de-escalation and non-violent resistance and accountability. https://www.cpt.org/

Saturday November 25th from 3pm-5pm
Treaties & the TRC

Allan Jamieson Sr. Elder of the Cayuga Nation Wolf Clan of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy will offer teachings of local treaties and what it means live the Calls to Action, as outlined in the TRC.

Sunday November 26th from 1pm-3pm
Community Dialogue: Moving forward together

Luke Nicholas (Oneida Nation of the Thames, Turtle Clan) will be offering his insights and perspective on a rights-based agenda, traditional/natural law, truth and reconciliation, and the social awakening. This workshop is designed to be interactive and field questions and dialogue about moving forward together and preserving this world for the faces yet to come. The workshop is sponsored by the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre.

Sunday November 26th from 3pm-4pm
Un-settling white privilege

This workshop, facilitated by the Niagara Anti-Racism Coalition, will aim to identify the multiple ways that white privilege operates throughout the Niagara Region. A primary goal is to identify personal and group actions that will make all of our lives more fair, equitable and peaceful. The Niagara Anti-Racism Coalition is a group of Niagara residents who are working to end racism and discrimination in our communities.

Sunday November 26th from 4:30pm-5:30pm

Teachings on the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen (Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address) offered by Knowledge Keeper Sakoieta’ Wakathahionni, Mohawk, Wolf Clan.

Monday December 4th at 2pm
Conversation and Questions on De-escalation, Nonviolent Presence, and Being Good Neighbours

Outraged by racist violence? Concerned about staying safe and making others safe? Unsure how to have conversations with those who have different ideas? Intrigued by Reconciliation and Decolonization? 8-year CPT Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team member, Peter Haresnape, facilitates a conversation in the context of the Haudenosaunee deer harvest. We will use a ‘brave space’ methodology, addressing questions that arise from participation in the 2017 reconciliation activities and events as we ask participants to speak their truth with integrity and respect for others. Please bring a lawn chair and come with a question, issue or concept to discuss, and if possible email ahead of time to peter@scmcanada.org

Monday December 4th at 4pm

We will hear audio work, Graciously Pleased, created by artist Elizabeth Chitty during the 2016 Haudenosaunee harvest. We hear the Nanfan Treaty in the Mohawk language (read by Tehahenteh) and the English language. We also hear from the voices of Niagara community members who came out to support the harvest in 2016 as they express what it means to them to be a treaty person. Please bring a lawn chair.

Monday December 4th at 4:30pm
Fireside dialogue: Indigenous Rights and Animal Rights Alliances

Led by animal liberationists and animal rights activists supporting Haudenosaunee harvesters and their right to hunt – how to decolonize and bring intersectionality to A/L movements. Please bring a lawn chair.

Tuesday December 5th at 6pm
Reconciliation Activity and Closing Ceremony

The final Reconciliation Activity and Closing Ceremony to be held at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St.Paul Street, St.Catharines ON.

  • 6pm – Community Feast
    Location: Main Lobby – Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts – 15 Artists’ Common, St Catharines
  • 7pm – Panel Discussion and Film Screening of “Sweet Blood” (2009) featuring the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority and the Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt
    Location: The Film House, First Ontario Performing Arts Centre – 250 St Paul St, St Catharines

Download event poster here

Proudly presented in partnership with The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition @ Brock

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This hosting schedule has been affirmed by the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority.