RPIRG News & Events

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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Join Stefan Christoff For His Talk on the 2012 Quebec Student Protests

Join us on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00PM, in the lower hall of the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina, (on the corner of Angus St. and College Ave).

Stefan Christoff will be giving a talk exploring the ways that social movements can impact and change in society. Reflecting on experiences during the Quebec student strike in 2012 and over a decade of grassroots organizing in Quebec, Christoff will reflect and detail strategies, tactics and different methodologies experienced in activist campaigns. This talk will actively reflect on possible ways to build an activist campaign, from the role of printed materials, to the process of organizing meetings, to ideas on ways to build social networks to build popular support for your activist work.

Stefan Christoff is an artist and community activist based in Montreal who recently published Le fond de l’air est rouge, a collection of texts about the 2012 Quebec student uprising. Written between spring 2011 and summer 2012, this series of articles includes firsthand accounts of the incredible street protests in Montreal and reflections on the student strike within the context of Quebec revolutionary history.


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Annual Report Now Online

How have we been spending our time this past year? You can find out, in full-colour, illustrated detail! Our 2012-2013 Annual Report is now online. Annual Report Cover 2012-13 (Medium)

Highlights include:

  • campaigns we’ve worked on or founded
  • descriptions of our research projects
  • some featured Radical Reads from our library
  • a list of funded events, projects, and training
  • lots of smiling faces!


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October Funding Deadline Approaching!

Do you have a social/environmental justice project, event, or group that you would like to start, and maybe need a little bit of financial assistance? RPIRG’s October 1st funding deadline is approaching fast, so don’t forget to submit an application either online or in person.

For more information about eligibility or about past funded efforts, please visit our Funding Page at http://rpirg.org/funding/


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Come One, Come All To Our Dis-Orientation Week!

Dis-Orientation Week
RPIRG is throwing our own back-to-school event. Dis-Orientation Week, following Orientation Week, is back for another year of upside-down fun!

This year, Dis-Orientation Week will be the week of September 9th-13th. Events as follows:

Sept.10thGreen Patch Harvest Celebration, 11:30am-1:00pm – Come out and help pick some of our very own campus grown veggies (and maybe take some home for yourself!)
Bus-Taker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Starts at 5:35pm – A tour of Regina by public transit and a cheap evening movie at Galaxy Cinemas! Starts in front of the Riddell Centre. Don’t forget your ticket! (Hosted by UR Sustainability)

Sept.11thLibrary on the Green, 11:00am – 3:00pm – Come out to the campus green and check out our alternative libraries at RPIRG and UR Pride!
Sexual Health Clinic, 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Held in the Aboriginal Student Centre Workshop Space, come out and get tested, prescriptions, and learn all about sexual health! (Hosted by The Women’s Centre, UR Pride, and The Aboriginal Student’s Centre)

Sept.13thBike Workshop, 11:00am-3:00pm – Held in front of the Riddell Centre, come out and learn all about how to care for your bicycle and alternative and environmentally friendly modes of transportation!

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