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 EventsCrafternoon – Save the DateJoin 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.—————————————–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:

RSVP here:

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

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.—————————————–
 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

***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.***—————————————–

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:—————————————–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:

“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

“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

“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

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

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: and Dr. Nancy La Monica:

Additional information:
– See more at:
—————————————–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.


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:

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

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