RPIRG News & Events


Our Turn – University of Regina survey is now live!

From now until December 6, 2018, students and alumni from the past 5 years can fill out the Our Turn – University of Regina survey to provide feedback on sexual assault policies on campus. For more information about Our Turn, the survey, and how you can help spread the word, visit here.

The more people that fill the survey out, the more baseline data we will have! More data will help to better inform advocacy work to make our campus a safer space for everyone.

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NOTICE OF ‘How to win a tuition freeze’ panel & RPIRG AGM – Sept 20th

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) will hold it’s annual AGM on Thursday, September 20th at 11:30am in the RIC Atrium. The AGM agenda can be found here, and our audited financial statements can be found here

All registered University of Regina students are members of RPIRG and are encouraged to attend to:

  • be updated on what we’ve been up to in the past year
  • vote on some key decisions (financial statements, auditor, policy changes, and more)
  • learn more about what we do and how we serve students
  • learn how you can get involved
  • make recommendations to how we operate or what kind of programs you’d like to see

then stay for FREE PIZZA and a panel discussion: HOW TO WIN A TUITION FREEZE!

About the Panel:

This panel will include key student organizers from the the 2006/2007 fight for a province-wide tuition freeze and review of post secondary education in Saskatchewan. The discussion will focus on what worked, what didn’t, and what more could be done. We hope this recent example of a successful student movement will get current students thinking about what it means to mobilize, fight for, and win better access to education in 2018.

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(Dis)Orientation Week!

(Dis)Orientation week is September 10-14!

This week long schedule is full of workshops, talks, and social events designed to connect students to local and global justice movements, while leveling up your leadership and organizer skills. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

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**STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY** – Research Assistant

**the following position is being offered ONLY to students at the University of Regina**

Job Posting: Research Assistant

Project

Literature Review – Social Inclusion and Access to Health Care Among Transgender People in Canada

Position Summary

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is seeking a Student Research Assistant to assist with conducting a review of literature based on research questions developed with community partner the Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition (STHC).

The objectives of the literature review are to:

  1. Enhance knowledge and inform future decision making at community and agency levels with regard to advocating for transgender health reform in the province of Saskatchewan
  2. Compare Saskatchewan’s transgender health policies and service provision to other provinces and to the standards of care recommended by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
  3. Identify and collect information regarding how access to healthcare affects the social inclusion of transgender people in Canada.
  4. Identify relevant gaps in our knowledge.

 Main Responsibilities

  • To search, review and summarize national and provincial transgender health policies and service provision throughout Canada.
  • To search, review and summarize peer-reviewed and grey literature on how access to transgender and transition-related healthcare impacts social inclusion and an individual’s ability to participate fully in society.
  • Based on the findings of the literature review, write a final report on the current evidence-informed practices related to research questions developed by the research team partners
  • To meet regularly with the project team to discuss the progress of literature review and report writing
  • To communicate with the community partner, academic supervisor and other identified collaborators
  • To assist with presenting findings of the literature review at the end-of-project meeting to the project team and other community partners
  • Conduct other project-related activities as specified by the project team, specifically the community partner and an academic supervisor

 Required Skills and Abilities

  • Technical skills: Microsoft Office, web-based reference manager (e.g. Refworks), experience with database searches
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and writing skills
  • Ability to work largely unsupervised, under the direction of a research committee
  • Interpersonal and strong organization skills, time management skills and ability to complete assigned work on time
  • Knowledge of the barriers faced by transgender people when accessing transgender and transition-related healthcare is an asset
  • Knowledge of the barriers transgender people face with respect to social inclusion is an asset.
  • Experience (or familiarity) with projects in community development, health and social services for populations with complex needs is an asset

 Qualifications

  • Third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Regina

 Schedule & Wage

The student researcher will be contracted for a maximum of 130 hours of work from early September, 2018 to Nov 2, 2018. The work hours and the location of the work are somewhat flexible. The wage will reflect CUPE 2419 rates.

**We especially encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, and value opportunities for people identifying within a Gender and Sexually Diverse realm**

To apply, please prepare the following and send it to:

Krystal Lewis, Executive Director

Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

info@rpirg.org

  • Resume and Cover Letter, in one document
  • Contact information of two referees who can provide professional or academic references
  • An example of a written report (this can be a completed project report or a research paper/assignment on a topic in health, social sciences, or other issues)

 Deadline for Applications: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 12pm

 Project Partners

Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition (STHC) is a network of health and mental health providers and administrators, and transgender activists, advocates, and allies working towards the common goal of improving access to culturally competent and knowledgeable transgender and transition-related care in Saskatchewan.

 The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-funded resource centre at the University of Regina committed to social and environmental justice. They provide the resources and funding necessary to enable students to organize around issues through research, education, and action.

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**NEW** RPIRG Micro grant funding

Starting in August 2018, RPIRG will be providing a micro grant for smaller scale funding needs. The 2018-19 year will serve as a pilot project, with a $5000 budget. Due to the smaller funding amount, applicants will be able to simply email in a short application, instead of filling in the our regular grant forms. Non-RPIRG members will be eligible to apply.

HOW IT WORKS

  • What is eligible: projects, events, conferences, training, or travel funding that relate to social or environmental justice.
  • Who is eligible: University of Regina students, or Regina community members can apply for up to $200, once per RPIRG fiscal year (May 1-April 30), by simply emailing in a short application, rather than filling in our regular grant application form. Only one application per initiative will be considered. Unlike our other funding categories, micro grant funding is open to non-RPIRG members.
  • Applications will be received and considered on a rolling basis, until funding has been fully used up ($5000 for this year)
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit receipts or invoices for items purchased

TO APPLY

Email the RPIRG Executive Director (info@rpirg.org) with the subject “micro grant application.” Please include:

  • Name and student number (or organization/initiative if not a student)
  • purpose of funding and its connection to social or environmental justice (up to one paragraph)
  • If a project or event, please send us a link or other info if you’d like us to help promote your event!
  • Please allow for up to 2 weeks for your application to be considered and/or approved

Information on this and our other funding categories can be found here.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact info@rpirg.org!

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An Open Letter In Support of Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children

To: Minister of Justice, Don Morgan; Minister of Social Services, Paul Marriman; and Deputy Minister of Central Services, Richard Murray;

This morning, representatives from Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children, along with other organizations and members of our community, extended an invitation to you to meet with them at the camp on June 20, and to participate in a community Blanket Exercise on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21. The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) would like to formally urge you to accept this invitation, and enter into meaningful engagements with the camp and Indigenous peoples.

In the province of Saskatchewan, Indigenous children make up 85% of children in state care, the number of Indigenous children currently in care exceeds the number of children taken by the Residential School system, and is being called the ‘millenial scoop’.  Indigenous adults make up a similarly disproportionate percentage of the prison population – it is important to note that many were previously children in the child welfare system but were not given the support or tools needed to succeed after their time in foster care. These numbers are a direct result of policies and practices within your respective ministries and that is why you have been invited to meet with, listen to, and learn from the community at Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children. These numbers reflect the deeply rooted and systemic racism that exists here in our province, and should serve as a call to the Government of Saskatchewan to take immediate and meaningful action to reduce these statistics.

The community at Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children are there to hold space for families torn apart by the actions of your respective ministries, and to hold you accountable as leaders, as neighbours, and as Treaty people. As elected members of the legislative assembly, you govern with power afforded you through numbered treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10, as such you have a responsibility to uphold those treaties by honouring Indigenous rights and listening to the voices of Indigenous families, like those represented at the camp, when they tell you what is needed for justice to prevail.

We ask that you respect the camp, and their sacred fire, by lifting the notices of eviction, and by initiating and honouring protocols for discussion. We ask you to do so by leaving your seat of power, and meeting at the camp with humility and respect for the important work that is being done there.  We ask that you, and your colleagues and staff, participate in the community Blanket Exercise. This would send a clear message that you are willing to learn and listen.

As National Indigenous Peoples Day approaches, we urge you to recognize the history of this land we inhabit. Do your part to name, take responsibility for, and rectify both the historic and current injustices that mark the relationships between settler and Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. There can be no reconciliation without justice.

Sincerely;

The board, staff, and membership of
The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

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**STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY** – Plant Health Care Model project caretaker

Job Description: Plant Health Care Model Project Caretaker

 **This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

The Plant Health Care Model (PHCM) project is managed by Professor Tanya Dahms in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Its purpose is to research the viability of implementing a wide scale pesticide-free weed management program. A PHCM pilot project has been running for approximately the last 5 years, testing best practices on some of the green spaces in or adjacent to the Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green.

For approximately the last 3 years, RPIRG has partnered with the PHCM project to hire and manage a part-time summer student to oversee maintenance of the project.

For more information on the PHCM project, please contact us or visit: https://www.uregina.ca/president/campus-sustainability/PHCM.html

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate workplan with project manager
  • Coordinate use of supplies and materials (and volunteers if deemed necessary) with Green Patch coordinator
  • Work with other service providers if necessary
  • Regular hand weeding of managed spaces
  • Manage application(s) of kelp fertilizer and compost tea to managed spaces
  • Notify youth camps and daycares about application days
  • Complete final report

Requirements:

There is no direct weed management experience necessary for this position – but an ability to follow safe outdoor work practices is required

  • Must be a current student at the University of Regina, or returning to classes in the fall
  • Availability that fits into the weekly maintenance schedule of the project
  • Must complete final report at end of term

**This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to follow safe outdoor work practices
  • Able to work outdoors in the summer in direct sun, possess own proper clothing
  • Able to bear weight of full liquid compost tea applicators (in backpack form)
  • WHMIS basic training is required for this position, but can be provided upon hiring
  • Ability to work mostly unsupervised
  • Summary report writing

Contract Period: May 28 – September 30, 2018

Hours of Work: approximately 9 hours/week. Application weeks may require more hours, but can be balanced out with less hours other weeks. Wages are paid in the form of the monthly stipend and the successful candidate will be responsible for declaring relevant tax and other deductions.

Remuneration: monthly stipend, based on an hourly rate of $17.50, at 9 hours/week.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 23rd at 4pm.

To apply, please email the following information to info@rpirg.org:

  • Resume
  • In email, please note your student number and describe any relevant work experience (we do not need a full cover letter)
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Naloxone Training Opportunities

Due to high interest expressed by students and the community, SEARCH will be hosting additional Naloxone Training sessions with FNIHB Regional Pharmacist, Katherine Windl.

Please fill out the Google form to register for an upcoming SEARCH Professional Development Seminar session: https://goo.gl/qgdtdq

All are welcome to attend and registration is free. Exact Room Locations TBD.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/232987623912907/

 

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**STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY** Green Patch Coordinator

*update* – if you sent in an application for this position between 4pm on March 22 and 11am on March 23, there is a chance that due to a server issue we were unable to receive it. Please re-send it and we will respond when we have filed it. Apologies for any inconvenience!**

Job Description: RPIRG Green Patch Coordinator
**This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

The RPIRG Green Patch is a 5400 sq ft vegetable garden behind the Dr. John Archer Library at the U of R. It’s a source of sustainable, locally grown organic food – part of a campus movement for community engagement and sustainable development.

The Green Patch is run by the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), a student-run, student-funded non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, action and awareness in the public interest. RPIRG exists to provide its members with the resources to be active citizens on the University of Regina campus and in the greater community. RPIRG has been in operation since 2007.

In partnership with Wascana Centre Authority, Facilities Management at the U of R, the La Cité universitaire francophone, and First Nations University of Canada, we are seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to supervise and coordinate the seventh season of the RPIRG Green Patch.

For more garden information, please visit here.

**This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

Responsibilities:

  • Planning garden plot contents and leading spring planting.
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers for garden planting, maintenance, and harvesting.
  • Ensuring the general maintenance of the garden, including following-up with volunteer work.
  • Supervising harvests, and coordinating distribution between volunteers and community partners.
  • Participating in steering committee meetings, as well as providing all relevant information to the steering committee, including bi-monthly activity reports.
  • Establishing contacts and maintaining communication with students, campus groups, U of R faculty, and community groups for the purpose of outreach and community awareness of the garden.
  • Developing and coordinating workshops and lessons on a variety of garden-related topics for university and community members, U of R classes, and campus organizations
  • Producing a post-harvest report with a summary of activities and recommendations for future years of the project.
  • Liaising with campus or community partners on other projects related to the garden.

 Requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Planting seasons and ideal growing conditions for various plants and vegetables in Saskatchewan
  • Organic garden upkeep and maintenance, including watering, weeding, pest management, etc.
  • Volunteer management, recruitment, and retention
  • Outreach work as well as event and workshop planning/leading

Skills/Abilities:

  • Interest in, and willingness to work in a leadership role with student and community volunteers
  • Experience planting and harvesting a variety of plants and vegetables
  • Self-motivated, ability to work without supervision, while taking directions from a committee
  • Computer skills (internet, word processing, spreadsheets)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and willingness to raise awareness about the garden in various capacities
  • Event and workshop planning experience

Contract Period: April 23 – September 28, 2018

Hours of Work: 30 hours per week, with potential for more depending on the feasibility of garden related projects. Hours are flexible.

Remuneration: $16.46/hour plus vacation pay.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 4th at 4pm.

To apply, please email* your cover letter and resume to info@rpirg.org.

*Please submit everything in one document, and label it as:

‘Your Name – cover letter and resume’ (for ex. ‘Krystal Lewis – cover letter and resume.docx’)


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Official Statement on Stanley Trial Verdict

Feb 16, 2018

It has been one week since Gerald Stanley was found not guilty in the killing of 22 year old Colten Boushie last August. One week since a murderer walked free of any responsibility for taking a young man’s life.

We want to publicly state that we stand with Colten’s family and community as they continue their fight for justice, just as we stand with the families and communities of other young Indigenous people who have been taken, mistreated, ignored, and denied participation in and closure by the colonial justice system.

As young people and as students there is much we can do to take action and make change; to push for more justice and better futures for ourselves and our peers. For non-Indigenous students in particular, we have countless opportunities and a heavy obligation to take the knowledge we have access to here in university back to our families and communities. We need to avail ourselves of each and every resource here on campus to increase our understandings of Indigenous cultures, histories, and relationships to settler governments; we need to learn to decolonize our minds and hearts, and to take those learnings with us to our roles in the workforce, in the community, and in our families. In the wake of this trial and verdict, it has become clear that our settler communities need help to find empathy, understanding, and compassion for Indigenous struggles, and it is up to us non-Indigenous young people to undertake that work.

For Indigenous youth, we understand that this verdict and the vitriol surrounding it is but another in a constant stream of reminders that Canada does not see your worth or your strength. That we as a society have failed to value and respect you as you deserve to be. But we, as your peers here on the University of Regina campus and young folks in Saskatchewan, want you to know that we see and acknowledge your worth, your resilience, and your resistance. We know that your lives matter, and we stand with you against the colonial systems which continue to take your lives, mistreat you, ignore you, and actively deny your participation and leadership.

In Solidarity;

The staff and board of RPIRG

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