Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Toronto: 19th Annual Traditional Prayer Vigil Forum and Feast for Leonard Peltier

19th Annual Traditional Prayer Vigil Forum and Feast for Leonard Peltier
February 6, 2012 - 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Frank and Anne Dreaver of the Canadian Human Rights Committee for Justice and Freedom for Leonard Peltier (formerly LPDCC) and the Indigenous Education Network (IEN) of OISE/UT invite you to attend the 19th Annual Traditional Prayer Vigil in honour of the people’s struggle to free Leonard Peltier, North America’s longest-serving, Indigenous political prisoner. February 6th commemorates Leonard’s sacrifice of 36 years of false imprisonment.

Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in the deaths of two FBI agents, following his false extradition from Canada to the U.S. in 1976. No evidence exists to support his conviction. On the contrary, there is massive evidence of wrongdoing and complicity. Despite this, Leonard’s numerous appeals continue to be denied. On October 25, 2000, the Hon. Justice Fred Kaufman, Q.C., concluded that Leonard should never have been extradited from Canada on the basis of what was discovered to be fabricated evidence. Canada has played a large role in Leonard's case, and has a duty to correct its wrong by supporting a humanitarian appeal to the Canadian government, and a request for clemency to President Obama. Join us in our search for justice. The truth and support of the people will one day set Leonard Peltier free!

Speakers and discussion taking place on the 7th Floor, Peace Lounge of the OISE building.

Opening provided by Elder, Howard Elijah - Oneida Nation

Chippewa Travellers, Aniishinaabeg Family Drum - Neyaashingaming First Nation (Cape Croker)

Traditional Feast will be provided for everyone at 5 pm.

Speakers include:

Frank Dreaver, Mstawasis Plains Cree, LPDCC Founder, Canadian and International Defense since 1983

Michael Kuzma, Esq. Leonard Peltier's Attorney

Daire Irwin, Attorney, former director of N.Y. Civil Liberties Union (Western Region)

Antoinette Nora Claypoole, Author and Poet, Collected Works of the American Indian Movement

Lee Maracle, Celebrated Salish/Cree Author, Professor, First Nations House, UT

Maria Elena Mesa, The People's Poetry, Music & Art Festival

Special Guests: from the Canadian Labour Movement

Joanne Webb, Diversity VP to CUPE Ontario and to the Ontario Federation of Labour

Brian Baron, Diversity VP to the National Executive Board of CUPE National

Dave Bleakney, National Union Representative (Education), CUPW-STTP

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