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NSJF 2015 Photos

Thank you to everyone who came out and engaged in the 8th annual Niagara Social Justice Forum on January 31, 2015.

Here are a few photos that capture moments throughout the day:

Opening Plenary from D Butz 2

Members of the Organizing Committee speak during the Opening Plenary. Left to right: Jenna Parry, James McBride, Cassie Robinson, Carissa Taylor, Cara Nightingale.

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Participants engage in discussion during a workshop.

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Carissa Taylor presents during the workshop, “Getting your Message Out: How to Effectively Engage with Media.”

Workshop from D Butz

Participants take part in one of twelve workshops.

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A participant performs during the Open Mic.

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SJES alumni Lysanne Louter, producer and director of Made in Bangladesh, speaks to current SJES student Firoz Alam during the Director’s Talk following the documentary screening.

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NSJF Invitation to Organize: 2013

Invitation to Organize Activities
Niagara Social Justice Forum 2013 – Our Own Backyard: A Local/Global Mash-up

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!

Concept:
Hosted by the Social Justice and Equity Studies Graduate Program at Brock University, the 6th Niagara Social Justice Forum will include a day-long program of concurrent activities, including workshops, performances, exhibits and information tables in a fair-like atmosphere. This event typically attractsover 150 people from both campus and the community and explores a wide range of issues. All events are proposed and organized through an open call to people and groups on campus and in the community committed to social justice.

Goals:
The main goal of this event is to build relationships between student groups, activists and community organizations working on social justice issues in the Niagara region.

The purpose of this ‘Call’ is to invite individuals and groups with a strong activist orientation to submit a proposal to host a workshop, performance, exhibit or information table. The themes of proposed activities should havestrong local relevance. We encourage participatory activities that may involve art, music, drama or other experiential, embodied modes of interaction.

Proposals:
·    In one page or less, provide a title and brief description of the proposed activity, such as a workshop, performance, information table, poster, art exhibit.
·    Make clear its relevance to the event.
·    Suggest what groups might participate.
·    Identify who is proposing and will organize the activity. Include contact information.

We will accommodate as many proposals as possible, while aiming for a diversity of issues and kinds of activities. Those proposing activities are responsible for mobilizing the necessary resources to mount the activity. Forum organizers will co-ordinate the event, provide food, space, childcare, and technological support, as well as outreach and promotion of the Forum’s activities. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, to submit proposals or book information tables, contact Ellyse Winter, ewinter2@brocku.ca,

Deadline for proposals: Monday, November 5.

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UpDate: Niagara Social Justice Forum

We would like to inform the Niagara Community that the Brock Social Justice and Equity Program will not be hosting The Niagara Social Justice Forum for 2011-2012. Unfortunately, the substantial human and monetary resources required to host the Forum are not accessible to us this year. This is a decision for 2011-2012 only. We will be considering hosting the Forum in 2012-13. We appreciate your support and participation in previous years and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

In the meantime, the SJES program is planning other exciting activities that will bring together people seeking to learn about and act on concerns related to social justice and equity issues.

Please keep in touch in the upcoming months. We will send out details early in the new year.

Susan Tilley
Director
MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies

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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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