RPIRG News & Events
Apathy into Action – Faith and social justice panel – 3:30-5pm
Karen Nurkowski from Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (SDHHS) will be providing ASL interpretation for this panel. The moderator will ask the prepared questions below, and at approximately 4:30 we will have a 20 minute public Q&A session.
Maysa Haque is a Masters student in the University of Regina’s Department of Religious Studies. She recently completed a Bachelors of Arts & Science at McMaster University, where she studied young Canadian Muslim women’s perceptions and experiences of menstruation. Her academic and activist interests include Islam, feminism and gender-inclusive religious movements. She also loves cats.
Cam Fraser, the minister at Knox Metropolitan United Church, is interested in churches moving beyond acts of charity to resisting, critiquing, and opposing systems of injustice (many of which churches have lamentably been part of creating). Cam is currently working on a Masters exploring radical readings of the Christian tradition ‘from the edges’ that challenge the church’s own complicity in empire and oppression. Cam definitively does not believe in a literal hell (with flames or pitchforks) or that gay people (or anyone else) would go there if there was one. When it comes to God, Cam is fairly convinced that she does not favour Christians over any other group of humans (and may in fact often find them kind of frustrating).
Gagan Deep Singh is an Electrical Engineer by profession. He completed his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from India. He was admitted to Masters program at the University of Saskatchewan and is currently working as a Senior Engineer. Mr. Singh is from the Sikh faith and has been active in the community performing various roles. He is the recipient of Spiritual Service Award from the Regina Multi-Faith Forum. He has been a President of provincial organization called Multi-Faith Saskatchewan and also acted as a Chairperson of Regina Multi-Faith Forum. Currently, he is serving these organizations as a board member. He has been involved in various projects at the community level to promote mutual understanding among faith groups through education and awareness.
The Panel will be hosted by Risa Payant, the Executive Director of Common Weal Community Arts and an all around awesome community minded person who originally asked us to tackle this topic at Apathy Into Action. Risa is curious about the relationship between religion and social justice, particularly in cases where religion seems to be historically counter to progressive movements. She is excited to explore the topic of social, economic, and environmental justice through the lense of faith and religion.
Risa’s questions will be as follows (or based on these):
1) How does your faith and/or religion inform your approaches to justice issues in your community and globally? Is there a specific event or movement that has called you to action?
2) What opportunities does faith and/or religion present for self care and community care in building sustainable justice movements?
3) How can non-religious activists and organizers work across communities to support solidarity and build movements that are inclusive of all faiths and religions?
4) How has your faith/religious community’s relationship to social justice evolved or changed in recent times? How do you see it evolving now?
Job Posting – Generating Momentum Program Coordinator
**Must be a University of Regina Student to apply**
Generating Momentum is an activist leadership training camp for youth between the ages of 18-35. The camp is focused on educating, training, and organizing around social and environmental justice issues, and giving youth the tools to make meaningful change in their communities. The camp discusses the interconnectedness of social, economic, ecologic, or global justice issues through topics such as, sexuality, gender, allyship, decolonization, and environmental justice. The camp also fosters the practical skills, knowledge, education, and networking opportunities necessary for participants to make a difference in their local communities and around the world.
Generating Momentum will run for four days, from August 23-26th, 2018, and will take place at Arlington Beach Camp (Last Mountain Lake, SK). Over the past 7 years the camp has run, around 50-70 participants have travelled from around Saskatchewan each year to attend.
For more information about Generating Momentum, check out the website: https://generatingmomentumcamp.wordpress.com/
This camp is run in partnership between the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG – rpirg.org) and the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC – earthbeat.sk.ca).
The coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects of the camp, with oversight and help from the Generating Momentum Planning Committee.
- Create camp registration form and manage registrations and payments
- Coordinate carpooling for campers
- Communicate with campers regarding camp logistics and any dietary or other needs
Advertising and Outreach
- Design poster and flyers
- Advertise and promote the camp through various channels
- Update and manage the Generating Momentum website
- Manage social media promotion and content for the camp
- Book facilitators and communicate with them regarding workshop format and camp logistics
- Hire and liaise with caterer (if needed)
- Create and assemble camp handbook
- Complete other tasks as they arise
- Coordinate childcare
- Liaise with Arlington Beach Camp regarding facility needs
- Apply for additional grants to cover camp costs
- Send letters to organization requesting sponsorship
- Attend Generating Momentum on Aug 23-26, 2018
- Manage daily schedule of camp – announcements, facilitator introductions, logistics as necessary, etc.
- Ensuring detailed records and documentation are kept for debrief, grant reporting, and future planning
- Conduct a focus group to gain feedback from participants and facilitators
- Compile comments and feedback from evaluation forms
- Complete a summary report by September 15th, 2018
Qualifications and Experience:
- **Must be a University of Regina Student to apply**
- Previous camp or conference coordination is an asset, but not necessary
- Technical abilities – experience with Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop or Canva, and WordPress
- Event facilitation skills an asset
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and experience with public speaking
- Knowledge of anti-oppressive approaches and inclusive program design an asset
- Interest in social justice issues and community engagement is important
- Experience applying for grants or requesting sponsorship
- Experience working in collaborative environments – ability to work cooperatively with others to set goals, resolve conflicts, and make decisions, both give and receive direction
- Excellent time management, decision making, organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal skills – to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines
- Proven ability to establish and maintain positive, strategic working relationships with key stakeholders and decision-makers
- Must be able to work independently
- Experience using Photoshop, Canva, or equivalent program to create posters and promotion materials
- Experience managing various social media accounts and promoting events online
- Ability to update and manage a WordPress website
Contract Period: This position is an 8-month contract from Feb 12 to September 15, 2018
Hours of Work: 10 hours per week from Feb 12 – April 30, 25 hours a week from May 1 – Sept 15, and 40 hours for the week of the camp (Aug 20-26, 2017). Hours are flexible
Remuneration: $16.46/hour, plus vacation pay
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018 at 4pm
Please email your cover letter AND resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Apathy into Action Social Justice Conference will take place January 19th and 20th @ the RIC Atrium on the University of Regina main campus. Please see this link for details about our venue. If you have any questions you may contact Julian at email@example.com.
Friday January 19:
10:30am – “Unclear Future: Living With Uranium” Author reading w/ Bernadette Wagner
Bernadette Wagner is a multi-genre writer, editor, and community-based organizer. Her work has appeared on many platforms. Bernadette is nearing completion of a mixed-genre manuscript about uranium and its human implications. Her research took her to Canada’s role in the development of Little Boy, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, as well as to some other global hotspots. Join Bernadette to explore Saskatchewan’s role in the industry through poetry and creative nonfiction.
11:30am – “Colonialism No More” w/ Prescott Demas & Michelle Stewart
In the spring of 2016 activists in Regina set up a tent city occupation outside the regional office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), calling themselves the Colonialism No More Solidarity Camp. Expecting to be there for 24 hours, they ended up staying for four months. This session will focus on current projects and campaigns that Colonialism No More is working on including dismantling white supremacy in public spaces and challenging racialized and militarised policing practices. This Session will be hosted by Prescott Demas and Michelle Stewart who have been involved with Colonialism No More since the 2016 camp.
FREE PIZZA LUNCH PROVIDED
1:30pm – “Fat Feminism” w/ Mia Bell
Mia Bell is a student at the University of Regina, completing her studies in psychology and visual arts. She is a fat feminist and fat activist, who is passionate about body politics. Mia is especially interested in the ways that anti-fat bias and sizeism intersect with other forms of oppression (i.e. sexism, racism, ableism, classism). She enjoys learning, listening, and cuddling with her cats. In future, Mia plans to pursue a degree in visual arts therapy, combining her affinity for mental health and creative expression.
2:30pm – “Being a Radical Trans-Accomplice” w/ Cat Haines presented by UR Pride
Cat Haines is a trans woman, lesbian, and currently the program coordinator at the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. Understanding the complexities and nuances of gender is critical for anyone hoping to work with the trans community, or simply support the transgender people their their lives. Through a series of open discussions and journaling exercises, this workshop seeks to help you better understand your personal relationship to gender, as well as provide a glimpse into the ongoing labour that is expected of many transgender individuals in order to access healthcare, and in many cases, basic human dignity.
3:30pm PANEL “Faith & Social Justice” w/ Maysa Haque, Cam Fraser, and Gagan Deep Singh. Presented by Common Weal Community Arts
*UPDATE: we are no longer able to provide ASL interpretation as planned for this session, due to our interpreter sustaining an injury. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will work to provide more opportunities for this in the future*
This multi-faith panel will feature perspectives on social, environmental, and global justice through the lens of faith and religious practice. We present this panel in conjunction with Common Weal Community Arts to question the assumptions that religion is inherently regressive or conservative and have invited Christian, Muslim, and Sikh community members to discuss how their faith informs their justice work, how faith contributes to self care and community care, and how activists and organizers can better work across faith communities to foster solidarity and build inclusive movements.
6:00pm – RPIRG January Social w/ Neeched Up Games
RPIRG and Janelle Pewapsconias of Neeched Up Games will be hosting a human sized board game! Neeched Up Games provides Indigenous knowledge board games, card games, apps, and educational resources to empower people in Indigenous culture! Through games and engaging discussion we can overcome discrimination and misinformation by challenging it utilizing our knowledge of Indigenous culture, history, and perspectives.
This event is FREE, however, we do ask that you take a moment to register here!
Saturday January 20th
Registration is required for Saturday sessions as space in limited! Please follow this link to register.
9:00am – “Mapping Line 3” w/ Barb Lavallee
Line 3 is a proposed Enbridge crude oil pipeline that plans to stretch from Alberta to Wisconsin, passing through Saskatchewan. It is a contentious pipeline in that is currently being met with resistance for several important reasons from many Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, as well as environmental activists and organizations in areas all along the pipeline route.
Barbara Lavallee is an Independent Heritage Compliance Monitor. She focuses on environmental sustainability by bridging the gap of Western science and traditional ecological knowledge. Barbara is a Traditional Knowledge Keeper from Cowessess First Nation, residing on Piapot First Nation. To gain better context and language surrounding Line 3, Barbara Lavallee will outline common industry language, pipeline approval processes and government involvement, ways local communities will be affected, and threats to the local watershed as well as cultural and sacred Indigenous sites. The last part of the workshop will highlight ongoing resistance efforts, and provide participants with resources and ideas about how they can learn more and plug into what’s going on.
FREE LUNCH PROVIDED
1:00pm – “Media Training” w/ Ivan Muzychka (presented by: Next Up Saskatchewan!
Ivan Muzychka, who has over 25 years communications experience, much of it in media relations. He is currently a senior communications advisor with the Saskatchewan Medical Association. Speaking to media representatives can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many leaders. However, communicating through the media is sometimes the best way to connect with your key stakeholders and others, provided the encounter is handled carefully. This session will introduce participants to the basics of media relations, and will cover some basic pointers for doing successful media interviews. The session includes several practice TV interviews based on actual issues you and your organization may be facing.
1:00pm – “Crude Power” Screening & Talk w/ Katie Doke Sawatzky & Janelle Blakley
In 2017, a collaborative investigative journalism project dominated news cycles to ask us, what is the real price of Saskatchewan’s oil industry? Out of that project, the film ‘Crude Power’ was produced to “shine a light on the oil industries substantial influence on government policy and reveal who benefits and who is hurt”. Janelle and Katie Doke Sawatzky, U of R Journalism students who worked on this project, will talk about investigative journalism, speaking truth to power, and how student initiative and hard work can have huge impacts on our community.
The RPIRG office will be closed from 2pm on Friday, December 22, and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, January 2.
The 11th annual Apathy Into Action social justice conference is taking place JANUARY 19th and 20th!
We want to know what YOU want to see and learn. We are looking for workshops and interactive discussion topics that can be covered in 1, 3, or 6 hours.
You can either 1) submit a topic YOU would like to present on or facilitate a workshop for, OR 2) submit a topic you would like us to plan with another presenter or facilitator. It’s up to you! If you would like to facilitate, you will have to give us some extra information about you.
Fill out our handy submission form below!
Join RPIRG in welcoming feminist pornographer Kate Sinclaire to the U of R campus! Kate will be facilitating two of her wonderful workshops (detailed below) on November 10th on the U of R Main Campus.
ALSO, make sure to join our partners Queer City Cinema for their Porn Party on November 9th at the Artesian on 13th. More info on the Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/
10:30am-11:30am – Education Building room 338
Sponsored by UR Pride – Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity
REPRESENTATION, AGENCY, AND FETISHIZATION: Why queers pulishing queer realities is important
DESCRIPTION: Mainstream pornography often relies upon a structured approach that assigns a narrative to performers rather than allowing them to document their own stories on film. The result can definitely be hot, but can also be problematic. In this session, we will discuss how porn has gotten to a place of representation through fetishization, and ways that we can make the industry more fair, equitable, and truly represenational.
1:30-2:30pm – Education Building room 113
HOW CAN PORN BE ETHICALLY MADE?
DESCRIPTION: In this session, we will run through a quick history of pornography, and look at the forces that have created the types of porn that we see today. From early photographs, Super 8 cameras, and all the way up to webcams and iPhones, we’ll talk about accessibility, queer narratives, patriarchal influences, the male gaze, and sex work myths. From there we’ll explore ways that feminist pornographers and performers today are turning the industry on its head.
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FREE and open to the public.
All rooms are physically accessibly by wheelchair.
All gender and wheelchair accessible washrooms are located in this building.
Parking available at meters at cost to participant ($2.00/hour).
**the following position is being offered ONLY to students at the University of Regina**
Job Posting: Research Assistant
Project: Alcohol Harm Reduction Literature Review
The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts Community Research Unit (CRU), is seeking a Student Research Assistant to assist with conducting a review of literature based on research questions developed with community partner Carmichael Outreach Inc.
The objectives of the literature review are to:
a) enhance knowledge and inform future decision making at community and agency levels with regard to advocating for evidence-informed harm reduction interventions for alcohol moderation of Housing First clients in Regina
b) identify factors that can affect the full implementation of harm reduction program components of the Housing First model into practice
c) identify best-practices for implementation of a managed alcohol program
- To search, review and summarize peer-reviewed and grey literature on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions for managed alcohol programs and other complementary services for clients in supported housing programs
- 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
- Interpersonal and strong organization skills, time management skills and ability to complete assigned work on time
- Experience (or familiarity) with projects in community development, health and social services for population with complex needs is an asset
- Third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate student
- Preferred Disciplines: Human or Social Justice, Psychology, Education, Public Policy, Nursing, Social Work or related disciplines
Schedule & Wage
The student researcher will be contracted for a maximum of 120 hours of work from early November, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The work hours and the location of the work are somewhat flexible. The wage will reflect CUPE 2419 rates.
To apply, please prepare the following and send it to:
Krystal Lewis, Executive Director
Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)
• Resume and Cover Letter
• 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 or social sciences)
Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 4pm
The Community Research Unit (CRU) is based out of the Faculty of Arts, and aims to connect community groups and University of Regina faculty and students through research, service-learning and other collaborative activities.
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.
Carmichael Outreach Inc. is a respected community based organization that advocates on behalf of and provides services to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. We believe in fostering empowerment through dignity, respect and advocacy, as well as engaging the community in our work to end poverty and homelessness.
Job Description: Outreach & Events Coordinator
Regina Public Interest Research Group
The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-run, student-funded non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, action and awareness on social and environmental justice issues. 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. For more information, visit our website: www.rpirg.org.
The Outreach and Events Coordinator is responsible for managing event coordination, marketing, and community outreach for the organization. They will work alongside the Executive Director, and under the direction of the Board of Directors.
**This position is only being offered ONLY to students at the University of Regina**
- Event coordination: Organize, plan, promote, recruit and carry out all aspects of RPIRG’s events, including Welcome Week, Annual General Meetings, elections, conferences, camps and campaigns.
- Marketing to raise awareness of RPIRG student opportunities and events, including producing a monthly newsletter, ensuring board and staff attendance at funded events, and creating and ordering PR materials. Managing RPIRG’s online presence including updating the website and managing all social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Community relations/networking: Establish contacts and maintain communication with students, campus groups, U of R faculty, and community groups for the purpose of outreach and community awareness on issues of social and environmental justice
- Participate in regular board meetings and committee meetings, by observing the consensus decision making process, providing all relevant information to the board, including activity reports, and following up with board and staff to ensure the timely completion of tasks.
- Facilitating, ordering, and organization of the alternative library resources.
- Volunteer coordination: recruitment, retention and management of the organization’s volunteers.
- Social and environmental justice issues relevant to students and/or the community of Regina
- Event coordinating, management, and promotion
- Volunteer management, recruitment and retention (an asset)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Self-motivated with an ability to work without supervision, but also ability to take direction from a board and Executive Director
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Computer skills (internet, word processing, spreadsheets, graphic design, website editing, newsletters, social media)
- Interest in and willingness to work in a leadership role with student volunteers, using a consensus decision-making process
- Multi-tasking and time management
- Flexibility – some job/task sharing
- Comfortable with public speaking (an asset)
- Understanding of non-profit governance structures (an asset)
Contract Period: October 30, 2017 (pending availability)- April 27, 2018, with possibility for renewal.
Hours of Work: 20-25 hours per week, decided upon at the start of each semester. Hours are flexible, but must be worked in the RPIRG office during office hours (except when there are events or meetings outside of these times or location)
Remuneration: Living wage ($16.46/hour), paid vacation and personal days, travel allowance
Reports to: Reports to and accepts direction from the Board of Directors and the Executive Director
Application Deadline: October 18, 2017 at 4pm.
To Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org