SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [February 27th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Call for Volunteers – Honouring our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival
  • Vegan Cooking Class with UofT Veg Club and SBA
  • Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students – Today!!
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Crafternoon
  • Reimagining International Women’s Day: Celebrating Creative Resistance

Community Events and Resources

  • UTSGU Elections: Vote!
  • Toxic Toronto: Bus Tour
  • Colonization Road: Cinema Politica
  • Black Death Matters

SBA Programming and Events

Call for Volunteers – Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival

The Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival needs volunteers! Happening Saturday, March 11th, this volunteer opportunity helps students to meet new people, learn about Canada’s Indigenous cultures and traditions, and contribute to the University of Toronto’s efforts of reconciliation and decolonization. All volunteers must attend a two-hour orientation session on pow wow protocol and conflict resolution and will receive an HOSPW T-shirt as thanks for their support of this student-led event. Shifts are only three hours long! Sign-up here: tinyurl.com/hreb5cy

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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!

Come meet other disabled students and SBA members and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Topics covered at the workshop:

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presentation by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Monday February 27, 2017

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Student Centre Board Room, Room 270, UTM Student Centre

Everyone welcome! Priority will be given to disabled BIPOC students.
Wheelchair accessible.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room and on the first floor in the UTMSU office.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require live captioning or ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia atsba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access

Are you a beginner in the kitchen and wanting to learn some hands-on cooking skills? Considering switching to a plant-based diet but aren’t sure where to start? Love to cook but want to learn low-strain techniques for food preparation?

Join the University of Toronto Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a free cooking class and learn prep and cooking techniques for a variety of access needs!

At this class, registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson will teach us how to make easy, affordable, delicious and warming plant-based meals. Alternative steps on how to make the recipes allergen-free will also be shared during the class.

Please note that attendees will not be cooking their own meals. Instead we will work together to prepare each recipe and have enough food for everyone to get a taste of each dish.

Date: Friday March 3, 2016

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue.

Space for this cooking class is limited so please register by contacting Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com or Mahima at jhalanimahima13@gmail.com

Priority spaces will be held for disabled people.

Access Info: This is an anti-racist, queer and trans positive space. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please arrive scent-free for the cooking class.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night, Monday March 6, 2017 6:00-8:00pm

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This discussion topic for this meeting will be ‘strategies for taking on critical conversations with community (and/or with family)’.

Date: Monday March 6, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.
Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:50-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***

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The Muslims Are Coming! 

This event is the second in a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Date: Monday March 20th, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 207, MultiPurpose Room

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.

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Crafternoon – Save the Date

Join us on March 9th, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30pm for another afternoon of crafting! This theme will be water colours! More information next week!

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Reimagining International Women’s Day: Celebrating Creative Resistance

Join us on March 9th for “Reimagining International Women’s Day: Celebrating Creative Resistance”. This is a collaborative multi-medium art-based event that aims to provide a safe(r) sharing space for self-identified women, trans, two spirit, and gender non-conforming/non-binary people and highlight the voices and creative resistance strategies of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, particularly queer (LGBTTQ2SIA+), trans, two spirit, and/or disabled folks.

A sit-down dinner will be provided with vegan and gluten-free options available, with opportunities for attendees to explore art installations and purchase art from local artists, as well as spoken word, storytelling, and poetry performances. We will provide more information on performers and artists as information becomes available.

Date: March 9th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: the Multifaith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice – Room TBC
569 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2J7

The location is fully accessible. The building entrance has a shallow ramp that leads to a powered glass door; there is an elevator to all floors; and there are accessible washrooms (auto-door opener, accessible stall with grab bar, accessible sink and hand drying facilities). There is also a gender-neutral single-user accessible washroom on the second floor.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space and we will be hosting an opening smudging ceremony (TBC).

We will also have child care, tokens, and a decompression space (2nd Floor Meditation Room) available for participants.

If you have any accessibility or child care needs, questions or concerns please email us at multi.faith@utoronto.ca.

Collaboration partners:
Multifaith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice
Centre for Women & Trans People
Resisting Oppression and Reclaiming Spirituality
Women & Gender Studies Students’ Union
Students for Barrier-Free Access
Centre for Indigenous Studies

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Community Events and Resources

Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections on February 27 and 28, 2017, and Win Prizes!

Cast your ballot today or tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and elect your 2017/2018 Executive Committee with pride. Your Executive Committee represents you throughout the year, and advocates for issues on your behalf.

To cast your ballot at a poll station, all you will need to bring is your student id card. Please click here for a full list of poll stations across all three campuses: https://www.utgsu.ca/polling-stations/. To learn more about the candidates who want to represent you, click here for a full list of the candidates’ statements: https://www.utgsu.ca/about-utgsu/elections/candidates/.

When you cast your vote, you will also have the chance to enter a contest to win a pair of headphones, a grocery or a coffee gift card. All you have to do is let a poll clerk know you’re interested in entering the contest, and they will ask you to write down your name and email address on the contest form. Winners will be contacted in early March with instructions on how to claim their prize.

If you have any questions, or an accessibility requests, please email the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Scott Surphlis, at: cro@utgsu.ca.

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Toxic Toronto: A Bus Tour through the Belly of the Beast

NOTE: If you are planning on coming you need to reserve your spot on the bus here: www.tinyurl.com/ToxicToronto
Marking yourself as “going” on facebook does not reserve you a seat!

Jump on the bus on March 5th!

PDAC*, the largest gathering in the world for the global mineral industry, begins on March 5. Every year, over 25,000 people descend on the city of Toronto for this 85-year-old trade show and convention. Some have called PDAC the “Superbowl” or the “Oscars” of the extraction industry. But why does it happen here? What is it about Toronto that makes this city PDAC’s perfect home? It’s certainly no accident.

Join us on a bus tour through the “belly of the beast” to untangle the secret webs of power and money that connect our city to some of the most harmful and toxic mining and extractive projects around the world.

Access information:

-two buses

-wheelchair accessible van

-ASL interpreter booked

-There will be kid-friendly activities, tokens, and food available.

-Any specific access requests beyond this can be indicated on the registration form, and we’ll do our best to meet these needs — especially if folks register and let us know soon!

WE’LL EXPLORE:
– What exactly is going on in those shiny skyscrapers on Bay Street
– The Toronto Stock Exchange – happens there and why it is the best place on earth to raise capital for extractive projects
– The headquarters of some of the world’s biggest corporate villains
– The sites of inspiring direct actions and other forms of resistance – where and how Torontonians are fighting back!
– The connections that exist between big money and investment here in Toronto and controversial industrial projects all over the world (like Canada’s Chemical Valley on Aamjiwnaang First Nations’ land, or the Dakota Access Pipeline being resisted across the border at Standing Rock, or Canadian mining operations on territories beyond Turtle Island).
– The tour will end with a rally outside the PDAC convention. Participants can also choose to go inside and check out the convention for themselves at the end of the tour!

Wanna learn more? Hop on the bus!

INSPIRATION
We take major inspiration for this tour from our friends and allies at ASAPwho have been running Toxic Tours of Canada’s Chemical Valley in Aamjiwnaang for years, as well as from the Mining Justice Alliance in Vancouver.

Thank you to Inter Pares, MiningWatch Canada, Rights Action, & CUPE 3903 Flying Squad for sponsoring this tour!

*PDAC stands for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Reserve your seat on the bus here: www.tinyurl.com/ToxicToronto

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Colonization Road

This event is free and open to everyone that would like to attend.

COLONIZATION ROAD unearths the history of the Public Lands Act of 1853 — its impact on First Nations, treaties, land and the expansion of “Canadian” settlement. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon follows a few roads, one in his own home town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where the main drag is still called Colonization Road. Ryan meets up with a number of people along the way, exploring the state of relationships, settlers in solidarity and what it means to “decolonize.”

Director Michelle St. John will be in attendance, along with Dr Pamela D.Palmater and Professor Jeff Denis.

More event details TBD.

Location: Ryerson Image Arts, IMA307
(122 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9)

Mark your calendars and follow our page for updates.

For more information on the film:
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/colonization-road

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Black Death Matters

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), Debates Room

We are honoured to welcome Dr. Shante Paradigm Smalls to the University of Toronto. Dr. Smalls will be offering a talk titled, #BlackDeathsMatter: Performance, Queer-Trans-Black Bodies, & Public Space. The talk explores the intersection of art, politics and the afterlife.

For the full abstract, please visit: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/mf/hip-hop#node-6037

Dr. Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Her teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. Dr. Smalls is currently finishing her first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Black Scholar, GLQ, Criticism, Lateral, Women & Performance, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, Syndicate Lit, and Oxford University Press.

Dr. Smalls is also a certified mediation instructor and dharma teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist (Tibetan) tradition. She is a vajrayana student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and teaches regularly at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City. For her schedule of Buddhist teaching and past podcasts, please visit: http://shanteparadigm.com/Meditation

Join this event on Facebook.

 

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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!

Come meet other disabled students and SBA members and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Topics covered at the workshop:

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presentation by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Monday February 27, 2017

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Student Centre Board Room, Room 270, UTM Student Centre

Everyone welcome! Priority will be given to disabled BIPOC students.
Wheelchair accessible.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room and on the first floor in the UTMSU office.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require live captioning or ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access

Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access

Are you a beginner in the kitchen and wanting to learn some hands-on cooking skills? Considering switching to a plant-based diet but aren’t sure where to start? Love to cook but want to learn low-strain techniques for food preparation?

Join the University of Toronto Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a free cooking class and learn prep and cooking techniques for a variety of access needs!

At this class, registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson will teach us how to make easy, affordable, delicious and warming plant-based meals. Alternative steps on how to make the recipes allergen-free will also be shared during the class.

Please note that attendees will not be cooking their own meals. Instead we will work together to prepare each recipe and have enough food for everyone to get a taste of each dish.

 

Date: Friday March 3, 2017

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue.

Space for this cooking class is limited so please register by contacting Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com or Mahima at jhalanimahima13@gmail.com

Priority spaces will be held for disabled people.

Access Info: This is an anti-racist, queer and trans positive space. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please arrive scent-free for the cooking class.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [February 22, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon – Tomorrow
  • Call for Volunteers – Honouring our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival
  • Vegan Cooking Class with UofT Veg Club and SBA
  • Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students
  • Monthly Lunch
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
  • The Muslims are Coming!

Community Events and Resources

  • UTSGU Elections: Vote!
  • Education Survey

SBA Programming and Events

Crafternoon

Join us for another afternoon of crafting from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Feel like making cards? Check out our scrapbooking supplies! Want to learn how to knit or crochet? We will provide lessons tomorrow where you can borrow the equipment and keep the yarn!

215 Huron Street, room 924. If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and we’ll open the doors. Please note that this is a scent-free space and that an all-gender accessible washroom is on the same floor.
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Call for Volunteers – Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival

The Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival needs volunteers! Happening Saturday, March 11th, this volunteer opportunity helps students to meet new people, learn about Canada’s Indigenous cultures and traditions, and contribute to the University of Toronto’s efforts of reconciliation and decolonization. All volunteers must attend a two-hour orientation session on pow wow protocol and conflict resolution and will receive an HOSPW T-shirt as thanks for their support of this student-led event. Shifts are only three hours long! Sign-up here: tinyurl.com/hreb5cy

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Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access

Are you a beginner in the kitchen and wanting to learn some hands-on cooking skills? Considering switching to a plant-based diet but aren’t sure where to start? Love to cook but want to learn low-strain techniques for food preparation?

Join the University of Toronto Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a free cooking class and learn prep and cooking techniques for a variety of access needs!

At this class, registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson will teach us how to make easy, affordable, delicious and warming plant-based meals. Alternative steps on how to make the recipes allergen-free will also be shared during the class.

Please note that attendees will not be cooking their own meals. Instead we will work together to prepare each recipe and have enough food for everyone to get a taste of each dish.

Date: Friday March 3, 2016

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue.

Space for this cooking class is limited so please register by contacting Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com or Mahima at jhalanimahima13@gmail.com

Priority spaces will be held for disabled people.

Access Info: This is an anti-racist, queer and trans positive space. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please arrive scent-free for the cooking class.

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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!

Come meet other disabled students and SBA members and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Topics covered at the workshop:

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presentation by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Monday February 27, 2017

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Student Centre Board Room, Room 270, UTM Student Centre

Everyone welcome! Priority will be given to disabled BIPOC students.
Wheelchair accessible.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room and on the first floor in the UTMSU office.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require live captioning or ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia atsba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Monthly Lunch

Join Students for Barrier-Free Access from 12:30 to 2:30pm this Monday for our monthly lunch! 215 Huron Street, room 924. Vegan and Gluten-free options available. All gender washroom on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night, Monday March 6, 2017 6:00-8:00pm

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This discussion topic for this meeting will be ‘strategies for taking on critical conversations with community (and/or with family)’.

Date: Monday March 6, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.
Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:50-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***—————————————–

The Muslims Are Coming! 

This event is the second in a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Date: Monday March 20th, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 207, MultiPurpose Room

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.

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Community Events and Resources

Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections on February 27 and 28, 2017, and Win Prizes!

The UTGSU Elections will be held on February 27, and 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will have a chance to vote in candidates for the six Executive Commissioner positions for the 2017/2018 year. The Executives advocate for increased student representation, and act as a voice for graduate students.

This year, you will also be eligible to win one of three prizes, which are: a pair of headphones, a grocery gift card or a coffee gift card. All you have to do is leave your name and email address with a poll clerk after you vote, and your name will automatically be entered into the draw. Winners will be contacted in early March by email with instructions on how to claim their prize.

For a list of locations where you can cast your vote, please visit:
https://www.utgsu.ca/polling-stations/

For a list of candidates running in the Elections, please visit:
https://www.utgsu.ca/about-utgsu/elections/candidates/

If you have any questions, or accessibility requests, please email the CRO, Scott Surphlis, at: cro@utgsu.ca.

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Education Survey

ARCH Disability Law Centre, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario, and Brock University, is announcing the launch of new research titled “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”. We are currently conducting a survey on the experiences of students with intellectual disabilities in Ontario’s public school system. The focus of this survey is on many of the current practices and barriers related to inclusive education.

For more information and access the survey, copy and paste or select the link directly below:

http://archdisabilitylaw.ca/node/1181

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This discussion topic for this meeting will be a continuation of our previous discussion on ‘how to take on critical conversations with community (and/or with family)’. You are not required to have attended the last discussion group to join this one. New members are always welcome!

Date: Monday March 6, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.
Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:50-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***

 

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SBA Office Closures – Feb 14th, 17th, 20th

Office Closure Notice – Multiple dates

Please note that the SBA Centre will be closed on Tuesday February 14th from 12pm-2pm in order to attend the 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony. SBA members who would like to join us and travel together to the Strawberry Ceremony should arrive at the SBA Centre by 12pm. TTC tokens will be provided.

More information about the Strawberry Ceremony:
Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

 
On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/

 
Please note the additional upcoming Centre closures:
  • February 17th – All Day
  • February 20th – Family Day
  • February 21st – All Day

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [February 13th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night – Tonight!
  • Surviving Together Workshop
  • Office Closures

Community Events and Resources

  • Poll Clerks with UTGSU
  • Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office Drop In Hours
  • 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony
  • Making Canada Great Again: Deconstructing Fear Tactics

SBA Programming and Events

QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night – Tonight!

Monday February 13, 2017 6:30-8:00pm

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This discussion topic for this meeting will be ‘how to take on critical conversations with community (and/or with family)’.

Date: Monday February 13, 2017

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.
Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 6:25-6:30pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***
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Office Closure Notice – Multiple dates

Please note that the SBA Centre will be closed on Tuesday February 14th from 12pm-2pm in order to attend the 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony. SBA members who would like to join us and travel together to the Strawberry Ceremony should arrive at the SBA Centre by 12pm. TTC tokens will be provided.

More information about the Strawberry Ceremony:
Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/

Please note the additional upcoming Centre closures:

  • February 17th – All Day
  • February 20th – Family Day
  • February 21st – All Day

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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!

Come meet other disabled students and SBA members and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Topics covered at the workshop:

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presentation by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Monday February 27, 2017

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Student Centre Board Room, Room 270, UTM Student Centre

Everyone welcome! Priority will be given to disabled BIPOC students.
Wheelchair accessible.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room and on the first floor in the UTMSU office.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require live captioning or ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia atsba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community events and Resources

Poll Clerks with UTGSU

The 2017 Elections and Referenda Committee (ERC) are hiring poll clerks to work the 2017 UTGSU Elections on February 27, and February 28, 2017. The hourly wage is $15/hr and this opportunity is helpful for international students who do not have work permits, as this wage is not taxed. To qualify, you must be a registered graduate student, be responsible and reliable, and have strong communication skills. In order to fill the position, you must be available for a mandatory training session which will take place on February 15th, 2017 (time and place to be determined).

Our poll stations will be set up in various locations around the St. George campus, as well as at the Mississauga and Scarborough campuses. The election days and times are as follows:

  • February 27th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • February 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (although certain polling station locations may differ depending on the hours of the building)
  • The satellite campuses will only have polls February 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in this work, please send an email to Leah Mulholland, the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) at dro@utgsu.ca by Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 before midnight with the subject line: Poll Clerk Job Opportunity. Please include a short paragraph explaining why you would be suitable for this role, your availability (full-day shifts are preferable), preferred poll locations and if you have access to a cellphone/laptop for accessing digital information. (Please note if you have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle. This is by no means a requirement, and it will not disadvantage those applicants who do not drive, but it is helpful to know in case we need drivers to go to the satellite locations.) While we cannot guarantee these times or locations, we will do our best.

If you have any further questions, please email the Deputy Returning Officer Leah Mulholland at dro@utgsu.ca.

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Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office Drop In Hours

WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS FROM 3-4PM

Enjoy critical discussions about race, faith, gender and other intersections of identity?

Don’t have a space to talk about these topics?

Come to our drop-in hours!

We have SNACKS!!!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Room 603.

For more information check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/676111572591543/

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12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony

Strawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto

Please leave your agency, institutional and organisation banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two-spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.

Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organising committee, with the direction of Wanda, will be leading songs. Jingle dress dancers are also called to join on the march. Please contact us if you can participate so protocols can be observed.

We recognise that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.

*************
Accessibility info:
It might be COLD! Please dress for the weather and we will endeavour to keep ceremony to 1 hour.
Some tokens will be available
There will be a sound system
**************

Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Please message us if you would like to volunteer, or add to the list of endorsements!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/

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Making Canada Great Again: Deconstructing Fear Tactics

Date: February 17th 2017, from 6pm- 8pm

Location: Claude T Bissell Building room 205.

This event will be a discussion on the current culture of fear and how it’s used to as a tool in political agendas. Stephen Harper and Donald Trump are examples of political figures that use or have used fear tactics, particularly against Muslims, as a campaign strategy. It is crucial that all Canadians, in such troubling times, learn how Islamophobia and xenophobia and other forms of hatred are weaponized so we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community at-large. The event will also include group activities that will help participants engage with relevant themes.

Amira Elghawaby, the Communications Director for the National Council of Muslims, will be the keynote speaker for the event. A vocal human rights advocate specializing in challenging Islamophobia, she has been both a full- time and freelance journalist, writing and producing stories for a variety of media including CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail. In 2012, she joined the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) as a Human Rights Coordinator, advocating for human right and civil liberties of diverse communities. In 2015, she became the Communications Director, in which she leads NCCM’s media relations, public engagement, and strategic communications.

Free food will be provided.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact vpequity@utsu.ca. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625699551072640/

This event has been brought to you by the University of Toronto Students’ Union in collaboration with the Muslim Students’ Association, African Students’ Association , Nigerian Students’ Association, Woodsworth College Students’ Association, and the New College Student Council as part of our Anti- Islamophobia Week campaign.

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SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [February 7, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Surviving Together Workshop
  • Crafternoon
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
  • Office Closures

Community Events and Resources

  • Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office Drop In Hours
  • 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony
  • Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival
  • Making Canada Great Again: Deconstructing Fear Tactics
  • Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds – Call for Tabling
  • The New Disability Activisms – Call for Abstracts

SBA Programming and Events

Office Closure Notice

Please note that the SBA Centre will be closed on Tuesday February 14th from 12pm-2pm in order to attend the 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony. SBA members who would like to join us and travel together to the Strawberry Ceremony should arrive at the SBA Centre by 12pm. TTC tokens will be provided.

More information about the Strawberry Ceremony:
Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/

Please note the additional upcoming Centre closures:

  • February 17th – All Day
  • February 20th – Family Day
  • February 21st – All Day

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The Muslims Are Coming!

This event is the first of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The topic for this session will be state surveillance, islamophobic violence, and current events. This will also be a space to talk about ways in which we can respond to current events and how we can collectively hold space to grieve.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Date: Wednesday February 8th, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.

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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!
Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy some snacks, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Guest Speakers include:
Tess Sheldon Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Elizabeth Kurz, Downtown Legal Services
Ellen Hodnett, Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson, University of Toronto

Topics covered at the orientation:
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presented by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday February 10, 2017

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: 246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social work) room 702, 7th floor

Everyone welcome!
Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Crafternoon

Join us for another Crafternoon on Thursday February 9th, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30pm. We will be learning how to do string art! We have limited supplies so please let me know if you’re interested by emailing: sba@utoronto.ca . To learn more, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULOfvuDIqoE

215 Huron street, room 924. All-Gender washroom on the same floor.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night, Monday February 13, 2017 6:30-8:00pm

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This discussion topic for this meeting will be ‘how to take on critical conversations with community (and/or with family)’.

Date: Monday February 13, 2017

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.
Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 6:25-6:30pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***
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Office Closure Notice

Please note that the SBA Centre will be closed on Tuesday February 14th from 12pm-2pm in order to attend the 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony. SBA members who would like to join us and travel together to the Strawberry Ceremony should arrive at the SBA Centre by 12pm. TTC tokens will be provided.

More information about the Strawberry Ceremony:
Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes
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Community events and Resources

Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office Drop In Hours

WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS FROM 3-4PM

Enjoy critical discussions about race, faith, gender and other intersections of identity?

Don’t have a space to talk about these topics?

Come to our drop-in hours!

We have SNACKS!!!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Room 603.

For more information check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/676111572591543/

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12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony

Strawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto

Please leave your agency, institutional and organisation banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two-spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.

Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organising committee, with the direction of Wanda, will be leading songs. Jingle dress dancers are also called to join on the march. Please contact us if you can participate so protocols can be observed.

We recognise that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.

*************
Accessibility info:
It might be COLD! Please dress for the weather and we will endeavour to keep ceremony to 1 hour.
Some tokens will be available
There will be a sound system
**************

Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Please message us if you would like to volunteer, or add to the list of endorsements!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/
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Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival will be a celebration that honours all students at University of Toronto. 

The day will be filled with activities of a traditional powwow, and we will also be celebrating all the Indigneous communities that call Toronto home.

It’s a day to celebrate academic journeys and Indigenous culture.

Everyone is welcome, especially all students of University of Toronto.

The event details are as follows:

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 12-6pm
Location: Athletic Centre – Sports Gym

Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival 2017​ VIPs and Staff.

Master of Ceremonies
Chris Pheasant

Arena Director
Amos Key Jr.

Head Veteran – Eagle Staff Carrier
Andrew Wesley
James Bird

Host Drum Group
Smoke Trail

Co-Host Drum
Young Creek
Charging Horse

Head Male Dancer
Buck Neshkiwe AKA Standing Bear

Head Female Dancer
Nichole Leveck

Elders
Alex McKay
Andrew Wesley
Lee Maracle
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Making Canada Great Again: Deconstructing Fear Tactics

Date: February 17th 2017, from 6pm- 8pm

Location: Claude T Bissell Building room 205.

This event will be a discussion on the current culture of fear and how it’s used to as a tool in political agendas. Stephen Harper and Donald Trump are examples of political figures that use or have used fear tactics, particularly against Muslims, as a campaign strategy. It is crucial that all Canadians, in such troubling times, learn how Islamophobia and xenophobia and other forms of hatred are weaponized so we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community at-large. The event will also include group activities that will help particpants engage with relevant themes.

 

Amira Elghawaby, the Communications Director for the National Council of Muslims, will be the keynote speaker for the event. A vocal human rights advocate specializing in challenging Islamophobia, she has been both a full- time and freelance journalist, writing and producing stories for a variety of media including CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail. In 2012, she joined the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) as a Human Rights Coordinator, advocating for human right and civil liberties of diverse communities. In 2015, she became the Communications Director, in which she leads NCCM’s media relations, public engagement, and strategic communications.

Free food will be provided.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact vpequity@utsu.ca. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625699551072640/

This event has been brought to you by the University of Toronto Students’ Union in collaboration with the Muslim Students’ Association, African Students’ Association , Nigerian Students’ Association, Woodsworth College Students’ Association, and the New College Student Council as part of our Anti- Islamophobia Week campaign.

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Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds – Call for Tabling

Once again, the first day of the “Reclaiming our bodies and minds” ROBAM conference will start with a community fair. You are invited to table at no cost to your organization.

1) Table at no cost in our community fair on Friday March 10 from  4 to 6:30 pm

2) Promote your program or upcoming events,

3) Distribute material to attendees

What is ROBAM

Is a multi-campus Conference that focuses on Disability Rights and accessibility. We provide accommodations like ASL interpretation, attendant care, and all meals at no cost to participants and it is open to the community.

Check out our website and feel free to share with those in your list of this great opportunity to hear speakers from disability advocates from Arts, Academia, and community.

Click on the button to register and indicate your accessibility needs.

https://reclaimingourbodiesandminds.wordpress.com/

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The New Disability Activism: Current Trends, Shifting Priorities and (Uncertain) Future Directions

The onslaught of neoliberalism, austerity measures and cuts, impact of climate change, protracted conflicts and ongoing refugee crisis, rise of far right and populist movements have all negatively impacted on disability and created more suffering, impairment and deaths in the global north and south. At the same time we are witnessing the watering down of many rights, legal entitlements and policies that sustained disability lives as well as the ability and willingness of academia, non-governmental organisations, multinationals and institutions to get involved in fighting back politically, economically, culturally and socially to ensure change. Yet, disabled people are fighting back and we urgently need to understand how, where and what they are doing, what they feel their challenges are and what their future needs will be.

Editors Dr. Maria Berghs (De Montfort University), Dr. Tsitsi Chatiaka (University of Zimbabwe) and Dr. Yahya El-Lahib (University of Calgary) are putting together a book proposal for Routledge illustrating disability activism in its current forms and needed future directions. We will provide a dedicated space to disability activists to give them a platform to illustrate their current practices and a platform to do this in a format of their choosing. We also want to illustrate some of the ways in which academics are engaging in activist practice to understand why and how this occurs. Lastly, we feel we need to learn from the ways in which disability activism is forming and will change or needs to change to combat the coming challenges of the 21st Century. How do you define activism? Does disability activism need to decolonise? What are the differing roles of pioneer and emerging activists in the north and south? What kinds of issues are of concern?

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
-The links between models and theories to social changes as seen and understood by activists and academics: what works?
-The effects of neoliberal austerity measures and role of disabled people’s activism in the global north and south and links to influencing international and national policy
-Disability activism and links to academia, non-governmental organisations, multinationals and ensuring funding, restitution or reparations
-Perspectives from pioneer disability activists from the global north and south
-Decolonising disability activism, protesting ableism and rethinking human rights in the global south and north
-The experiences of disability activisms or emerging activisms that are not regularly given attention such as those of women, children and the elderly
-New tactics, issues and advocacy movements, emancipations and liberations
-Cyber-activism, the deep web and social media
-New health activisms around issues such as dementia or infectious diseases and links to ‘disability’, biological (dis)ableism and the new futures of genomics for disability lives
-Psychiatry, mad pride, mad studies, neurodiversity and survivor activism
-Rebellion, emancipation, political revolt and the roles of disability in peace movements and reconciliation
-Forced migration, refugee experiences and combating a disabling humanitarianism
-Involvement in accessibility, independence and inclusion movements in Indonesia, intersectionality to protests against university fees in South Africa or movements such as Black Lives Matter in the United States
-Far right movements, fascism and living under (dis) ableist dictatorships
-Interventions in disabled people’s lives and role of activism
-Disability activism incarcerated and imprisoned (i.e. prisons, day centres, orphanages, care homes etc).
-Art, culture, tourism and disability activism
-Political engagement, voting (Cripping the vote or making it accessible) and occupation of public spaces

Editors: Dr. Maria Berghs (De Montfort University), Dr. Tsitsi Chatiaka (University of Zimbabwe) and Dr. Yahya El-Lahib (University of Calgary)

We will be supported by an advisory board of activists who will ensure oversight of the activist contributions.

Please send your abstract submissions to: disabilityactivism@gmail.com

Abstracts should contain a title, a short paragraph (300 words) and some key words.

Deadline: 31st of March 2017
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