Save the date! June 1-4, 2022 in Ottawa.
|WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1||THURSDAY, JUNE 2||FRIDAY, JUNE 3||SATURDAY, JUNE 4|
|Expose and oppose CANSEC and Canadian militarism and war profiteering||March and Teach-in against Canadian Imperialism and Militarism||Conference: Growing a people’s movement against Canadian Imperialism||ILPS Country Chapter reports, caucusing, strategic plan & coordinating committee elections|
|7:00 am at the EY Centre (CANSEC arms fair venue)||4:00 pm at Ottawa City Hall (March)|
5:00 pm at McNabb Park
(Community gathering and teach-in)
|9:00 am (Registration starting at 8:00 am) at Foster Farm Community Centre||1:00 pm at Foster Farm Community Centre|
Please register early so that the host committee can prepare for the right numbers. The registration fee is $100 and includes meals on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. ILPS is an entirely unfunded and self-reliant alliance of anti-imperialist organizations.
Registration fees can be paid by Interac e-transfer to aiyanas(dot)ormond(at)gmail(dot)com – please include your name in the notes of the e-transfer so that we can match it to your registration. If you are low-income and unable to pay the conference registration fee, please contact us directly to request financial support.
The registration form is available by clicking Register Now above or using https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetBXfFONhesU6Av0QzrBDJ892wPdDfivpcf5njiCtOjOLhjg/viewform.
Paul Belisario, Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation
Yves Engler, Author and Activist, author of Stand on Guard for Whom? A People’s History of the Canadian Military
Charlotte Kates, SAMIDOUN Palestinian Prisoners Network
Khaled Barakat, Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement
Chris “Perry” Sorio, BAYAN Canada
Natalie Knight, Indigenous activist, class struggle organizer and Chairperson of Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle – Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories
Hanna Kawas, Canada Palestine Association Chairperson
Actions against CANSEC and Canadian Militarism and Imperialism (June 1-2):
JUNE 1 (WEDNESDAY)
7:00 am Gather at EY centre for mass action against CANSEC and Canadian militarism
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Rebuilding the Anti-War Movement with RESIST US-LED WAR, location TBA
JUNE 2 (THURSDAY)
4:00 pm Gather at Ottawa City Hall for the March Against Canadian Imperialism and Militarism
5:00 pm Teach-in and Community Meeting on Canadian Imperialism & Militarism at Mcnabb Park
ILPS Conference Program (June 3-4):
JUNE 3 (FRIDAY)
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration & Coffee
9:00 am – 9:10 am Welcome & Housekeeping
Acknowledgement of the territory, appreciations (host committee/ AIA + more), housekeeping (washrooms, childcare, breaks, etc)
9:00 am – 9:30 am Framing
Framing of the event: where we’ve come from, where we are now, where we want to go + poem or song
9:30 am – 10:30 Intro to the Conference Draft Points of Unity
Intro to the conference draft points of unity, structure, and process for achieving unity.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm PANEL 1
U.S.-led Imperialism, in crisis and decline, remains the world’s #1 terrorist, the biggest warmonger and war profiteer, and the greatest threat to human survival and development.
Speaker TBA, U.S. ILPS
Speaker TBA, 32 County Sovereignty Movement
Chris ‘Perry’ Sorio, BAYAN Canada
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 1:40 pm International League of Peoples’ Singers
1:40 pm – 4:00 pm PANEL 2
Canada operates as a distinct and independent imperialist power and Canadian imperialism is the main enemy of oppressed and exploited people within its claimed borders.
Yves Engler, Author & Activist
Hanna Kawas, Canada Palestine Association
Marco Luciano, International Migrants Alliance
Billie Pierre, Nlaka’pamux organizer and land defender
4:00 pm – 4:15 Break
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm PANEL 3
Imperialism is the driving force behind attacks on Indigenous people globally and Indigenous people in Canada can only achieve self-determination and liberation with the defeat of Canadian Imperialism.
Paul Belisario, Indigenous Peoples’ Movement for Self-determination and Liberation
Khaled Barakat, Masar Badil Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement
Natalie Knight, Indigenous activist & class struggle organizer
JUNE 4 (SATURDAY)
8:30 am – 9:00 am Gathering into breakout groups
9:00 am – 10:30 am Breakout Sharing & Discussions: Political Line and Strategy in the struggle against Canadian imperialism
- Confronting the thin edge of fascism and building the anti-fascist united front in Canada
Facilitator: TBD ;
Resource Person: Speaker TBA, Anti Imperialist Alliance
- Grassroots campaigns against Canadian militarism and imperialism
Facilitator: TBD Resource Person: Speaker TBA, Behind Enemy Lines
- Building an anti-war movement with an anti-imperialist perspective
Facilitator: TBD; Resource Person: Speaker TBA, Resist US-Led War
10:30 am – 11:00 am Reports Back
11:00 am – 12:20 am PANEL 4
Building a movement to defeat Canadian Imperialism and advance toward socialism and a just peace
Speaker TBA, ILPS in Canada
Charlotte Kates, SAMIDOUN Palestinian Prisoner Network
Steve da Silva, Writer & class struggle organizer
12:20 pm – 12:30 pm Anthem of the League
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break & Registration for ILPS Organizational Meeting
1:30 – 2:00 Welcome, Introductions, Rules
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Political Report
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Financial Report
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Strategic Plan
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Election of new country Chapter Coordinating Committee
JUNE 5 (SUNDAY)
10:00 am – 2:00 pm SAMIDOUN Cross Country Meeting (Separate Registration Required)
Right to Exist, Right to Resist: Defying Canadian Imperialism and Militarism
Canadian imperialism is an attack on the people of the world.
From its violent attacks on Wet’suwet’an people defending their territories and its ongoing policy of genocide against Indigenous people; to its super-exploitation of immigrant and migrant workers through de-skilling and temporary foreign worker programs, leveraging the displacement and forced migration produced by imperialist war and plunder to support its own economic interests; to the criminalization and containment of poor people and communities, particularly Black and Indigenous communities, across the country; to the economic violence of grinding exploitation of the working class – Canadian imperialism is violence against the people within its own claimed borders!
Outside its borders, Canadian corporations plunder the oppressed nations of the world and Canadian imperialism benefits from its role as a junior partner in U.S.-led imperialism’s vast complex of military and economic warfare. From its plunder of the mineral wealth of the Philippines, and exploitation of Filipino migrant workers under the Labor Export Program; to its support for Israeli occupation, apartheid and war crimes in Palestine; to its criminal role in the occupation and plunder of Haiti; to its sanctions and regime change machinations against Venezuela; to arms exports to other imperialist states and client regimes – Canadian imperialism is violence against the people of the world.
Canadian imperialism uses its military and police to attack the people, suppress their just struggles for self-determination and for national and social liberation and to maintain its regime of exploitation and plunder. Let’s join together to shut down this war machine!
As members of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, we are part of a growing anti-imperialist front uniting over 400 mass organization members in 45 countries and territories, building opposition to U.S.-led imperialism on 5 continents and around the world. As the crisis of imperialism intensifies, the ILPS offers a blueprint for united resistance based in the mass struggles of the people and oriented toward socialism.
As members of the Country Chapter of ILPS in Canada, our task is to build a broad front of workers, Indigenous people, migrants & refugees, youth, poor folks, solidarity activists, and other anti-imperialists to confront Canadian and U.S.-led imperialism. In order to do this, we need to reach out and bring in new organizations, sharpen our analysis of Canadian imperialism, and wage united strategic campaigns.
The Country Chapter Assembly is our chance to sharpen our fight against Canadian imperialism in theory and practice!
ILPS member organizations are strongly encouraged to send delegations, spread the word in your communities and get other people’s organizations to participate!
We encourage people’s organizations that agree with the ILPS Constitution and Bylaws to join the ILPS ahead of the assembly (application) or to attend as observers. Individuals can also attend as observers and supporters.
from Wet’suwet’en to the Philippines,
from Kanesatake to Palestine,
from the Downtown Eastside to the streets of Santiago,
from Lytton to Kashmir;
from Montreal Nord to the Israel’s occupation prisons;
from Denendeh to the 32 counties of Ireland;
from Scarborough to the Cite Soleil;
from Kitchener to Lebanon;
from Winnipeg to Oaxaca;
from Elsipogtog to Shaheen Bagh;
It is right to resist and struggle against imperialism!