At today’s rally I had to focus a bit more on video coverage (forthcoming), but here’s a selection of some of my favourites. There was a special call out to jingle dancers to come and share their healing dance with the hundreds of people gathered in a snowstorm.
Here’s a selection of photos shot during the #J11 rally from Victoria Island, to the PM’s office on Langevin Block, to Parliament Hill. The day is now infamous for the disappointment of the Chiefs’ meetings with the Prime Minister and the Governor General, and the continuation of Chief Spence’s hunger strike. However, the grassroots energy on the streets prior to the meetings was truly inspirational. Video forthcoming.
Tonight, I’ll be playing a solo set at Zaphod’s as part of efforts to raise money for the continued maintenance of Chief Spence’s camp on Victoria Island, and supplies for her helpers. I wrote this track, which debuted on January 4 on CBC Radio Ottawa’s All In A Day.
The lineup for tonight’s show was put together by Six Nation’s incredible guitarist, Derek Miller. Digging Roots and Jasper are the other musicians, and there will be a stand up performance by comedian Don Kelly. It’s a wonderful lineup for a great cause! Doors are at 8 at Zaphod’s, and cover is $20 with all proceeds going to the camp.
The National Day of Action was truly inspiring to see in Ottawa, as Indigenous Nations converged upon the colonial capital. I marched with friends before heading to the Odawa Friendship Centre with my Red Slam Collective bandmates for the post-rally feast and performances. I attempted to capture some of the spirit of the day across a variety of media.