nsjf 2011 Workshops: Session 1

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2011: Saturday, April 9th from 9 am – 5pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided :)

9:30-10:30am: SESSION 1: Workshops

Workshop 1a: Protecting Brock’s Niagara Escarpment – Corey Burant
Location: MC C407
The work of the Niagara Restoration Council to restore forests and streams throughout Niagara. A Power Point presentation will be made that will illustrate some of the restored forests and other natural habitats that we have been involved in creating, and will have images of a potential future project at Brock University.

Workshop 1b: Developing a People’s Assembly on Climate Justice for Niagara – Fiona McMurran, South Niagara Chapter, Council of Canadians
Location: MC D308
April 2011 marks the first anniversary of the World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, called by President Evo Morales, following the failure of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. In response to the invitation, 35,000 people, representing an historic gathering of social movements, came to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Participants divided into working groups, each tackling a different problem associated with climate change. The conference in Cochabamba was the start of a climate justice movement that draws together social justice and environmental activists, through the creation of People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice, modeled on the Cochabamba process. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of climate justice and the Cochabamba model of People’s Assemblies, in the hope of establishing one here in Niagara, so that we can work together to identify local problems associated with climate change and determine possible solutions.

Workshop 1c: Disability Accessibility, Cultural Sensitivity and Audisum – Karly Schaefer, The Canadian Hearing Society
Location: MC D309
This workshop will explore issues of accessibility and discrimination that deaf and hard of hearing individuals face daily in our communities. Living with a hearing loss is an invisible disability that makes our basic human function of communication more challenging. Often social stigmas surrounding hearing loss in general tend to limit deaf and hard of hearing individuals from being able to fully participate in society.

Workshop 1d: Social Media: Your Movement Needs You! – Dylan Powell
Location: MC H313
This workshop will focus on social media empowerment and ways in which every individual can leverage social media to promote social justice. Participants will create an “event” and direct it through social media from beginning to end.

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