RPIRG News & Events

Thought-provoking Public Events

RPIRG is organizing three exciting public events!

On February 7th, Gwynne Dyer, Canadian journalist and author, will be speaking at the University of Regina on the “Triumph of Violence”. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm at the Education Auditorium, ED 106. For more details visit the event Facebook page.

On February 14th, we are hosting a social movements and organizing panel: Revolution in the Time of Love at Bushwakker Brewpub at 7 pm. The panelists (Aidan Conway, Erica Lee, Leah Keiser, and Michelle Stewart) will discuss labour solidarity, and LGBTQ social movements immigration and refugee concerns. Check out the event Facebook page.

On February 15th, Beautiful Trouble trainers and seasoned activists, Tracey Mitchell and Morrigan Phillips, will share personal activism stories and inspire the university students and community members with new ideas of how to make positive changes in the local community. The presentation will take place at the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina at 7 pm. For more information on Beautiful Trouble and the presenters visit the event Facebook page.

All three events are free and open to the students and community members.

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Apathy into Action schedule is up!

The sessions for our 7th annual Apathy into Action conference have been finalized!

I’m really passionate about an issue – what are the first steps to becoming active and making a difference?

My landlord is treating me terribly. What can I do?

I’m keen on science, but I’m not a scientist. How can I contribute to the body of scientific knowledge?

How can I do creative fundraising for my organization or cause?

Answers to these and more questions are here!

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Save the Date! Apathy into Action in January

apathymegaphoneRPIRG’s annual social justice conference, Apathy into Action, takes place January 23-25, 2014. Free and open to the university community and members of the public, the conference will feature presentations on:

  • housing and renters’ rights
  • food sovereignty
  • University bus pass campaign
  • investigative techniques for citizens
  • social justice and religious allies

…And more! Also, on Saturday, we are offering two skill-building workshops: Anti-Oppression and Creative Fundraising.

Check our conference page for updates!

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RPIRG Has a New Outreach and Events Coordinator!

Welcome, Nikolina !

Nikolina Vracar is RPIRG’s new Outreach and Events Coordinator. She is a graduate student at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Her interests include housing and environmental sustainability. Nikolina has been an integral part of RPIRG working groups SEARCH and Fruit for Thought. She is an active volunteer on the campus and in the local community.

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Apathy into Action – Call for Proposals

Apathy into Action: Social Justice Conference

Call for Presentations: January 2014

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is excited to announce the 7th annual Apathy into Action, our social justice conference at the University of Regina. For the past six 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 23rd until Saturday January 25th, 2014.

We are pleased to announce an open call for presentations. We are looking for presentations for Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th; these presentations should focus on current social and environmental issues facing students and the larger Regina community.

On your application, please include:

  1. your name, field of study (if a student), contact information, and the topic you will be presenting about
  2. a brief background of the topic you would like to present and why this issue is important to Regina students and community members
  3. a rough outline of how your presentation will be organized, as well as the length of your presentation (presentations can be 30 mins, 50 mins, or 75 mins long)
  4. how this topic is related to RPIRG
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RPIRG Job Opportunity!

RPIRG is hiring for an Outreach and Events Coordinator. This part-time, student position is responsible for most of the event planning and communications we do. If you’re an enthusiastic, active person interested in working with progressive people, learning new skills, and contributing to your community, this may be for you! You can find the job posting at SaskJobs.

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Funding Available – Apply Soon!

Do you have an idea for a social/environmental justice project or event, some training you’d like to take, or group that you would like to start? We can help with some financial assistance! Our second fall funding deadline is approaching fast – November 1st. You can submit an application either online or in person. Questions? Email or stop by the office and we’d love to help make your idea a reality.

For more information about eligibility or about past funded efforts, please visit our Funding Page.

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Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m. in La Rotonde (LI 216)

RPIRG is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m. in La Rotonde (LI 216) to provide information to our membership (U of R students and community members who have opted-in) about our past year’s activities.

Bridget Keating, RPIRG funding recipient, will speak about her research on art and decolonization. Our working groups will showcase their past year’s efforts. A meal 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.

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Sustainability Month Is Upon Us!

October is Sustainability Action and Awareness Month, and as such, RPIRG is doing its very best to get involved!

Below is a list of events RPIRG is throwing in honour of Sustainability:

Oct. 10th: Winter Biking Workshop, RIC Atrium, 11-3 - Get tips and techniques for winter biking from year-round cyclists: clothing, bike prep, safety, and more!

Oct 16th: Food Focus Group, ED 318, 1:30-3:30 – In this interactive session, share your opinion on the strengths and challenges of our food system and how you think we can improve it.

For more information on all of the events at the University during Sustainability Month, or to take the Sustainability Challenge, please visit http://www.uregina.ca/fm/events/listing.html

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Winter Cycling Workshop!

Join RPIRG, UR Sustainability, and Western Cycle for our Winter Cycling Workshop on Thursday, October 10th from 11:00am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-2:30pm in the RIC Atrium for workshops and discussions on Winter Cycling. Workshops will include:

– Bert from Western Cycle giving a talk on what kinds of gear to use for winter cycling
– What kind of equipment winter cycling requires
– Real life scenarios for winter cyclists and what to do in those situations
– Winter cycling issues on campus
– Opportunities to ask questions of current winter cyclists
– Much more!

The grand prize for attendees will be a brand new set of studded winter tires. Various other door prizes will also be given away.

If you’re a winter cyclist or are thinking about becoming one, then you certainly don’t want to miss this event.

If you have any questions about this event or would like more info, please feel free to email Alicia at outreach@rpirg.org.


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