Apathy into Action: Exploring Issues and Organizing Actions

RPIRG is pleased to present the 5th Annual Social Justice Conference at the U of R

Apathy into Action: Exploring Issues and Organizing Actions
All sessions are FREE and open to students and the public. Registration is encouraged, and required if attending the Saturday workshops.


Friday, January 27 – Issue Sessions

10:30 – 4:30, URSU Boardroom, U of R

Come for one or all six!  These 50-minute sessions will be introductions to important current issues, given by some of Regina’s most outstanding facilitators.

10:30 a.m. What is the Crime Bill Really About? – Dr. Michelle Stewart

11:30 a.m.  Action Not Reaction: Feminist Principles at Work – Dr. Brenda Anderson

12:30 p.m. The Gender and Sexuality Top Ten List – Lisa Smith, ED of UR Pride

1:30 p.m.  Capitalism and the Global Economic Meltdown – Dr. Simon Glezos

2:30 p.m.  Three Vignettes on Activism and Citizenship – Dr. Marc Spooner

3:30 p.m.  Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign – John Malhot, Halena Seiferling


Saturday, January 28 – Full-day Skills Workshops

10:00 – 3:30, RIC 208 & 209, U of R

Pick one of two.  Due to the nature of these amazing workshops, participants will have to choose ONE and stay in that workshop all day.  Lunch will be provided by RPIRG for registered participants.

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Anti-Oppression Training – Dr. Alex Wilson                            

Alexandria Wilson is an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Education’s Foundational Education department.  Alex came to Saskatoon from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She is Swampy Cree from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and is involved in a number of research and community projects including: the Aboriginal Education Research Centre’s community consultations on the creation of a Virtual Health Human Resources Centre of Excellence; developing  methods for assessing violence and safety in schools; gay, lesbian and two-spirit narratives from Northern Canada; and the criminal and civil justice systems response to Native American women who have experienced domestic violence.

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Effective Organizing: Getting People to Care – Tracey Mitchell

Tracey Mitchell runs a community-based facilitation practice through which she helps engage people and organizations in creative and courageous conversations toward building a sustainable, equitable and joyful society. She is also the Saskatchewan Coordinator for Next Up, a leadership training and support program for young social change leaders. Though Tracey’s formal education is in History and Sociology, she relies more on experiential learning and also finds endless ways to apply her training in Theatre for Living from Vancouver’s Headlines Theatre. See: www.nextup.ca and www.facilitrace.com.


Registration is not required for the Friday sessions, but is required for the Saturday workshops.  To register, please fill our short, online registration form.

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