You Are Invited to an Indigenous Rights Conference

On Saturday, November 16th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Brock University’s Marilyn I.Walker School of the Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario

A News Release form the Supporters of the Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt

Posted November 11th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

St Catharines, Ontario – The Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt are pleased to release the schedule for their upcoming Indigenous Rights Conference (in St. Catharines/Niagara).

The conference isa spectacular interdisciplinary program featuring Indigenous women scholars who look across multiple Indigenous Rights issues.

Mayor Walter Sendzik and the Strong Water Women, Niagara Women’s Drum Group, will help to open theconference.

It will be held Saturday November 16, 2019 from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. at Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, downtown St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario.

Michele-Elise Burnett

MicheleElise Burnett, Celebration of Nations Artistic Director and Brock University’s Aboriginal Education Council Co-Chair explains why it was important to her that Celebration of Nations partner with the Indigenous Rights Conference:

“By having our rights recognized and respected shows the Two Row Collaboration in action! There is a positive Indigenous momentum happening in Niagara. Celeste and Jodielynn [Co-Founders of The Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt] are true warriors set on a mission to education the public of our inherent right to hunt and what it means to our peoples and our future generations.”

Workshops include:

  • Honouring our relationships: Wahkotowin (Cree Natural Law) and the right of Indigenous peoples to hunt, Dr. Robyn Bourgeois
  • Screening of the documentary Tracks in the Snow (Shirley Cheechoo, 2001) followed by Conversations on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Food(In)security, Celeste Smith
  • Endangered Animal Species Across Latin America and the Gifts of Spirit, Dr.Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas
  • Settler Environmentalism as Violence against Indigenous Women, Dr. JenniferBrant
  • Reconciling animal liberation with Indigenous hunting rights, MoConstantine, Kaho Nishibu, Stephanie Piovesan, Kate Spiegel
  • Screening of the documentary Is the Crown at War with Us? (AlanisObomsawin, 2003, 96 min). The film will be introduced by Rachelle Friesenof Christian Peacemakers Team and Elizabeth Chitty

All community members are welcome to attend the conference: Indigenous andnon-Indigenous people, regardless of their position on the hunt.

Jodielynn Harrison, Co-Founder of The Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right toHunt says, “We are inspired by the community’s response to the Supporters’educational programming. This year’s conference will deepen understandingof Indigenous human rights by raising awareness of Indigenous rights toland, culture, identity, environment, food security, andself-determination”.

The full conference schedule can be found at

Thank you to our partners:

The Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre,Celebration of Nations and The Film House @ First Ontario Performing ArtsCentre, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Niagara Quakers, CUPE local4207 (Representing Academic Workers at Brock University), Brock UniversityHuman Rights and Equity, Brock Student Justice Centre, Brock Department ofEnglish Language and Literature, Brock Centre for Women’s and GenderStudies, Brock Department of Sociology.

The Indigenous Rights Conference is affirmed by the Haudenosaunee Wildlifeand Habitat Authority.

The HWHA, which organizes the harvest at Short Hills Provincial Park, is adepartment tasked by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council with themanagement of wildlife resources.

Please follow this link toour conference schedule:

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One response to “You Are Invited to an Indigenous Rights Conference

  1. Phil Wachel, Presient

    In light of recent events that have occurred regarding racist, derogatory statements that have gone as far as call for violence against Indigenous Peoples on behalf of NAFA’s Facebook page, we, CUPE Local 4207, express our support of the traditional deer harvest that is part of inherent and treaty rights of Indigenous Peoples at Short Hills Provincial Park. Though NAFA has issued what they refer to as an ‘apology’, this once again reverses the onus in saying that it is one’s own fault for being offended. The general tenor of the posts to their Facebook page as well as the administrators’ response is not acceptable. Acts of colonial violence, racism and intolerance must not be ignored and treated with the utmost seriousness. Everyone has the right to protest and express an opinion. Protesting only in an area where Indigenous Peoples conduct a traditional harvest, calling on members of NAFA to commit acts of violence, is perpetuating colonial racism and violence against Indigenous Peoples. We support inherent and treaty rights, and denounce any and all acts of violence.

    Canadian Union of Public Employees local 4207
    Co-host of the Indigenous Rights Conference
    Brock University
    1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, MC C 402
    St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1


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