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nsjf 2011: Thank You & Photos from the Forum!

A big, warm, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended and participated in the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum. We, the 2011 NSJF committee, hope everyone who was involved in the pre-forum organizing and hosted/participated in a workshop, art series, performance and/or panel on April 9th had a spectacular experience. THANK YOU again for being an instrumental part of the forum and social justice as a whole.

See you next year 🙂
And if you are interested in hosting a workshop, panel, art series and/or performance at the 2012 Niagara Social Justice Forum please visit our website in the fall for information about submissions.
All the best,
2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum Committee

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nsjf 2011: Reel Injun

evening event of the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum:
REEL INJUN: A film by Neil Diamond

The evening event for the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum features a screening of the fantastic documentary Reel Injun followed by a short panel discussion. Panelists are: Laurie Kirk, Michelle Sherry and Lacey Lewis.

Schedule:
6:30-7:00 Enjoying victuals provided by Rise Above for purchase
7:00-7:05 Laurie Kirk will introduce the film
7:05-8:30 Screening of Reel Injun
8:30-8:40 Break
8:40-8:55 Panelists Laurie Kirk, Michelle Sherry and Lacey Lewis will speak to the film
8:55-9:30 Open the floor to the audience for questions and discussion

Location:
onefortyfive Gallery – 145 King Street, Downtown St. Catharines
For directions visit the onefortyfive Gallery website:
http://www.onefortyfive.com/145/Home.html
Cost of event: FREE!

About the Film: Reel Injun
Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world.

Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.

Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, including Stagecoach, Little Big Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atanarjuat the Fast Runner, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.

VIEW THE Reel Injun Trailer:

For more information about the film visit the Reel Injun website: http://www.reelinjunthemovie.com

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nsjf 2011: ART SPACE

ART SPACE at the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum
Art in relation to marginalized communities and social justice has a long, complex and radical history. The committee of the Niagara Social Justice Forum honours this history and is committed to the concept of ‘art as a tool of social justice’. We are thus excited to have 3 distinct art series be presented at this years forum.

Each series is vital to the discussion of social justice and touch on complex issues that ultimately interconnect (as all issues do).

Below is information about each series that will be displayed in Pond Inlet from 9am – 4pm during the 2011 forum. We hope these small teasers will excite you to see all of the work live and get you thinking about your own participation in art as a tool for social justice.

Top Row: tapestry about homelessness by tina hjorngaard.
Middle Row: photos from Art to Help Save Pigs 
left: photo by Kevin Weil and right: Caged Pig by Dirk Giesselmann.
Bottom Row: photos from OUTWords –
left: photo by Sarah-Lee Umraugh and right: photo by Sofia Guerrieri.

COMMUNITY and HOMELESSNESS
an art project by tina hjorngaard, Ryerson social work student
Artist Statement: “I have created a communicative quilt through a participatory research project on homelessness. The end result is a work comprised of visual depictions of the meaning of ‘home’ from the perspectives of people with lived experiences of home-lessness in and around the greater Toronto area.”

ART to HELP SAVE PIGS
curated by SJES 5P70 student Ian Purdy

Artist Statement: “Art to Help Save Pigs is an initiative of the Toronto Pig Save collective. The multimedia art exhibit aims to promote animal rights and veganism by highlighting the plight of pigs and other “farm animals” heading to Toronto’s slaughterhouses by showing both what is and what is possible in our relationship with these complex creatures.”

For more info about Art to Help Save Pigs visit: http://torontopigsave.wordpress.com

OUTWords: A free program brought to you by The People Project (Toronto) mashing up media arts, leadership, queer-stories and current issues from around the world to fuel an OUTWords movement of young Spectrum LGBTTQQ2SIA* leaders.
participating artists: Anna Belayev, Javier Cacheiro, Heidi Cho, Sofia Guerrieri, Romeo Pierre, Gabriela Rodriguez, and Sarah-Lee Umraugh.

OUTWords is an intensive arts and leadership program for spectrum youth primarily between 17 and 21.  Participants have access to art, readings, videos, and activities that explore LGBTTQQ2SIA* histories and issues. The program encourages critical thinking, creative expression and collective advocacy.

The People Project is a collective and social enterprise dedicated to the practice and engagement of people empowerment for social change. Founded by youth leaders Kim Crosby and Natalyn Tremblay, The People Project works closely with Toronto’s LGBT youth community providing innovative and participatory arts and leadership programs and projects.

For more info about OUTWords and/or The People Project contact:  info@thepeopleproject.ca or visit: http://www.thepeopleproject.ca

*LGBTTQQ2SIA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited, Intersex and Asexual.

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nsjf 2011: CFBU 103.7 fm Radio Interview

On Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 CFBU 103.7 fm Program Director Deborah Cartmer interviewed Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Brock University and Niagara Social Justice Forum committee member Keri Cronin about the upcoming forum on April 9th.

To listen click on the link:  http://www.cfbu.ca/aud/sj.mp3

ABOUT: CFBU 103.7 fm
CFBU is a non profit corporation run by Brock University Student Radio(BUSR). They broadcast at a frequency of 103.7 fm, sending 250 mighty watts from the top of the Schmon Tower at Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Brock University Student Radio Collective
CFBU is operated by the Brock University Student Radio, a non-profit corporate body. To become a member of BUSR, individuals must become volunteers at CFBU. Community members must also pay an annual membership fee of $20.00.

For more information about CFBU 103.7 fm and/or to get involved with CFBU 103.7 fm as a volunteer or radio host visit: http://www.cfbu.ca

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nsjf 2011: Featured in the Brock News

THE BROCK NEWS:
Migration, Health Care among topics at Social Justice Forum
Posted by Samantha Craggs on Apr 4th, 2011

Craig Fortier (pictured below) of No One Is Illegal — Toronto, a group that fights for the rights of migrant people, will appear at the fifth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum April 9 at Pond Inlet.

Fortier will work with workshop participants to develop an analysis of why people migrate and how it is connected to capitalism and colonialism.

The forum aims to build relationships between student groups, activists and community organizations working on social justice issues in Niagara.

The all-day forum will feature music, film and interactive activities on numerous subjects, including environmental issues, animal rights, health care and religion.

Other workshop topics include:

  • Youth Homelessness: The Invisible Population
  • Social Media: Your Movement Needs You
  • Health Care Service Issues in Niagara
  • Niagara Threatened by Motorway Madness

There will be art exhibitions, a performance by the WomEnchant Choir (4 p.m., Pond Inlet) and a free screening of the Gemini award winning Reel Injun. It will be shown at 6.30 p.m. at the onefortyfive Gallery, 145 King St., St. Catharines.

The forum is free and no registration is required. For information on free childcare and American Sign Language interpretation, email socialjustice@brocku.ca.

For a full schedule, see niagarasocialjusticeforum.wordpress.com

Fortier, who grew up in Welland, described to The Brock News why he is involved.

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Can you tell us a little about the workshop you’ll be leading?

No One Is Illegal (Toronto) is a group of immigrants, refugees and allies, which fights for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. The workshop will focus specifically on the links between colonization and migration and how the struggle for migrant justice affects all people in North America.

No One Is Illegal — Toronto opposes policies that cause displacement and exploit migrants. At the same time, it is part of our ongoing work to support and build alliances with Indigenous peoples in their fight against colonialism, displacement and the ongoing occupation of their land.

How did you become interested in this issue?

I grew up in Welland in the 1980s and 1990s when several plant closings and free trade agreements forced many people out of good jobs and into temporary and part-time work in call centres and other places. I was part of a big wave of young people in Niagara who were forced to move out of the region in search of job and education opportunities.

While studying accounting and economics at the University of Waterloo, I began to question the global economic policies that the governments of the wealthy countries (Canada, U.S., U.K., Japan, Europe) were trying to impose and their effects on both poor communities in the global South as well as working class communities (like Niagara) in the global North. I participated in demonstrations against the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Quebec City in 2001 and began to make links with people fighting against the forces of globalization that are responsible for displacement and exploitation. Upon moving to Toronto, No One Is Illegal was one of the few movements fighting to address these issues. I have been an organizer with No One Is Illegal since 2004.

Why is it important for the people of Niagara to be educated about this issue?

At the G20 meetings held in Toronto last June, the leaders of the 20 richest countries of the world agreed to policies of global austerity to address the economic crisis caused by the bailout of the big banks. In other words, these governments agreed to cut essential services like health care, education, employment insurance and to claw back our pensions to pay for those bailouts.

I think we will see unprecedented attacks on our social services over the next few years and another push to eliminate good paying jobs with part-time and temp work. Places like Niagara will be the hardest hit by these policies.

We need to begin a discussion in Niagara about how we can mobilize a unified struggle against more social cuts.

The online version of this story can be found at:
http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=9202

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nsjf 2011: Brock hosts 5th Annual Niagara Social Justice Forum April 9

BROCK UNIVERSITY
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March 30th, 2011
 
BROCK hosts 5th Annual NIAGARA SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM April 9

On Saturday, April 9, the Social Justice and Equity Studies program at Brock will host the fifth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Pond Inlet and various other locations at the University. This full-day event is free and open to everyone.
 
This annual event is an open forum for individuals and groups working for social change in Niagara to connect with and interact with one another.
 
“Last year, we attracted more than 170 participants, which is more than double the number of people we had out to our first forum in 2007,” says Margot Francis, assistant professor, Sociology, and member of the Forum’s organizing committee. “Building on the success of last year’s Forum and responding to feedback we’ve received, this year’s program looks to incorporate more workshops and art-based activism into the day’s agenda.”
 
The Forum begins at 9 a.m., and there are 18 workshops taking place over four concurrent sessions throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workshop topics include animal rights, the environment, health care, migrant workers, religion and social media, just to name a few.
 
The event will also feature numerous info tables and an art space set up in Pond Inlet throughout the day, a lunchtime walk along the Niagara escarpment and a performance by the Niagara-based WomEnchant women’s choir in Pond Inlet at 4 p.m.
 
A screening of the documentary Reel Injun will also take place at oneforthyfive Gallery in downtown St. Catharines (145 King St.) at 6:30 p.m. The film by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.
 
The annual Niagara Social Justice Forum at Brock University provides a dynamic space for dialogue and learning. It invites diverse groups to mount self-organized activities in a common space in their own ways and on their own terms, but within a shared commitment to social justice broadly understood. Self-organized individuals and groups responded to an open call for proposals and put the day’s program together.
 
The Niagara Social Justice Forum features a free vegan lunch, and drinking water and dishes will be provided. Vegan food, provided by Rise Above Bakery, will also be available at the downtown screening of Reel Injun.
 
The Forum is fully accessible (wheelchairs, sign language) and childcare services are available on-site. Please register before April 1 for sign language and childcare services.

To register for sign language and childcare services: socialjustice.nf@gmail.com

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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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