Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper

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Join us for an event marking the launch of our flagship research report, Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper.

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Land Back examines colonial policies of land and water dispossession and the strategies Indigenous communities use to take that land and water back.

Join us for an introduction to the Land Back report by Dr. Shiri Pasternak, Research Director at Yellowhead Institute, and a panel discussion on the intersection of Indigenous self-determination, land and water defense, and the crisis of climate change. The panelists and moderator are all young Indigenous leaders engaged in advocacy on behalf of their communities, shaping dialogue, and influencing decisions relating to land and water jurisdiction.

Opening / Closing by Minowaywayjiwan Sinclair

Panelists:

  • Amy Norman is a proud Inuk woman born and raised in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador - with family ties to North West River and Nain, Nunatsiavut. She is a land protector, a passionate activist, a Girl Guide leader, and a musician. She is also makes memes under the handle @ijotiKak on Instagram - focusing on Indigenous issues, politics, and humour, through an Inuit lens.
  • Clyde Brandon Moonias, from Neskantaga First Nation, has been active in youth advocacy since 2011. Starting local with the City of Thunder Bay Youth Strategy and the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre Youth Council, Clyde would eventually expand his youth advocacy regionally with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Oshkaatisak (All Young People’s) Council where he has worked alongside youth throughout Ontario until March 2019, when he was elected as a Councillor for Neskantaga First Nation. As a young Councillor, Clyde aims to engage with community and regional youth to build toward a better future. Clyde is also a part-time student at Lakehead University in the Indigenous Learning program.
  • Quinn Meawasige is Ojibwe from Serpent River First Nation. He graduated from Algoma University with a BA in Community Economic and Social Development (Honours) and a Certificate in Anishinaabemowin from Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. Upon graduating, Quinn received a grant to carry out a two-year lands-based language project at Nimkii Aazhibikoong, a year-round lands-based language and culture camp located in his traditional territory. Through advocacy, lobbying and grassroots organizing, Quinn works to improve the quality of life and standard of living for Indigenous Peoples across Canada and Turtle Island.

Moderator

  • Riley Yesno is an Anishinaabe writer, speaker, and student from Eabametoong First Nation who grew up in Thunder Bay, ON.

All venues are fully wheelchair accessible. If you require any accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event, please contact: Heather Willis, Accessibility Coordinator at the Office of the Vice President: 416-979-5000, x 4144 or email accessibility@ryerson.ca.

This event is part of Ryerson University's Social Justice Week program and is also generously supported by the Laidlaw Foundation.

Image Credits: A Day With Yayah by Nicola Campbell (Author), Julie Flett (Illustrator) Tradewind Books (Oct. 3 2017)

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Centre for Urban Innovation, Ryerson University

44 Gerrard Street East

Room 317

Toronto, ON M5B 1J6

Canada

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