Grassy Narrows Clan Mothers Speak

Gwa wich Taypaywaykejick (Roberta Keesick) and Barbara Fobister are Indigenous Grassy Narrows trappers, clan mothers, grandmothers, and blockaders. They have been a key force in sustaining the Grassy Narrows blockade (now in its seventh year) and in the grassroots efforts of their community to assert control over their traditional territory, protect the earth, and exercise their right to self-determination.

In October, Roberta will go to trial for building a cabin on her family's ancestral lands without a provincial building permit.  The act for which she now faces criminal charges is part of a process of reclamation and revival where people are using the land on their territory as their ancestors have for generations.  It is a critically important piece of the work that  is being undertaken by the people of Grassy Narrows to empower themselves and to sustain their families, revive their culture and heal their community.

This is a unique opportunity to hear Roberta Keesick and Barbara Fobister speak in Toronto - 1700 kilometers from their home in Grassy Narrows.

*Suggested Donation: * $10 (waged), $5 (unwaged and student). NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY. All Proceeds go to Roberta's legal defence fund.

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OISE Peace Lounge 7th Floor
252 Bloor Street West (near St. George subway)
Toronto, ON
43° 40' 3.3132" N, 79° 23' 57.9156" W
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.