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Mar 10/2017
to Jan 28/2018
Vancouver, BC
Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents the thought-provoking, socially and environmentally-conscious new exhibition Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, on display March 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018. Curated by Dr. Nuno Porto (MOA Curator, Africa and Latin America), Amazonia explores the creative ideas that inspire Indigenous resistance to threats facing the world’s largest rainforest. The exhibition features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing Indigenous, Maroon and white settler communities. Today, these groups confront threats caused by political violence, mining, oil and gas exploration, industrial agriculture, forest fires, and hydroelectric plants. Challenging visitors to examine their own notions towards holistic well-being, the exhibition covers more than 100 years of unsuspected relationships between Vancouver and Amazonian peoples, ideas, and their struggles.

Time:  Check Website
Venue:  Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia
Location:  6393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://moa.ubc.ca/amazonia
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Green Economy Perspectives
Join us for a candid and critical conversation with Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May as we continue to solicit perspectives on the green economy.

Elizabeth will talk about various issues related to a green economy including:

- Canada's potential to capitalize on the single biggest business opportunity in human history - the shift to a green economy.

- Investment in green energy - like wind, solar and hydro - which creates over 7x more jobs per dollar invested when compared to investment in traditional energy sectors.

- The renewable energy sector - which now provides tens of thousands of stable, sustainable, future friendly jobs in Canada, and has the potential to employ hundreds of thousands more.

Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament representing the southern Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. She is one of Canadas most respected environmentalists. As well, she practiced law and is also the author of eight books. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Time:  8AM - 9AM
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation
Location:  720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://registrations.sustainabilitynetwork.ca/green-economy-perspectives-a-forum-with-elizab
Categories:   Environment; Business & Economics; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Ontario-Wide College Student Walkout
Walkout to protest shortening of college semester, cancelling of holiday vacation, and response to strike by the college administration.

Centennial College Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590528707657453/

Sheridan College Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/194572667785235/

Time:  12:00 - 2:00 PM
Venue:  Ontario Colleges -- Humber, Centennial, Guelph-Humber, Algonquin, Canadore, Sheridan
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/115964602455456/
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 16/2017
Toronto, ON
Rally in Solidarity with Catalonia
Rally in Solidarity with Catalonia:

- to support the right of self-determination of the Catalan people
- to condemn the violence and repression unleashed by the Spanish government
- to ask the liberation of the Catalan political prisoners and
- to call the Canadian government to speak out against these attacks on democracy by the Spanish State.

We will gather on December 16th at noon, at the NE corner of Yonge and Bloor (in front of the Spanish Consulate building, 2 Bloor St. E) and we will have a few speakers. We encourage everyone to wear yellow clothes or bring a yellow complement to send a symbolic message. The yellow color (starting as yellow ribbons) is being used in Catalonia to ask the freedom of the elected Catalan political and the grass-root organization leaders that were sent to preventive jail after the referendum.

This rally has been organized by the Toronto Solidarity with Catalonia platform, in collaboration with the Catalan Centre in Toronto and ToCat.

Thanks everyone for your support and see you there!

Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Venue:  Spanish Consulate
Location:  2 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1589813734446402/
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 18/2017
Ottawa, ON
Human Rights Protections for Practicing Indigenous Spirituality
The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition is pleased to present: Human Rights Protections for Practicing Indigenous Spirituality

Background: The Ontario Human Rights Code includes legal protections for the fundamental right of Indigenous peoples to freely practice spiritual traditions, and to be treated equally and with dignity. Employers and service providers under provincial jurisdiction have a legal duty to uphold your right to be free from discrimination based on creed.

Learn more about your rights or obligations with a presentation from the Ontario Human Rights Commission. There will be an opportunity for a Q & A following the presentation. This educational session is open to individuals or organizations.

Register today for this free workshop - space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/human-rights-protections-for-practicing-indigenous-spirituality-tickets-39697940609?aff=es2

Time:  12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Venue:  Wabano Centre - Atelier Room
Location:  299 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/OttawaAboriginalCoalition/
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 18/2017
International Migrants Day
"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Rally Against Hate
Pamela Geller, a well-known American Islamophobic blogger, is speaking at a hate event on Monday, December 18th. After her speech, she will be interviewed by Ezra Levant from The Rebel, compounding the divisive messages she is communicating.

It is the responsibility of those with long memories, like our labour movement, to recognize peril at the door and raise the alarm. Join us for a rally beginning at 6 pm to step up and speak out about hate and division. The rally will take place outside the event, Monday, December 18.

Time:  6:00 PM
Venue:  Canada Christian College
Location:  50 Gervais Drive, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 19/2017
Ottawa, ON
Taking it local: An update on human rights
This FREE one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on a variety of human rights topics.

Featured speakers include guests from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the City of Ottawa and other community leaders.

Breakfast, lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Time:  8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Venue:  Ottawa City Hall
Location:  110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/taking-it-local-update-human-rights-ottawa
Phone:  416-314-4526
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 20/2017
International Human Solidarity Day
"Global problems require collective solutions. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, people need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Addressing the Rohingya Genocide: What We Can & Must Do
Professor John Packer has remained engaged with Rohingyas since the early 90's, notably promoting awareness of their situation as the world's most numerous stateless people and helping the organisation of Rohingya representation and genuine articulation of their legitimate concerns outside Burma/Myanmar.

In 1993, Professor Packer was assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma during which he visited Rakhine State to investigate attacks on Rohingyas which had precipitated the 1992 exodus of some 200,000 refugees ten years after being stripped of their citizenship. Professor Packer has remained engaged with Rohingyas since then, notably promoting awareness of their situation as the world's most numerous stateless people and helping the organisation of Rohingya representation and genuine articulation of their legitimate concerns outside Burma/Myanmar.

Free admission.

Time:  7:00 PM
Venue:  Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre
Location:  123 Wynford Dr., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.noorculturalcentre.ca/?p=16494
For information contact:  info@noorculturalcentre.ca
Phone:  416-444-7148
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 24/2018
Toronto, ON
Work and Organizing in Digital Media
While many laud the benefit of digital technologies for the production of digital media - more access, more voices, more ways to tell a story, for example - paying attention to the experiences of workers in digital media demonstrates intensifying struggles underway. This talk presents research on digital journalists' working conditions, both among self-employed/freelance journalists and those employed in digital-first news outlets. I attend to the social and power relations shaping the use of digital technologies and examine the implications for workers, including forced entrepreneurialism, low pay, exploitation of copyrights, overwork, automation, measurement and surveillance, and deepening inequalities based on gender and race. I examine various forms of collective organizing among digital media workers and discuss the challenges and opportunities they hold for democratizing digital media in contemporary capitalism.

RSVP to Attend: thecapitalismworkshop@gmail.com

Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Venue:  CSI Annex, Rm 4, 3rd floor
Location:  720 Bathhurst St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://capitalismworkshop.com/work-and-organizing-in-digital-media/
For information contact:  thecapitalismworkshop@gmail.com
Categories:   Science & Technology; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; International
Feb 9/2018
Nanaimo, BC
Conversations Toward Reconciliation
The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee report (2015) and its 94 recommendations across all sectors have generated increased interest in the area of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in Canada. This series will identify an Indigenous framework incorporating values and principles that surround an Indigenous philosophy of balancing the mind, body and spirit. From here, participants will be invited to consider the points of intersection for engagement within this framework. A critical component of this dialogue will be exploring existing tensions and disrupting notions that good intentions alone do not equate to good things for all people.

Dates and times: 4 Fridays 10:30 to 12:00 Noon

Friday, Feb 9, 2018
Friday, Feb 23, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/conversations-toward-reconciliation-tickets-38608096857?aff=es2

Time:  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue:  VIU Nanaimo Campus, Bldg. 250 - Faculty of Management, Room 308
Location:  900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC
For information contact:  Sharon.Hobenshield@viu.ca
Categories:   Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 9/2018
to Feb 11/2018
Guelph, ON
2018 Social and Environmental Justice Symposium
OPIRG Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium is a convergence of academic and community research, activism, and art focused on social and environmental justice issues. We are aiming to make research more accessible to all and to foster deeper relationships and idea sharing between academics and community activism.

Time:  See schedule
Venue:  University of Guelph
Location:  50 Stone Road East, Guelph, ON
Website:  http://symposium.opirgguelph.org/
For information contact:  info@guelphcitizenaction.ca
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Environment
Mar 20/2018
Kingston, ON
Diversity & Inclusion Round-Table and Tri-Awards Celebration
In celebration of the Equity Offices' 20th anniversary, join us on March 20th, 2018 for the Diversity & Inclusion Round-Table and Tri-Awards Celebration. At this event you will hear from leading practitioners in the fields of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Centered on the principles of collaboration and community building, this round-table discussion is your opportunity to contribute to conversations on diversity and inclusion at Queen's University. The keynote speakers for the round-table discussion will be Dr. Minelle Mahtani and Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek.

In addition to the engaging round-table discussion, attendees will also be part of our annual Tri-Awards celebration, honouring individuals and group accomplishments in the areas of employment equity, accessibility and human rights.
Please help us to plan an accessible and inclusive event by identifying any personal requirements you may have in advance.

Please contact equity@queensu.ca and we will help meet your accommodation and inclusion needs.

Time:  8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Venue:  Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University
Location:  138 Union St., Kingston, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/EquityOfficeQU
For information contact:  equity@queensu.ca
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 22/2018
to Mar 25/2018
Everett WA
BDSM Writers con
BDSM Writers Con is dedicated to writers and readers of Dominance and submission. We are the ONLY conference in the world to offer writers and readers the ability to discover the complexities of Dominance and submission through workshops, live demos, and fascinating hands-on experiences while you interact with your favorite–and soon-to-be favorite–BDSM authors.

Our host & founder, Dr. Charley Ferrer a world-renowned Clinical Sexologist and BDSM Educator provides you with the secrets you need to know that's got erotic authors like Cris Anson exploring and the Rolling Stone Magazine taking notice.

Due to the nature of this event, ALL participants must be 19 years of age or older!

Location:  Everett WA
Website:  http://bdsmwriterscon.com/
Categories:   Sexuality; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Mar 24/2018
Toronto, ON
Accessibility Ministry Module 6: Disability and Suffering
Disability and suffering share a complicated and convoluted history. Too often, it is assumed that people with disabilities are suffering their disability, and yet for many people disability is more closely related to who they are as a person than to suffering. Hear first-hand perspectives of multiple ways to relate to suffering, and come away from this module with a renewed appreciation for theologies and pastoral practices that leave space for suffering and yet always practice gracious presence with people with disabilities and those that suffer.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/accessibility-ministry-module-6-disability-and-suffering-tickets-36120594671?aff=es2

Time:  9:00Am - 3:00PM
Venue:  Tyndale University College & Seminary
Location:  3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.tyndale.ca/tsfc
Phone:  1-416-226-6620 or 1-416-226-63
Categories:   Disability Issues; Religious; Education
Apr 26/2018
to Apr 29/2018
Chicago
International Rosa Luxemburg Conference
Rosa Luxemburg and Her Ideas: Engaging the Left and Impacting the World

Rosa Luxemburg dedicated her life to the fight against war, poverty, exploitation and any kind of suppression. Yet today in the age of neo-liberalism, we have the same problems as in the beginning of the 20th century. Luxemburg, a versatile Marxist theoretician, excellent journalist, and effective agitator has left us a body of work that may support and impact on the present left. We invite you to present relevant papers on the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg and her close comrades.

Registration [Free]:
Ottokar Luban, Berlin, Germany: oluban@gmx.de
http://www.internationale-rosa-luxemburg-gesellschaft.de/

Conference Language: English

Location:  Chicago
Website:  http://www.internationale-rosa-luxemburg-gesellschaft.de/
For information contact:  Ottokar Luban - oluban@gmx.de
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 16/2018
to May 18/2018
Toronto, ON
RightsCon Toronto 2018
Access Now is excited to bring the seventh edition of RightsCon, the world’s leading event on human rights in the digital age. RightsCon is where human rights experts, investors, business leaders, technologists, engineers, activists, and government representatives from around the world work to build strategies, create partnerships, and drive large-scale, real-world change toward tomorrow’s digital world.

From May 16 - 18, 2018, at the Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada, we will see a smarter, brighter, and better RightsCon, more intuitive and community-focused than ever before. There, you will join other experts to take on topical and current issues, showcase your work, and influence global norms.

Together we are tackling some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights, technology, and the internet.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rightscon-toronto-2018-tickets-38703375839?aff=es2

Time:  Wed, 9:00 AM - Fri, 7:00 PM
Venue:  Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place
Location:  105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.rightscon.org/
For information contact:  conference@accessnow.org
Phone:  1-888-414-0100
Categories:   Science & Technology; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Internet