Join us for the Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action official launch event. This event will be a panel discussion reflecting on the 2008-2009 intergenerational demonstrations that mobilized Toronto’s Tamil community; a scale of which Toronto had never seen before. During the launch, you will hear from speakers who were organizers and active participants of those protests.
The event will be the launch event for the Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action online web-based exhibit, and give attendees an inside look at the physical exhibit, which is on display at the Fort York Visitors Centre. The exhibit tells the stories of the Tamil Canadian protests in 2009 that brought together tens of thousands of protesters to Downtown Toronto to bring attention to the Genocidal War that was taking place in Sri Lanka.
AN ARCHIVE OF ACTION EXHIBITION
Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action is an exhibition and installation that brings together interviews, documents, photographs, video footage and untold stories of the 2008-2009 Toronto human rights protests against the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka.
Mobilized by members of the Tamil Canadian community, these demonstrations brought together tens of thousands of protesters during the months of September 2008 to June 2009, culminating notably in the Gardiner Expressway blockade.
This project is organized by the Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action in collaboration with Neethan Shan, Thevya Balendran and Hiba Abdallah
Community exhibit facilitation provided by Hiba Abdallah.
Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action’s mission is to work towards the success of all Tamil Canadians in the social, political, economic and cultural spheres of Canada through education, documentation, engagement, training, mobilization, research, policy change and collaboration.
Neethan Shan, currently Executive Director of Urban Alliance on Race Relations, is a former Toronto City Councillor and Toronto District School Board Trustee for Scarborough—Rouge River. From 2006-2010 he was also elected as a York Region District School Board Trustee. Neethan Shan began his career as a Youth Outreach Worker in Malvern. Neethan went on to become a manager for youth programs in Malvern, where he developed and implemented over twenty programs in many different schools. He has served as a Math and Science teacher, a youth outreach worker, college professor, and is the former Executive Director of CanTYD and of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. Neethan’s extensive involvement in the social services sector also includes work with Parent Action on Drugs, Malvern Community Coalition, Community Use of Schools Council, and Scarborough Youth Task Force, just to name a few organizations. Neethan Shan has a distinguished human rights advocacy record, receiving many awards including the Race Relations Award from the Urban Alliance for Race Relations and the Vital People Award from the Toronto Community Foundation. As a Toronto City Councillor, Neethan was Toronto’s Youth Equity Champion and Newcomer Advocate.
Ninaivukal is a Tamil word that means “ Memories.” Ninaivukal started as an online web portal medium in 2008 to document the lifestyle and expression of Tamils in Greater Toronto Area. The Unity of the Tamil Community and their determination to stand for their political views are some of the key moments captured by Ninaivukal. Ninaivukal Magazine publications came to reality in 2011 as an annual publication. We capture any moments as large as gatherings at Rogers Centre to open ground events. For almost a decade, Ninaivukal has become an integral part of the Tamil Community in the GTA.
Thevya Balendran is an Eelam Tamil activist and organizer. Presently, she works as a Project Coordinator at Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action and Urban Alliance on Race Relations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Politics from Ryerson University. She volunteers as a Workshop Facilitator with People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) and organized the Photo Exhibit on the Tamil Genocide in Toronto. Her interest lies in exploring stories of resistance, and the narratives and lived experiences of refugees, marginalized and racialized communities.
Hiba Abdallah, is an artist and organizer who frequently works with others. Her practice explores locality, civic resilience and political structures as tools for fostering collaborative agency. She received her BFA from the University of Windsor in 2012 and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2017. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action
18 May 2021
Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action Exhibition
10 Apr – 18 May
Fort York Visitor Centre
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