Cordillera Day 2012 in Toronto: Indigenous People Unite! Defend Our Lives, Rights, and Livelihoods!


April 21, 6:00pm – Holy Rosary Parish Hall, St. Clair West (just east of Bathurst Street)

We are inviting you to the upcoming 4th year CORDILLERA DAY celebration in Toronto, Canada on APRIL 21, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the HOLY ROSARY Parish Hall on St. Clair West (just east of Bathurst St.). Our theme for this year is INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, UNITE! DEFEND OUR LIFE, RIGHTS and LIVELIHOOD.

Binnadang-Migrante is a newly-formed organization in Canada of indigenous migrants from the Cordillera in Northern Philippines, advocating for the assertion of rights as migrants and actively engaged in the struggle of the indigenous peoples in the Cordillera for self determination and the Filipino people’s struggle for genuine freedom and democracy.

Committed to these principles, Binnadang has adopted and spearheaded the annual celebration of Cordillera Day here in Toronto since last year. Cordillera Day has been celebrated every year on the 24th of April for 28 years since the assassination of Maclling Dulag, a respected pangat (tribal chieftain) who bravely opposed the World Bank-supported Chico Dam Project of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. This intensified the struggle of the Kalinga and Bontoc tribe for the defense of their land and resources. Cordillera day is at once a commemoration of the historical struggle of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera for the defense of their ancestral domain and their right to self determination, as it is an occasion to strengthen the unity among the different indigenous groups of the Cordillera and build solidarity with other indigenous peoples, sectors and other nationalities for social justice, freedom and democracy.

In this regard, we look forward to your active participation in the form of cultural presentations and/or solidarity messages related to our theme to make this event meaningful and successful.

Please send solidarity message and confirmation of your presentations on or before April 10, 2012 for program preparation.

For inquiries and confirmation, please call any of the following:

Jenny Owatan:416-877-5725; Bridge Cosme Dang-ay:647-740-4175; Geralda Cobsilen: 647-898-7531; Marivic Kalagui:647-894-1270; Anabelle :416-275-7164 and Nellie Kablay 705-984-6536