Fossil Free Canada Convergence keynote address
On Friday, November 7th Fossil Free Canada invites you to join them for an evening of discussions, stories, and plans for action to stop pipeline and tar sands expansion in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
Crystal Lameman - Crystal is a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and is the Climate and Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada. Crystal focuses her work on fighting to oppose the tar sands, whilst addressing the environmental racism the Government of Canada imposes on First Nations people in the name of resource extraction.
Denise Jourdain - Denise is a member of the Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-utenam, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. She is actively working to oppose the Plan Nord forestry and mining industry in Northern Quebec.
Alyssa Symons-Bélanger - An anti-pipeline activist and organizer in Quebec, Alyssa has played a key role in organizing the Marche des Peuples pour la Terre Mere, the recent Line 9 Action Camp, and has extensive experience with direct action and civil disobedience. Alyssa is also a part of a theatre group that performed "Ole Ole Oleoducs," a cabaret about pipelines last summer.
Heather Milton-Lightening - Heather has 17 years of experience in organizing local and international campaigns. Heather was one of the founding members of the Native Youth Movement - which aims to give a political and social voice to young people to encourage them to make a difference in their communities. Heather then worked in the founding and development of a national network of young First Nations that supports youth engagement in Canada and the United States. Heather is currently co-director for the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign by the Polaris Institute in Ottawa.
This event takes place on the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka. The Kanien'kehá:ka are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The island called “Montreal” is known as Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien'kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin peoples.