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Humane Jobs

Did you catch this radio interview with SJES Masters Candidates Brittany Campbell and Bridget Nichols? They discussed their upcoming workshop at the Niagara Social Justice Forum which is centred on the work of SJES affiliate and Brock Faculty, Dr. Kendra Coulter surrounding Humane Jobs – jobs that benefit both human and non-human animals!

If you’re interested in attending the workshop then join us this Saturday February 3rd at the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

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Hello folks, we were recently featured in the Brock Press, check out the article here!

The event is coming up quickly, don’t forget to register for your chosen workshops just in case they fill up.

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Workshop Schedule


Hello folks! For a detailed schedule of the workshops on February 3rd, please click the link below!

NSJF 2018 Schedule

The event will begin with registration between 8:15-9:00AM and at that time the opening will commence with Taylor Gibson from Six Nations speaking, the MC will be Kevin Hobbs.

Taylor Leeal Gibson Wahadaidi Ne gyahsǫh (He’s on a new road is my name) Ganyadęh niwagehsyaǫdęh, (Turtle Clan) Gayogo̱honó’ niwago̱hwęjo:’dęh (Cayuga Nation). He is from Six Nations Canada (Hodihnosyonih Territory). Taylor has lived on the reserve most of his life, spent time learning from his Grandparents. He attended Cayuga Immersion program from Kindergarten to Grade 9 and 12. He is also a supporter of Indigenous Culture and History. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Currently he is an Assistant Researcher at Deyohaha:ge Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic. His passion is in Hodihnosyonih Culture and History and the Cayuga Language.

During the workshops, and throughout the breaks, there will be an opportunity for individuals to join David Flack in the “Speakers’ Corner”. The purpose of this corner is for attendees to debrief on the events of the day, reflect on things brought up in workshops, or to discuss any matters which they find pressing – in an open dialogue with David. These conversations can be private or they can include audience participation, that is entirely up to the speaker.

The closing plenary will be preceded by a drumming circle by the Strong Water Women Indigenous Drummers, from the Fort Erie Friendship Centre. The plenary will be a panel discussion on activism called “Responding to Challenges of Oppression: Bringing Youth Into Play” and will feature Zanab Jafry from the Student Justice Centre at Brock, Leigh Hill from Six Nations, and Will Rowe from TransParent, MC will be Anella Bieteru.

Will Rowe is an MSW with 20 years of experience working within anti-poverty, anti-violence and LGBTQ social justice movements. He has been actively involved with LGBTQ communities in K-W, Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara. Will began socially, medically and legally transitioning genders 12 years ago after spending many years identifying as a feminist dyke. Will is currently working towards a Doctorate in Social Work at McMaster University. His previous work includes Trans Advocate and Outreach Coordinator at The Well, Hamilton’s LGBTQ Community Wellness Center and Community Health Worker at Quest Community Health Centre. Will resides in Hamilton with his two kids and three cats.

Closing of the Plenary is to be performed by Taylor Leeal Gibson.


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Registration is open for #NSJF2018

Please click here to register for the 2018 Niagara Social Justice Forum and choose the workshops you will like to attend.

Please note that you are not committed to attending the workshops you register for, we are simply hoping to gain an idea of the space required for each .

You may contact us in advance if you have any accessibility concerns or parking questions by emailing us at:

We look forward to another educational and empowering year with all of you!

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Vagina Monologues at #NSJF2018

VM Flyer 2018


Hello folks,

With the 10th year of the Niagara Social Justice Forum quickly approaching we wanted to share with you that in the evening on February 3rd there will be a performance of Eve Ensler’s critically acclaimed work The Vagina Monologues, at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre.

As mandated by Eve, all productions of The Vagina Monologues must be done in collaboration with a community run women’s shelter. This show will benefit the work of Gillian’s Place in St Catharines, with all proceeds being donated to the organization.

The doors open at 6:30PM, the show is at 7:30PM, and the building is directly across from the Marylin I Walker school. You can purchase tickets here for $55 and students have the option to use the code “VMSTUDENT” to adjust the price to $35.

Many of us will be having dinner together downtown and then attending this show, so please feel free to purchase your tickets and join us for a continued evening of community engagement and socializing!

Happy new year, wishing you all love & light!


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January 3, 2018 · 8:18 pm

Proposal Form

Proposal to Organize Activity for

10th Anniversary Niagara Social Justice Forum


Event Date: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts


Due Date for Proposal: Friday, November 10th, 2017 at 5 pm

Send completed proposal to:

1. Proposed title:
2. Type of activity (check all that apply or propose something else)
☐ 90-minute workshop (concurrent with other workshops)
☐ Musical or dramatic performance
☐ Art exhibit or activity
☐ Display table at lunchtime Information Fair (all attendees will be present)
☐ Other (specify):
3. Brief description of the proposed activity, including possible collaborators:
4. Relevance to social justice:
5. Goals of the activity and intended audience:
6. How might the activity prepare participants to take next steps?
7. Organizers’ contact information:
Organization (if relevant):

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November 5, 2017 · 8:43 pm

HOLD THE DATE: 2018 Niagara Social Justice Forum

NSJF Fourth DraftInvitation to Organize Activities

for Niagara Social Justice Forum 2018

Do you want to connect with student, activist or community groups committed to social justice?

Do you have a great idea for a workshop, performance, exhibit or other activity?

We want to hear from you!


Hosted by the Social Justice and Equity Studies Graduate Program at Brock University, the Niagara Social Justice Forum is a day-long program of activities including concurrent workshops, performances, exhibits and information tables. This event typically attracts over 150 people from both campus and the community and explores a wide range of issues. Activities are proposed and organized through an open call to campus and community-based individuals and groups committed to social justice.


The main goal of this event is to build relationships between student groups, researchers, activists and community organizations working on issues of social justice, difference and diversity. The purpose of this “Call” is to invite those with an activist orientation (broadly defined) to submit a proposal to host a workshop, performance, exhibit or information table. We encourage all types of workshops including those that involve art, music, drama or other experiential, embodied modes of interaction.


· Using the form provided, send a title and brief description of the proposed activity.

· Make clear its relevance to social justice.

· Articulate goals of the activity and intended audience:

· Explain how your activity will prepare participants to take next steps.

· Identify who is proposing and will organize the activity. Include contact information.

Those proposing activities are responsible for mobilizing the necessary resources to mount the activity. Forum organizers will host the event, provide a delicious lunch, coordinate space and technological support, provide free childcare, and promote the Forum’s activities. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, to submit proposals or book an table for the lunchtime information fair, please reply to Mary Breunig, Graduate Program Director, Social Justice and Equity Studies:

Deadline for proposals: Friday, November 10th, 2017.

Event date for the 2018 Forum: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.


* Please circulate this invitation within your networks.



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November 5, 2017 · 8:41 pm