Canadian Muslim groups host film screening with arrested Mohawk members in Wet’suwet’en
Filtering blood and water and lobbying for water rights
On Sunday, March 6, 2022, the non-profit organizations Indigenous & Muslim Connection (IME), in collaboration with Justice For All Canada, will present a film about Indigenous water defenders in Wet’suwet’en. The online program features a documentary directed by Six Nations of the Grand River Mohawk member Layla Black. The film’s plot explores Black’s journey to reclaim his cultural identity while discovering his inherent responsibility as a defender of water.
Three Mohawk members who were in Wet’suwet’en victims of violent arrests by the RCMP in November 2021 will also speak at the screening:
– Layla Black, Water Defender matriarch, Blood and Water filmmaker and granddaughter of a survivor of Mohawk Industrial Residential School in Brantford, Ontario
– His brother, Logan, Land Defender and singer-songwriter;
– Korissa Davis, a young water activist and daughter of a land defender who was shot.
Both Layla and Logan are third-generation residential school survivors. They had never been arrested before until they were confronted by two dozen armed RCMP members who pinned down Logan. Thirty peaceful protesters, including journalists and praying land defenders, were arrested in Wet’suwet’in for “civil contempt”. Despite this traumatic event, Layla believes in nonviolence, saying, “Stay in love, take all the hate, and take all the peace. Handcuffs are a sign of resilience.
Zaineb Survery, founder of IME, will explain how water rights are local issues: “My hometown of Mississauga has two water treatment plants, sells it to other towns, Pepsi-co and Coca Cola ; however, the two neighboring reserves have boil water advisories.
Tickets are $12 and all proceeds will go to support Wet’suwet’en Defenders and future Indigenous film projects.
Indigenous and Muslim Education (IME) is an organization that teaches the public about the common ground of both traditions of racism, colonial experiences and traditions. The organization was created in July 2021 following the discovery of unnamed mass graves for children in Tk’amloops.
Justice for All Canada is a leading human rights and advocacy group for indigenous Muslim minorities around the world.