RPIRG News & Events

Call for Proposals: Apathy into Action

Calling all students and community members: have you been working on a project or issue related to social and environmental justice that you think Regina needs to learn about? Would you like a chance to present about this project at the U of R?

RPIRG is excited to announce the 6th annual Apathy into Action, our social justice conference here at the U of R. For the past five years, Apathy into Action has been providing a chance for students and community members to come together and learn about pressing social and environmental justice issues. This year, Apathy into Action will take place from Thursday January 17th- Saturday January 19th, 2013.

Open Call for Presentations

This year, we are opening up the floor to you all! We know you’re out there- students and community members who are doing inspiring, innovative work that betters our community. Want to present about it at Apathy into Action? Here’s how:

Send a proposal to outreach@rpirg.org with the following info:

-your name, field of study (if a student), contact information, and the topic you will be presenting about
-a brief background of the topic you would like to present and why this issue is important to Regina students and community members
-an outline of how your presentation will be organized, as well as the length of your presentation (can be 30 mins, 50 mins, or 75 mins long)
-how this topic is related to RPIRG’s values and goals
-what you hope the outcome of your workshop will be

Deadline for proposals: October 31st

Questions can be sent to Halena at outreach@rpirg.org.

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Raising Resistance- Celebrate World Food Day!

Tuesday, October 16th is World Food Day. To celebrate this year, RPIRG has teamed up with SCIC and the International Studies, Sociology and Social Studies, Justice Studies, and Geography Departments at the University of Regina to present a film that deals with issues of food sovereignty and farming in Paraguay.

“Raising Resistance” explores Latin American farmers’ struggle against the expanding production of genetically modified soy in South America. Biotechnology, mechanisation, and herbicides have radically changed the lives of small farmers in Latin America. For farmers in Paraguay this means displacement from their land, loss of basic food supplies, and a veritable fight for survival.

Join us to view this recent and award-winning film, and join in a discussion about the global food system.

RIC 119 (New Lab Building Theatre)
3:30-5:30 p.m.

View a trailer of the film here.

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2012 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 18th – 4:00 p.m. – Campion College Commons – Facebook

RPIRG is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 18th at 4:00 p.m. in the Campion Commons to provide information to our membership (U of R students and community members who have opted-in) about our past year’s activities.

Noah Wernikowski, RPIRG funding recipient, will speak about his experience as an intern for Journalists for Human Rights in Ghana. Our working groups will showcase their past year’s efforts. Supper will be provided!

A link to the proposed agenda can be found HERE. To make a submission regarding RPIRG’s activities, please contact the Board, in writing, at least fourteen days prior to the AGM.  For any additional information, please give us a call at 337.2420, or email us at info@rpirg.org.

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Funding Round Reminder

If you have an idea for an event, project, or group which would work towards social and environmental justice initiatives, we can help! You can apply for funding here. The first deadline is fast approaching: October 1, 2012. Never fear; we have a second deadline November 1, 2012.

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Field 2 Fork Festival- next week!

RPIRG is excited to be part of the Field 2 Fork Festival, an event happening next week in Regina. From September 19th- 22nd, community members can come together for public lectures, hands-on workshops, and a panel discussion focusing on various issues within our global food system. Participants will learn what the problems are in the food system, as well as what we can do about it here in Regina to create an alternative system which is more just and sustainable for everyone.

For more details on the event, visit the website at www.field2forkfestival.ca. You can also find the event on Facebook.

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Regina’s Edible Campus Harvest Celebration!

Join Regina’s Edible Campus and Carmichael Outreach in a harvest celebration on Wednesday, September 12!

The Edible Campus consists of three vegetable gardens that promote community engagement and sustainable development on the University of Regina campus. The garden’s volunteers donate two-thirds of the produce harvested to Carmichael Outreach, a local charity which provides support to those in need.

The harvest celebration will include a tour of two of the gardens, the RPIRG Green Patch and Le Potager (Institut français). This will be followed by a harvest bee in the Green Patch and tasty snacks made from the organically-grown garden produce.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Starts at Le Potager, outside the Language Institute, University of Regina – ends at the Green Patch, south of the Dr. John Archer Library

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Welcome to our new Executive Director and Green Patch Coordinator!

RPIRG is excited to welcome Naomi Beingessner as our new Executive Director and Taneal Brucks as our new Green Patch Coordinator!

Naomi is currently completing her Masters degree in Justice Studies at the University of Regina, focusing on food sovereignty in Saskatchewan. Naomi also has a Bachelors degree in Education and has previously taught at the high school level here in Regina. With Naomi’s interests and skills in the food justice and social equity areas, we are sure she will be a vital and wonderful new addition to the RPIRG team.

And since Naomi will be leaving her position as Green Patch Coordinator once she begins her new role, Taneal will be taking over the Green Patch responsibilities! Taneal has been a helpful volunteer since the Green Patch began. She is an avid gardener and spends the winter months dreaming of the next growing season! She is in her 3rd year as an International Studies student with a concentration in International Development. Her current interests are food sovereignty, hydroponics, and sustainable food practices, such as organic production and composting.

Best of luck to Jenn Bergen in her new endeavours with SCIC- you will be missed!

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The Toolkit Workshop Series- Register Now!

In conjunction with the Community Research Unit, SCIC, and the U of R Business and Professional Development, we are excited to offer the Toolkit Workshop Series for the second time. The series aims to teach students and community members skills that can help them with work in community based and non-profit organizations.

Workshops this fall include Fundraising, Volunteer Engagement, Learning to Use Social Media, and Internet Marketing. Plus, more great workshops will be offered in Winter 2013!

Registration is now open- to register, click here.

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Generating Momentum 2012

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) and the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) are teaming up to offer an amazing training opportunity for young leaders and activists again this summer!

What: 3rd annual Generating Momentum: Activist Leadership Training Camp
Thursday, August 23 @ 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Cedar Lodge in Dundurn (just outside of Saskatoon)
18 to 29 year olds, passionate about social, global, and environmental justice.
To provide the practical skills, knowledge, education, and networking opportunities necessary to make a difference in your community!

This year, our Generating Momentum workshops and sessions will be focussed on developing, supporting, and uniting progressive voices. We are gearing programming towards learning ways that individuals, groups, and movements can operate within (and outside of) current political, economic, and social systems. By understanding how these systems develop, and our roles within them, participants will leave knowing how to work towards positive change!

Generating Momentum is a great chance to meet the people working on progressive issues and campaigns in Saskatchewan, to participate in training, refine your skills, or learn about issues.  Workshops this year will include anti-oppression training, trade agreements, corporate propaganda, queer theory, alternative media, campaign planning, tools for action, and much more!  Come as part of a group or as an individual.  Registration is $75, and we offer a bursary for the full cost if it is a barrier.

Feel free to contact RPIRG if you have any questions: info@rpirg.org, 306-337-2420.

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RPIRG is hiring an Executive Director!

RPIRG is calling all dedicated and ambitious candidates to apply for our Executive Director position! This position works with a student Board of Directors and staff to carry out the environmental and social justice programming of the organization, as well as maintaining our organizational resources. The start date will be August 1, 2012, but this is negotiable.

If you enjoy organizing, working with university students, and are passionate about justice issues, this may be your dream job!  Please take a look at the full Executive Director Job Posting for more information.

The ideal candidate would have ties to Regina’s activist community and experience working with non-profits. The Executive Director will work with a volunteer Board of Directors, and is accountable to them. Together they will establish and update the policies and direction of the organization on an ongoing basis. This will require an understanding of campus life and the flexibility to work with university students.

The successful candidate will have experience with the following:

• Acting in a leadership role by providing organizational and board support to the volunteer student Board of Directors.
• Taking part in regular board meetings and committee meetings, and participating fully in the consensus decision making process.
• Managing day-to-day operations of the organization, including financial management and compliance with the Non-Profit Corporations Act.
• Human Resources duties, including hiring, training, supervising and evaluating staff.
• Working with board and staff to allocate funds for student-led Working Groups and projects or events.
• Acting as an ambassador for RPIRG, assuming an active role in RPIRG, campus, and community events, and coordinating board-run events such as an annual summer camp, workshops, and conferences.
• Maintaining and strengthening relationships with all on-campus groups.
• Participating in the public relations, outreach, and communication roles for the whole organization, including updating web content, being present at funded events, and working with the media.
• Fostering student activism!

Qualified candidates will also possess the following:

• A combination of appropriate education and applicable experience.
• Self-motivated with the ability to work without supervision.
• Able to work as a team member and to foster participation.
• Excellent oral and written skills.
• Computer skills (website management, Microsoft programs).

This position is permanent at 30 hours per week (75% of full time). The salary range is $25,000-$35,000 per year based on qualifications and is accompanied by a benefits package.

Applications should be forwarded to info@rpirg.org with a resume and a cover letter outlining the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the position. Deadline for applications is Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4 p.m. The preferred start date is August 1, 2012, but this is negotiable.  For more information about the organization please see www.rpirg.org.

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