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Canada-China FIPA: “We Stand Together” rally and tour supports First Nation legal challenge to controversial investment treaty

We Stand TogetherWHAT: Brenda Sayers, a representative of Hupacasath First Nation (Vancouver Island), will speak at a rally on Parliament Hill and at events across Ontario and Quebec to gather support for a First Nations legal challenge to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), which has been signed but not yet ratified by the federal government. The Hupacasath case, which was heard in federal court June 5-7, argues the federal government is required to consult First Nations before ratifying treaties like the FIPA.

OTTAWA RALLY: Sunday, August 11, 1-3 p.m. on Parliament Hill (speakers list below)

TOUR: August 10 – 17, 2013 in Montreal (August 10), Ottawa (August 11-12), Kingston and Tyendinaga (August 13), Peterborough (August 14), Hamilton (August 15), Toronto (August 16-17)

WHO: Sayers’ tour is supported by the Council of Canadians, Idle No More, Leadnow, KAIROS, Common Frontiers, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Attac-Quebec, Trade Justice Network, Ottawa & District Labour Council, and the Latin America and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN).


Ceremony & Speakers Timeline for Sunday, August 11th*




1:00 PM

Algonquin Kokums welcome us to their territory

Kitigan Zibi Anishanabeg

1:10 PM

Drumming by Kokums


1:30 PM

Brenda Sayers


1:45 PM

Clayton Thomas-Muller – Sovereignty Summer

Idle No More/ Defenders of the Land

1:50 PM

Assembly of First Nations

Speaker TBD

1:55 PM

Stuart Trew – Trade Campaigner

Council of Canadians

2:00 PM



2:05 PM

Denis Lemelin – President

Canadian Union of Postal Workers

2:10 PM

New Democratic Party

Speaker TBD

2:15 PM

Sean McKenny – President

Ottawa & District Labour Council

2:20 PM


Speaker TBD

2:25 PM

Liberal Party

Speaker TBD

2:30 PM

Louise Casselman

Common Frontiers

2:35 PM

Lorraine Rekman

Green Party of Canada

2:40 PM

Trade Justice Network

Speaker TBD

2:45 PM

John Bennett

Sierra Club Canada

2:50 PM

Ben Powless

Idle No More

2:55 PM

Sign the petition, to www.WeStandTogether.ca donate on-line, write your MP

FIPA tour dates

3:00 PM

End of rally


3:30 PM

Leave Parliament Hill after clean-up


* Speakers list subject to changes before Sunday (a revised list will go out to media)