Virtual Event: Making a Place for Dialogue in Times of Conflict, 2024 March 26

VIUFA HRISC with FPSE and the FPSE Human Rights & International Solidarity Committee are proud to present a virtual event: Making a Place for Dialogue in Times of Conflict Tuesday, March 26th, 1pm PST REGISTER: Featuring: Joanna Ashworth / Wosk Centre for Dialogue Jennie Barron / Mir Centre for Peace Kent Highnam / Centre for Conflict Resolution Crystena Parker-Shandal / University of Waterloo Mandy Penney / U of A Centre for Teaching [...]

Unveiling the Shades of Equality Workshop

Feb 15, 1-3:30 Vicki Nygaard, HRISC Chair, would like members to be aware of this online workshop being offered by the Capilano Faculty Association. Workshop Description What is systemic discrimination? What are its impacts? How can we address it? Through storytelling and real-life examples, this session aims to deepen participants’ understanding of this complex topic and inspire reflection and action. Participants will leave the session with tools to identify systemic discrimination in their [...]

2024-02-08T11:54:43-08:00February 8th, 2024|Human Rights & International Solidarity|

Films for Context re: the War in Gaza

For anyone interested in context for the war in Gaza that is not being shown in mainstream media, information about films available from the Media Education Foundation was provided to VIUFA HRISC by a member. According to the Media Education Foundation e-newsletter, many of these films are being provided to view for free until January 22, 2024. They can be accessed through this YouTube playlist and include titles such as: The Occupation of [...]

2023-12-22T19:40:35-08:00December 22nd, 2023|Human Rights & International Solidarity|

HRISC Resources for #BLM, Fighting Hate and Racism

Imogene Lim, VIUFA’s Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee Chair, has been gathering anti-racism resources over the summer.  These can be found in your VIU inbox under the heading, “HRISC Potpourri of Resources”. Here are some of the resources shared in early June: Resistance and Resurgence: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Recorded Webinar from June 8, 2020. This conversation will be centering Black voices. We ask non-Black people to witness and decentre themselves, [...]

Dr. Alfred Taiaiake @ VIU

VIU recently hosted Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, an Indigenous activist, author and educator, who promoted the handbook Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization, in which he has an essay. Dr. Alfred spoke to students at the Nanaimo Buy Testosterone propionate in USA - discounts campus about Indigenous resurgence in the era of reconciliation. He’s coming back to VIU to speak to students at the Cowichan campus on Tuesday, March 12 at [...]

Rise Up! An Evening of Art, Activism, and Education Monday Dec 3rd

Join us for an uprising at The View Gallery on VIU's Nanaimo campus Mon Dec 3rd 7-9pm featuring 12 inspiring literary performers, some well-established in the world of fiction, some performance poets and musicians, some emerging voices exploring other genres from feisty anti-bullying children's books to defiant stories that run the gamut from contemplative to humorous, angry to motivational. This is a community-building event nearing the end of the 16 Days of Activism [...]

“Why Remember? What Can the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians Teach Us 75 Years Later?”

"Why Remember? What Can the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians Teach Us 75 Years Later?" Join us for a talk by Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross, History Department, University of Victoria and Director of The Landscapes of Injustice Project. "Landscapes of Injustice, A history all Canadians should know.  During the 1940's Canada enacted mass displacement and dispossession of people on racial grounds, a collective moral failure that remains only partially addressed. Japanese Canadians lost their homes, farms, [...]

“The Stairs” Screening – Oct. 3

The Stairs documentary follows current and past drug users in Toronto's Regent Park. Free public Buy Testosterone propionate in USA screening Tue Oct 3 7pm VIU Theatre 310. Director Hugh Gibson will address the audience and answer questions. Made over five years, the film is being hailed for its humanistic, real, and non-judgmental treatment of addiction. Its release is timely given discussions about harm reduction policies and programs in our community. Sponsored by [...]

Dr. Stefanie Falz – 6 Months in South Sudan

Join VIUFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee, Reaching Out Assisting Refugees, VIU World University Service of Canada, and the VIU Positive Space Alliance for a presentation by Dr. Stefanie Falz on her experiences in South Sudan and a short presentation on the current situation of LGBT refugees and what can be done about it. Open to all, free (but donations to ROAR gratefully accepted). Friday, September 22nd, 7-9pm VIU Nanaimo Campus, Building [...]

VIU designates 22 “non-gendered” washrooms at Nanaimo campus

Sent on behalf of the Positive Space Alliance, the Human Rights Advisory Committee, and Katrin Roth von Szepesbela, Director, Human Rights and Respectful Workplace  VIU recently designated 22 single-stall washrooms at the Nanaimo campus as “non-gendered.” These washrooms are no longer marked for use with the symbol designating use by men or women, and are now open for use by anyone who wishes to use them (see attached image of the new door [...]

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