Solidarity Weekend, Nogojiwanong 2017

 

Over three days in the fall of 2017, in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough, Canada) on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe territory, more than 1000 people turned out to denounce white supremacy and to stop a planned neo-nazi rally. Aging Activisms was honoured to be there in an organizing capacity as well as in our role as researchers. We carried out interviews all weekend on the streets, recording people’s perspectives on what was taking place and how this weekend came together. Unlike the immediacy of the media and social media, we have taken some time to process and consider what was shared. As a call to continue this good work and find hope in our togetherness, we have now created some media capsules of the weekend, working toward a more nuanced analysis of this mobilization. We are extremely grateful to all of the different ways people found to express their solidarity, and to those who took the time to share with us.

We would like to send our most sincere thanks to all of the people who spoke, sang, drummed, and performed during the weekend: Elder Shirley Williams-Pheasant, Elder Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, Liz Osawamick, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, James Mixemong, Desmond Cole, Arshad Desai, Niambi Leigh, Penelope Klees, Charmaine Magumbe, Ziy von B, Kemi Akapo, Brendan Campbell, the Raging Grannies, and others too We appreciate every word, beat, chant, and rhyme, and smudge. Thank you. Chi miigwetch.

Check out the Solidarity Weekend Unity Statement.

This video offers a snapshot of Solidarity Weekend, a weekend protest that mobilized over 1000 people in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough ON) to resist a planned white supremacist rally. It sets the stage for two subsequent videos exploring themes from the research that we carried out over the course of the weekend. 

This video offers the first of two core themes that came out of our research during Solidarity Weekend, a protest to stop a planned neo-nazi rally in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough, ON) in September 2017. For more context about this mobilization, see Solidarity Weekend: An Overview. This video explores the theme of structural racism.

This third video explores the theme of the disjuncture between white nationalism and settler colonialism.

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Video credits: 

Project leadership/ principal investigator: May Chazan

Writing and analysis: May Chazan & Melissa Baldwin

On-site research assistants and photographers: Melissa Baldwin, Heidi Burns,
Emma Langley, Anisah Madden, & Eugenia Ochoa

Voice: Jenn Cole

Production: May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, & Ziysah von Bieberstein

Editor: Melissa Baldwin

We gratefully acknowledge our funders: the Canada Research Chairs Program, the Social Sciences and Humanities

This project was reviewed by the Trent University Research Ethics Review Board in 2017, in accordance with Canada's Tri-Council Guidelines for Research with Human Subjects. 

Photos from Solidarity Weekend

Aging Activisms is a program of activist research, academic mentorship, and intergenerational community-building led by
Dr. May Chazan, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Gender and Feminist Studies at Trent University.

Thanks to Ben Hodson for our graphic. The photos on our site have been taken by members of the Aging Activisms research team and our participants and collaborators.