7th Niagara Social Justice Forum, January 25, 2014


Thank you to the organizers, participants, volunteers and presenters in 2014

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January 7, 2014 · 3:21 pm

Documentary and Director’s Talk, Saturday, January 25, 5pm


Come early for Moroccan music and a light vegan meal prepared and served by ARGANA, Association des femmes maroco-Canadiennes.


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They Were Promised the Sea, a Documentary by Kathy Wazana

They Were Promised the Sea, a Documentary by Kathy Wazana

Saturday, January 25, 5-7pm, Brock University, AS215
Free admission with Forum registration. Come for the full day, or just the film.
A light meal will be served before the film at 4:30pm.
A director’s talk by Kathy Wazana follows the documentary.

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December 10, 2013 · 5:53 pm

7th Niagara Social Justice Forum, 2014

Join us on Saturday, January 25, at Pond Inlet, Brock University, for a full day of activities exploring the theme:

Beyond Survival: Local and Global Activism in Times of Austerity

Schedule of the Day:

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Registration and coffee in Pond Inlet

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Opening Plenary, Phil Davis and the Ohnia:kara Singers (Pond Inlet)

10:30 – 11:50 a.m.  Session 1 – Concurrent Workshops (various locations in Plaza)

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch and Social Justice Information Fair (Pond Inlet)

1:30 – 2:50 p.m. Session 2 – Concurrent Workshops (various locations in Plaza)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Panel: “The Criminalization of Dissent” (Pond Inlet)

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Conversation break with Moroccan food and music (AS215)

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Documentary, They Were Promised the Sea, and Q & A with Director, Kathy Wazana (AS215)

The Forum is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Free parking, light vegan meals and childcare are provided with registration, which opens in early January.

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Thanks to sponsors, volunteers, workshop leaders, musicians, artists, organizers and participants in 2013 Niagara Social Justice Forum

The Social Justice and Equity Studies program wishes to thank the following offices and departments for co-sponsoring the 2013 Forum:  the Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS); Deans of the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences; the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA); the Provost and VP Academic, Dr. Murray Knutilla; the Departments of Sociology, and Child and Youth Studies; the Women’s and Gender Studies Program; the Student Justice Centre; the Centre for Faith and Life; OPIRG-Brock; African Heritage Month; and the Service-Learning Resource Centre.  Thanks also to the Aboriginal Education Council.

Special thanks to Philip Davis and the Ohnia:Kara Singers and to the leaders of the round dance who opened the Forum.  Thanks to those who taught us at the Idle No More Teach-in.

Many thanks to those who made possible our last minute relocation from Pond Inlet to Isaacs.  You saved the day!

To the many workshop leaders, musicians and artists, and to those who staffed information tables, thanks for sharing, engaging us and leading us to new insights.  It was for your offerings that we came!

Many volunteers, mostly Brock students, welcomed and helped navigate participants around the campus.  Thanks for all of your help.

Thanks to Richard Fung for your fascinating film and discussion, and to the Caribbean Eatery (134 Lake St., St. Catharines) for providing the delicious vegan roti during the film.

Thanks to all participants for making this a day for learning and for supporting activist movements in the Niagara region.

Finally, thanks to the 2013 organizing committee for setting the vision, making the decisions, and doing the work to make this day happen so creatively and successfully!

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Niagara Social Justice Forum relocated from Pond Inlet to Isaacs


Student-Alumni Centre new location for Niagara Social Justice Forum

Due to fallen ceiling insulation, Pond Inlet will be closed on Friday, February 1st, but the Niagara Social Justice Forum remains open.

The Opening Plenary, including the Idle No More Teach-in, will be held in the Student Alumni Centre (Isaacs, pictured above).

All workshops previously scheduled in the Pond Inlet will now take place in the Student Alumni Centre. Information tables, the lunch, and Melodies of Justice Cafe will also be relocated to the Student Alumni Centre.

Those who intend to arrive in the morning should park in Lot A as originally instructed.

Doors open Friday morning, February 1 at 8:45 a.m. and coffee will be served at our new location in Isaacs.

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Melodies of Justice Cafe

A lunchtime music cafe at the Forum features these local performers:


Steven Baranyai

Steven plays Anishinabe music with the hand drum and flutes, and Haudensaunee music with a water drum.  In 2012, Steven’s flute CD was awarded “world group of the year” by the Niagara Music Awards.  http://stevenbaranyai.bandcamp.com


Aaron Berger

Aaron’s soulful folk and pop rock style communicates gratitude for life and community, and the desire to share in creating a more beautiful world.  www.aaronberger.bandcamp.com


James Deurloo

James is a Niagara based spirit/folk singer who writes on historical characters and events, and weaves his stories and songs beautifully.


Derek Roche

Derek performs original songs about war, consumerism, living in the present, life and death, and a variety of other themes.


Zita Seshi

Zita is an international student from Ghana who is passionate about social justice for women in Africa.  Zita loves to sing and believes that music lingers in our hearts and pushes us to make changes.

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