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Join us at the 7th Annual Social Justice Week, taking place from October 23 - 27, 2017 at Ryerson University. This year's multi-disciplinary program features 18 events ranging from daily roundtables, panel discussions, lunch & learn workshops, lectures, and a commemorative art installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women organized by Walking With Our Sisters -- Toronto. The events touch on the themes of Indigenous culture and solidarity, home and belonging, disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, and building skills to turn social justice passion to concrete action for social change.
Indigenous Art, Culture and Resistance: An Evening with Christi Belcourt
What is the relationship between the land, education and resistance? What are our roles in the struggle for the environment, decolonization and liberation? Why do human beings need to imagine alternative worlds and broaden political possibilities? Join renowned Michif artist Christi Belcourt, co-founder of the Onaman Collective (a grassroots, land-based art initiative sharing traditional knowledge and language with youth) as she addresses these important questions.
Black Be/longing: At the crossroads of art, culture, and human rights (Mandela ECI Lecture)
This year’s Mandela ECI Lecture will spotlight one of Canada’s most important contemporary writers and revolutionary thinkers, M. NourbeSe Philip. By writing memory upon the margin of history, in the shadow of empire, and at the frontier of silence, NourbeSe Philip’s aim has always been to make us see what has gone unseen. Her forthcoming book, Blank, is no different in its ambition. In this lecture, NourbeSe Philip will draw from Blank and explore questions of belonging, race, politics, art, and the so-called multicultural nation.