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There Was a Time Before Police, There Will Be a Time After: Reportback on (anti) #Canada Day Demo in #Guelph, #Ontario

Guelph. Ontario. On July 1st, 2020, the day called “Canada Day”, several hundred people gathered in Lions’ Park in Guelph for a march called Black and Indigenous Solidarity Against Police Brutality. Led by Black and Indigenous youth, this march was very exciting and represents a shift in what demos in the city can be. This reportback is the perspective of just one individual who participated in the demo, to share what happened in Guelph with those elsewhere in the region responding to similar issues of racism and policing.

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#Ontario: Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Action Targeting RBC #Guelph

Guelph. Ontario. In addition to the press release below, some participants wanted to add a few reflections:

-“It was great to be out with such a nice group of people wanting to disrupt things. I feel worried about the tendency for actions like this to hold little actual impact and to be so focused on the image for social media.”

-“It wasn’t entirely clear what the goals and objectives were logistically (ie whether or not to block entry) and strategically (mostly to show solidarity/awareness raising, or to affect RBC operations, etc). Clarity in intention is a good future goal to keep in mind.”

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From Embers: Against Reconciliation – Decolonize Means No State

This episode of From Embers features a talk entitled Autonomously and With Conviction: A Métis Refusal of State-Led Reconciliation given on October 12, 2018 at the 13th annual Decolonizing Thanksgiving Dinner in Guelph, Ontario on traditional Neutral/Chonnonton, Anishinabec, and Haudenosaunee territory.

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