Events List

A listing of Peace and Social Justice events in Kitchener-Waterloo and Waterloo Region.

Is an event missing? Contact Bob Jonkman at bobjonkman@kwpeace.ca

Aug
13
Sun
2017
Ontario Mennonite Music Camp @ CGR
Aug 13 – Aug 25 all-day

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp provides an exciting camp adventure for 12 to 16 year olds – pairing exceptional musical instruction with traditional camp activities! Campers will find a safe and supportive community to explore their love of music, strengthen their leadership skills and deepen their faith.

OMMC welcomes campers of all levels of musical skill and experience! Our goal is to help you have fun and grow, no matter where you’re at.

Read the camper expectations and camper information forms for more details about camp.

Visit the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp page for more information, or register for camp.

Aug
14
Mon
2017
3 week Grebel Gallery exhibit featuring Kandace Boos
Aug 14 @ 8:30 am – Aug 31 @ 4:30 pm

This special 3 week exhibit, featuring local artist Kandace Boos, is a visual exploration of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Join Kandace for the exhibit’s opening reception at 7 PM on August 14, 2017 in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s Grebel Gallery.

Artist Statement:

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples may be the most important piece of legislature before our government in this generation. Indigenous rights, Reconciliation, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission; all of these issues have moved to the forefront of our news, especially in light of Canada’s 150th anniversary, but the majority of Canadians are not aware of the rights contained in the declaration. I believe many Canadians of privilege would be surprised to know the basic level of the rights contained within the declaration. I’ve connected several articles to images that are familiar and comforting to many non-indigenous Canadians, with the goal of helping the viewer to put themselves in the place of the Indigenous Community. Sometimes, we need to feel what it’s like to be the oppressed before we understand what it means to be privilege. 

Aug
21
Mon
2017
WRGreens Monthly Meeting
Aug 21 all-day

An organizing meeting ~ anyone is welcome.
Time and Location will be announced each month.

Agency Orientation
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Aug
22
Tue
2017
Re-Skilling Circle at The Working Centre @ The Working Centre
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Want to regain lost skills?
Learn why we lost them in the first place?
Why it’s important that we get them back?

Come join the Re-skilling Learning Circle!

This summer the Working Centre is piloting our newest educational initiative: month-long learning circles exploring the ideas and practices of re-skilling. 

Up until a century ago we knew how to do a lot of things ourselves because we had the skills. Now we are dependent on buying things that we need. Re-skilling is about relearning the skills we need to be independent and be able to do things ourselves. Our learning circles will explore reasons to re-skill and offer a community of support for those on the re-skilling journey.

Each circle will meet four times over the space of a month, for two hours at a time. We will host three cycles this summer – one per month in June, July, and August.

The dates for each re-skilling circle are:

  • First Circle: June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • Second Circle: July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • Final Circle: August 10th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

For more information or to join one of the circles, please contact Isaiah: isaiahr@theworkingcentre.org 519-743-1151 x175

Re-Skilling Circle at The Working Centre | The Working Centre

BackHome Training August 22 & 24, 2017
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Aug
23
Wed
2017
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 23 all-day
Annual General Meeting
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Annual General Meeting
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Potluck Picnic In The Park with the @WR_Greens
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Potluck Picnic In The Park with the @WR_Greens

The Waterloo Region Greens are having a Summertime Get Together! Join us for a Potluck Picnic In The Park under the picnic shelter in Kitchener’s Victoria Park.

Bring a dish to share, and bring your own beverage (non-alcoholic; this is a public venue). To accommodate dietary preferences, please label your food if it has nuts, wheat, dairy, eggs, or meat.

Although the listed time is from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, you’re very welcome to start earlier and stay later!

*What*: Waterloo Region Greens Summer Get Together: Potluck Picnic in the Park
*When*: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
*Where*: Picnic shelter, Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario
*Map*: https://osm.org/go/ZXnwQ2VwU-?m=

And since the rain is no stranger to Kitchener, we’ll have an alternate rain date on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Keep an eye on the blog at https://wrgreens.ca and https://twitter.com/wr_greens for rain postponement announcements.

Join the WR Greens Discussion mailing list to keep up-to-date on Waterloo Region Green Party events: https://wrgreens.ca/mailinglist

Potluck Picnic In The Park with the @WR_Greens
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Potluck Picnic In The Park with the @WR_Greens
The Waterloo Region Greens are having a Summertime Get Together! Join us for a Potluck Picnic In The Park under the picnic shelter in Kitchener’s Victoria Park.
Bring a dish to share, and bring your own beverage (non-alcoholic; this is a public venue). To accommodate dietary preferences, please label your food if it has nuts, wheat, dairy, eggs, or meat.
Although the listed time is from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, you’re very welcome to start earlier and stay later!
*What*: Waterloo Region Greens Summer Get Together: Potluck Picnic in the Park
*When*: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
*Where*: Picnic shelter, Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario
*Map*: https://osm.org/go/ZXnwQ2VwU-?m=
And since the rain is no stranger to Kitchener, we’ll have an alternate rain date on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Keep an eye on the blog at https://wrgreens.ca and https://twitter.com/wr_greens for rain postponement announcements.
Join the WR Greens Discussion mailing list to keep up-to-date on Waterloo Region Green Party events: https://wrgreens.ca/mailinglist

Aug
24
Thu
2017
UW Farm Market
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

All students, staff, faculty, and members of the public are invited to UW Farm Market occurring throughout the Spring and Fall terms! The UW Farm Market helps promote and educate the public on local food, similar to other initiatives including Foodlink Waterloo Region. 
Student volunteers will be operating the not-for-profit market while UW Food Services will handle purchasing and the short-distance shipment to campus.
UW Farm Market is bringing the fresh harvest of local farms, preserves, and honeys made in Waterloo County together with fresh baked goods from our own UW Village Bakery allowing students to purchase fresh, nutritious foods and reduce their ecological footprint. 
In support of the environment, we are promoting a ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ program for our market.
Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to purchase quality products and enjoy the ambience of a farmers market.
Please visit the UW Farm Market web page to find out more!

UW Farm Market @ SLC
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

All students, staff, faculty, and members of the public are invited to UW Farm Market occurring throughout the Spring and Fall terms! The UW Farm Market helps promote and educate the public on local food, similar to other initiatives including Foodlink Waterloo Region. 

Student volunteers will be operating the not-for-profit market while UW Food Services will handle purchasing and the short-distance shipment to campus.

UW Farm Market is bringing the fresh harvest of local farms, preserves, and honeys made in Waterloo County together with fresh baked goods from our own UW Village Bakery allowing students to purchase fresh, nutritious foods and reduce their ecological footprint. 

In support of the environment, we are promoting a ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ program for our market.

Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to purchase quality products and enjoy the ambience of a farmers market.

Please visit the UW Farm Market web page to find out more!

Aug
26
Sat
2017
Food Not Bombs! Servings
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!

Where does this happen?

The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.

How can I help?

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.

You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: http://wpirg.org/action-groups/food-not-bombs/how-to-help/. If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: http://lists.wpirg.org/mailman/listinfo/fnb_lists.wpirg.org. We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.

Who donates food?

We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.

Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?

Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Food Not Bombs! Servings
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!
Where does this happen?
The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.
How can I help?
We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.
You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: http://wpirg.org/action-groups/food-not-bombs/how-to-help/. If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: http://lists.wpirg.org/mailman/listinfo/fnb_lists.wpirg.org. We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.
Who donates food?
We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.
Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?
Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Movies for the Mind: Surviving Progress at KPL @KitchLibrary @ Kitchener Public Library
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a part of the Kitchener Library’s Free Flicks series and it is held in their main theatre. Space is limited and there’s no advance ticketing so seating is not guaranteed. This film is available on YouTube for private viewing. We will be meeting after the movie for any who attend or those who viewed at home and want to discuss the ideas.

Here is the write up on IMDb:

Humanity’s ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiralling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by “progress traps” – alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world’s resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn’t an evolutionary dead-end.

And the trailer:

Movies for the Mind: Surviving Progress at KPL @KitchLibrary
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a part of the Kitchener Library’s Free Flicks series and it is held in their main theatre. Space is limited and there’s no advance ticketing so seating is not guaranteed. This film is available on YouTube for private viewing. We will be meeting after the movie for any who attend or those who viewed at home and want to discuss the ideas.
Here is the write up on IMDb:
Humanity’s ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiralling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by “progress traps” – alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world’s resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn’t an evolutionary dead-end.
And the trailer:
Surviving Progress ~ Documentary Trailer – YouTube

Aug
29
Tue
2017
Re-Skilling Circle at The Working Centre @ The Working Centre
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Want to regain lost skills?
Learn why we lost them in the first place?
Why it’s important that we get them back?

Come join the Re-skilling Learning Circle!

This summer the Working Centre is piloting our newest educational initiative: month-long learning circles exploring the ideas and practices of re-skilling. 

Up until a century ago we knew how to do a lot of things ourselves because we had the skills. Now we are dependent on buying things that we need. Re-skilling is about relearning the skills we need to be independent and be able to do things ourselves. Our learning circles will explore reasons to re-skill and offer a community of support for those on the re-skilling journey.

Each circle will meet four times over the space of a month, for two hours at a time. We will host three cycles this summer – one per month in June, July, and August.

The dates for each re-skilling circle are:

  • First Circle: June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • Second Circle: July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • Final Circle: August 10th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

For more information or to join one of the circles, please contact Isaiah: isaiahr@theworkingcentre.org 519-743-1151 x175

Re-Skilling Circle at The Working Centre | The Working Centre

Re-Skilling Circle at The Working Centre
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Want to regain lost skills?
Learn why we lost them in the first place?
Why it’s important that we get them back?
Come join the Re-skilling Learning Circle!
This summer the Working Centre is piloting our newest educational initiative: month-long learning circles exploring the ideas and practices of re-skilling. 
Up until a century ago we knew how to do a lot of things ourselves because we had the skills. Now we are dependent on buying things that we need. Re-skilling is about relearning the skills we need to be independent and be able to do things ourselves. Our learning circles will explore reasons to re-skill and offer a community of support for those on the re-skilling journey.
Each circle will meet four times over the space of a month, for two hours at a time. We will host three cycles this summer – one per month in June, July, and August.
The dates for each re-skilling circle are:
First Circle: June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Second Circle: July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Final Circle: August 10th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
For more information or to join one of the circles, please contact Isaiah: isaiahr@theworkingcentre.org 519-743-1151 x175
Re-Skilling Circle at The Working Centre | The Working Centre

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting
Join us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.
Let’s build a better world together!
Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Aug
30
Wed
2017
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 30 all-day
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 30 all-day
KWPeace Summer Organizational Potluck Meeting @ Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinner Join us for our summertime organizational meeting. Bring a dish to share, and we’ll have some dinner (mostly vegetarian or vegan), introduce ourselves, and bring each other up-to-date about our groups’ activities. We’ll also discuss our upcoming symposium, Connections, taking place on Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Everybody is welcome. If you’re an organizer of a Peace or Social Justice group in the Kitchener-Waterloo area you should come, and also join our mailing list.