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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
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jan 11/2018
to Feb 22/2018
National Capital Region- Almonte, ON
Q: are you a girl or a boy? A: no thanks.
2018 Speaking Tour with Cara Tierney & Behc Jax-Lynx. We are a dynamic duo dedicated to the de-stigmatization of transgender individuals, best practices, gender affirmation, human rights policy (C-16) and equity for universal gender diversity.

We go beyond the basic definitions of transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, gender non-conforming and present a beautiful and expansive understanding of health, well-being, history, art, creativity, allyship, expression and the current human rights legislation Bill C-16. Our backgrounds include art, history, social work, activism, anti-oppression work, education, performance, high fives and Â… humour.

We are offering creative and interactive afternoon professional development workshops designed to foster constructive, affirmative and forward-thinking dialogues on how we can make space for everyone.

Cost: $15/$20 suggested If cost is a barrier please let us know.

See website for further scheduled locations, times and dates.

Time:  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue:  Mississippi Mills Public Library, Almonte Branch
Location:  155 High St., National Capital Region- Almonte, ON
For information contact:  booking@
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Sexuality; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jan 15/2018
Winnipeg, MB
More Important than Jihad of the Sword: Islamic State's Propaganda Machine and the Yazidi Genocide
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights presents Michael Petrou in a talk about the Islamic State and its media and propaganda strategy.

Join our President and CEO John Young and award-winning author and journalist Michael Petrou in the first of our brand-new lecture series.

The lecture entitled "More Important than Jihad of the Sword: Islamic State's Propaganda Machine and the Yazidi Genocide" explores how state propaganda prepared the ground, and ensured support, for the mass slaughter and sexual enslavement of Yazidis whose homeland it overran.

The evening will begin with light refreshments, cash bar and mingling, followed by the lecture, a conversation with John Young and Michael Petrou, and a question-and-answer period. The event will wrap up with a book signing and a meet-and-greet with the author.

To purchase tickets contact 204-289-2000.

Time:  6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue:  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Level 1
Location:  85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB
Phone:  204-289-2000
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 17/2018
Winnipeg, MB
Movement without Mobility? The Labour Migration Paradox
The Migration Law Research Cluster presents Dr. Bethany Hastie speaking on, "Movement without Mobility? The Labour Migration Paradox." Professor Hastie researches in the areas of precarious labour, and international migration. She has explored issues relating to migrant labour, labour exploitation and human trafficking, irregular migration, and the human rights of migrants. Her scholarship has been published in a wide array of legal and interdisciplinary journals, including Anthropologie et Sociétés, Dalhousie Law Journal, European Journal of Migration & Law, and Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.

She has presented her research at various national and international conferences and has delivered invited talks at several interdisciplinary migration events, including the Mobility and Politics series at Carleton University, and at the "Transport: Conceptualizing Circulation and Security" conference at UQAM. Professor Hastie has also worked on policy and research projects with an array of organizations, including the Canadian Council for Refugees, the BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the West Coast Domestic Workers Association.

Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Venue:  Robson Hall, University of Manitoba
Location:  224 Dysart Rd., Winnipeg, MB
Phone:  (204) 474-9775
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 17/2018
Toronto, ON
Unsettling the Commons
Unsettling the Commons: Social Movements Within, Against, and Beyond Settler Colonialism by Craig Fortier

Part 1 of the Toronto Book Tour, this event will feature a panel discussion with Craig Fortier, Giibwanisi, Rozina Kazi and Nicholas Murray and more.

Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigates what it means to struggle for "the commons" within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim “the commons” on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination—all in the name of the “struggle for the commons”, the book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is put forward as a more desirable way forward.

Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Another Story Bookshop
Location:  315 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples
Jan 23/2018
Toronto, ON
Black and Educated? Unveiling The Contradictions and Redesigning The Future
In an education system based on Western values and knowledge, Black students go through school feeling alienated and graduate ill-equipped to bring about transformative changes in their communities. Is it not time to restructure the system?

Chizoba Imoka disrupts the perceived Black and "Educated" contradiction and advances an alternative vision of education that acknowledges colonial history, is responsive to socio-political concerns and enables a new generation of social justice leaders to make real change.

Hart House is pleased to present the 18th Annual Hancock Lecture: Black and Educated? Unveiling The Contradictions and Redesigning The Future delivered by Chizoba Imoka and moderated by Dr. Kofi Hope.

FREE for Students and $12 Non-Students


Ticket Holders must arrive by or before 6:45PM to be guaranteed a seat.

Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue:  Hart House, Hart House Circle
Location:  Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 24/2018
Toronto, ON
Indigenous Cultural Competency Training
The Indigenous Cultural Competency Training is a platform to establish a process of promoting cultural competency for Indigenous relations within Canada. The facilitation is delivered in a sensitive, respectful manner to address complex-issues from a historical narrative that is inclusive to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees.

The training is designed for agencies, organizations, institutions to build a foundational awareness of Indigenous peoples and enhance self-awareness. Through experiential learning the delivery of the training is inclusive within a group based setting to promote dialogue and create a safe space to discuss topics which relate to Indigenous peoples.

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is an Indigenous community cultural centre. The Centre welcomes the local community, including guests from across Canada and offers a variety of programs and services.

Time:  9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Venue:  Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Location:  16 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Phone:  416-964-9087 ext 315
Categories:   Skills & Training; Native Peoples; 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.

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Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Venue:  CSI Annex, Rm 4, 3rd floor
Location:  720 Bathhurst St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Science & Technology; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; International
Jan 25/2018
to Jan 26/2018
Montreal, QC
AI on a Social Mission / Intelligence Artificielle en Mission Sociale
AI on a Social Mission is the first major conference on social impact of AI in Montreal. Start ups and NPOs will explain how they use artificial intelligence for their social mission. They will also share with us their experience as a start up or non-profit with a social mission and their dreams for AI and social good.

INFORM & INSPIRE: The event presents brilliant and passionate keynote speakers and panelists that believe in sharing knowledge and supporting a fair and sustainable implementation of AI. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the social impacts of artificial intelligence as well as share your voice on supporting AI with a social mission.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY PANELS: AI, data, social scientists, ethicists, jurists, funding and policy experts come together on social impact of AI.

Panels will discuss, amongst other things, open data and governance, managing data in a not for profit conext, being an entrepreneur with a social mission, challenges and satisfactions, access to AI, impact of AI on human rights as well as ART, AI and Society.

SMALL MULTIDISCIPLINARY DISCUSSION GROUPS: In small groups, we’ll dream up our ideal AI implementation and take a close look at the tools to make it a reality. Inspired by our start ups and non profits with a social mission and our expert panelists, we’ll look into how our society can support non-profit initiatives and socially oriented enterprises. We’ll brainstorm together in multidisciplinary groups and plan towards concrete ways of achieving a fair and sustainable implementation of AI.

This is your voice on a fair and sustainable implementation of AI.

Time:  Thu, 8:30 AM - Fri, 8:30 PM
Venue:  Canadian Centre for Architecture
Location:  1920 Rue Baile, Montreal, QC
Categories:   Computers; Communications Industry & Technology; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 28/2018
Winnipeg, MB
International Holocaust Remembrance Day- A series of events
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated annually by the United Nations on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This year, Italy is the chair country of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. It is a global day of memorialisation for the victims of the Holocaust. Each year, Canadians and individuals all over the world take this opportunity to remember the victims of the atrocities of the Holocaust and reflect on the dangers of antisemitism.

This year, the Museum is proud to partner with the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, B'nai Brith Canada, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, La Lupa di Roma Lodge and the Dante Alighieri Society in exploring the legacy of the Holocaust and the continuing damaging effects of antisemitism and prejudice in societies across the world today.

Free Event

Time:  2:00 – 5:00 PM
Venue:  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, MTS Classrooms on Level 1
Location:  85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB
For information contact:
Phone:  204-289-2000 or 1-877-877-6037
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 31/2018
Toronto, ON
Community Organizing - how to connect with others and gain support for your cause
In person outreach and engaging the public in a 'one on one' or public speaking fashion can easily feel overwhelming, even for the most extroverted of us. So how can you ease the stress, anxiety, and initial barriers to actually getting people to talk to you? Come learn some tips, tricks, and best practices to getting cold glances to melt and strangers to hear you out.

In this workshop we will be covering some of the basic and most common scenarios and how to best navigate each one. For example, fliering on street corners or in university halls, tabling at events, and speaking to a crowd during a public event or action. Each section will be broken down into an hour each and will incorporate participatory activities.


Time:  6:30 - 9:30pm
Venue:  University of Toronto (Exact location TBC)
Location:  Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Laura@Toolsforchange
Categories:   Skills & Training; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
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:

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:
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
For information contact:
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Environment
Feb 14/2018
Toronto, ON
Connected by Commitment: Oppression and Our Responsibility to Undermine It
Saying that political and social oppression is a deeply unjust and widespread condition of life is not a terribly controversial statement. Likewise, theorists of justice frequently consider our obligation to not turn a blind eye to oppression. But what is our culpability in the endurance of oppression?


Shannon Dea (Philosophy, University of Waterloo)
Kerry Rittich (Law, University of Toronto)
Meredith Schwartz (Philosophy, Ryerson University)
Torrey Shanks (Political Science, University of Toronto)


Time:  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Venue:  Centre for Ethics, Room 200, Second Floor, Larkin Building
Location:  15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 21/2018
to Feb 22/2018
Vaughan, ON
Ontario EcoSchools SuperConference
Join us for a day of learning and networking that will focus on building environmental leadership in our school communities. This conference is open to everyone (including teachers, school staff, outdoor education centres, administration, EcoTeam leads, and general public) and is an event not to be missed!

Registration is now open!

*Please note that registration is currently open for adult participants only. Registration for youth EcoTeams and their teachers will open in November. Please note that youth registration will be limited to secondary school students.

Venue:  Le Jardin event centre
Location:  8440 Hwy 27, Woodbridge, Vaughan, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
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 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
For information contact:
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
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.


Time:  9:00Am - 3:00PM
Venue:  Tyndale University College & Seminary
Location:  3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON
Phone:  1-416-226-6620 or 1-416-226-63
Categories:   Disability Issues; Religious; Education
Apr 26/2018
to Apr 29/2018
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:

Conference Language: English

Location:  Chicago
For information contact:  Ottokar Luban -
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.


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