As part of QPIRG-McGill's Revolutionary Film Fest...
:::MINING, LAND & INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' RESISTANCE ACROSS THE GLOBE:::
An evening of grassroots films and reflection on the effects of mining and
"development" projects on Indigenous communities in Canada, Mexico,
Guatemala and India. Presented by Alcan't In India, the Indigenous Peoples
Solidarity Movement and the Social Justice Committee.
Wednesday March 2, 7 pm
@ McConnell Building, Room 204, 3480 University St.
(McGill University campus, corner of Milton and University St.)
--> FROM KALINGA TO KASHIPUR
Presented by Alcan’t in India:
For the last 13 years, tens of thousands of indigenous and low-caste peoples
from the Kashipur region of Orissa in east India have been fighting to
prevent another massive industrial disaster. A consortium of multinational
corporations, including Alcan Inc. of Montreal, are proposing to build a
massive bauxite mine and alumina refinery. This project would displace
between 20 000 and 40 000 people from their homes, destroying their economy
and livelihoods, contaminating their food and water source, and denying
their rights to self-determination and sustainment of their culture. FROM
KALINGA TO KASHIPUR was made by people in Orissa itself for a Canadian
audience. The film puts this issue in the larger contexts of imperialism
and mega-industrialization. Alcan't in India will also be
presenting a short film about the solidarity campaign that has now been
running for almost two years in Montreal.
For more information about Alcan't in India please visit
www.saanet.org/alcant or write to alcantinindia at yahoo.com
--> NIOCAN OFF OF KANIEN'KEHA:KA TERRITORY!
Presented by the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement (IPSM):
For over 2 centuries, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) people have been fighting
for their self-determination and sovereignty. One of the most recent threats
to the Kanien’kehá:ka community of Kanehsatake is Niocan, a Montreal-based
mining corporation, which is seeking to develop a niobium mine site on
unceded Kanien’kehá:ka Territory. Despite broad opposition to this project
from Native and non-Native residents, Niocan plans to begin construction in
Fall of 2005. As has too frequently been the case throughout the history of
Canadian colonialism, the Kanien’kehá:ka community of Kanehsatake has not
been consulted about this project, nor have they given their consent.
Following an interview with a member of the Mohawk community of Kanehsatake,
members of the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement will give a
presentation about this project, including how people in Montreal can
support efforts to keep Niocan off of Kanien’kehá:ka Territory.
--> INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN SAN MARCOS, GUATEMALA, STRUGGLING AGAINST A
CANADIAN TRANSNATIONAL, THE WORLD BANK, AND THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT
Presented by Gloria Pereira-Papenburg from the Social Justice Committee
A Canadian-based transnational corporation has started an open pit gold
mine in the indigenous community of San Marcos, Guatemala. This was done
without the required previous and informed consent from the indigenous
peoples that would be affected by the mining activities. The local
communities are concerned about the use of enormous amount of water, the
release of toxic substances, and the socio-economic impacts derived from
gold open pit mining activities.
For this event, the Social Justice Committee will be presenting a short
film produced in Guatemala about this World Bank-funded mining project.
--> METALLICA RESOURCES INC., THE MEXICAN STATE, AND THE PEOPLE OF CERRO SAN
Presented by Prof. Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, History Department, McGill
Metallica Resources of Canada plans to open an open pit, leach-pad gold
mining operation in the vicinity of the city of San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Over the last years, Metallica has, with the aid of a string of highly
placed Mexican politicians from the presidency to the regional level, sought
to contour Mexican regulations and overturn legal injunctions to their
planned operations. This presentation will provide a short overview of the
struggle of the residents of the Cerro San Pedro and San Luis Potosi against
Metallica and discuss where things stand at this point in time.
!! qPIRG's REVOLUTIONARY FILM FEST is BACK!!
Get out of the cold...and into a warm room...sit back, CHILLAX and get ready
for some *!REVOLUTIONARY FILMS!* throughout the frigid months of February
and March. All films are being show at McGill University's downtown campus.
If you need more information or directions to get to the films give us a
call at 398.7432.
Film co-presentations by CKUT, trans/gender alliance, The Alfie Roberts'
Institute, the Black Students' Network, Alcan't in India, Indigenous Peoples
Solidarity Movement and the Social Justice Committee...
ALL ARE WELCOME....for more info check out ssmu.mcgill.ca/qpirg.
3647 University Ave., 3rd floor
Email: qpirg at ssmu.mcgill.ca