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With the Amazon rainforest being set on fire, the Bahamas underwater, American autoworkers at Ford striking for the first time in over ten years, and the Covering Climate Now initiative placing the climate crisis at the forefront of more than 300 news outlets worldwide, it seems that the Climate Strike on September 27th is just one event among many happening across the globe in response to climate change.
But what is a Climate Strike? How does it come to be and what are its impacts? What happens when we are done marching and picketing? To address these questions and contextualize the coming action, MESS is presenting a panel discussion between professors, students, and activists from across Montreal.
Join us Wednesday, September 25th in the Arts Building (Room W-215) on McGill's downtown campus for a panel discussion with the following speakers:
- Donald Cuccioletta, a professor of History at the University of Quebec at Outaouais and a member of the Montreal Urban Left collective.
- Lucy Everett, a McGill student and organizer with Climate Justice Action McGill (C-JAM)
- Anthony Garoufalis-Auger, an activist with Extinction Rebellion Quebec and the director of the Rapid Decarbonization Group
- And a special Guest Speaker from Sunrise Movement Boston (Speaker TBA)
This event is FREE for all students and members of the community.
MESS acknowledges that McGill is on the traditional territory of the Indigenous People, Kanien'keha:ka (Ga-niyen-ge-haa-ga). The Kanien'keha:ka are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. This island known as Montreal is known as Tio’tia:ke (Gio-Jaw-Gé) in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and has historically served as a meeting place for other Indigenous nations.
It is not enough to just acknowledge the keepers of this land and McGill’s status as a settler-colonial institution. Silence and inaction will only contribute to erasing the history, the culture, and the realities of Indigenous people. As such, it is important that individuals educate themselves on Indigenous matters and that they apply that knowledge to support Indigenous communities. MESS should actively resist (neo)-colonialism in the many forms it takes, and in the diversity of forms that resistance can take.