EVENT: National Security and the Criminalization of Dissent in Canada and Abroad






Join us for our third panel:
“National Security and the Criminalization of Dissent
in Canada and Abroad”

When: Wednesday November 15, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:30PM

Where: 25OneCommunity, 251 Bank St, Ottawa, 2nd floor

What: Freddy Stoneypoint will talk about the use of national security discourse, laws and agencies to silence, discredit and criminalize Indigenous struggles for land, water, rights and sovereignty in Canada. Jen Moore will talk about the use of anti-terrorism and national security laws to quash dissent from Indigenous and environmental activists in Latin America, specifically around Canadian extraction projects. Both will speak of their personal experience with criminalization of dissent in Canada and in Peru. Last but not least, Paul Champ will talk about the failure of Canadian oversight mechanisms to protect environmental activists from national security agencies’ surveillance.

Our National Coordinator, Tim McSorley, will be moderating, and we will have a Q&A after each presentation. Le panel sera en anglais mais vous pourrez poser vos questions en français.

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This panel is the third of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group’s National Security & Human Rights Speaker Series, sponsored by CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

ICLMG will be hosting one panel per month for 5 months on an important and timely issue related to national security and human rights in Canada. Stay tuned for the next dates and topics.

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Who are our panelists?

Freddy Stoneypoint is an Ojibwe land defender and “ecoterrorist” from Sagamok Anishinawbek First Nation. Part of a land heist with the Bawating Water Protectors, Freddy helped organize the Reoccupation ceremony of Parliament Hill during #Canada150, where he was briefly detained with nine others. Later in August, he was arrested in a land intervention near an oil exploration site owned by Junex in so-called Quebec. Although the corporation itself was trespassing on the unceded ancestral lands of Mi’kma’ki, Freddy himself was arrested and placed into detention for four nights. Released on bail with several conditions and charges, he is currently studying Sociology and Indigenous Studies as a second-year undergraduate student at Carleton University.

Jen Moore is the Latin America Program Coordinator at MiningWatch Canada. She works with communities, organizations, and networks struggling with mining issues throughout Latin America. Prior to joining MiningWatch, she worked as a freelance print and broadcast journalist with strong interests in media democracy, collective rights and Canadian foreign policy in Latin America, principally collaborating with independent and alternative media.

Paul Champ is a litigation lawyer with a focus on human rights, employment, labour, and public interest law. Paul has developed a practice in national security law and has acted as counsel in several important constitutional law cases dealing with fundamental human rights, including the settlement for Benamar Benatta, rendered to the US by Canadian officials and emprisoned for 5 years without charges, the case of Abdelrazik v. Minister of Foreign Affairs, in which the court ruled that Canadian government officials violated a Canadian citizen’s Charter rights by arranging for his unlawful detention by Sudanese authorites and refusing to provide a passport, and the case of Canada v. Khadr (2008), which found that Canadian government officials violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by interrogating a Canadian youth detained by U.S. in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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