Consultation on Climate Change

Title: Consultation on Climate Change
Location: Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 King St. W., Kitchener
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Description: In May and June federal MPs are planning public consultations on climate change issues. All five MPs in Waterloo Region are teaming up for this multi-constituency consultation. Organizers with the People’s Climate Plan are calling for the national climate strategy that respects climate science and Canada’s commitments in the Paris Agreement, ensures a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050, and enshrines justice for all workers and Indigenous communities.To learn more about the People’s Climate Plan:
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2016-08-18

Workshop: WTF is Solidarity? (two parts: July 19 and July 20)

Title: Workshop: WTF is Solidarity? (two parts: July 19 and July 20)
Location: UC 442 (July 19) and UC 103 (July 20)
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Description: WTF is Solidarity?

Part 1: Tuesday July 19, 5:30-8:30pm (in UC 442)
Part 2: Wednesday July 20, 5:30-8:30pm (in UC 103)
– part 2 is only open to people who attended part 1

For accessibility details contact GRCGED at 519.824.4120 ext. 58559.

The final workshop of the 2016 Summer Institute will explore what coalition building and solidarity can look like. We will discuss power dynamics, holding each other accountable and building trust. Through these discussions we hope to identify trans-formative ways to move forward.
Start Date: 2016-07-19
Start Time:  5:30 pm
End Date: 2016-07-20
End Time:  8:30 pm

Traveling Inward: Conflict Transmutation

Title: Traveling Inward: Conflict Transmutation
Location: University Centre (UC) 103, U of G campus
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Description: Conflict is a fact of life. However, how can we better manage when we come into contact with opposing ideas and views? In traveling inward, participants will explore the role of self-awareness, meditation, liminal spaces and seeing conflict as opportunity for growth and expansion. Participants will be guided through exercises that enhance the ability to be aware of mental and emotional processes, while also understanding our inner conflict/balance is reflected in the external experience.

** Please bring paper and a pen.

Facilitator: Sharrae Lyon

Sharrae Lyon is a transdisciplinary artist, film-maker, healer and facilitator who believes that science-fiction is a tool that can be utilized to project ourselves into new alternative futures that create opportunities to heal traumas of the past and present. She has facilitated workshops across Canada and the United States, including Detroit’s Allied Media Conference’s track “Liberation Technologies: Sci-Fi for World Building and Survival in the Post-Apocalyptic World. She is a healer who is interested in indigenous healing modalities including yoga, qi-gong, meditation and the chakra system in understanding how we can heal ourselves, our lives, minds and bodies outside of institutional medical practices that have been built and constructed by colonial systems. Through analyzing intellectually, emotionally and spirituality the impacts of colonization and slavery on the lives of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, Sharrae is interested in how we can overturn history in t he present moment by creating spaces and moments of healing and transformation that can be sustained and passed forward to future generations. Through indigenous wisdom traditions, which are grounded in the concept of interconnectedness, Sharrae believes we can realign with purpose, the Earth and Cosmo. Her work is an experiment to reclaim and ground knowledges that have been interwoven in her own bloodline and bone memory of African, South Asian and Carib descendant people.
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2016-07-14
End Time:  8:30 pm

Guelph Correction Centre Public Information Session

Title: Guelph Correction Centre Public Information Session
Location: Guelph City Hall Galleria Room
Description: Please support Yorklands Green Hub and its vision of an environmental Demonstration centre on part of this beautiful historic site – please attend and let Infrastructure Ontario and their engineering consultants GHD (of Mississauga) know.

Hosted by Infrastructure Ontario

Start Time:  5:00 pm
Date: 2016-06-28
End Time:  8:00 pm


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Description: Make sure that you let our MP know that a Virtual Consultation leaves out many vulnerable people who do not have ready access to the internet
Climate Change needs a REAL town hall with REAL discussion
Sponsored by Lloyd Longfield MP

Here is how you access this virtual event:

Start Time:  6:30 pm
Date: 2016-06-27

WORKSHOP: Truth and Decolonization

Title: WORKSHOP: Truth and Decolonization
Location: University Centre – most likely 442 – please get in touch to confirm
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Description: This participatory workshop will provide an introduction to historical and ongoing forms of colonization and assimilation policies. We will also explore decolonization, from an Anishinaabek perspective, as a basis for understanding inherent rights and responsibilities. Lastly, how Indigenous ways of knowing and being inform strategies for truth telling and reconciliation will be discussed.

Sâkihitwoin Awâsis is an Otipemisiw and Anishinaabe Two-Spirit land defender and spoken word artist from the pine marten clan. As a writer she has contributed to the books A Line In The Tar Sands, and Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. Her work at Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services draws connections between the health and well-being of Indigenous families and the Earth. She is continually inspired by acts of decolonization, resurgence, and community healing.

Contact us at [email protected] or 519.824.4120
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2016-06-23
End Time:  8:30 pm

Fair Vote Canada presents VOTE for CANADA

Title: Fair Vote Canada presents VOTE for CANADA
Location: Hope House, 75 Norfolk Street
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Prof. Dennis Pilon, York University, Mixed Member Proportional System – MMP
Prof. Byron Weber Becker, University of Waterloo, Single Transferable Vote System – STV
Steve Dyck, Fair Vote Canada, Our winner-take-all system and more!
Community Perspectives Community Leaders & Interest Groups

MODERATOR: John Lawson

Questions and audience participation welcome and encouraged.

CO-SPONSORS: Fair Vote Canada/Council of Canadians Guelph/Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2016-06-28
End Time:  9:00 pm

Confluence: Elora

Title: Confluence: Elora
Location: Elora & Fergus area
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Description: Events ALL day and evening

The Confluence Festival is a celebration of the natural & cultural heritage
of the Elora & Fergus area. Nature activities include guided walks and work-shops on birds, insects, fish, amphibians, mammals and plants; some cultural activities are Indigenous Peoples studies, area history and architecture. Note that both children and wheelchair-accessible activities are prominently featured.
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Start Time: 9:00 am
Date: 2016-06-25
End Time:  9:00 pm

WAVE ~ Water Advocacy Voices Emerging

Title: WAVE ~ Water Advocacy Voices Emerging
Location: Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Avenue (fully accessible)
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Description: What are you concerned about when it comes to water?
Is water taking by Nestle Waters Canada threatening water available to residents?
Whose job is it to protect our water?

Join us for an evening of engaging discussions about how we as a community can take action against Nestle Waters Canada’s bids to bottle and remove water from Guelph and Wellington County.

As seating is limited for this free event, please register at:
Start Time:  6:00 pm
Date: 2016-06-21
End Time:  9:00 pm

Self Care for Advocates in Vulnerable Sectors

Title: Self Care for Advocates in Vulnerable Sectors
Location: University Centre (UC) 441, University of Guelph
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Workers and activists in the vulnerable sectors can easily become overwhelmed by the countless demands for our emotional and mental labour. We as advocates tend to be a vital part of the support systems for those within the community that we serve. So often, we do not realize the pressures that our daily work actually rests upon us, until it is too late. Self-care and awareness are necessary daily practices that should be utilized by advocates, in order to avoid burn out. In this workshop we will explore practices of self-care and awareness. We will reflect on how our positionality influences our relationship to our work and our abilities to cope with triggering circumstances. Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of themselves, their triggers, boundaries, and needs.

Facilitator: Tanisha Jones

Tanisha Jones has an extensive background in the field of social work with 10 years experience in the sector of Violence Against Women (VAW) and a specialized focus in: counselling, housing, advocacy and education. Tanisha works from an intersectional and Anti-Racist Anti Oppressive (ARAO) framework, and has facilitated and participated in many community activities, programs, events, and policy developments within the Peel Region. She is currently working at a shelter for abused women with children. Outside of work Tanisha facilitates various events that promote gender equity and conflict resolution within diverse communities.
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2016-06-16
End Time:  8:30 pm