Picture of the Students for Barrier-Free Access Logo. Logo includes 3 people on the left hand side of the banner holding up signs with the following symbols, Sign Language logo, a person using a wheelchair, a person using a cane.

Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – April 4, 2017

Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee

Join the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee for a discussion on U of T’s new Sexual Violence Policy, and the University’s goals for the education and prevention of sexual violence.

The Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence at U of T  is currently holding consultations to gather student feedback and recommendations on their sexual violence education and training program on campus. Come join us in discussing the content that you would like to see the Expert Panel prioritize.

Some of the questions we would like to address include:

  1.     What is the SV Policy?
  2.     Why was it created?
  3.     What would members want to see prioritized in the University’s sexual violence education and prevention training modules?
  4.     What would meaningful support for disabled and mad survivors of violence look like in areas of sexual violence education and training on campus?

Students for Barrier-free Access is a student-led disability justice organization that has been actively advocating for a more inclusive Sexual Violence policy and Centre for Sexual Violence Support and Education at the University of Toronto. We are committed to working towards ending campus rape culture.

Please note that while this event is open to all disabled and mad survivors of violence, we seek to centre the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous and POC disabled and mad survivors. We ask that event attendees be mindful of the space that they are taking in the discussion and support the collective in creating a respectful and meaningful community dialogue.

Date: Tuesday April 4th, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00PM

Location: TBD

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event.  TTC tokens available.  Please arrive scent-free.  Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you require ASL or Live Captioning to participate in this event, or if you have any other access needs, please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com by Tuesday March 28, 2016.

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [March 27, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon
  • QT2sBIPOC Discussion Night
  • Monthly Lunch
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events
  • Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee

Community Events and Resources

  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC
  • She Talks: Answering the TRC’s Calls to Action
  • 5th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festiva

SBA Programming and Events

Crafternoon

Join us on March 23rd, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30pm for another afternoon of crafting! Room 924 at 215 Huron Street.

All-Gender Washroom on the same floor.
Please note that this is a scent-free space.
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Monthly Lunch

Join us for our monthly lunch this Monday March 27th, 2017 from 12:30 – 2:30pm! We are located at 215 Huron Street, room 924.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night, Monday March 27, 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.

Date: Monday March 27, 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: Tuesday April 18th, 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 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

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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee

Join the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee for a discussion on U of T’s new Sexual Violence Policy, and the University’s goals for the education and prevention of sexual violence.

The Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence at U of T  is currently holding consultations to gather student feedback and recommendations on their sexual violence education and training program on campus. Come join us in discussing the content that you would like to see the Expert Panel prioritize.

Some of the questions we would like to address include:

1.     What is the SV Policy?
2.     Why was it created?
3.     What would members want to see prioritized in the University’s sexual violence education and prevention training modules?
4.     What would meaningful support for disabled and mad survivors of violence look like in areas of sexual violence education and training on campus?

Students for Barrier-free Access is a student-led disability justice organization that has been actively advocating for a more inclusive Sexual Violence policy and Centre for Sexual Violence Support and Education at the University of Toronto. We are committed to working towards ending campus rape culture.

Please note that while this event is open to all disabled and mad survivors of violence, we seek to centre the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous and POC disabled and mad survivors. We ask that event attendees be mindful of the space that they are taking in the discussion and support the collective in creating a respectful and meaningful community dialogue.

Date: Tuesday April 4th, 2017

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Community Events and Resources

Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project Communiqué and Special Invitation

The Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians (AEBC) is launching a City of Toronto-funded project to provide new self-advocacy tools, resources and training for people with disabilities seeking employment. This peer engagement project will equip people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds to better advocate for equal access to employment services, programs and opportunities.

Project activities include identifying barriers, gathering and developing advocacy resources, education and training. Project outcomes include participants being able to present a case for inclusion in employment services and programs.

Project participants will consist of persons with different disabilities from diverse groups including women, youth, seniors, ethno-racial minorities, and LGBTQ community members, among others, who are unemployed or under-employed. They are invited to join two parts of the project:

  1. Focus Groups in five regions of the Toronto Area: Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, East York/Beaches, and Etobicoke/West Toronto.
  2. Five education/training sessions, developed from their recommendations, to be led by Subject Matter Experts.

For more information, including dates, times and location of focus groups, please review attachment.

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She Talks: Answering the TRC’s Calls to Action

Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Benson Student Lounge, Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St.

 

FREE FOOD FREE ADMISSION

 

Featuring:

  • Sarah Bear, U of T student in history and English, 2017 SOAR Aboriginal Youth Gathering student coordinator
  • Bonnie Jane Maracle, U of T Aboriginal Learning Strategist, U of T TRC Steering Committee Co-Chair on Indigenous Curriculum
  • Keren Rice, Chair of the Department of Linguistics, Interim Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies
  • Jennifer Sylvester, U of T student specializing in Indigenous Studies, President and Communications Coordinator of the U of T Indigenous Studies Students’ Union

Register at https://shetalks2017.eventbrite.com

 

Presented by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s Equity Movement, Indigenous Studies Students and the Indigenous Education Network

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5th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival 

In memory of our Mapuche WEICHAFE [WARRIORS] MATIAS CATRILEO & ALEX LEMUN, & the many others (indigenous and non-indigenous) who have been murdered by the repressive forces of the Chilean State.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1st & SUNDAY APRIL 2nd

University of Toronto – Specific Location TBA

*ALL NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES*

Donations Appreciated

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/673956192776744/

Speakers TBA!

Organized by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] An OPIRG Toronto Action Group
For more information: https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com/
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OPENING NIGHT – SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST

5PM – OPENING RECEPTION feat. the SubMedia Collective

GUEST SPEAKERS: Frank @ SubMedia (Director of Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle)

MORE TBA!

This year we are proud to present the director of Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle, made by our friends at the SubMedia Collective on the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

SubMedia.tv is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia.tv has produced hundreds of videos on everything from anti-globalization protests to films about shoplifting. Their films have been screened around the world in social centers and movie theaters and have been watched by millions on the internet.

6PM – Trouble – Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle, Turtle Island, 2017 (30 minutes)

Since December of 2016, the Submedia Collective have been developing “Trouble,” a new monthly show offering in-depth anarchist analysis on various topics, struggles and movement dynamics. Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle, is the first to be published in the documentary series depicting the recent struggle to protect sacred indigenous lands and waters at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The motivation in producing this film was to shed light on the important contributions made by indigenous warriors on the frontline to the broader struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

6:30PM – Üxüf Xipay: The Plunder, Wallmapu, 2003 (75 minutes)

***Winner of the Best Documentary Film for “Indigenous Peoples,” at the Voices against Silence Mexican Documentary Film Festival, 2004. Best Film for Testimonial Value, at the International Indigenous Film Festival in Santiago, Chile, 2004. Official Selection of the Toulouse Documentary Film Festival, 2006. ***

This documentary exposes the multiple dimensions of the Mapuche Nation’s organizational process throughout 120 years of struggle, in six thematic segments. “Wallmapu” sheds light on Mapuche cosmology, the traditions of a people, and the extension of this territory up till the moment of the Spanish Conquest. “The Reservation” refers to the relationship between the Mapuche People and the Chilean State, its respective colonizers, its consequences and visions of the future. “Reform and Counter-reform” encapsulates the implementation of Chilean Agrarian Reform policy and its impact in the reclamation of indigenous territories, as well as the subsequent military coup of 1973, ending the redistribution process. “Road Closures” focuses on the period of democratic transition with the implementation of the Indigenous Law and the National Corporation for Indigenous Development (CONADI) by then President Patricio Aylwin. “Logging Country” highlights the dilemma faced by indigenous populations as a result of the military regime’s subsidization of the Forestry sector continued in the current democratic period. Finally, “the Movement” depicts the current resistance capacity of the Mapuche people from the perspective of front line warriors, touching on the strategies of land reclamation.

8PM – Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia/Abya Yala, 2016 (125 minutes)

*** Academy Awards Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, 2016. Winner of the Ariel Award for Best Ibero-American Film, 2016. Winner of the Fénix Film Award for Best Direction, 2015.***

See Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOa9pjl37Lo

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd

1PM – Strawberry and Chocolate, Cuba, 1993 (110 min)

***Winner of the Goya Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1995; the ACRI-NOVA Award at the Havana International Film Festival, 1993; the Silver Berlin Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival, 1995. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, 1995.

See Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VnwSHpEgv8

Havana 1993 – Queerness, prejudice and the questioning of gender and political binaries are highlighted in Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s Strawberry and Chocolate. The renowned Cuban Director (“Memories of Underdevelopment,” 1968), Gutierrez Alea delivers a refreshing critical lens into contemporary Cuban society. David is a student of Social Sciences in the University of Havana. Diego is a homosexual that lives for and to exalt cuban culture. One opens up to the complex world of personal realities, the other fights to be recognized and not be discriminated because of his sexual preferences. David and Diego, two human beings apparently opposite, separated by prejudices, distanced by their political, cultural and sexual preferences, find the difficult road towards friendship. A universal conflict form part of the lights and shadows of Havana and the spectacular unaffordable cost of cuban culture. Strawberry and Chocolate is not a movie about the seduction of a body, but about the seduction of a mind; a true reflection of understanding and solidarity.

3PM – The Colony [“Colonia Dignidad”], Chile/England, 2015 (120 minutes)

See Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIDcyadRqy4

Based on true events. Chile 1973: a young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, ex-Nazi cult founded by Wehrmacht officer and Hitler Youth veteran Paul Schäfer from which no one has ever escaped. Colonia Dignidad was one of the central torture centres of Pinochet’s military regime, where hundreds of people were tortured, murdered and disappeared.

5PM – The Baader-Meinhof Complex, Germany, 2008 (184 minutes)

***Nominated for Best for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, 2009; Golden Globe Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, 2009. Best Film Production at the Bavarian Film Awards***

See Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FanVI8-zlsA

Germany 1967. The children of the Nazi generation have grown up in the devastation their parents created. They vowed fascism would never rule again. Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction. Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Ulrike Meinhof – the central founders of the RAF – are inflamed by worldwide and local events, such as Vietnam, and German industrialism, which lead them to conclude that violence is the only effective form of opposition.

8PM – In the Name of the Father, Ireland, 1993 (133 minutes)

The film tells the true story of Irish youth, Gerry Conlon, one of the “Guildford Four” who were handed life sentences for wrongful conviction of an IRA bombing in 1974, where he and his father are taken to prison. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer, Gerry determines to prove his innocence, clear his father’s name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.–

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [March 7, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Crafternoon
  • Reimagining International Women’s Day: Celebrating Creative Resistance
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • QT2sBIPOC Discussion Night

Community Events and Resources

  • Honouring our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival 2017
  • Islam Awareness Week
  • Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Disability Studies – Call for Papers
  • Unsettling Histories: Refusing Settler Colonialism from Turtle Island to Palestine
SBA Programming and Events
Crafternoon – Save the Date
 
Join us on March 9th, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30pm for another afternoon of crafting! This week we will be learning how to use a mix of water colour painting and salts!
Gluten-Free and vegan snacks available!
All-Gender Washroom on the same floor.
Please note that this is a scent-free space.
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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, 2nd Floor Main Activity Hall (Room 208) – this is a fully accessible space (see Facebook event for details)
569 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2J7

For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/676718145846100/

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reimagining-international-womens-day-celebrating-creative-resistance-tickets-32471417885


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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.

DateMonday 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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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night, Monday March 27, 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.

Date: Monday March 27, 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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Community Events and Resources
 

Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival 

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 – Doors Open @ 11AM | Grand Entry @ 1PM
Location: Athletic Centre – Sports Gym (320 Huron Street, Toronto, ON)

Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival 2017 Special Guests and Staff.

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578461218836927/
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Islam Awareness Week

Welcome to Islam Awareness Week 2017! Educate yourself on Islam, have conversations with Muslim students, and be amazed by the diversity and strength of the Muslim community. Come join us! For more information, please visit facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1315404665205920/

TUESDAY MARCH 7
“The Trials of Muhammed Ali: Doc & Talk”
Facilitated by Imam Yasin Dwyer & Amina Mohammed
6 – 8 PM OI4426
In collaboration with: Black Students Association and Somali Students Association

WEDNESDAY MARCH 8
“Beliefs and the Biosphere”
An interfaith discussion about the environment
6:30 – 8 PM SK548
In collaboration with: Thaqalayn Muslim Association, Newman Catholic Center, Hillel Group

“Inclusive Classrooms for Muslim Students”
A critical friend dialogue for teacher candidates
4 – 5:30 PM OI2214

THURSDAY, MARCH 9
“Talking Circle: Islam Within First Nations”
A conversation with Elder David Sanderson on his experiences being an Indigenous Muslim
6 – 8 PM MFC Multi-Purpose Room
In collaboration with: Indigenous Studies Students Union

FRIDAY, MARCH 10
“Islamic Food & Fine Arts Festival”
Paintings, calligraphy, nasheeds, spoken word poetry and delicious food
2 – 4:30 PM, MFC Main Activity Hall

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Special Issue of Canadian Disability Studies – Call for Papers

Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences:
Perspectives from Disability Scholarship, Activism, and Art
Guest Editors: Dr. Katie Aubrecht & Dr. Nancy La Monica

Narratives of survival and mythologies of resilience play a central role in cultural reproduction of neoliberal Westernized societies and sensibilities. A dominant trope holds that lived experiences of adversity are resources that can be productive and even profitable, when effectively managed. Disabled, m/Mad, d/Deaf, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2S, children and older adults – socially and ethno-culturally marginalized people and communities – are routinely represented as occasions to observe, and even test, the truth of this trope. The affects, experiences, realities, desires, and even the very lives of people living with difference and adversity, are treated as resources that can be morally and justifiably exploited in the name of progress. Resilience is paradoxically imagined as a product of disablement, and a form of insurance against disability. Such narratives structure everyday life in schools, colleges and universities, as well as in families and communities, rural and urban environments, nursing homes and hospitals, and even prisons.

This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (CJDS) seeks works that critically examine survival and resilience as socio-political phenomena, and that resist and rupture neoliberal relations to difference and adversity. Submissions may take the form of theoretical, policy and empirical analyses, autoethnographies, pedagogical and activist reflections and interventions, visual and performance art, poetry, fiction/non-fiction, interviews, and critical commentaries that take-up, flesh-out, and undo unexamined relations to the meanings and materialities of survival, rupture, and resilience.

Although the following list is not exhaustive, possible topics may include:
• Autoethographies of resilience
• Colonialities and/of resilience
• Coping technologies and (govern)mentalities
• Corporealities of survival and/or resilience
• Disability and intergenerationality
• Disability, indigeneity, cultural resilience and renewal
• Discourses of disaster (social, environmental, emotional, and otherwise)
• Education and resilience
• Eugenic survivals/surviving eugenics
• Family resiliences
• Genealogies of resilience
• Geographies and/of resilience
• Geopolitics of resilience
• Livability and resilience
• Media representations of resilience
• Mythologies of resilience
• Performativities and practices of survival and/or resilience
• Politics of resilience
• Psychiatric and institutional survivor histories and activisms
• Reimagining rupture and resilience from post/trans/dis-human perspectives
• Resilience and desire/desirability
• Resilience and security/surviving securitization/rupturing risk
• Resilience and the (un)natural world
• Resilience literatures and literacies
• Resilience narratives
• Resilience within and beyond institutionalization/institutionalized spaces
• Social, mental and environmental ecologies and resilience
• Survivals and/or resiliences as mediating time(s)/temporalities
• Survivals, ruptures and resiliencies within the context of austerity and/or neoliberalism
• Surviving regimes of carcerality and/or “care”
• Sustainability and resilience
• Technologies of resilience

We are accepting submissions in English, French, ASL, and LSQ. All submissions that are not text-based must be made accessible (eg: videos and vlogs must be captioned, artwork must include audio description which can be embedded as alt-text, etc.). Please contact the editor if you have any questions about this.

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies welcomes interdisciplinary submissions ranging from but not limited to critical race theory, disability studies, m/Mad studies, d/Deaf studies, gender studies, history, art history, philosophy, social work, sociology, and visual and literary arts. Submissions must include/engage a disability studies perspective. We invite authors who self-identify as academics, artists, activists, and cultural producers.

Written submissions must be no longer than 6000 words (excluding references, notes, and tables) and reflections and creative writing may be significantly shorter. Work submitted must be original, not under consideration or published elsewhere in print or electronic media. Submissions must include a cover page with authors’ names, titles, institutional affiliations (if applicable), and full contact information, but authors’ names cannot otherwise appear anywhere in the manuscript. Authors must also provide a 250-word abstract and 4-10 keywords. Please read further for CJDS submission guidelines: http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/about/submissions.

Artistic submissions may include poetry, creative writing, photography, video, mixed media, as well as digital renderings of works on paper or sculpture. Artwork must take a form that can be submitted and viewed/heard electronically. For visual imagery, digital files may be sent as jpgs in an e-mail attachment. Emailed image files must be no larger than 640 x 480 ppi (72 dpi) and must be numbered and named to correspond with a text-based list describing images.

Full paper submissions are due October 1st, 2017.

Please submit electronically in Microsoft Word format (or, if sending images, according to the specifications outlined above) as an email attachment to the special issue’s guest editors Dr. Katie Aubrecht: katie.aubrecht@msvu.ca and Dr. Nancy La Monica: lamonican@gmail.com.

Additional information:
http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/announcement/view/12
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Unsettling Histories: Refusing Settler Colonialism from Turtle Island to Palestine

The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 — featuring Lee Maracle, Hind Awwad, and Erica Violet Lee — will focus on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists will reflect on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles.

About the Speakers:

LEE MARACLE is a Native Canadian writer whose work is unparalleled in its creativity and scope. Maracel’s novels, poetry, drama, performance art and storytelling, re-imagine centuries-old myth and tradition for future generations, and reflect her antipathy toward sexism, racism and white cultural domination. Maracle is of Salish and Cree ancestry and a member of the Stó:lō Nation. Lee, a grandmother of four and mother of four was born in North Vancouver, BC. She currently is Mentor for Aboriginal Students at University of Toronto where she also is a teacher and the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School, where she is a part-time cultural instructor.

ERICA VIOLET LEE is a student, Indigenous feminist, and community organizer from inner-city Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is a self-described Philosopher Queen from the Nehiyam First Nation. She has a blog named Moontime Warrior: Fearless Philosophizing, Embodied Resistance, where she writes on environmental racism, colonial borders, and the love, knowledge, and beauty found in the wastelands.

HIND AWWAD is the former coordinator of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) in Palestine, and is currently a steering committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

Organized by the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) BDS Committee and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 BDS Committee.

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About Israeli Apartheid Week 2017:

First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. This year, IAW will take place in more than 150 cities across the globe. The week aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing practices of apartheid, occupation and dispossession against the Palestinian people. Lectures, films, and creative actions will build support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto is organized by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), Students for Justice in Palestine at Ryerson (SJP), the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) BDS Committee, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 BDS Committee.

For more information on other IAW events taking place in Toronto, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/785938064891029/

IAW 2017 is endorsed by the following organizatons: Arts and Science Students’ Union, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, CUPE Local 1281, CUPE Local 3903, CUPE Local 3902, Equity Studies Students’ Union, Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario, Graduate Geography and Planning Students’ Association, Ghassan Kanafani Association, Harvest Noon Co-Op, Health Studies Students’ Union, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada, Independent Jewish Voices – UofT, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, No More Silence, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Not in Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, OPIRG Toronto, OPIRG York, Salaam Canada: Queer Muslim Community, Socialist Project, Stop the JNF – Canada, University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union, Upping the Anti, We Are UofT 89.5FM, Women and Gender Studies Students’ Union, Women in Solidarity with Palestine