The Embassy Cultural House continues to give attention to the tragedy unfolding in Gaza and joins with hundreds of thousands of protesters who demand a permanent ceasefire and an end to the Israeli occupation. Attempts to silence those who support Palestinian rights are front and centre. Craig Mokhiber, the former Top U.N. Official on Human Rights in the New York office, recently resigned, denouncing Israeli bombardment of Gaza and describing it as a “text-book case of genocide". Closer to home, cultural workers are being punished for their support of Palestinians. A recently circulated letter from the Israel Museum and Arts Canada (IMAAC) addressed to Stephen Jost, Director of the AGO, concerning Anishinaabe-kwe curator, artist and organizer, Wanda Nanibush is a case in point. One of the demands in the IMAAC letter was that she engage in “anti-semitism training" as a response to her empathetic work on Palestine. News of Wanda's forced departure from the AGO has provoked cultural workers from across the country to protest this public institution's failure to protect a member of their curatorial team from external pressures. Wanda, who is known for her critical and compassionate work as the AGO's inaugural curator of Indigenous Art is respected far beyond the walls of the AGO and we will support her in whatever way she decides to move forward.
In this spirit, we are sharing Wanda's article “About Land" which was published in Canadian Art in Fall 2016, and was removed from the Canadian Art website shortly after it appeared. This article is an important example of Wanda's vital work. To download the article, please click the button below.
The Embassy Cultural House will continue to keep our focus on Gaza and the Occupied West Bank, and the severe consequences on individuals and communities who are profoundly affected by the traumatic events that are unfolding. While moving forward with our programming and publishing schedule, upcoming is ECH's participation in the next iteration of the international program Queer Cinema for Palestine (QCP), which will coincide with Human Rights Day on December 10, 2023. More information on this event can be found in this newsletter.
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