RPIRG News & Events


**STUDENT JOB POSTING – CAMP COORDINATOR**

JOB POSTING: CAMP COORDINATOR

 

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 lenses such as sexuality, gender, allyship, decolonization, and environmental justice.

Unlike in past years, Generating Momentum will run this year over two weekends – June 1-2, 2019 (Regina) August 16-18, 2019 (Saskatoon & Prince Albert). 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) the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC – earthbeat.sk.ca), and Next Up Saskatchewan (nextup.ca).

Responsibilities

The coordinator will be the lead coordinator for logistics of the camp, with oversight and help from the Generating Momentum Planning Committee. They will be principally responsible for:

  • Registration
  • Advertising and outreach
  • Managing relationships with facilitators, venues, and caterers
  • Grant/sponsorship support
  • On-site coordination
  • Keeping detailed notes on their work and the planning process

Qualifications and Experience **Must be a University of Regina Student to apply**

General

  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, Photoshop or Canva, and WordPress
  • Experience with grants and sponsorship requests
  • 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

Event planning

  • Previous camp or conference coordination is an asset
  • 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

Event promotion

  • Experience using Photoshop, Canva, or equivalent program to create posters and promotion materials
  • Experience managing social media accounts and promoting events online
  • Ability to update and manage a WordPress website

Contract Period This position is a 6-month contract of up to 550 hours from mid-February to approximately August 23, 2019.

Hours of Work vary depending on each planning phase of camp but will generally be 15 hours per week through the winter semester and the final week of the contract, roughly 25 hours per week from Apr 1-May 24, and 40 hours for each of the two weeks of the camp. There is some flexibility available on this, to be negotiated through regular check-ins with the planning committee.

Location of work is in Regina, SK, with some travel required in August. A dedicated office space will be available, but most of the hours can be worked on the student’s own time. Attendance at weekly in-person meetings, and (minimum) monthly planning committee meetings are required.

Remuneration: $21.16/hr, including vacation pay.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

**We actively encourage applications from people who are part of groups, communities, or identities that experience barriers to equity**

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 (include your name in title of document). Cover letters should explain how your skills and experience will benefit you specifically in this role.
  • Contact information of two references
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**STUDENT JOB POSTING – RESEARCH ASSISTANT**

Job Posting: Student Researcher

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**the following position is ONLY being offered to current University of Regina students, including those registered through Campion College, Luther College, and the First Nations University of Canada**

Project Title
‘What Are My Rights?’ Employee rights education project

Project Summary
The ‘What are my Rights?’ Project seeks to spread education about the rights of people living and working in Saskatchewan, ranging from tenant to employee rights, and more.

Project partners – the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) – are seeking a Student Research Assistant to research and contribute to the development of educational materials about employee rights in Saskatchewan, as a first piece of the wider ‘What Are My Rights?’ project.

Main Responsibilities
● Collect and compile data from other service organizations that run employment-related workshops in Saskatchewan, as well as relevant federal and provincial labour standards legislation
● Create framework for training workshop and other materials

Required Skills and Abilities
● Technical skills: Microsoft Office
● Effective communication skills, both oral and written
● Ability to work largely unsupervised, under the direction of a research committee
● Strong organization and time management skills as well as ability to complete assigned work on time
● Distilling research into an accessible workshop framework
● Program development/education background is an asset
● Policy analysis skills are an asset
● Familiarity of existing labour standards legislation is an asset
● Familiarity with anti-oppressive/racist/colonialist and feminist frameworks 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 to work approx. 95 hours between January 21 and April 5, 2019. Weekly hours and location of the work are flexible. Wage ranges from $21.16/hr to $25.80/hr, informed by CUPE 2419 undergrad/graduate wage rates.

**We actively encourage applications from people who are part of groups, communities, or identities that experience barriers to equity**

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 (include your name in title of document)
• Contact information of two references

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday, January 16th at 8am

A PDF version of this job posting can be found here

Project Partners
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour represents over 100,000 members, from 37 national and international unions. Our affiliate membership belongs to over 500 locals across Saskatchewan and represents dozens of communities. We strive to improve working people’s lives throughout the province, whether organized or unorganized, and regardless of affiliation to the Federation. The SFL serves as Saskatchewan’s “voice of working people” in speaking on local, provincial, national, and even international issues. We support the principles of social unionism and struggle for social and economic justice for all.

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-funded and student-led resource centre at the University of Regina. They encourage and support student learning and organizing around social and environmental justice issues through research, education, and action.

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Apathy into Action 2019 – January 25-26

RPIRG’s 12th annual Apathy Into Action Social Justice Conference will be held January 25th and 26th 2019 in the Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) Atrium on the University of Regina Campus.

Friday sessions are all one hour drop-in style, and on Saturday we will have two full-day training streams to pick from.

Click here to register for Saturday Sessions!

Lunch, snacks, and coffee will be provided. On-site child-minding is available on Saturday January 25th. This event is FREE! Because space in the Saturday workshops are limited, we request that all participants register ahead of time.

Friday drop-in sessions:

10am: We Have to Talk About Consent! Hosted by Lynn Thera, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPR) Coordinator at the University of Regina

11am: Winning the Renewable Regina Campaign. Hosted by the Regina Blue Dot Movement

1pm: Addressing Racism on our Campus. Hosted by Heather O’Watch

2pm: McGill Student Strikes and Student Mobilization hosted by the Social Work Student Association from McGill University

Saturday Workshop Intensives:

Positive Space Training hosted by UR Pride Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Saturday January 26th 10am-3:30pm
This training is part lecture, part discussion and part activity. The lecture consists of the foundational knowledge for LGBTQ+ communities and solidarity with these communities. The discussion will mostly revolve around the ways in which gender and sexuality are understood by the participants, along with some discussion about presented case scenarios. The activities range from self-exploration activities to role-play activities which generally allow people to explore their own biases and understandings of gender and sexually diverse communities.

Building Collective Action: Student Tools for Change Hosted by NextUp Saskatchewan

Saturday January 26th 10am-3:30pm
This full-day intensive will include TWO parts!

1) Leadership and Activism 101 with Manuela Valle-Castro
In this session we learn and unpack some of basics of organizing and discuss the challenges of activism under neoliberalism. What are some of the different ways of engaging in social justice and change? What are some of the characteristics of effective leadership? How do we build movements for social justice while addressing the presence of sexism, homophobia and white privilege? What are other students doing around the world to resist austerity and corporate influence in university spaces? We will also share some practical skills on how to plan strategies for particular goals, including how to build alliances, make decisions that are democratic and create accountability in our relationships.

2) Messing with the Media with Saima Desai
This session will examine who the heck is “the media”? And why couldn’t it be you? We’re yaught to believe that the media has a monopoly on truth and objectivity. People trust the mainstream media–Until they don’t. As activists, we’re often fighting with the media to try and get our actions and messages to reach the public. But what if you could just…Make your own media?

Click here to register for Saturday Sessions!

Conference Logistics:

Transportation:
In the interest of keeping this conference as sustainable as possible, please consider taking public transit or carpooling to the conference with your friends. Google Maps is a quick and easy tool to get a trip plan that suits your needs: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/University+of+Regina/@50.416701,-104.5940377,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x531ea090798fa7ab:0x47e1c32f9f870c24

 

Parking

FRIDAY: Parking is available in lot 2 (Visitor Pay Lot; $12.00/day) in front of the Dr. William Riddell Centre Building or at meters ($2.00/hr).

SATURDAY: You may park for free in lot 2 (Visitor Pay Lot). If you require accessible parking, there are metered stalls in front of the College West Building (also free on weekends). You can find maps of all parking lots at this link: https://www.uregina.ca/fm/parking/assets/images/page-pictures/Main%20Campus%2013Dec16.pdf

Dishware:
Mugs and cups will be provided at the conference. We strongly encourage you to bring your own water bottle for the day. Fair trade coffee and tea will be provided in the morning and there are multiple water fountains close to the workshop locations.

 

Food
For your safety, if you have not indicated any restrictions (especially food allergies) in your registration please email outreach@rpirg.org at your earliest convenience.

If you indicated you will be attending over the lunch hour, lunch will be provided for you. If you are only attending one workshop you are welcome to come eat with us and network over the lunch hour. Food options are very limited on campus on the weekends, so do not count on campus food vendors. We apologize for any inconvenience this may pose.

Accessibility
The building in which workshops are being held are equipped with an elevator, curb ramps from the street, and wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls.

The building is NOT equipped with an all gender washroom, however one is located in the next building over (Lab Building) on the first floor.

Workshop hand-outs and other materials can be made available in large-print. Copies may be requested in advance for anyone who learns best with time to prepare.

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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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