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Video: nsjf 2008

In 2008 tv COGECO, a local media station, covered the Niagara Social Justice Forum. tv COGECO’s 4:35minute clip was aired on local news stations in the Niagara Region and we have it here for you to watch. Enjoy!

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nsjf 2010 Workshops: Session 1

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

9:30: SESSION 1: Workshops

Niagara’s Threatened Beautiful Landscapes
Niagara has a beautiful mosaic of a natural and human influenced landscape, which has evolved over the past 10,000 years since the retreat of the last glaciers. This spectacular mosaic, of forests, farms and buildings which go back to the 18th century, is threatened by wreckless urban sprawl and insensitive development.

Proper Shelter Saves Lives (Habitat for Humanity)
This presentation is about the housing crisis in Niagara and how Habitat Niagara’s unique homeownership program transforms the lives of families and breaks the cycle of poverty by providing a safe, decent and affordable home.

Building Global Solidarity with Migrant Farm Workers in the Niagara Region
This participatory and action oriented workshop would start with a brief history of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP), how it operates, who the actors involved are. Workshop participants will look at the changing context of Canadian agriculture and the critical role temporary workers play in Canadian food production.

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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 Workshops: Session 3

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

2:15: SESSION 3: Workshops

Native Woman – Endangered Species
Presentation by: Wendy Sturgeon, Executive Director, Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc. & Marie Jones, Aboriginal Child Advocate, Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc.
   Indigenous Women’s Rights are a social justice issue. There is a long history of dominant societies not only oppressing Native women but deliberately discriminating against us by creating legislation that keeps Native women in an inferior position, unable to succeed inter-generationally. This legislation was put in place to extinguish Native women 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. This workshop may include the use of a power point presentation, group activities, and audience participation.

Food Sovereignty in the Global South: A Development and Peace Appeal
This workshop’s objective is to raise awareness about the critical issue of food sovereignty, the injustices associated with agrofuel production, and the nationwide campaign directed at Prime Minister Harper, host of the G8 Leaders’ Summit in 2010, to promote the responsible use of land for agriculture in the Global South.

Peace Cafes: Opening Your Own Community Centre for Peace Education and Social Justice
A Peace Café is a public space with ethical and sustainable food & drink, a peace resource library, engaging social justice oriented events, and personal and group development workshops. This workshop explores what a Peace Café is, who is running them, where they are, how they came to be, and how anyone could start one in their own community.

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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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15 Days Away: nsjf 2010 Is Fast Approaching!

In just over two weeks the 4th annual Niagara Social Justice Forum is happening at Brock University, and the excitement is definitely building!
 
The Forum, based on the World Social Forum model, provides a dynamic space for dialogue and learning. The model 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, which features exhibits, workshops, information tables, music, film, theatre and food.
 
“The organizers of this event were mindful to create an open and shared space for community groups and individuals to encounter one another without any interference in how they choose to do that,” says Janet Conway, one of the event’s lead organizers and a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice at the University. “We had about 85 people at the first Forum in 2007 and last year’s event attracted more than 150 participants. We also had more workshop applications that we could accommodate this year.”
 
“We’re encouraged by this growth and the fact that we are able to provide an open forum for individuals and groups working for social change in Niagara to connect with one another,” adds Conway. “The organizing committee has heard from past participants that the Forum has helped groups and individuals with like-minded interests and concerns to come together.”

The Forum opens at 8:45 a.m., and there are 10 workshops taking place throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Workshop topics include Niagara’s threatened landscapes, homelessness, Aboriginal children and Children’s Aid Societies, food sovereignty, migrant farm workers in Niagara and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer films, just to name a few.
 
The event’s Plenary at 4 p.m. looks at women’s leadership in the Six Nations/Caledonia land claim dispute and will feature a screening of the documentary film Six Miles Deep, followed by a talk with its director Sara Roque. This film tells the story behind the headlines and offers a compelling look into a community where the achievements and roles of women have long been admired and respected.
 
The day’s program will finish off at 5:20 p.m. with a performance by the Aboriginal big drum group Gathering Thunder.
 
Forum attendees are then invited downtown for a special evening performance of the Vagina Monologues at Market Square, St. Catharines at 7:30 p.m. Admission for this event is $10 with proceeds going to Niagara Sexual Assault Centre.
 
The Niagara Social Justice Forum features free lunch and drinking water and dishes will be provided. The event is fully accessible (wheelchairs, sign language) and childcare services are available on-site. Please register before March 8 for sign language and childcare services.
            
The Forum is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, the departments of Social Justice and Equity Studies, Child and Youth Studies, Sociology and Women’s Studies, and OPIRG Brock.

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