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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 Workshops: Session 4

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

3:00-4:00pm: SESSION 4: Workshops

Workshop 4a: Vagina Monologues Performance – Nicole Jol and the Feminist Action Collective
Location: MC C407
A shortened version of Eve Ensler’s original script, which was written after she had interviewed over 200 women on the topic of their vagina. Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. This recurring theme uses the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

Workshop 4b: The Global and Local Relevance of Sport and Physical Education – Kelsey Pinch and Nick Beamish
Location MC D308
This workshop explores the “new age”, humanistic approach to physical education and its possible role in less developed countries. Additionally, it will touch on how El Salvador’s humanistic approach to physical education has impacted youth in Niagara. The workshop will be both experiential and discussion based.

Workshop 4c: Unveiling the Veil – Brock University Muslim Students Association, Student Justice Centre and Carol Leishman
Location: MC D309
This workshop focuses on the debate within Muslim communities surrounding the choice to wear or not wear a veil in their daily lives. This issue is often misunderstood by the larger population that frequently lacks insight into the realities of life within Muslim communities. Our aim is to provide information that may decrease the discrimination, ostracization, and prejudice that occur against Muslim women who work, study, and live in the Niagara region.

Workshop 4d: Are We Heading Towards the Futuristic Vision of Gender and Race?: Fluidity of Gender and Race in Science Fiction Films – Douglas Clarke, David Corman and Lynh Doan
Location: MC H313
This presentation examines depictions of gender in science fiction, focusing on how science fiction artists illustrate non-normative performances of gender. Secondly, presenters look at the futurist creation of voice. The third aspect examines comic book art and narrative of black superheroes. Together these are the cutting edge of social justice weaving popular culture and traditional sociological questions into theoretically driven inquiries about personhood, gender, culture and race.

Workshop 4e: The Bad Trip: Niagara Threatened by Motorway Madness – Sandy Vant and Tim Seeburn
Location: MCD 303
The threat posed by the Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie. It proposes to remove agricultural zoning protection on 827 acres of protected agricultural land. The project is a threat to endangered species such as the Grass Pickerel and the Box Turtle, and would involve the urbanization of the entire headwaters of Miller’s Creek.  The workshop will detail plans to stop the motorway through an upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board.

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nsjf 2010 featured in the Brock Press!

In the March 16th edition of the Brock Press, BP wrote a news feature about the Niagara Social Justice Forum 2010. Check it out below.

Brock Press: Brock University’s Local Newspaper
www.brockpress.com

Issue date: 03/16/10
Section: News

4th annual Social Justice Forum to take place at Brock
by Jacquie Clancy

On Saturday, March 20, Brock University will host the fourth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum at the Pond Inlet. The Forum is hosted by the Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES) program at Brock and is sponsored by the SJES department, the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, OPIRG Brock and the Women’s Studies, Child and Youth Studies and Sociology departments.

Cristina Murano, an SJES Masters student and Research Assistant at Brock, is a part of the Forum’s organizing committee, and will also be running a workshop that is a part of the daylong event. Along with Murano, two other Research Assistants, six Professors, an OPIRG representative and graduate student volunteers make up the organizing committee for the forum.

The focus of the Forum this year is largely based on the importance of community involvement. “The last few years they have been trying to make it a community building initiative for activists and social justice folks in the Niagara region, and that could be both on campus and off,” Murano said.

Murano is new to the Brock community and the Niagara Social Justice Forum, and this is her first year participating in the organizing of the event. However, she has been involved in activist work in the past and explained that her “involvement is new, but the work isn’t new”.

As mentioned, Murano is not only a part of the organizing committee, but is also running one of the 10 workshops that will take place during the Forum. Her workshop is entitled “The Other Side of Consciousness: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer Films” and will screen eight short films, each looking at a different issue in the LGBTQ community, followed by a question and answer session.

“I thought it would be great to do a workshop on how filmmaking can be a tool for social change,” said Murano, who will be screening a film that she directed and produced herself, entitled Chosen Family Love. Murano’s film was completed as a part of the Queer Youth Digital Video Project and was then screened at the Inside Out Film Festival in May of 2009. This particular workshop is only one of 10 workshops all focused on a different social justice issue; other workshops are focused on issues of Aboriginal Rights or the Homeless in Niagara.

“My workshop is one of many that is about an issue that needs attention. No matter where you are, people are thinking about issues of oppression and privilege and thinking about social justice issues,” she said. “The Forum is a really good way to introduce yourself to different kinds of themes and different work that people are doing on [these] issues.”

Although the event is being put on at Brock University, the entire Niagara community is involved with the social justice issues and workshops being explored throughout the Forum. “The Forum is a platform for community building and also bringing people together […] it’s kind of a way to bring it all together,” Murano said.

The Forum begins at 9:30 a.m. on March 20 and includes three sessions of workshops throughout the day followed by the Plenary in the Pond Inlet, which includes a screening of the film Six Miles Deep – a documentary about the Six Nations conflict in Caledonia. To round up the day’s events, there will be a performance of The Vagina Monologues at Market Square in downtown St. Catharines.

This is an important event that the organizing committee has worked hard to ensure will be informative and enjoyable for all its participants, from students to professors and community members. “I think for anybody interested in social justice issues, who want to make connections with people at Brock who are doing work in areas of social justice, [the Forum] is a really good space to make connections and network with people,” Murano said. “So if there are initiatives that students want to get involved in and they don’t know where to go or who to talk to, then this is a really good place for them to go to find out.”

The day-long Forum is free to attend and lunch is provided. The Vagina Monologues performance costs $10, with all proceeds going to the Niagara Sexual Assault Centre. For more information visit: www.niagarasocialjusticeforum.wordpress.com

The online version of this story can be found at:  www.brockpress.com/media/storage/paper384/news/2010/03/16/News/4th-Annual.Social.Justice.Forum.To.Take.Place.At.Brock-3890926.shtml

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nsjf 2010: The Other Side of Consciousness: LGBTQ Films

The Other Side of Consciousness:
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Films
This workshop, as part of Session 2 Workshops at the nsjf 2010, will feature 8 short films that combine media, story-telling and honesty to engage with issues of sexuality, race, disability, gender, family, love, loss, Diaspora, home and self-acceptance. This event will be a space for those that identify as LGBTQ, questioning, and/or allies to gather and watch LGBTQ stories. It will also facilitate discussion around filmmaking as a tool for social change, particularly as it applies to marginalized communities. The structure of the event is 65 – 70 minutes of film screenings, followed by a 20 – 25 minute Question and Answer period. *Q & A to follow with directors Onyinyechukwu Udegbe and Cristina Murano.

7 of the 8 films are products of the Queer Youth Digital Video Project (QYDVP) and all films have screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival (www.insideout.ca).

[This event is organized by Cristina Murano, a graduate student in the Social Justice and Equity Studies program at Brock University and a past participant of the Queer Youth Digital Video Project.]

QYDVP History
In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video (www.charlesstreetvideo.com), the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival initiated the QYDVP to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere. The QYDVP provides young artists with hands-on access to the latest video technology – which historically has been financially out of reach for most youth. As well, the QYDVP provides one-on-one mentorship and training with professional artists. LGBTQ youth under the age of 25 are mentored through the process of making their first videos – from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing.

After completion the works are screened at Inside Out and many have gone on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the videos are compiled on DVD and distributed free to schools and community organizations. To date, 77 youth have created work through the Project.

Description of Films in Accordance with their Stills Above:

Left Row, Top to Bottom:

Onyinyechukwu Udegbe: Everyday Monsters
Canada 2009  VIDEO 9 MIN
One woman watch(ed) – to stay at home within her own skin, navigating spirituality, bloodlines, sex, race and disability.

Karine Silverwoman: Hello, My Name is Herman
Canada 2007  VIDEO 9 MIN
Prepare to meet the filmmaker’s 91 year-old grandpa Herman.

Natalia Eileene Petite: A Refugee’s Refuge
Canada 2009  VIDEO 10 MIN
A refugee struggles with gender identity discrimination in the country she thought would be safe.

Cristina Murano: Chosen Family Love
Canada 2009  VIDEO 13 MIN
This documentary explores one woman’s complex journey through family as she negotiates sexuality, trauma, healing and love.

Right Row, Top to Bottom:

Mohamed Ali: Haram
Canada 2007  VIDEO 6 MIN
A mother wants her son to succeed in life yet finds herself grappling with more immediate issues.

Justine Yang: Cello in the Closet
Canada 2004  VIDEO 5 MIN
Lying in the darkness you will suffer temptation.

Gabrielle Zilkha: The Check-Up
Canada 2008  VIDEO 6 MIN
A patient emerges with an unusual diagnosis after a visit to the gynaecologist.

Krys McGuire: How to Build A Man
Canada 2007  VIDEO 4 MIN
Sound and text blast the message home.

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nsjf 2010 Workshops: Session 2

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2010: Saturday, March 20th from 9 a.m. – 5:45pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided 🙂

11:30: SESSION 2: Workshops

Aboriginal Children in Care of Children’s Aid Societies
Presentation by: Wendy Sturgeon, Executive  Director, Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc. & Marie Jones, Aboriginal Child Advocate, Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc.
   Indigenous Children’s Rights are a social justice issue. There is a long history of dominant societies not only oppressing Indigenous individuals, families and entire communities but also creating legislation to keep Indigenous individuals in an inferior position, unable to succeed inter-generationally. This legislation was put in place to extinguish Native people altogether, and has been a powerful force of genocide.
   This presentation will take the observer / audience through the macro-view to the micro-view and will include the following: Truth Telling and History from a global / national Indigenous perspective, and an examination of the Ontario and Niagara perspective. There will be a fact sharing activity to demonstrate the effect of colonialism on indigenous children, particularly in North America and Canada.

The Other Side of Consciousness: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer Films
This event will feature 8 short films that combine media, story-telling and honesty to engage with issues of sexuality, race, disability, gender, family, love, loss, Diaspora, home and self-acceptance. This event will be a space for those that identify as LGBTQ, questioning, and/or allies to gather and watch LGBTQ stories. It will also facilitate discussion around filmmaking as a tool for social change, particularly as it applies to marginalized communities. *Q & A to follow with directors Onyinyechukwu Udegbe and Cristina Murano.

Conflict, Violence and Reconciliation: Lessons to be Drawn from Colombia
Invite conversation on conflict, violence and memory by using visual archival material. Focus on the visual record and memory as forms of labour, the meaning of truth and justice in visual media, the forms silence takes in the visual record, and solidarity work in the visual field in Canada.

Naming Homelessness
Our perceptions of youth homelessness tend to come from reports of youth in large urban centres or perhaps television ads for Covenant House in Toronto. The panel for this workshop will examine youth homelessness in Niagara.  We will hear from a participant in a study of youth homelessness and learn more about the causes and challenges of youth homelessness.

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nsjf 2010: Plenary & Evening Performance

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2010: Saturday, March 20th from 9 a.m. – 5:45pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided 🙂

4:15: PLENARY: Film – Six Miles Deep (2009) about the Haudenosaunee Women and the Six Nations/Caledonia Conflict. Panel to follow with Director Sara Roque.

   On February 28, 2006, members of the Iroquois Confederacy (also known as the Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse) blockade a highway near Caledonia, Ontario to prevent a housing development on land that falls within their traditional territories.
   The ensuing confrontation makes national headlines for months. But less well known is the crucial role played by the clan mothers of the community – the traditional source of power in the Haudenosaunee Nation.
   With grace and honour, they rally the community on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve – with a population of 20,000, the largest reserve in Canada. It is the clan mothers who set the rules for conduct. And when the community’s chiefs ask people to abandon the barricades, it is the clan mothers who over-rule them. Six Miles Deep is an inspiring and compelling portrait of a group of women whose actions have led a cultural reawakening in their traditionally matriarchal community.

5:35: Drumming and Closing Remarks

Evening performance of The Vagina Monologues
Market Square, Downtown St.Catharines
7:30 p.m.
Price: $10: All proceeds go to the Niagara Sexual Assault Centre.
Hosted by OPIRG: Refreshments provided.

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nsjf 2010: Schedule

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2010
Saturday, March 20th
9 a.m. – 5:45pm
Pond Inlet, Brock University
Price: FREE. Lunch Provided
 
Evening performance of The Vagina Monologues
Market Square, Downtown St.Catharines
7:30 p.m.
Price: $10: All proceeds go to the Niagara Sexual Assault Centre.
Hosted by OPIRG. Refreshments provided.

 

Schedule:

8:45: DOORS OPEN. Coffee Available
9:00: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30: SESSION 1: Workshops
– Niagara’s Threatened Beautiful Landscapes
– Proper Shelter Saves Lives (Habitat for Humanity)
– Building Global Solidarity with Migrant Farm Workers in the Niagara Region
 
11:00: Coffee Break and Information Tables
 
11:30: SESSION 2: Workshops
– Aboriginal Children in Care of Children’s Aid Societies
– The Other Side of Consciousness: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer Films
– Conflict, Violence and Reconciliation: Lessons to be Drawn from Colombia
– Naming Homelessness
 
1:00: LUNCH
 
2:15: SESSION 3: Workshops
– Native Woman – Endangered Species
– Food Sovereignty in the Global South: A Development and Peace Appeal
– Peace Cafes: Opening Your Own Community Centre for Peace Education and Social Justice
 
3:45: Coffee Break and Information Tables
 
4:15: PLENARY: Film – Six Miles Deep (2009) about the Haudenosaunee Women and the Six Nations/Caledonia Conflict. Panel to follow with Director Sara Roque.
 
5:35: Drumming and Closing Remarks
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For map, visit:
http://butler.brocku.ca/facilitiesmgmt/MB-CAMPUS-MAP.htm
*Pond Inlet is located in “J” block of the MacKenzie Chown Complex which is directly north of the Zone 1/Lot A parking lot

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