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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.


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.


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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HURRY!: Registration STILL OPEN for the 6th Niagara Social Justice Forum!

Registration has been extended until today, January 30th, for the event on Friday, February 1, 2013!

Everyone is welcome, but register ASAP to help us plan.

A free vegan lunch and free parking voucher are provided with registration.

Hearty, vegetable roti (vegan) from the Caribbean Eatery will be served at 4:45 PM along with the viewing of the film, Dal Puri Disapora to follow at 5:00 PM in AS 215.

Hope to see you all there!

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Friday’s Schedule in Brief

8:45 AM: Door’s Open, Student Alumni Centre (Isaacs), Brock University


Ohnia: Kara Drummers and Idle No More

9:50 AM: Transition to Workshops

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 1 Workshops

  • Conversation Cafe – The Occupy Movement, Student Alumni Centre (Isaacs) 
  • The Politics of Aid, PL 600F
  • Pseudo Phobia, ST 105
  • Reimagining Consent, Sankey Chamber 
  • The Global Mining Industry, PL 500A
  • Student Justice Centre Open House, Decew 206 

11:30 AM: Light Lunch and Melodies of Justice Cafe, Student Alumni Centre (Isaacs)

1:00-2:30 PM: Session 2 Workshops 

  • Self-Reflection for Activists, ST 105 
  • Engaging Men in Anti-Violence Activism, PL 500A
  • Solidarity and Action Against Poverty, Student Alumni Centre (Isaacs) 
  • Zine Scenes, PL 600F 
  • Student Justice Centre Open House, Decew 226 

2:30 PM: Conversation Break

3:00-4:30 PM: Session 3 Workshops  

  • Proud to be an Ally, PL 600F 
  • Unpeeling the Banana Trade, ST 105 
  • Drama as a Social Intervention, TH 253 
  • Injured Workers Centre, Student Alumni Centre (Isaacs) 
  • Native Youth Sexual Health, Sankey Chamber 

4:30 PM: Conversation Break 

5:00 PM: CLOSING PLENARY, Academic South 215

Film Screening: Dal Puri Diaspora 

**Niagara-Caribbean food will be served. Discussion with Director Richard Fung will help us further reflect on how this cuisine illustrates the politics of global migration.**

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Friday night dancing after the Niagara Social Justice Forum

On Friday, February 1,  Coco Cobanas presents

A Night of African Caribbean Music

Live performance by local artists.

Music by Prince THUNDER

Reggae, Soca, R&B and more

$5 at door, security & !D

57 Carlisle St. St. Catharines (across from downtown bus terminal)

50% of all proceeds will be donated to AIDS Niagara.

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Dal Puri Disapora, A Documentary with Richard Fung

Dal Puri Disapora, A Documentary with Richard Fung

Behind every recipe is a story and this is exactly the case for Dal Puri, also known as roti, a very famous Indian dish. Richard Fung, the film’s director who is currently based in Toronto, was born in Trinidad and Tobago, a little island in the southern Caribbean just northeast of Venezuela. It is his childhood home which Fung recalls by being flooded with warm childhood memories and his favorite snack of which he grew up on, Dal Puri. Originating from India, Dal Puri is a crispy flatbread stuffed with various meat dishes.  Every now and again Fung stops to buy the snack from Toronto vendors. Amazed at how the recipe had managed to travel overseas to Toronto, Fung steps out on an adventure to discover its origin. The trip takes him back to Trinidad and all the way to India where its migration leads him to explore various topics such as colonialism, religion, migration. Fung is a professor and teaches at OCAD University.


The attached link is a video from the Toronto Star with Richard Fung who shows viewers how to make their own Dal Puri.

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