Lunch and Learn: The Youth of Aamjiwnaang Confront Chemical Valley’s Toxic Legacy

July 9, 12:00-2:30pm 

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre

190 Westmount Rd. North, St. Paul’s College, University of Waterloo

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Ten years ago, a health report surfaced that showed two girls were being born for every boy in Aamjiwnaang First Nation due to toxic chemicals emanating from industry in Chemical Valley. The news made international headlines and shamed the Canadian government. Since that time, more refineries have been built, more pipelines have spilled, and the community continues to have inadequate research and information on the scale of contamination in the air, lands, and waters belonging to them.

WPIRG & the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre are proud to host a community lunch and talk by youth members of Aamjiwnaang, Vanessa and Lindsay Gray. The two sisters have been active members of the youth-led ecological protection group ASAP (Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines), which has participated in community activism around the issue of Indigenous land and environmental rights, including speaking tours, petitions, lawsuits, rallies, blockades, scientific testing, and built networks of supporters to help share the story of what is happening to our lands, and our people.

Student, faculty, and staff members from the University of Waterloo community, as well as everyone from Waterloo Region, are invited to join us to host Vanessa and Lindsay for a lunch in the WAEC space at St. Paul’s, and hear from them directly their story and the ways that Waterloo can support their struggle for health, justice, and a better future.

July Members Meeting

Thursday, July 23 – 5:00-7:30pm  edufactory-thumb

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Save the date for our second and last Members Meeting of the Spring/Summer 2015 term. Please submit agenda items (funding requests, WPIRG endorsements, action group applications) by Thursday, July 16, 5pm to

As usual, we’ll be serving a hot supper at 5pm before the meeting. 

For more information about how are Members Meeting work and for minutes from previous meetings, please click here:

March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate!


On July 5th we’ll be marching in Toronto for an economy that works for people and the planet.

We want an economy where workers win, communities have more democratic control, and those most impacted and impoverished are the first in line to benefit. An economy that honours Indigenous peoples’ rights and recognizes their role in protecting the land, air and water for everyone. An economy that respects the limits of the environment made clear by climate science.

A bus will be leaving from Kitchener – Waterloo to join the march. This bus is organized by Waterloo 350, a WPIRG action group. The schedule will be as follows.
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Cinema Politica New Members Meeting

WPIRG’s Cinema Politica Waterloo is looking for new members to join our collective and help us grow one of the KW’s best documentary film series! On a monthly basis, we screen socially and politically-themed documentaries at the Princess Twin Cinema with the aim of using film to promote politically-engaged dialogue, movement-building, and social change.


If you’re interested in learning more about participating in the collective, please join us on Tuesday July 2, 7:00pm at the Pricess Cinemas (46 King St. N), for our new volunteers meeting.

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Cinema Politica Waterloo’s June Screening

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In this feature-length documentary, Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually brings Shannen’s Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

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Tickets are available at the door only.

Admission to Cinema Politica Waterloo screenings are by donation, with a sliding scale suggestion of $5-10, though everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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