Some of you may be wondering who Theresa Spence is… Theresa is Chief of the Attawapiskat First Nations “People of the parting of the rocks”, an isolated First Nations community located in northern Ontario, at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River at James Bay. There are some major problems going on up north by the Attawapiskat river, where mining companies (coughDeBeerscough) spent over a billion dollars mining diamonds, at least a fifth of their staff first nations from neighbouring community, while the folks living and breathing the air this huge mining operations produces get absolutely no respect - The cost of living for folks here is higher than it is for us here in Toronto, and would also guess Vancouver - where a house costs $250000 to build and 4 galleons of juice and 6 apples is roughly $24, a wage that takes this “under developed” community a lot of time and energy to make… A community that has been their for thousands of years, who have lived off the land and respected the land now have to watch as their home, their mother earth gets ripped apart and sold to people across the country who will never ever have to experience what it feels to be first nations and have your elders and children rights be violated?! The new school that was built in 1976 was closed in 2000 because of toxic fumes from a 1978 diesel spill that seeped into the ground underneath the school, so now kids and teachers have classes in outdoor portable rooms. Imagine how cold it must get in the winter… Although these days that is probably not a problem as the temperatures have been rising… Theresa Spence is trying to be heard, fighting to have her people be heard because for the last few decades NO ONE in parliament has payed them any attention. You won’t be hearing about Theresa Spence hunger strike that has been over 8 days going in the mainstream media… But you can still talk about it, ask people you know if they know about it and maybe share some facts about what is going on not to far away from your own communities. That would be some awesome holiday wishes to spread to Northern Canadian peoples, cos though their winter has been warmer than usual, their health and well being has never before been as poisoned as it has been now.
there will be a detailed pamphlet covering all the info you need. if you want to look it over in advance, here are the basics:
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WITH THE POLICE:
IF YOU ARE NOT ARRESTED BUT THE POLICE QUESTION OR SEARCH YOU:
-You DO NOT have to answer any questions or identify yourself while participating in a demonstration
-You DO NOT have to allow police to search your belongings; if they insist, state loudly and repeatedly that you are not consenting to a search but no not physically interfere
-If the want to STRIP SEARCH you anywhere other than inside a police station after you’ve been arrested, make sure you let them know you do not consent, and inform a lawyer as soon as possible.
-ALWAYS act in a collected, respectful and non-aggressive manner.
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED:
-You have the right to get advice from a lawyer (AND a parent/guardian if you are under 18)
-You have the right to speak with your lawyer OF CHOICE, whether that means duty counsel, an MDC lawyer, or private counsel-be aware that the police may consider the first lawyer you speak with to be your lawyer of choice
-DO NOT answer any questions or give any statements apart from your name, address, and date of birth
-DO NOT sign any release papers, agree to any bail conditions or sign any immigration papers before speaking with a lawyer
-You are supposed to be taken to court for a bail hearing within 24 hours if not released by the police
-Be prepared to provide the legal support office with contact information for potential sureties (people who can assist in having you released on bail)
-If you are asked about your VISA or immigration status, or are asked to sign something by immigration officials, ask to speak to a lawyer first
-If you are of Aboriginal descent, it may benefit you to advise your lawyer or the legal office of this fact.
Banner made by Free’scoolers on hot weekend in July for Summer Garden Party at Queens Park… We Free’scoolers felt it was important to get folks in the city aware of the Mega-Quarry being built not that far away from them. Over 2000 acres of land is already signed off to dug up and demolished for limestone for condo development, while pumping 600 MILLION litres of water a day to run the quarry - not to mention all the other horrible environmental damages this unnecessary quarry will cause. A huge body of underground water will be contaminated and flowing down stream into Lake Ontario - into all our water here in the great lakes area… Water is life, what are we without it but dried up bones…
So banners were made to catch some folks eyes as they walked by…
It was a lovely day in the park.
listening to Black Art by Amiri Baraka on youtube, you gotta listen to it, rattle your thoughts a little.
Hello tumbling free’scoolers,
just a reminder that tomorrow we will be on a field trip to the Toronto Zeitgeist Media Festival in Kensington Market. We will be heading there for noon.
Free’scool will be facilitating a half hour class (time=TBD)
After this week Free’scool will be going on a two week break (Summer break!!!)
We will be back for September bigger and better than ever with new classes and more days of ‘scool!
Peace, love, and learning.
art operates like a revolution, in that it destroys the status quo in order to remake reality in its truth or fact - Sherry Brennan