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SBA Newsletter [April 25, 2017)

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
  • Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
  • Family Matters is Back!
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists

Job Opportunities

  • SGDO Summer Work-Study Positions
  • Web Accessibility Assistant

SBA Programming and Events

Crafternoon

Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!

Date: Thursday May 4th, 2017

Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.

Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5pm, please call 416 967 7322

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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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Community Events and Resources

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences is the start of a deeper conversation around increasing the accessibility of the sciences for students with disabilities. The book provides insights and advice on integrating students with disabilities into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Each chapter features research and best practices that are interwoven with experiential narratives.

The book is reflective of the diversity of STEM disciplines (life and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics), and is also reflective of cross-disability perspectives (physical, sensory, learning, mental health, chronic medical and developmental disabilities).

It is a useful resource for STEM faculty and university administrators working with students with disabilities, as well as STEM industry professionals interested in accommodating employees with disabilities.

Who Is It For?

University faculty, science educators in secondary school, special education teachers (including teachers of the blind and visually impaired), academic administrators, disability office staff, students with disabilities, and industry professionals in STEM and related disciplines. Additional target audiences include related academic and professional organizations as well as those involved in professional development training and workshops.

Synopsis:

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences…
•    Discusses the barriers faced by students with disabilities interested in pursing education, training and careers in the sciences
•    Highlights some of the challenges faced by students with disabilities around trailblazing in STEM, including mental health issues
•    Offers a global perspective on making education, research or work spaces accessible for students with disabilities in the STEM fields
•    Discusses best practices on accommodating and supporting students and demonstrates how these practices can be translated across disciplines
•    Enhances faculty and educator knowledge of inclusive teaching practices, adaptive equipment, accessibility features, and accommodations in science laboratories, which would enable the safe participation of students with disabilities
•    Provides advice for students with disabilities on disclosure and mentoring

How To Find It

Online at:

https://www.elsevier.com/books/creating-a-culture-of-accessibility-in-the-sciences/sukhai/978-0-12-804037-9#utm_source=SciTech%20Connect&utm_medium=lifesci&utm_campaign=STC317

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=472

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Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool2017

Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
#BlackLivesMatter-TO is creating educational resources for #BlackLivesMatter Freedom School, a 3-week long summer program for children aged 4-10 running this July. Freedom School is a response to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA. The money raised by this campaign will pay Black artists to create much needed educational resources for young children. It will also go towards programming costs.
Click Here for Support!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-blmtofreedomschool-2017#/

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Family Matters is Back!

Family Matters is back!

WHEN: Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Family Matters is a workshop series by and for queer and trans spectrum young people. We use:

  • grounding exercises
  • self-care practices
  • community-building activities
  • group discussions
  • and expressive-arts techniques

To imagine and create lives that are supported by relationships where we can be our whole selves!

Our location is wheelchair accessible with gender-neutral washrooms.

Tokens and vegan, gluten-free, nut-free dinner provided.

Accommodations available upon request by March 31

Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Contact: Ainsley @ 416 968 3422 ext. 21

ainsley@springtideresources.org

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

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Job Opportunities


SGDO SUMMER 2017 WORK-STUDY POSITIONS

Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon)

CLN Job ID: 94626

 

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is hiring two Programming & Events Assistants for the 2017 summer session. These work-study positions are open to all registered undergraduate and graduate students (i.e. domestic and international students, and students studying on a part-time basis) with at least a 40% course load continuously from May to August. Check here for full eligibility criteria.

 

Eligible students are able to work a maximum of 12 hours per week, up to a total of 90 hours from May 15th to August 14th. Only candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) is the University of Toronto’s tri-campus resource for LGBTQ communities and information.  As a part of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, you will work with students and staff members and play an active role in our summer programming and Office initiatives. This is a really great opportunity to gain skills in project management and event administration by working on LGBTQ and equity initiatives at the University of Toronto. This position will have a particular focus on:

  • U of T Pride
  • U of T Pride Pub
  • Lead with Pride: Executive Jumpstart
  • Program & event planning for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Other events, leadership development opportunities, and office work as needed

Applications are due to Kathy Vi Mac, SGDO Program Coordinator, by Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).  Please attach a cover letter with your résumé, outlining relevant experiences and why you want to work with the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office in this role.
Read more about these positions online.

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Web Accessibility Assistant (Job ID: 94214) | 1 position – Using knowledge of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 this person will help lead a pilot project to review the accessibility of a selection of websites. The successful applicant will work with the AODA Officer and various communications teams to devise a plan to identify, review and update websites to meet web accessibility standards. They will also help the AODA Officer to develop resources to assist web communications teams to create accessible content. The ideal student will be committed to furthering skills in the area of web accessibility, project management, and design thinking. A full job description can be found in the Career Learning Network by searching for the job ID number.

 

In order to apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be registered in a 40% course load for the Summer term.
  • Students are permitted to accept ONE Work Study position per program period.
  • Students registered in the Toronto School of Theology are not eligible for Work Study positions.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for Work Study
  • Students do NOT have to be OSAP eligible to apply for Work Study positions.

 

Students must submit their application through the Career Learning Network by Friday 5 May, 2017.

SBA Newsletter [April 18th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Crafternoon
  • Monthly Lunch
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Successful Black Women in the Academy
  • Fighting Racism in the Age of Trump
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists
SBA Programming and Events
 
Crafternoon
 
Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!
 
Date: Thursday April 20th, 2017
 
Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.
 
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322
 

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Monthly Lunch

Join us for another monthly lunch at the SBA Centre! There will be vegan and gluten-free options available. All gender washrooms on the same floor.

Date: Monday April 27th, 2017

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Location: 215 Huron St., Suite 924

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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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Community Events and Resources

Successful Black Women in the Academy: Advice for Navigating the Terrain
 
On April 20 from 6-8pm in the OISE Nexus Lounge, on the 12th floor. Join the OISE Black Women’s Caucus, and  the OISE Graduate Students’ Association for a panel speaker session on how black women can navigate the terrain around them. The speaker list includes: Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel, Humber College, Dr. Andrea Davis, York University, Dr. Ann Lopez, OISE/UT, Dr. Delores V. Mullings, Memorial University, and Dr. Roberta Timothy, Continuing Healing Consultants. For more information, contact Janelle Brady at: janelle.baptiste.brady@mail.utoronto.ca

 
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Fight Racism in the Age of Trump
 

The election of Donald Trump in the US has emboldened the racist right in the US and around the world. In Canada, conservative leadership candidates have stoked the fires of bigotry and the result has been an increase in racist attacks here. But they can be stopped. The outpourings of solidarity against racist attacks have shown that public opinion stands strongly against hate.

Join us for this public forum to discuss strategies to build a broad movement to defeat the bigots.

Speakers

Weyman Bennett
Co-convenor – Stand Up to Racism UK

Nigel Barriffe
President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Chantal Sundaram
International Socialists

Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto

This forum is part of the Marxism 2017 conference

For more information or to register please see: www.marxismconference.ca

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

 

 

SBA Newsletter [April 10th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Office Closures
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the Lines
  • APUS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC – Two Dates Left
SBA Programming and Events
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.

DateTuesday April 18th, 2017

Time1:30-3:30PM

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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Office Closures

Please note that the SBA centre will be closed on the following dates:

Friday April 14th, 2017 – All Day

Monday April 17th, 2017 – All Day

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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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Community Events and Resources

BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the Lines

Presented by: Community Action Centre at the Student Association of George Brown College 


ZAMI – A New Spelling of My Name
by Audre Lorde

As part of our Black History Month Extended, we will be reading from Audre Lorde’s Zami.

LOCATION:
Community Action Centre, 165B (St. James Campus)
George Brown College
200 King Street East, Toronto, ON

TIME:
5:30pm-7:30pm


Limited copies of the book is FREE for pickup at the Community Action Centre.
Questions/Accommodations: international@sagbc.ca
or message Rain Ing

bit.ly/BIPOCbooksApr13

Bio:
A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Her poetry, and “indeed all of her writing,” according to contributor Joan Martin in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, “rings with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling.” Concerned with modern society’s tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as “lesbian” and “black woman,” thereby empowering her readers to react to the prejudice in their own lives. While the widespread critical acclaim bestowed upon Lorde for dealing with lesbian topics made her a target of those opposed to her radical agenda, she continued, undaunted, to express her individuality, refusing to be silenced. As she told interviewer Charles H. Rowell in Callaloo: “My sexuality is part and parcel of who I am, and my poetry comes from the intersection of me and my worlds… [White, arch-conservative senator] Jesse Helms’s objection to my work is not about obscenity…or even about sex. It is about revolution and change.” Fighting a battle with cancer that she documented in her highly acclaimed Cancer Journals (1980), Lorde died of the illness in 1992.

Colour Between the Lines is a BIPOC Book Group centering readings by authors of colour. We enter the discussions from an intersectional, decolonial anti-oppressive framework. We will read from a diverse range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, etc. Potential authors on the book list: bell hooks, Marjane Sartrapi, Audre Lorde, and more.

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APUS Annual General Meeting
 
All part-time undergraduate students may attend the AGM on April 6th, 2017 at 5pm. Members will hear updates form the APUS Executive, review APUS’ financial statements and by-law changes, and appoint our auditors for the next year. ASL interpretation, live captioning, and refreshments will be provided. For meeting agenda, and financial statements, please visit apus.ca/agm. If you have any accessibility requests, please email vpinternal@apus.ca
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

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Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC

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 group please review attachment.

SBA Newsletter [April 4th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – TODAY!
  • #AllOut4GC
  • Crafternoon
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Office Closures
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • IEN/ISSU Games Night and End of Term Social
  • BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the Lines
  • APUS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
SBA Programming and Events
Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – TODAY!

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

Location: Room 702, (246 Bloor Street West, Social Work Building)

Time: 5pm – 7pm

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 Thursday March 30, 2017.—————————————–

 
#AllOut4GC
 

As university students, educators, and community members, we want to see quality public education that is accessible to all. As students and workers at this University, it is up to us to defend the right to education and better working conditions and build the University we want to see.

FIGHT THE FEES

UofT’s Governing Council is voting on tuition fee increases for students on April 4, 2017. Students at UofT pay among the highest tuition fees in the country on average. Over 50% of students across UofT rely on OSAP and many work multiple part-time and full-time jobs to fund their education. High tuition fees and student debt disproportionately affect low-income, disabled, racialized, and indigenous learners. International students are made to pay the difference for government underfunding. The high cost of education is a significant cause of student distress.

FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS

Many students and workers at the University make less than a living wage. The University of Toronto can afford to pay all students and staff who make this University a world-class institution a living wage. This includes Scarborough Campus cafeteria workers currently on strike to end poverty wages.

On April 4, 2017, we are calling on Governors to:

  • Vote NO to all proposed tuition fee increases

  • Commit to ensuring a $15/hour minimum wage across the University

JOIN US – RALLY AT SIMCOE HALL

April 4, 2017, 3:30 pm

27 King’s College

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Questions, endorsements or accessibility requests? Email: fightthefees@apus.ca.

For more details, check out the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/653595788157954/

Endorsed by:

Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS of the UofT)

Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)

University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU)

Canadian Federation of Students’ Ontario

University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union

Unite Here Local 75

CUPE 3902

United Steelworkers Local 1998

The Free Tuition Coalition

African Students Association UofT

CUPE 3907

Black Students’ Association of UofT

LGBTOUT

Students for Barrier-free Access

More info:

APRIL 4 – FIGHT THE FEES, FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS RALLY

UofT’s Governing Council will be voting on tuition fee increases for all domestic and international, undergraduate and graduate students at its meeting on April 4, 2017. Proposed tuition fee increases for incoming undergraduate students range from 3-5%, while continuing students will face increases of between 5-9%. For incoming graduate students in professional programs, increases range between 2-15%, with 2-5% increases for continuing students. Notably, the Governing Council is proposing to decrease tuition for domestic students in doctoral-stream programs by 1%, but international students in the same cohort will face 5% increases.

Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees amongst students across the country. International students often face the brunt of tuition fee increases with lesser access to financial aid and job opportunities. Higher fees are also resulting in more students taking on high levels of debt, as well as turning to precarious work. We know that students work multiple part-time and full-time jobs to fund their education and over half of students at the University rely on OSAP. Many students – including work study students – make less than a living wage. The University of Toronto can afford to pay all students and staff who make this University a world-class institution a living wage. This includes Scarborough Campus cafeteria workers currently on strike to end poverty wages. Governing Council also has a responsibility to make sure all workers have access to a safe working environment. Recently, concerns regarding asbestos exposure have also been raised by staff and students at the St.George campus.

The high cost of education is increasingly taking a toll on the mental health of our students. Students continue to be made to shoulder the burden of high tuition fees while simultaneously paying ancillary fees to access mental resources on campus. Higher tuition fees also disproportionately affect low-income, disabled, racialized and indigenous learners.

Students, staff and faculty are calling on Governors to vote no to all proposed tuition fee increases. As university students, educators, and community members, we share a goal to see a system of post-secondary education that high quality, that is public, and is accessible to all. We also want to see all students and staff of the University make a $15/hour minimum wage. As students and workers at this University, we are at the forefront in the struggle over its future. It’s time for us to come together and defend the right to education and better working conditions.

RALLY AT SIMCOE HALL

April 4, 2017, 3:30 pm

27 King’s College

 
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Crafternoon
 
Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!
 
Date: Thursday April 6th, 2017
 
Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.
 
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322
 

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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.

DateTuesday April 18th, 2017

Time1:30-3:30PM

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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Office Closures

Please note that the SBA centre will be closed on the following dates:

Friday April 7th, 2017 – All Day

Friday April 14th, 2017 – All Day

Monday April 17th, 2017 – All Day

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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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Community Events and Resources
IEN/ISSU Games Night and End of Term Social

Join the Indigenous Education Network and the Indigenous Studies Students’ Union for and end of term social and games night on Wednesday April 5th from 6-8pm at OISE in the 12th floor Nexus Lounge.

 

Indigenous language games provided by Ciimaan/Kahuwe’ya/Qajak. Food and refreshments provided.
Date: Wednesday April 5th, 6-8pm
Location: OISE 12th Floor Nexus Lounge
There will be Indigenous themed games, language games, colouring, and snacks.
Hosted  by the Indigenous Education  Network &  the Indigenous  Studies  Students’ Union. Indigenous  language  games  provided by Ciimaan/Kahuwe’ya/Qajak
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BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the LinesPresented by: Community Action Centre at the Student Association of George Brown College


ZAMI – A New Spelling of My Name
by Audre Lorde
As part of our Black History Month Extended, we will be reading from Audre Lorde’s Zami.

LOCATION:
Community Action Centre, 165B (St. James Campus)
George Brown College
200 King Street East, Toronto, ON

TIME:
5:30pm-7:30pm


Limited copies of the book is FREE for pickup at the Community Action Centre.
Questions/Accommodations: international@sagbc.ca
or message Rain Ing
bit.ly/BIPOCbooksApr13

Bio:
A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Her poetry, and “indeed all of her writing,” according to contributor Joan Martin in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, “rings with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling.” Concerned with modern society’s tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as “lesbian” and “black woman,” thereby empowering her readers to react to the prejudice in their own lives. While the widespread critical acclaim bestowed upon Lorde for dealing with lesbian topics made her a target of those opposed to her radical agenda, she continued, undaunted, to express her individuality, refusing to be silenced. As she told interviewer Charles H. Rowell in Callaloo: “My sexuality is part and parcel of who I am, and my poetry comes from the intersection of me and my worlds… [White, arch-conservative senator] Jesse Helms’s objection to my work is not about obscenity…or even about sex. It is about revolution and change.” Fighting a battle with cancer that she documented in her highly acclaimed Cancer Journals (1980), Lorde died of the illness in 1992.Colour Between the Lines is a BIPOC Book Group centering readings by authors of colour. We enter the discussions from an intersectional, decolonial anti-oppressive framework. We will read from a diverse range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, etc. Potential authors on the book list: bell hooks, Marjane Sartrapi, Audre Lorde, and more.

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APUS Annual General Meeting
 
All part-time undergraduate students may attend the AGM on April 6th, 2017 at 5pm. Members will hear updates form the APUS Executive, review APUS’ financial statements and by-law changes, and appoint our auditors for the next year. ASL interpretation, live captioning, and refreshments will be provided. For meeting agenda, and financial statements, please visit apus.ca/agm. If you have any accessibility requests, please email vpinternal@apus.ca

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 [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
– See more at: http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=462#sthash.sLu6evYK.dpuf


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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

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.

 

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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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 [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
– See more at: http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=448#sthash.FWyap5ZH.dpuf