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This is not a gateway

The launch of an event taking place in London on the 1 February will be an opportunity to learn more about the movement and will also be a chance to meet Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, who has been heavily involved in campaigning for the rights of indigenous people.


Mehdy C Ortiz


This is not a gateway, a not-for-profit company, was officially formed in 2007 and over the years has been involved in the production of publications, library and archive, and salon and festival productions around raising awareness about the injustices and inequalities caused by urban development.

The organisation came up with the name on the view that “there is no beginning or end of a city” and by acknowledging that ‘gateways’ gives others the power to set out boundaries, borders and limitations to people’s lives. The archive launch taking place in London will consist of a pop-up display and there will be opportunities throughout the evening to find out more about the project from the people themselves, who have been involved in the publications, festivals and salons, which all form part of the archive.

One of the people attending the launch of the “This is not a gateway archive” will be Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, who has been heavily involved in protecting and establishing indigenous people’s rights with the hope that they can be lead away from the pain of genocide and colonialism.

In 2012, she co-founded Idle No More, which is one of Canada’s largest indigenous mass movements seeking to protect and fight for indigenous people’s right to self-determination, freedom and liberation in Turtle Island.

A Nêhiyaw citizen, Sylvia, author of the book “Nationhood interrupted: revitalizing Nêhiyaw legal systems”, has received many awards over the years for her outstanding work. These include, but are not limited to, the Carol Geller Human Rights Award and the 2014 Global Citizen Award.

Location: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH. Date and time: Thursday 1 February at 7 pm. The event is free to attend, however because of limited capacity, it is a ticketed event. More information here.

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