Cordillera Day 2011: Land, Life, Honour

This invite landed in my inbox today. I was at the 2010 Cordillera Day, and it was inspiring. I loved the group dancing that happened—to the sound of traditional gangsa (gongs)—somewhat spontaneously in the end. Cordillera dancing often features small stomping motions, as if the dancers were gently compacting tilled soil. It has has a really grounded feel to it which is very different from, say, highland dancing. So… yeah. I’m pretty excited about this next one!

The Canada- Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR) INVITES YOU to

“Live Out Our Glorious History of Struggle; Fight for Land, Life and Honour!”

The first celebration of Cordillera Day was held in Sadanga, Mountain Province, Philippines in 1985. Thousands from all across the country and the world attend this event that affirms the Cordillera people’s unity in their struggle for self-determination and national democracy. This year, Cordillera Day focuses on the impact of large-scale mining, and the militarization of indigenous people’s lands where a number of Canadian mining corporations are also operating.

The celebration will take place in the Philippines from April 26-27, with the ultimate goal of forging a regional pact among the different tribes and communities to protect their ancestral lands, culture, and economic sustenance.

Cordillera Day 2011 solidarity activity in Vancouver takes place on:

Saturday, April 23, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lakeview Multicultural united Church
2776 Semlin Drive, Vancouver, BC

We welcome community POTLUCK
Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.

Contacts: Beth Dollaga 604.320.0285, Bootz Estella 778.709.4744

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