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CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy
UNIFOR Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy




October 5, 2015 marks the beginning of the 5th annual Social Justice Week. Under the theme of “Social Justice and Democracy: Arts, Activism and the Academy”, the Week features some amazing speakers, lectures and workshops on issues related to Indigenous solidarity, decent work, migrant worker’s rights;  and Black Lives Matter.

 Below are some of the highlights.  

Octotober 5 Plenary on “Truths, Remembrance and Resistance” (6.30 pm TRSM 1067)

·  ·   Keynote address by Cindy Blackstock, Gitxsan activist for child welfare and Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

·  ·   Performance of  ‘In Spirit’ by ARTICLE 11 (


October 6  Towards Dignity: Migrant Workers Rising ( 7 -9 pm, LIB 072)

·  ·    Forum on migrant worker organizing with international and local speakers

·  ·    Elizabeth Tang, General Secretary of the International Domestic Workers Federation

·  ·    Xyza Cruz Bacani, Filipina Street photographer and former live-in caregiver in Hong Kong. ( )


October 7   Mendela EDI Social Justice Annual Lecture (7 pm, TRSM 1067)

·  Intergenerational Dialogue on Arts, Activism and the Academy  

·  ·    Lee Maracle, First Nations author, poet, educator and performing artist

·  ·    Zanana Akande, First black woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and first black woman to serve as a cabinet minister in Canada

·  ·    Himani Bannerji, Writer, poet and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, York University

·  ·    Joy Kogawa, Japanese Canadian poet, author and peace activist

·  ·    + responses from young activists from the Black Lives Matter Toronto and Idle No More

(If you wish to come with your class for one of the above lectures, please contact us to reserve seats)

In light of the upcoming federal elections on October 19, we are using the lunch and learn series this year to highlight some key issues that are of national concern, such as Bill C51, decent work, and equity issues to encourage student engagement in the political process.  

Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning Opportunities:

I hope we can count on you to actively encourage your students, help them understand the value that these events offer to their university education, and provide them incentives perhaps by attaching a grade to their participation in the week’s events.  If you require any additional information or assistance integrating your students’ participation in Social Justice Week as an assignment, please contact Dr. Reena Tandon, Faculty of Arts Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning Coordinator.



    4th Annual Ryerson Social
    Justice Week:

    A Different World is Possible

    October 6 - 10, 2014

    Ryerson University, Toronto