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Nov
10
Fri
2017
Waterloo Cyber Security & Defence Forum
Nov 10 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/waterloo-cyber-security-defence-forumforum-sur-la-cyber-securite-et-la-defence-de-waterloo-tickets-36595185184
Waterloo Cyber Security & Defence Forum

An initiative of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), and organized by Capital Comms Group in partnership with the University of Waterloo, the Forum will introduce the Defence Industry to the Canadian Cyber Security ecosystem and world-class research being undertaken at the University of Waterloo. This event will feature top experts in Cyber Security from Canada and around the world, speaking on topics including:

“Cyber Security in the Post-Quantum World,” presented by Professor Michele Mosca, Co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing and University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo, and founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
“The Intersection of Cyber Security and Safety,” presented by Professor Sebastian Fischmeister, Executive Director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research at the University of Waterloo, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and head of the Real-time Embedded Software Group.
“Research-to-Business” and “Business-to-Business” matchmaking will provide opportunities for intersection between international defence contractors, researchers, and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Schedules for “Business-to-Business” sessions will be posted the week of October 30th and registrants will be contacted with login information.

Registrants will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with Engineering, Cyber Security and Mathematics students from the University of Waterloo.

Take advantage of our early-bird registration pricing available before October 6, 2017.

More info:
If you have questions or require more information, please contact one of the following organizers:

Jennifer Leng, Senior Industrial Development Advisor, FedDev Ontario
Jennifer.Leng@canada.ca

Ben Willoughby, Senior Sector Advisor – Aerospace and Manufacturing Unit, MEDG
Ben.Willoughby@ontario.ca

William Norman, Capital Comms Inc.
wnorman@capitalcomms.ca

Nov
13
Mon
2017
Reading: Carl Skoggard Reads From his Translation of Siegfried Krakauer’s ‘Georg’
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Open Sesame, downtown Kitchener’s distinctive gift shop/gallery/book store, for a reading by Carl Skoggard, translator of the novel Georg by Siegfried Kracauer. Best remembered today for his exploration of early German cinema (From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological Study of the German Film), Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966, pictured left) was the editor for cultural affairs at Germany’s leading liberal newspaper during the Weimar Republic.

Georg is a panorama of those pre-Nazi years as seen through the eyes of a rookie reporter. In a defeated nation seething with extremism right and left, young Georg is looking for something to believe in. For him, the past has become unusable; for nearly everyone he meets, paradise seems just around the corner. But which paradise? Kracauer’s grimly funny novel takes on a confused and dangerous time which can remind us of our own. The style is briskly cinematic.

About the Translator

Carl Skoggard enjoys reading German literature and for many years was an editor for the Repértoire International de la Littérature Musicale, with responsibility for German materials. His translation of Ein Jahr in Arkadien, an 1805 gay fiction by the eccentric Duke August of Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg, appeared as Year in Arcadia(Atropen Verlag) in 1999. Skoggard has also produced translations and commentaries for Walter Benjamin’s Berliner Kindheit um 1900 (Berlin Childhood circa 1900); Berliner Chronik (The ‘Berlin Chronicle’ Notices); and all of Benjamin’s little known 73 ‘Heinle sonnets,’ along with the original German and line-by-line commentary. Previously he served as staff writer for Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors.

Event Details

This event is co-sponsored by Open Sesame, Publication Studio Hudson, and the Waterloo Centre for German Studies at the University of Waterloo. Centre Director James Skidmore will moderate a Q&A after the reading. Light refreshments will be served, and those attending will receive a 20% discount on anything they purchase at the store. Copies of Georg will also be available for sale.

For further information, please contact Open Sesame (519.954.7722).

Reading: Carl Skoggard Reads From his Translation of Siegfried Krakauer’s “Georg” | Waterloo Events | University of Waterloo

Nov
14
Tue
2017
Man Up: Exploring Healthy Masculinity @ STC
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The dominant idea of manhood affects us all. More and more men are beginning to stand up and speak out about their desire to redefine what it means to be a man today.

This three hour workshop, hosted by the Faculty of Science and HeForShe, will provide men with the tools to become better versions of themselves through interactive exercises and discussion.

Please sign up for this workshop if you are interested in joining the growing number of men working to make UWaterloo a safer campus for everyone.

The workshop is open to all male identifying students from all faculties.

Man Up: Exploring Healthy Masculinity | Science | University of Waterloo

Nov
26
Sun
2017
South Sudanese Women Speak Peace in Waterloo @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

KAIROS invites you to a Public Event

South Sudanese Women Speak Peace

KITCHENER: November 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen Street North
Sermon will be livestreamed www.standrewskw.com

A Panel discussion with :
• Agnes Wasuk Petia, National Women’s Program, South Sudan Council of Churches
• Awak Hussein, Youth Coordinator, South Sudan Council of Churches
• Henriette Thompson, KAIROS Activist and Educator

This event is part of a 16-day educational tour that coincides with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender- Based Violence. The tour features representatives from the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Programme, a KAIROS-funded partner and will highlight the women, peace, and security work of the KAIROS’ Women of Courage Program.

The local planning committe and sponsors includes: KAIROS, Project Ploughshares,Conrad Grebel University College, Balsillie School of International Affairs and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

The tour is sponsored nationally by Amnesty International, the Africa Canada Forum, Development and Peace, the South Sudanese Women’s Federation and the Women, Peace and Security Network- Canada.

No Más II – KAIROS Canada

South Sudanese Women Speak Peace in Waterloo @ All Saints Anglican Church
Nov 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

KAIROS invites you to a Public Event
South Sudanese Women Speak Peace
on Sunday, November 26
at All Saints Anglican Church 400 Northfield Dr West Waterloo
2:30 starting with Refreshments and Meeting the partners
3:00 -4:00 A Panel discussion with :
• Agnes Wasuk Petia, National Women’s Program, South Sudan Council of Churches
• Awak Hussein, Youth Coordinator, South Sudan Council of Churches
• Henriette Thompson, KAIROS Activist and Educator

This event is part of a 16-day educational tour that coincides with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender- Based Violence. The tour features representatives from the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Programme, a KAIROS-funded partner and will highlight the women, peace, and security work of the KAIROS’ Women of Courage Program.

The local planning committe and sponsors includes: KAIROS, Project Ploughshares,Conrad Grebel University College, Balsillie School of International Affairs and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

The tour is sponsored nationally by Amnesty International, the Africa Canada Forum, Development and Peace, the South Sudanese Women’s Federation and the Women, Peace and Security Network- Canada.

South Sudanese Women Speak Peace in Waterloo | Facebook

Nov
27
Mon
2017
Project Ploughshares: On women, peace, security and South Sudan @ Boardroom • Balsillie School of International Affairs
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 a.m. to noon
Round Table: Women, Peace and Security: The Case of South Sudan

Location: Boardroom • Balsillie School of International Affairs • 67 Erb Street West

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Welcome to the Kindred Centre for Peace Advancement

Location: CPA Gallery • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 Westmount Road North

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Building peaceful communities in South Sudan

Location: Schlegel Community Education Room • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 Westmount Road North
Refreshments will be served.

These events are organized by the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Conrad Grebel University College, Centre for Peace Advancement and Project Ploughshares. Special thanks to KAIROS and its national and local partners.

Public events: On women, peace, security and South Sudan | Project Ploughshares

Project Ploughshares: Welcome to the Kindred Centre for Peace Advancement @ CPA Gallery • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College
Nov 27 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

10:00 a.m. to noon
Round Table: Women, Peace and Security: The Case of South Sudan

Location: Boardroom • Balsillie School of International Affairs • 67 Erb Street West

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Welcome to the Kindred Centre for Peace Advancement

Location: CPA Gallery • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 Westmount Road North

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Building peaceful communities in South Sudan

Location: Schlegel Community Education Room • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 Westmount Road North
Refreshments will be served.

These events are organized by the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Conrad Grebel University College, Centre for Peace Advancement and Project Ploughshares. Special thanks to KAIROS and its national and local partners.

Public events: On women, peace, security and South Sudan | Project Ploughshares

Project Ploughshares: Building peaceful communities in South Sudan @ CPA Gallery • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College
Nov 27 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

10:00 a.m. to noon
Round Table: Women, Peace and Security: The Case of South Sudan

Location: Boardroom • Balsillie School of International Affairs • 67 Erb Street West

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Welcome to the Kindred Centre for Peace Advancement

Location: CPA Gallery • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 Westmount Road North

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Building peaceful communities in South Sudan

Location: Schlegel Community Education Room • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 Westmount Road North
Refreshments will be served.

These events are organized by the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Conrad Grebel University College, Centre for Peace Advancement and Project Ploughshares. Special thanks to KAIROS and its national and local partners.

Public events: On women, peace, security and South Sudan | Project Ploughshares

KPL: Neighbours, Friends, and Families : campaign to raise awareness about woman abuse | a Library Settlement Partnership program
Nov 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Neighbours, Friends and Families is a public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse and promote bystander intervention. We’ll share a presentation and follow with an open discussion and Q & A period.

This session is for men only and will be presented in Arabic.

Light refreshments will be served and bus tickets are available.

Registration required.
Please register with Wasan Issa at wasan@kwmc-on.com or 519-505-2561.

Neighbours, Friends, and Families : campaign to raise awareness about woman abuse | a Library Settlement Partnership program | Kitchener Public Library

Nov
29
Wed
2017
Intro to Male Allyship @ Unit 300
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A world where boys and men are engaged in ending sexual violence and oppression

Want to learn more about the role of men in ending sexual and gender based violence? Male Allies, a program of the Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC), is offering a free, introductory community workshop in order to have a constructive and open dialogue. We will talk about gender, masculinity, sexual violence and bystander intervention. We will offer the opportunity to think critically about the ways in which we contribute to a culture of sexual violence and how we can take tangible steps to create change.

Male Allies

Organizer of Intro to Male Allyship

The mission of the Male Allies Program is to engage boys and men, with their unique ability and responsibility, in ending systemic and everyday forms of gender-based violence. We do this through programming that provides alternative narratives of masculinity, opportunity for self-reflection and dialogue, and challenges harmful language and behaviour.

Intro to Male Allyship Tickets, Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

Dec
6
Wed
2017
UofW WIE: Dec. 6 Memorial – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women @ E5 - Engineering 5
Dec 6 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
3:00 – 3:30pm

Sedra Student Design Centre, Engineering 5

An event marking the twenty-eighth anniversary of the École Polytechnique de Montréal tragedy honouring the women who lost their lives and commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

3:00 pm Diana Parry, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and Special Advisor to the President on Women’s and Gender Issues 

3:05 pm. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo 

3:10 pm Catherine Fife, Member of Provincial Parliament, Kitchener-Waterloo

3:15 pm Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering

3:20 pm Candle vigil takes place. Candles are lit and information is shared about each of the women who lost their lives

3:25 pm Moment of silence observed

Dec. 6 Memorial – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women | Women in Engineering | University of Waterloo

Jan
24
Wed
2018
CIGI Cinema Series – Zero Days
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

https://www.cigionline.org/events/cigi-cinema-series-zero-days

Centre for International Governance

A black ops cyber-attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The Stuxnet virus infiltrated its pre-determined target only to spread its infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet. Delve deep into the burgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.

EVENTS CONTACT

events@cigionline.org

RSVP Line: +1 519 885 2444 ext 7379

Venue rental information: CIGI Campus website.

Military History Speaker Series: Martha Smith-Norris, “Legacies of US Cold War Policies”
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LCMSDS Presents

Laurier Military Speaker Series, Winter 2018

Martha Smith-Norris, University of Saskatchewan 

Wednesday, 24 January, 7 pm

Legacies of US Cold War Policies: The Quest for Justice in the Marshall Islands

 

In the race against the Soviet Union for nuclear supremacy during the Cold War, the United States tested a vast array of powerful nuclear bombs and missiles in the Marshall Islands while conducting studies on the effects of human exposure to radioactive fallout. Based on extensive archival research, Smith-Norris will discuss the health and environmental consequences of these American policies and the Marshall Islanders’ ongoing quest for justice in Washington and the United Nations.

Bio

Martha Smith-Norris is a Cold War historian with an interest in US foreign policies in the Asia Pacific region. An Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan, she is the author of Domination and Resistance: The United States and the Marshall Islands during the Cold War (University of Hawaii Press, 2016). Her current research project is a study of the relationship between Nuclear Weapons Proliferation, the Nation State, and the Environment.

Military History Speaker Series: Martha Smith-Norris, “Legacies of US Cold War Policies,” January 24th | Canadian Military History

Feb
1
Thu
2018
KWPeace Winter 2018 Meeting and Potluck @ Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinner It’s time for another KWPeace meeting and potluck!

The first of February is the very middle of winter, halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is also, on average, the coldest day of the year. So come to the meeting and engage in warming conversation, get info on the hot events put on by local Peace and Social Justice groups, and bring some comfort food to share.

Everyone is welcome to come, especially organizers for groups that promote social causes in Waterloo Region.

Mar
8
Thu
2018
Ploughshares’ Women, Peace and Security Series @ Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-31
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Roundtable Discussion on Violence, Migration and Women

Featuring Carla Angulo-Pasel and introduction by Cesar Jaramillo, Director of Project Ploughshares.

When: March 8, 2018 10:00-11:30 AM
Where: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-31

We invite you to join us in marking International Women’s Day 2018 with a discussion about the impact of violence on migrant women and the way these women respond to and navigate violent contexts. Carla Angulo-Pasel will discuss her research findings from her field research in Southern Mexico with women from the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA). Countries in the NTCA are ranked among the most violent countries in the world not at war.

Refreshments will be served.

Mar
21
Wed
2018
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mar 21 all-day

United Nations Flag
Flag of the United Nations
The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed every year on 21 March.

From the Background information:

On 21 March 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)) (PDF, 177 kBytes).

In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24) (PDF, 371 kBytes). On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.

Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.

Cross Cultures commemorates the UN Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination @ Kitchener City Hall
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm

UN International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws

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UN International Day for the

Elimination of Racial Discrimination

annual commemoration organized by Cross Cultures magazine

for the Waterloo Region

Free Public event

at Kitchener City Hall

March 21 has been declared the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

and in the 1990s it was being commemorated by the ‘then’ Race Relations Committee of Kitchener Waterloo, of which Cross Cultures magazine was a member. When that committee was de-funded, we took it upon ourselves to continue that important work and Cross Cultures has been commemorating this international day annually

March 21 is also the first day of Spring and renewal, and for some, like myself, it used to be Mothers’ Day
and
it is also Eid Nawrooz for many others…

The following demonstrate the wide range of topics and issues that were discussed over the years:

an interactive day of community bridging, education, art and fun!

with something for everyone -with THREE entirely different but equally thrilling segments
9:00 am — 1:30 pm
2:00 pm — 6:00 pm
6:00 pm — 11:00 pm

panel discussions, speakers, presentations (multimedia etc), information booths, displays, noon and …

PEACE CONCERT
this annual general arts and culture extravaganza encompasses the broader sense of the word culture !
song, dance, instrument, drama, poetry, visual art & photography display, CD & DVD etc

Wednesday, March 21 2018

mark your calendars … and check in with us for further details as the schedule of the day develops

we welcome:

* presenters — speakers, panels, artists (for the Peace Concert)

* documentaries followed by discussion

* display booths — for profit, non profit, individuals, ethnic organizations, artists …

* attendees

please contact me at your earliest convenience … we already have some amazing surprises this year!

UN International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Cross Cultures

Mar
26
Mon
2018
Spring 2018 KWPeace Organizational Meeting and Potluck @ Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinner It’s spring, and time for a KWPeace Organizational Meeting and Potluck.

As always, we’ll introduce ourselves, the groups we represent, and talk about any upcoming events and activities we’re planning. It’s a great way to find topics and issues for collaboration and joint ventures!

And it’s a potluck! Bring a dish to share, and sample the many fine things brought by others. The food is mostly vegetarian, some vegan, all of it delicious!

The meeting is open to anyone, especially organizers of peace and social justice groups in Waterloo Region.

Mar
29
Thu
2018
Challenge of Higher Education in a Time of Tyranny featuring Dr. Henry Giroux @ Auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Mar 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Under President Trump, the plague of mid-20th century authoritarianism has returned in the guise of an apocalyptic populism and one of its targets are those institutions that extend from higher education to the critical media. Trump has labeled these institutions as enemies of the American people primarily because they take seriously the notion that critical thinking, among other things, should be a way of thinking about education in the broader sense of connecting equity to excellence, learning to ethics, and agency to the imperatives of social responsibility and the public good. This talk will focus on the threat that the Trump presidency poses to both higher education and democracy itself. In addition to taking up these issues, the talk will point to several recommendations that provide an alternative to some of the oppressive conditions now shaping institutions of higher learning, particularly in the United States.

More info & to RSVP: Global Populism and Democratic Futures Summit – Balsillie School of International Affairs

Apr
7
Sat
2018
Conscience Canada: Tamara Lorincz speaks on the Climate Costs of Canada’s New Defense spending @ Centre for the Advancement of Peace
Apr 7 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Conscience Canada | Promote Peace. Stop paying for war
Conscience Canada AGM speaker Tamara Lorincz 3:30pm at Conrad Grebel, Center for the Advancement of Peace. Topic: Climate Costs of Canada’s New Defense spending.

Apr
10
Tue
2018
Special Public Engagement to Mark Refugee Rights Day @ Grebel gallery at Conrad Grebel University College
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Save the date: April 10, 2018 | Project Ploughshares

SPECIAL PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EVENT TO MARK REFUGEE RIGHTS DAY (APRIL 4)
Implications of the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States

Legal challenge
Expert assessments
Personal stories
Where: Grebel gallery at Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

RSVP: Sonal Marwah at smarwah@ploughshares.ca

Save the date: April 10, 2018 | Project Ploughshares

Jul
19
Thu
2018
@KWPeace Potluck Meeting for Summer 2018 @ Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinner It’s time we held another information sharing and planning meeting, and have some wonderful potluck food.

Every few months the organizers of many different peace, social justice, environmental, political, and spiritual organizations from Waterloo Region come together to share what they’re doing in the community, invite each other to participate, and possibly collaborate on new ventures. Everyone is invited! It’s a potluck meeting, so bring some food or a beverage to share, and enjoy all the different dishes others have brought. The food is mostly vegetarian, some vegan, some gluten-free.

Many thanks to our hosts at the Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church for letting us use the Peace and Justice room again!

–Bob.
bjonkman@kwpeace.ca

Jul
25
Wed
2018
Blanket Exercise @ Seven Shores Community Cafe
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In Kitchener-Waterloo, we are located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. In 1784, the Haldimand Treaty was signed, promising the land 6 miles wide on either side of the Grand River from source to mouth to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, or the Six Nations of the Grand River. Today, due to illegal settlement and ongoing occupation on behalf of colonial governments, settlers, and land developers, less than 5 percent of the Haldimand Tract remains as Six Nations lands.

What does it mean to be a treaty person today in Kitchener-Waterloo? What is the untold history in Canadian society about colonization and movements of resistance? How do you push yourself to unsettle the settler within?

Join us for this immersive workshop co-hosted by Amy Smoke and Hannah Enns.

Tickets:
$25/settler (non-indigenous)
$15/student/low-income/refugee
Free for Indigenous folks
Get Tickets

Amy Smoke is a Mohawk woman, Turtle clan, from the Six Nations of The Grand River. She is a mother, daughter, student, and active First Nations community member. She is the current Events Coordinator at the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre. She has overcome many of the intergenerational trauma that First Nations people feel when there are residential schools in their past. She speaks of her own journey with substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and domestic violence. Returning to her culture has helped Amy connect to her family, their past, and their shared healing journey. She also sings with a local First Nations drum group, The Blue Sky Singers. She has continued her education by completing her GED, a college certificate, college diploma, two university degrees and will be starting her Masters of Social Work – Indigenous Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University in September.

Hannah Enns is a local queer community organizer and white settler who attempts to engage in meaningful and thought-provoking actions to unsettle other settlers and disrupt the status-quo.

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. The exercise is followed by a talking circle debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.

Blanket Exercise — Seven Shores | Community Cafe in Uptown Waterloo

Aug
19
Sun
2018
Camp Micah @ Cedar Ridge Camp
Aug 19 – Aug 24 all-day

Boy climbing in trees Camp Micah

Discover your passion for a better world

Join us for Camp Micah 2018  –   August 19 – 24th

What is Camp Micah?
Learn about our history, philosophy and staff.
Your Day at Camp
From what you will eat for breakfast to where you will sleep at night – and all of the workshops and activities in between! Learn about the details here.


Watch a Camp Micah Video
See for yourself what Camp Micah is all about.

Sign Up

Camp Micah

Sep
8
Sat
2018
RISE for Climate – 350.org and Citizens’ Climate Lobby Waterloo Region @ Waterloo Town Square
Sep 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Sept 8 | Rise For Climate
Join us on Saturday, September 8th in Waterloo Town Square at 3:00 pm for art creation and banner making, and at 4:30 – 6:00 pm for a public rally and talks by local climate leaders, to demand clean energy jobs and a just transition to our sustainable future.

What do we mean by accelerating climate action? Rise Waterloo Region demands:

  • Full Transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 and full support for workers displaced by our transition away from fossil fuels and the many jobs this energy transition would provide Waterloo Region and throughout Canada, including the reinstatement of projects cancelled by the Ontario provincial government.
  • Halting construction on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, and any new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • A rising and meaningful price on carbon pollution, as well as the non-negotiable end of fossil fuel subsidies at all levels of Canadian government.
  • A plan to implement Waterloo Region’s goal of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

Together, we can build a more sustainable, safe climate future for all, powered by clean technologies and built on justice. Join us to Rise for Climate Action September 8th!

RSVP for the event:
Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Waterloo Region – Action Network

We’re also looking for volunteers. Email Meg Ruttan mruttan81@gmail.com

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Waterloo Region | Facebook