Sharing…Soup Socks and Singing

Title: Sharing….Soup Socks and Singing
Location: 40 Baker St., Guelph
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Guelph and District Labour Council

Join us December 8, 2016

Come out for an evening of fun!
Enjoy a Soup supper. Bring some Socks to donate to the local shelters and neighborhood groups. Participate in some Festive Singing.

40 Baker St. at 5:00 pm

Donations:
• Socks
• Baked goods in “takeaway” containers

Thank you
Hope to see you there!
Start Time:  5:00 pm
Date: 2016-12-08

Wellington Water Watchers Calls for Full Moon Water Blessings

Title: Wellington Water Watchers Calls for Full Moon Water Blessings
Location: Guelph-Wellington
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Water for Life, Not for Profit.

While encouraging all Ontarian’s to participate in the political process that allows for public commenting on water-taking policies, Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) also invites us to consider another relationship we each have with water as our birthright. Water is essential for all of life, and as such is more than just a “resource to be managed”. It is a precious gift we are entrusted with while we are here. To honour and celebrate this relationship, Wellington Water Watchers calls on Faith-based or traditional cultural groups to host a Full Moon Water Blessing on a Sunday closest to the full moon throughout the coming year.
The first of such Full Moon Water Blessings happened this past Sunday. On November 13th, the eve of the super moon, a group gathered to honour the sacredness of water in accordance with Anishnabeg traditions. Amidst the lingering scent of burning sage, jars of water from area waterways that had been gathered over the past months were poured into two copper pots after a story about those waters had been shared. The two pots were then carried to each participant to see within, their own reflection and to pray into for the health of our waters. Each attendee was given a small vial of these waters to take home with them. WWW extends our sincere gratitude to Jan Sherman and Lois MacDonald for hosting this beautiful ceremony and for reminding us about the sacredness of our waters.
A partner organization called the Great Lakes Commons has for many years advocated for a shift in our collective language around water.
“ We love and depend upon our waters to sustain not only our lives, but all of life. We cannot stand by while our waters are treated as an expendable and exploitable resource when we know they are a source of life,” states the Great Lakes Commons Charter Declaration. “Seeing that the health of our waters is intertwined with our own health and that of generations yet to come, we are called to assert a deeper connection and more powerful role in the future of our waters.”
In calling on Faith-based or traditional cultural groups to host a Full Moon Water Blessing, Wellington Water Watchers hopes to create lasting conversations about the deeper relationship we each have with water. A relationship we all share in regardless of age, gender, race, faith or ancestry.
“We all know the moon governs the pull of waters and tides across the globe,” says Karen Rathwell, board member of Wellington Water Watchers. “It seemed fitting to invite water blessings to align with a lunar cycle instead of the current Gregorian calendar to best aid us in shifting our focus with respect to water from that of regulation to celebration.”

{The Sundays closest to the full moon over the coming year are also available by clicking/tapping this Calendar listing or the Link Out on our  GCA Home page. – Editor}

The invitation to Faith based or traditional cultural groups is to host a Full Moon Water Blessing close to sun down. To register for a date as a host please visit http://wellingtonwaterwatchers.nationbuilder.com/full_moon_water_blessing

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Karen Rathwell, Board Member,
Wellington Water Watchers
[email protected] 519-362-7615

or

Arlene Slocombe, 
Executive Director,
Wellington Water Watchers
[email protected] 519-400-9507

On behalf of the Wellington Water Watchers
www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca
Date: 2016-12-11

GWCSJ Saturday Lunch Meeting

Title: GWCSJ Saturday Lunch Meeting
Location: Diana’s Restaurant, Guelph
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Description: Members of the Coalition will gather to discuss topics of Social and Environmental Justice and have lunch.
Start Time:  1:00 pm
Date: 2016-11-26
End Time:  2:30 pm

Film and Info Night: “Blockadia Rising, and Directly Affected”

Title: Film and Info Night: “Blockadia Rising, and Directly Affected”
Location: MacKinnon 227, U of G
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LAND DEFENSE & INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY
Film and info night #2

Brought to you by OPIRG-Guelph and Fossil Free Guelph

Join us to watch some films, learn about two important Indigenous land defense struggles happening right now, and discuss the upcoming decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and what can be done about it.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/154211758382710/

Start Time:  6:00 pm
Date: 2016-11-15
End Time:  7:30 pm

Guelph Launch of “BLOC BY BLOC: The Insurrection Game”

Title: Guelph Launch of “BLOC BY BLOC: The Insurrection Game”
Location: University Centre (UC) 442, U of G campus
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Are you tired of playing board games that promote colonialism, imperialism and capitalist empire-building? Join us as we launch “Bloc by Bloc”, a revolutionary new board game from “Out of Order Games” destined to shake up the gaming world!

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE so we know how many game tables to set up and how much food to buy. Email Mandy at [email protected] Thank you!

This is a free event. UC 442 is a physically accessible location. Child care and bus tickets are available upon request. Message us with any needs or questions!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/299506413768717/
Start Time:  6:30 pm
Date: 2016-11-17
End Time:  8:00 pm

Film and Info Night: “Fractured Land”

Title: Film and Info Night: “Fractured Land”
Location: MacKinnon 227, University of Guelph
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Description: For more info please click on the Calendar listing or the Link Out provided on our Home page.

“With some of the world’s largest fracking operations on his territory, a young Indigenous leader and lawyer struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.”

Watch the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe591PtCfa0
Start Time:  6:00 pm
Date: 2016-11-10
End Time:  8:00 pm

Guelph Benefit Concert for Standing Rock and Chippewas of the Thames

Title: Guelph Benefit Concert for Standing Rock and Chippewas of the Thames
Location: Red Papaya Thai and Grill, Québec St. Mall (55 Wyndham Street North)
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Description: Join us in raising money and information sharing about two different important and precedent setting acts of Indigenous resistance happening right now. Brought to you by Guelph Anti Pipeline, OPIRG-Guelph and Fossil Free Guelph.

This will be a fundraiser evening with local artists, both musicians and spoken word, and a Silent Auction. If you can donate items to the silent auction, please email [email protected].

Admission: suggested $10 or PWYC

Featuring:
Lisa Baird and David Hudson – Spoken word artists
Amelia Meister – Spoken word artist
Byron – Local musician
Richard Laviolette – https://richardlaviolette.bandcamp.com/
Sally and the Chrises – Local Musical Trio
Sākihitowin Awāsis – Indigenous spoken word artist
Testament – http://www.testtheirlogik.com/

Teachings and information sharing with Myeengun Henry (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Band Counsellor), and Lindsay Gray ( Land Defender from Aamjiwnaang First Nation).

*Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is taking a stand in the Supreme Court of Canada to assert their rights as an Indigenous community. They are challenging the Canadian government to recognise and uphold its responsibilities under treaty. COTTFN’s court case challenges the lack of consultation they received for Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline project but its implications go far beyond this one pipeline. The outcome of this case will impact future decisions for extractive industry and land use in relation to treaty and inherent Indigenous rights. Stand with COTTFN to uphold Indigenous rights. https://chippewassolidarity.org/en

*Standing Rock is ground zero for a huge pipeline dispute next to a First Nations reserve in North Dakota, which travels through 4 states (North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois), and will carry Bakken crude oil fracked from North Dakota. http://standingrock.org/news/standing-rock-sioux-tribe–dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/
Start Time:  8:00 pm – 1:00 am
Date: 2016-11-12

Rampin’ It Up! – Heritage Hall Accessibility Fundraiser

Title: Rampin’ It Up! – Heritage Hall Accessibility Fundraiser
Location: 41 Quebec Street (eBar)
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Description: The Guelph Black Heritage Society is fundraising to build a ramp to enable wheelchair access to Heritage Hall (83 Essex Street) which was formerly known as the British Methodist Episcopal Church, a significant destination on the 19th century “Underground Railroad” slave escape route.
The goal is to reach $47,000 and $4,500 has been raised so far. This licensed event features live music by “The Things” and DJ Charless Janzen.

Tickets in advance are $10 at www.guelph-black-heritage-society.ticketleap.com/heritage-hall-fundraiser and $15 at the door.

Contact [email protected] for more information.
Start Date: 2016-11-04
Start Time:  9:00 pm
End Date: 2016-11-05
End Time:  1:00 am

Guelph Film Festival and SOW present: “The Crossing”

Title: Guelph Film Festival and SOW present: “The Crossing”
Location: First Baptist Church (255 Woolwich St.)
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Description: Facebook Event Page found at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/955442314587477/

$10 suggested donation

Directed by George Kurian, The Crossing is a first-hand account of the perilous journey made by a group of Syrian refugees. Traversing land and sea on an old fishing boat manned by smugglers, the nail-biting journey leads to Europe where the refugees disperse. Each must battle to stay sane and create an identity among the maze of regulations and refugee hostels. The Crossing shows us the lengths to which people go to find safety and forge their own destiny. Post-film discussion with take place with recent refugees to Guelph and those that have helped to get them here.

Contact: 519 827 5046, [email protected]

The Guelph Film Festival runs Thursday November 3 to Sunday November 6. Check out the fantastic schedule and watch the trailers at: http://www.guelphfilmfestival.ca/

Students Offering Welcome is an OPIRG Action Group.
You can reach them at: [email protected] or
https://www.facebook.com/studentsofferingwelcome
Start Time:  1:00 pm
Date: 2016-11-05
End Time:  3:00 pm

Guelph Film Festival and OPIRG present: “ANGRY INUK”

Title: Guelph Film Festival and OPIRG present: “ANGRY INUK”
Location: St. Andrew’s Church (161 Norfolk St., at Suffolk)
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Description: Link to Facebook Event Page found at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/335404466814735/

$10 suggested donation.

Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of the Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. Tauni Sheldon & Ame Papatsie will lead a post-film discussion while Ruth Buchanan will act as a moderator.

Angry Inuk won the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at ImagineNative, and the Vimeo on Demand Audience Award at HotDocs.

Contact: 519 827 5046, [email protected]

The Guelph Film Festival runs Thursday November 3 to Sunday November 6. Check out the fantastic schedule and watch the trailers at: http://www.guelphfilmfestival.ca/
Start Time:  1:00 pm
Date: 2016-11-06
End Time:  3:00 pm