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Jun
1
Sat
2019
Bike Challenge 2019
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – Jun 30 @ 12:00 am

It’s back! June is Bike Month at the University of Waterloo, and with the warm weather finally here to stay, it’s the perfect time to hop on your bike and participate in our month-long challenge! Whether you’re an avid cycler or just starting out, you can participate in our month-long challenge for a chance to win some great prizes. Every time you participate is an entry into the prize draw! 

Challenge

Log a bike trip on gotravelwise.ca. 

To get started, click on the link below to join the University of Waterloo’s user group for students or employees.

Student user group 
Staff and faculty user group 

Then, follow these easy steps:

Once you have joined the appropriate user group, click on Dashboard and scroll down to ‘Log Your Trips’.
Select the date of your trip on the calendar, and fill in your departure time, return time, distance, and mode of travel. Remember that your trips must occur during the contest period.
Click ‘Log Trips’ to be automatically entered in the draw!

Once you’re set up, you can log in from any computer or mobile phone by visiting gotravelwise.ca, or you can download the Commute Tracker app for Android or IOS, created by RideAmigos. 

There are seven (7) prizes available to be won for any eligible participants that have submitted an entry to any of the three contests. 

Prizes

Two (2) bike gear baskets from King Street Cycles ($50 value each)
Two (2) $50 gift cards for Retail Services at UWaterloo 
Two (2) $75 gift card for MEC
One (1) $150 gift card for King Street Cycles
Leaderboard

Who will make it to the top this year? Stay tuned!

Terms and conditions

Eligibility

You must be a student or employee at UWaterloo, aged 18 years or older and residing in Ontario. 

Entry

The contest starts on June 1, 2019 and close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on June 30, 2019.
The contest allows a maximum of 1 contest entry, per person, per day. If an excess of 1 entry from an individual in a day occurs, all such entries will be removed from the random prize draw.

Winner Selection

The selected winners will be notified by July 5, 2019. 
The selected winners must answer a skill testing question correctly before obtaining the prize and being declared winner. If incorrectly answered, another entrant will be selected randomly. 
Selection of winners is randomized, where chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Please visit Sustainable Waterloo Region’s web page for full contest details and terms and conditions!

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media, where we’ll be sharing resources, services, and tools that will help you with biking to school or work!

 

  

 

 

 

Bike Month 2019
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – Jun 30 @ 11:59 pm

June is Bike Month at the University of Waterloo! With the warm weather finally here, join us for fun challenges and events happening throughout the month!

JUNE 1-30
BIKE CHALLENGE

JUNE 5
BIKE REPAIR LUNCH & LEARN

JUNE 20
BIKE LUNCH

In partnership with TravelWise, the Sustainability Office will be hosting challenges and events, as well as providing resources for you to start biking! 

Bike Month Challenge (June 1-30)

Log a bike trip on gotravelwise.ca for a chance to win 1 of 7 amazing prizes!
For full contest details and terms of reference, please visit Sustainable Waterloo Region’s web page.

Bike Repair Lunch & Learn (June 5)

Join King Street Cycles from 12-1pm in EV3-3412
Learn how to do basic bike repairs from bike expert!

Bike Lunch (June 20)

Stop by the Peter Russell Rock Garden (between MC & QNC) between 11am-2pm for Bike Lunch! There will be free lunch snacks (first-come, first-served), bike tune-ups, prizes/giveaways, local vendors and a photobooth!
Check out our event page for more info!

Bike Challenge Leaderboard

Here are the leaders in our month-long bike challenge – check back for updates throughout the month! 

(As of June 14, 2019)

Rank
Name                          
Number of Trips

1
Brendan
14

2
Dennis
12

3
Christina 
11

4
Marten 
11

5
Nathan 
10

6
Hendrik
10

7
Herbert
10

8
Mel
10

9
Richard
10

10
Dirk
9

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay updated on resources and tools for biking! #BikeWR 

 

  

 

 

Jun
18
Tue
2019
Bees in the City Pollinator Night @ Theatre, Kitchener Public Library
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bee in a flower
This evening is jointly hosted by Bee City Kitchener and Bee City Waterloo in celebration of International Pollinator Week. The night will feature the showing of 3 short films, guest speakers, presentations and a facilitated discussion about pollinators in our community. The event is free and open to adults, youth and families.

Registration required: https://kplca.evanced.info/signup/eventdetails?eventid=34293&lib=5

Bees in the City Pollinator Night | Kitchener Public Library

Philosophication of Philosophy
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 PM

The art of questioning and attemptive understanding. What? Philosophy in general. Casual discussion, mostly focused on the topic (differs monthly) lis…

Philosophication

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019, 6:00 PM

Queen Street Commons Café
43 Queen Street South Kitchener, ON

2 Hungry Minds Attending

The art of questioning and attemptive understanding. What? Philosophy in general. Casual discussion, mostly focused on the topic (differs monthly) listed below, with room for conversation flow. Topic: TBD (up for suggestion) -Some potential topics are on the “Message Board” under the “More” tab, here: https://www.meetup.com/KW-Hungry-Minds/messages…

Check out this Meetup →

Tenants Annual Meeting at @SPCofKW @ The Church of St. John the Evangelist
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Renters Educating and Networking Together | Renters Annual Meeting | Tenant Organizing | Community Engagement | Associations and Support
Have tenants’ voices been lost? Who is paying the price? At the annual meeting on 18 June 2019, 6:30pm at St John Church, tenants can learn more about the RENT association, about tenant organizing in general, and what supports and resources we can rely on. Before you come, you can read the report from the tenants forum held on April 9th and think more about the relationships among people in your building or renters on your street, about the communication with landlords, changes in neighbourhoods due to constructions, and mutual supports.

Being a Tenant in 2019? Forum Summary Report (PDF file, 146 kBytes)

Tenants Annual Meeting June 18 | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region

“Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate” – Hosted by KW Chapter of Council of Canadians, Divest Waterloo, UW Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and Faculty of Environment @ Environment 3 (EV3) - University of Waterloo
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm

Join us to help shape the vision for a Green New Deal for Canada.  
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Gordon Laxer, political economist, founding director of Parkland Institute of Alberta and a specialist on pipelines, energy and the environment.  Following the lecture, Dr. Angela Carter, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Balsillie School of International Affairs Fellow, University of Waterloo, and Dr. John Peters, Associate Professor, Labour Studies, Laurentian University, will engage in discussion and Q&A.

This event will help us to prepare for a Green New Deal town hall being held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener on June 19, 2019.  You are welcome to come to both the lecture and the town hall or to attend either one.  Your RSVP on this site will indicate your attendance for the lecture only.  Please RSVP at http://act.greennewdealcanada.ca/town-halls/kitchener72 for the town hall on June 19, 2019 at St. Andrew’s.

The conversation about a Green New Deal for Canada is being led from the ground up through town halls bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss our vision for a new economy — one that cuts global warming pollution, sees the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Right to Free Prior and Informed Consent, and the TRC recommendations, creates millions of green jobs, and makes sure no one gets left behind. The input from these town halls will be used to inform a vision for a Green New Deal for all.

 

https://act.greennewdealcanada.ca/town-halls/waterloo8/

Dr. Gordon Laxer — Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate @ Room 1408, Environment 3 (EV3), University of Waterloo
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale
Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter

Divest Waterloo

The KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians has joined with Divest Waterloo, UW’s IC3 (Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change) and Faculty of Environment to plan two events coming in June. Our goal is to engage participants more deeply on the climate emergency and to contribute to a Green New Deal for Canada, an action plan built from the grassroots. Similar events are happening now right across Canada. We invite you to participate and request that you help us to spread the invitation by sharing this with your friends and community members.

June 18, 2019 Lecture and panel discussion at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gordon Laxer, political economist, founder of the Parkland Institute of Alberta and specialist in pipelines, energy and the environment will present the keynote, “Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate”. Following the lecture, Dr. Angela Carter, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Balsillie School of International Affairs Fellow, University of Waterloo, and Dr. John Peters, Associate Professor, Labour Studies, Laurentian University, will engage in discussion and Q&A. Please join us. Find more details and RSVP at Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate.

Other event: A just transition for Canada

Participants may attend both events or either one. Free.

Jim Stewart and Barbara Schumacher
Steering Committee
KW Chapter
Council of Canadians

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Jun 18 @ 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 Map) 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.

The Biggest Little Farm @ Princess Twin Cinemas
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm

Many of us have fantasized about it; cutting ourselves off from the hustle and bustle of the big city and escaping to a “simpler” life out in the country. But as much as we’d like to get closer to nature, nature is not always the most welcoming host.

Filmed over the course of eight years, The Biggest Little Farm follows John and Molly Chester as they move onto 200 acres of land, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind. But as their plan takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

With John Chester’s stunning cinematography and poetic narration, The Biggest Little Farm takes this humble story and gives it a grandness of scope that rivals the most epic nature documentaries. Prepare to be inspired by the Chesters’ optimism and drive as they battle wildfires, droughts, coyotes, and more, all in the hopes of taking a little corner of the world and shaping it into the farm of their dreams.

 

Playing various times June 18-July 4 at Princess Cinemas Original and Twin, see website for showing details. 

https://www.princesscinemas.com/movie/the-biggest-little-farm

Jun
19
Wed
2019
The Ford Government’s Sale of Universal Health Care in Ontario (Bill 74) with @Health_Region @ First United Church
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bill 74 - The Ford Government's Sale of Universal Health Care in Ontario | Natalie Mehra, Executive Director Ontario Health Coalition | John Fraser, Ontario Liberal Interim Leader

Join Ontario Liberal Interim Leader John Fraser and the Ontario Health Coalitions’s Natalie Mehra to learn about Bill 74.

In April, the Ford government passed Bill 74 with very little public consultation. This legislation will allow private health care organizations to manage and to make critical decisions about our universal health care system and the amount and type of care provided in our region and province. Health care shouldn’t be controlled by Doug Ford’s friends in the private sector.

Learn about Bill 74 and how to fight back!

Join us for a Town Hall on Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 PM at the First United Church (16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3) to learn what’s in Bill 74 and how it will affect universal health care in Ontario.

Our keynote speakers will be:

John Fraser, Ontario Liberal Interim Leader – Mr. Fraser was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health & Long-Term Care in the previous Liberal government and currently serves as the Liberal Health Care Critic.

Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director – Ms. Mehra has served for the past ten years as executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, which is dedicated to protecting and improving universal public health care in Ontario. She has authored numerous reports on health policy, non-profit governance, disability issues, and human rights.
After their speeches, Mr. Fraser and Ms. Mehra will be taking questions from the audience.

The Ford Government's Sale of Universal Health Care in Ontario (Bill 74) Tickets, Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

A just transition for Canada @ Elizabeth Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale
Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter

Divest Waterloo

The KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians has joined with Divest Waterloo, UW’s IC3 (Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change) and Faculty of Environment to plan two events coming in June. Our goal is to engage participants more deeply on the climate emergency and to contribute to a Green New Deal for Canada, an action plan built from the grassroots. Similar events are happening now right across Canada. We invite you to participate and request that you help us to spread the invitation by sharing this with your friends and community members.

June 19, 2019 Green New Deal Town Hall at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener. Our theme is “A just transition for Canada”. Participants will contribute ideas for a future vision, which will be forwarded to Council of Canadians and incorporated into the national discussion. Please join us. Find more details and RSVP at Green New Deal Town Hall – Kitchener

Other event: Dr. Gordon Laxer — Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate

Participants may attend both events or either one. Free.

Jim Stewart and Barbara Schumacher
Steering Committee
KW Chapter
Council of Canadians

Africa’s Energy Revolution: Perspectives on Cleantech Entrepreneurship @ Perimeter Institute
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

Register for free tickets here. 

An energy revolution is taking place in Africa. Powered by the increasing affordability of clean energy technology as well as the application of new business models, a range of innovative enterprises now deploy off-grid energy systems in places that the grid has failed to reach. They utilize IoT technologies for remote monitoring and control of systems, employ advanced data analytics to identify and track frontier markets, and provide access to finance through cutting edge fintech innovations. Despite the promise, a slew of operational, technological, financial, and other challenges remain. Global entrepreneurs tackling these challenges provide a shining global example of ‘tech for good’. Their trailblazing efforts are transforming how energy is produced, distributed and used in the Global South, paving the way for communities and individuals that have been left behind for decades to prosper with access to clean energy.

Lightning talks by

  • Oscar Ankunda, Energy Specialist and Uganda Country Lead, USAID
  • Peter Nyeko, Director, Mandulis Energy
  • Sebastian Manchester, Chief Technology Officer, Jaza Energy

Panel discussion with

  • Jatin Nathwani, Moderator, Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo
  • Youba Sokona, Special Advisor for Sustainable Development, The South Centre
  • Aaron Leopold, Chief Executive Officer, African Minigrids Developers Association
  • Ify Malo, Nigeria Country Director, Power for All & CEO, Cleantech Hub Abuja

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Green New Deal Town Hall – Kitchener @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Elizabeth Room)
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a town hall meeting to help shape the vision for a Green New Deal for Canada.  Our meeting is co-sponsored by the KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Divest Waterloo, University of Waterloo IC3 (Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change) and Faculty of Environment.  Our facilitator is Dr. Gordon Laxer, political economist, founding director of Parkland Institute of Alberta and specialist in pipelines, energy and the environment who will introduce our theme, “A just transition for Canada”.  Please RSVP below for this event.

This event is one of many Green New Deal town halls being held in communities across the country. The conversation is being led from the ground up through town halls bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss our vision for a new economy — one that cuts global warming pollution, sees the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Right to Free Prior and Informed Consent, and the TRC recommendations, creates millions of green jobs, and makes sure no one gets left behind. The input from these town halls will be used to inform a vision for a Green New Deal for all.

In advance of the GND town hall, Dr. Laxer is presenting a lecture, “Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate” on June 18, 2019 at the University of Waterloo.  If you wish to attend this event please RSVP at http://act.greennewdealcanada.ca/town-halls/waterloo8

Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Kitchener-Waterloo chapter ofThe Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale Council of Canadians meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Community Room at Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes, 307 Queen St S. (corner of Queen and Courtland), Kitchener.

There’s parking, but check with the organizers to get a permit.

Current topics include electoral reform, the Nestle boycott, and the
TPP and other trade deals.

All are welcome! For info please contact KW.cofc@gmail.com. Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY CELEBRATION – A TALK WITH PHIL MONTURE @ Waterloo Region Museum
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

Thank you for your interest, this event is SOLD OUT. Please see our events calendar for more events https://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Month?StartDate=06%2f01%2f2019

In recognition of National Indigenous People’s Day, which falls on June 21 each year, the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum will host Phil Monture, from Six Nations of the Grand River. He will tell the story of his community and the Haldimand Proclamation (Treaty) of 1784. The treaty covers lands for six miles on each side of the Grand River from Lake Erie to its source.

Monture, who has been researching this history for almost 40 years, will provide a historical overview of various land transactions and will discuss current Six Nations’ claims in Canada. The knowledge that he will share will strengthen our understanding of the territory that we live on here in Waterloo Region and increase our capacity to make connections between treaties and local geography and history.

Jun
20
Thu
2019
World Refugee Day
Jun 20 all-day

United Nations FlagUnited Nations World Refugee Day

A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.

For refugee assistance in Canada see the Government of Canada web page on Refugees and Asylum.

World Refugee Day at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum @ Waterloo Region Museum
Jun 20 @ 9:30 am

Visitors are invited to help knot comforters that the Mennonite Central Committee will send with other supplies to refugee camps overseas.

https://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2019-06-20-0930-World-Refugee-Day-at-the-Ken-Seiling-Waterloo-Regi

Bike Lunch 2019
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Sustainability Office and other local organizations for Bike Lunch on Thursday, June 20th from 11am to 2pm at the Peter Russell Rock Garden. Bike Lunch is a campus-wide event to provide students and employees with the resources, tools and encouragement to bike to school or work. 

Come celebrate your efforts of biking to school, work, or for leisure and help promote sustainable commuting to campus. Check out all the details below!

Details

Free lunch snacks provided for those who biked to school or work and visit booths 
Free bike tune-ups available from King Street Cycles
Booths from across Waterloo Region provide information, services, and handing out swag/giveaways:
Bike Centre – Free simple tune-ups, and information about services on campus
Campus Police – Information on bike theft prevention and bike registry program
City of Waterloo – Information about equipping stations and local trails 
Enterprise CarShare – Information on carsharing programs on campus
King Street Cycles – Free tune-ups! 
Peer Health Education – Tips for bike safety on campus and in the community, plus bike trivai!
​TravelWise – Demo of GRT bike rack to help you practice! Also available to answer any questions you have about commuting to work or school and your access to gotravelwise.ca

Plus, a photobooth with volunteer photographer to snap some photos of you and your friends! 

Please note, registration is not required but you can express your interest on our Facebook event page. 

Out to Lunch! Growing and Going at Northdale Garden
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm

The event is part of #BikeMonth.

Lunchtime is a great time to learn something!

Bring your lunch and walk or bike over to the Northdale Garden to learn about what’s growing and going on at the campus! We’ll be talking about local pollinator species, exciting new projects, and sustainable transportation. Everyone is welcome, Laurier faculty, staff, students and the community!

Don’t forget to log your bike trips to demonstrate our passion for sustainable transportation. Demonstrate your passion and have a chance to win a prize! 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/out-to-lunch-growing-and-going-at-northdale-garden-tickets-62066152533?aff=efbeventtix

Eco Trivia & Social at True North @ The Tannery
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm

Engage with local green entrepreneurs and organizations, learn about their exciting and earth saving innovations.  Indulge in local food vendors with plenty of vegan and veggie options. Grab a pint of bubbly from TWB and challenge yourself and your buds to an exciting Eco themed trivia night.  Bring a team or create one during the social. Think you’ve got what it takes to claim the title of ECO-TRIVIA CHAMP?

Friendly faces, lively competition, great food, and fantastic prizes are in store for you!   This night will be one to remember.

Remember to bring your own containers and cups to help us keep this event as low waste as possible!  

Social: 6PM

Trivia starts at 7PM

When: June 20th 6-9pm

Where: Communitech 2nd floor Cafeteria!

 

Revive Group Facilitation Training
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Netizens: Free screening + panel @ Apollo Cinema
Jun 20 @ 6:45 pm

Register for free tickets here. 

PRESENTED BY: TRUE NORTH 2019 & GRFF

After the film, a panel discussion will feature local experts discussing key issues raised through the film including consent, content moderation, safety and the law.

Food & Drink available for purchase.

About “Netizens“

Netizens delves into the lives of three women whose lives have been transformed by online harassment: Carrie Goldberg, an attorney who launches an internet privacy and sexual assault law firm in the wake of her own cyber harassment; Tina Reine, a successful businesswoman whose career is derailed after an ex-boyfriend creates numerous reputation-harming websites; and Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of a popular web-series, “Feminist Frequency,” critiquing representations of women in video games, who is the target of a cyber-mob’s ongoing campaign of rape and death threats.

Through an intimate, vérité approach, Netizens depicts the many forms digital abuse can take: non-consensual pornography, cyber-stalking, threats of violence, privacy invasions, impersonation, character attacks. The film challenges the notion cyber harassment is “only” online, showing the repercussions on targets’ lives: lost jobs, thwarted educations, damaged reputations, offline harassment and stalking, and countless hours devoted to containing attacks against a backdrop of mounting legal fees and psychological distress. While law enforcement lags far behind the crimes, the film’s subjects seek justice on their own terms. Carrie’s law firm takes off in the midst of the #MeToo movement; Tina speaks out about her experiences and breaks back into the finance industry; and Anita creates a new series about race, gender and inequality in America. NETIZENS bears witness as a courageous wave of individuals transform the web as we know it.

Content Warning: The film and the panel following will include frank and explicit discussion of online harrasment, and other forms of digital abuse and threatening behaviour.

Brought to you in partnership with Waterloo Global Science Initiative and Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Solstice Sunrise Ceremony with Elder Jean Becker @ CIGI
Jun 21 @ 7:30 am

**Please note this event is now at capacity. We invite you to add your name to the waitlist, in order to be notified if a space should become available. Please sign up for one waiting list slot per person who wishes to come, as each slot only allows a single registration as it opens up.**

In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) Indigenous Student Centre and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) would like to invite you to a sunrise ceremony in the CIGI Campus Courtyard. This ceremony will be led by Elder Jean Becker (Senior Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives at WLU) and will feature singing and drumming by Cara Loft (Indigenous Field of Study Coordinator, Faculty of Social Work, WLU). Garrison McCleary (Master of Social Work Candidate, WLU) will serve as Firekeeper.

Continental breakfast will be served in the CIGI Foyer following the close of the ceremony. Please kindly RSVP to assist us with the planning of this event.

https://www.cigionline.org/events/solstice-sunrise-ceremony-elder-jean-becker

National Indigenous Day: Edge of the Knife @ The Apollo
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm

SGAAWAAY K’UUNA (Edge of the Knife, 2018)
NR, 1h40m

Arriving more than a century after British Columbia’s first-ever feature film, In the Land of the Head Hunters — Edward S. Curtis’ controversial but undeniably fascinating portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of northern Vancouver Island — Edge of the Knife is the first feature to tell a story about the Kwakwaka’wakw’s neighbours the Haida. Part drama, part historical reclamation, First Nations filmmakers Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s film is set during the 19th century and performed entirely in the Haida language (a tongue so endangered, with less than 20 fluent speakers, that a dialect coach was needed).

Whereas Curtis remained an outside observer, transfixed by the Kwakwaka’wakw’s masks and regalia, Edge of the Knife has a genuine Indigenous eye akin not only to other films by distributor Isuma (Zacharias Kunuk has an executive producer credit) but also from supernatural neorealist fables from African and Latin American filmmakers. Inspired by the Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid wildman of Haida mythology, the film charts a simple narrative about a reckless uncle who can’t bear the guilt of having unwittingly led a beloved nephew to his demise, and whose abnegation takes on a horrific physical form over a winter of self-imposed exile in the wild. Both visceral and austere, yet with unexpected dashes of comedy and melodrama, Edge of the Knife may be a significant landmark in the short history of Canadian Indigenous film. ~TIFF (2018)

Jun
22
Sat
2019
KW Multicultural Festival @ Victoria Park @
Jun 22 all-day

Music, food, vedors and more! Come celebrate at KW’s Multicultiral Festival on June 22&23 from 11am to 8pm in Victoria Park.

https://www.kwmc.on.ca/festival-2019