Jan
31
4:30 pm16:30

Research for Peace: Revealing the Military-Industrial Complex on Campus and the Armed Conflicts Report

Join the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement as we explore peace research involving both our campus and our world. WPIRG will be highlighting connections between research at the University of Waterloo and military applications, and Project Ploughshares will be sharing findings from their most recent annual Armed Conflicts Report.

Free registration

Location: 

Conrad Grebel University College, Community Education Room (room 2202)

140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo

Jan
3
Jan 23

Winter 2017 Refunds Schedule

January 02, 2017

UW Students!

The WPIRG fee ($4.75/academic term) is refundable for the first three weeks of every term. Students wishing to receive this refund for the Winter 2017 term may do so at the following location and on the following dates and times:

Room 4209, Conrad Grebel University College (inside the KCU Centre for Peace Advancement):

January 3-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23 @ 10:30am-3:30pm.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR WATCARD.

Dec
1
12:00 pm12:00

Fall 2016 General Meeting

Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Room 1301

Join us for our Fall 2016 GM! We will be serving vegetarian lunch. Please bring your Watcard for sign-in. Check the deadlines below for agenda items and proxy votes. Please contact info@wpirg.org with any accessibility concerns. The agenda can be viewed here. A proposal to amend the motion under "Bylaw Review" in the original agenda can be viewed here. The proposed new Policy #4 (Membership), as is relevant to the "Bylaw Review" item of the agenda, can be viewed here.

DEADLINES

Agenda Items: 12pm, November 24th

Please send agenda items to alex@wpirg.org

Attendance Proxy Forms: 12pm, November 24th

If you cannot attend and would like to proxy your vote, please fill this form and send a copy to info@wpirg.org or deliver it to our office.

 

Feminism for Men
Aug
11
6:00 pm18:00

Feminism for Men

Facebook Event Page here.

This is the third of LSPIRG and WPIRG's summer workshop series! Join Jaydene and Conrad for a discussion about intersectionality, safety, and feminism! We'll be defining (and redefining) our understanding of what it means to be a good ally, and confronting the issue of where men belong in the struggle to create healthier spaces!

LOCATION: Conrad Grebel University College, Community Education Room, #2202

No registration required. This workshop is open to everyone free of cost. Please contact info@wpirg.org for accessability concerns.

Jul
21
1:00 pm13:00

Land Acknowledgments Talking Circle

Facebook Event Page Here.

WPIRG invites you to a talking circle lead by the ASA to discuss land acknowledgments. 
Come and learn what a land acknowledgment is, how to recognize the land, why it is done and more. 

Everyone is welcome!

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Community Education Room 2202  
Conrad Grebel University College - University of Waterloo
140 Westmount Rd. N

Please register by sending an email to jessica@wpirg.org

ASA Overview
The Aboriginal Student Association is a student run group, based out of the University of Waterloo Aboriginal Education Center, designed to provide traditional knowledge to Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal students. Our co­presidents are Emma Smith and Shelby Keedwell. We present workshops for culturally relevant skills, such as drum making, moccasin making, beading, and singing. We give support and resources to the students through our connections in the community. Solidarity is a very important task that we take seriously. We continuously promote land acknowledgments on campus. We open events with land acknowledgments and opening prayers in the traditional language of this land, with either Aniishnaabemowin or Kanien'kéha, as well as a few songs relating to the event. This allows the rest of the university, and even the city, to understand that everything they do is on traditional territory and to see a little bit of our culture first hand.

OPEN HOUSE + MM
Jul
18
12:00 pm12:00

OPEN HOUSE + MM

Facebook Event Page Here.

WPIRG OPEN HOUSE AND MEMBER'S MEETING!

12 - 1 PM Drop-in Open House
1 - 2 PM Formal Business/Voting
2 - 3 PM Facilitated Discussion

SLC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM (MPR) - right near great hall!

Meet our board, staff, volunteers, and other members at our Spring 2016 open house! We're introducing an interactive setup to share our updates and hear your feedback on everything from strategy to coffee topics.

Let's hear your thoughts!! Carve out some time to drop in during the first part, 12-1, and stick around to make funding decisions and have a discussion 1-3!

Transmisogyny and Gendered Violence in Organizing
Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

Transmisogyny and Gendered Violence in Organizing

Facebook Event Page Here.

In political and activist circles the narrative around Transmisogyny and gender based violence, is often the same: We exist in a white cis- heteropatriarchy that disadvantages femmes, non- binary, and 2spirit folks in both their public and private life. The goal of these movements often talks about challenging these systems of violence and having intersectional approaches to the work that we do. However, within systems of violence there are no "safe spaces". Oppression exists within the very spaces that we organize within, and this workshop seeks to talk about the complicated, messy and confusing ways this occurs; how to build stronger movements internally, and ultimately how to do better work so we can be more accountable to the integrity these circles seek to uphold. 

Bio's of our wonderful facilitators coming soon! You will love them
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Location: Arts Building Room 1C17 at WLU
Time: 7pm

Email Hannah at LSPIRG to register: hannah@lspirg.org

If you have any accessibility concerns please contact Hannah at hannah@lspirg.org. Additionally, we are offering child care for the event, please let Hannah know if you require child care when you register for the event. Jessica from WPIRG is also a point of contact if you have any concerns, she can be reached at jessica@wpirg.org

Spoken Word and Mental Health: Writing to Survive
Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Spoken Word and Mental Health: Writing to Survive

Facebook Event Page Here

Spoken Word & Mental Health - Writing to Survive

A workshop by Kay Kassirer
1506 Quantum-Nano Centre, UW

Join us at an inner journey of validation as we write about the struggles and traumas we have faced. Learn more about yourself and your mental health as Kay leads us in a series of writing exercises. Come prepared to hear some heavy stories, and share your own if you'd like. All skill levels welcome.

About the facilitator:
Kay Kassirer is a Toronto based spoken word poet and activist. They use their poetry to tell stories, educate people, and heal. Kay can be found leading workshops, frequenting poetry slams, or stuck in a tree. Kay was a member of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam Team and made it to final stage at the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Kay came in 2nd at Capturing Fire 2016, the International Queer Poetry Slam, and continues to travel the world with their words. Kay has a chapbook published by We Flip Tables Press entitled Confessions of a Queer.

http://kaykassirer.com/

Sports + Politics - WPIRG Coffee House
Jul
7
12:30 pm12:30

Sports + Politics - WPIRG Coffee House

Facebook Event Page Here

Sports as an Arena for Politics - WPIRG Coffee House

This will be our third discussion of spring and is open to everyone. These meet-ups are a perfect introduction to WPIRG.

We will be meeting at the Peter Russell Rock Garden (between MC and QNC), and offering coffee, tea, and snacks. IN CASE OF RAIN, meet in the Environment Student Society (ESS) Cafe.

***Coffee Houses are held biweekly at alternating evening and noon-hour schedules. The next coffee house will be on Thursday, July 21, at 6:45pm at the same location.

Please contact info@wpirg.org for any accessibilty or dietary concerns.

Anti-Oppression Workshop
Jul
4
5:00 pm17:00

Anti-Oppression Workshop

Facebook Event Page Here

WPIRG and LSPIRG Anti-Oppression Workshop

Invitation to WPIRG and LSPIRG action groups, UW and WLU students, and community members to participate in a free anti-oppression workshop. Registration limited to 30 participants. Please email info@wpirg.org to register.

Monday, July 4, 2016
5 PM - 8 PM
Room 4224 - Fretz Seminar Room
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo


Anti-Oppression work:
seeks to recognize the oppression that exists in our society and attempts to mitigate its affects and eventually equalize the power imbalance in our communities. This work is personal, political, messy and complicated. Come explore how to take responsibility for privileges we have in the world, and what we can do to fight oppression in our relationships, activist groups, communities, and world.

About the facilitator:
Lukayo Estrella writes to educate and speaks to inspire. A Bikol and Tagalog diasporic wordslinger, they are based on unceded Algonquin territory and currently reside in the city of Ottawa. Their poetry has been shouted out on national spoken word stages and whispered into local crowded classrooms. Their words have taken up space in newspapers, magazines, and an anthology called Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage, and Social Justice. Lived experience and research ground their interactive workshops of liberation, while faith in collective impact informs their organizing. Ultimately, Lukayo seeks to creatively support communities with their words and actions for collaborative growth.

WPIRG Coffee House
Jun
23
6:45 pm18:45

WPIRG Coffee House

Facebook Event Page Here.

This WPIRG Coffee House is the second of the spring term! Join us for a discussion this Thursday evening.

This is your first stop to meeting other students interested in social and environmental change. It is your gateway to WPIRG (looking at you, newcomers!).

We will be meeting at the Peter Russell Rock Garden (just outside of QNC and MC) at 6:45pm.

Please contact info@wpirg.org for any accessibilty or dietary concerns.

WPIRG Member's Meeting
Jun
16
5:30 pm17:30

WPIRG Member's Meeting

Facebook Event Page Here

First WPIRG Members Meeting of Spring 2016. Join us for dinner, discussion, and updates!

Tentative Agenda:
-Action Group, Programming and Campus Groups Updates
-Solidarity Funding Committee Update
-Member Motions
-Open Discussion: Topic T.B.A.

Location: Conrad Grebel Room 1301

Vegan dinner served at 5:30pm. Regarding accessability concerns please contact info@wpirg.org

WPIRG Coffee House
Jun
2
12:30 pm12:30

WPIRG Coffee House

Facebook event page here.

This week's theme: Challenging Student Activist Stereotypes - with members of the WPIRG Board of Directors

We're reviving our coffee house meet-ups this year! This will be the first of a biweekly discussion group open to everyone.

This is your first stop to meeting other students interested in social and environmental change. It is your gateway to WPIRG (looking at you, newcomers!).

We will be meeting at the Laurel Creek Fire Pit (just outside Environment 3, near the bridge at Ring Road - see map below), and offering coffee, tea, and cookies. IN CASE OF RAIN, meet in the Environment Student Society (ESS) Cafe.

Please contact info@wpirg.org for any accessibilty or dietary concerns.

Fort McMurray Vigil
May
31
7:30 pm19:30

Fort McMurray Vigil

Facebook event page here.

May 31st marks one month after the evacuation of a city affected by wild fire.

This solidarity vigil will be held in the SLC courtyard at 7:30pm on Tuesday the 31st. It will provide students connected to Fort McMurray with a healing space alongside members of the campus and wider community.

LED candles will be provided. This event is free of cost. Donations to support Fort McMurray families is encouraged and will be forwarded to the Red Cross.

Please contact info@wpirg.org with accessability concerns.

VIGIL: Ni Una Más! Not One More!
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

VIGIL: Ni Una Más! Not One More!

Facebook Event Page

On May 12th, please join us at Kitchener City Hall for a vigil honoring the lives of missing, murdered, and lost Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit folks and their families. In light of the recent killing of Berta Cáceres in Honduras, we also seek to bring light to the many Indigenous women, girls and two spirit folks who have gone missing or been killed around the world, and how this is connected to larger systems of colonization.

We will be joined by Awasis who will be performing spoken word, in addition to Amy Miller who is the mother of Denise Bordeau. 

We will also be joined by Fred Alvarado: a TV producer, independent documentary maker, and political analyst who works as a freelance journalist in Honduras for Storyhunter.tv and Globo TV’s news programme “Mi Nacion.” Alvarado is a member of PEN Honduras and the winner of PEN Honduras/PEN Canada’s inaugural award for investigative journalism “Writing without Fear.” For three years Alvarado produced and hosted of a weekly documentary & interview TV programme called “Docufilmes” before self-censoring the program in September 2013, following the murder a colleague who had reported on local drug traffickers’ political connections. Alvarado has also received death threats because of his reporting.

Please be in touch with if you have any accessibility concerns. Bus fares will be provided, and children welcome.

The Children of Gaza Face the Future: Peter Larson Talk
May
10
12:00 pm12:00

The Children of Gaza Face the Future: Peter Larson Talk

Facebook Event Page

Peter is one of the few Canadians who have been permitted to visit Gaza since the 2014 bombings which left over 2000 people dead. Just a year after the destruction, Peter found Gaza resurgent, and will share his experiences talking to many creative young Palestininans in Gaza.

Room 2202
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Rd. N (Waterloo)

Please contact info@wpirg.org for accomodations

Hosted by Turth Cafe, LSPIRG, WPIRG, and PSAG

16th Annual Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival
May
5
May 8

16th Annual Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival

For it’s 16th year, Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival is back with 4 days of film, art, comedy, workshops, parties and community. Queer and Trans community groups, artists, and individuals have collaborated for a diverse and engaging weekend. Workshops that examine the crossover of gender, sexuality, and art. Comedy shows guaranteed to bring really gay laughs. Discussion groups focused on the intersections of queerness and race. Films ranging from two-spirit love stories to lesbian dinner parties. See the full festival schedule here.

This year Rainbow Reels is an entirely volunteer driven endeavour from a committee of committed organizers from both universities and the greater community. The festival will be slightly smaller than other years but still packed with engaging and informative expressions of queerness through a variety of mediums. Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival strives to be an accessible and safer space.

The festival theme of ‘OUT of this World’ goes beyond the committee’s desire to use terrible space puns and into the concepts of an other worldly queerness. Those who live outside the prescribed hegemony of gender binaries, those whose sexuality doesn’t fit neatly onto a spectrum or within a heteronormative world, and those just too gay for this planet – we’re calling you out of this world and beyond the constraints put against the queer and trans communities. It will be fun. It will be interesting. You will make new friends and reconnect with old. You’ll laugh. You’ll think deeply and feel strongly. Join us for an atmosphere of queer May 5-8 in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation
Mar
31
5:00 pm17:00

Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation

The 2016 WPIRG Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 5pm in the Schlegel Community Education Room 2202 at Conrad Grebel University College. Event page here.

Tentative Agenda:

Annual Report
Audited Financial Statements
Board of Director Elections
By-Law Changes: Motion to increase quorum at future AGMs from 40 to 50 members.
Presentation of the Winter 2016 WPIRG Community Builder Bursary
Presentation of the 2016 WPIRG Social Justice Award

Please submit agenda items by 4pm on March 17th. Members submitting motions are encouraged to consult the WPIRG By-Laws and/or contact alex@wpirg.org if you have any questions or require more information.

Boardof Director Elections:

This year we will be electing up to seven new Board members. The nomination period runs from Wednesday March 9th to Thursday, March 24th, 4pm. Nomination packages and proxy forms are available at www.wpirg.org or in our office.

A Volunteer Appreciation dinner and show will follow the AGM starting at 7pm. More details to be announced shortly.

Individuals with accessibility concerns are asked to contact alex@wpirg.org to let us know how we may meet your needs. 

WPIRG Board Coffee House
Mar
11
1:00 pm13:00

WPIRG Board Coffee House

WPIRG members will be electing a new Board of Directors at our AGM on March 31 (save the date, more details coming shortly). If you're interested or just curious about serving on the Board, we'd like to invite you to break bread with current Board members and find out more about the responsibilities and benefits of serving on the WPIRG Board of Directors. 

Food and refreshments will be provided. 

Individuals with accessibility concerns are asked to contact alex@wpirg.org to let us know how we may meet your needs. Please send questions on here or email alex@wpirg.org.  

Countering Anti-Black Racism Workshop
Feb
29
7:00 pm19:00

Countering Anti-Black Racism Workshop

2C3 ARTS, Wilfrid Laurier University

An event where we can think through how to address racialization and state power and hold ourselves accountable for how we contribute to racial violence.

On social media, #BlackLivesMatter mobilized critiques against the grand jury decisions not to indict officers Darrell Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo. Rallying around the unjust death of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many others, these conversations interrogate the racism endemic to police power, the state, and criminal justice system that sanctify white police officers with impunity while affirming the disposability of Black lives. How might we as students extend, engage, and complicate these viral discussions of anti-black racism? What pedagogical strategies and resources might we collectively share with our peers to analyze and challenge the myriad structures of anti-Black racism?”              

Presented jointly by Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group and Waterloo Public Interest Research Group.   

**Please note that you have to Register for this workshop!**

Feb
26
11:30 am11:30

WPIRG Board of Directors Meeting (bi-weekly)

The WPIRG Board of Directors meets every two weeks on Fridays at 11:30-1:30pm in room #4222 at the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel University College. Members are welcome to attend and observe the meetings.

BLACK LIVES MATTER Cinema Politica
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

BLACK LIVES MATTER Cinema Politica

Featuring two brand new short films about resistance in Ferguson, Missouri:

HANDS UP! and FERGUSON DOCUMENTED: IN 36 HOURS

+ Post-film discussion with a special guest from BLACK LIVES MATTER TORONTO.

Each season, Cinema Politica Waterloo screens three documentaries exploring a political themes. The winter's connecting theme between all films is #BLACKLIVESMATTER and we will be showing films which explore different aspects of anti-Black racism, the criminal (in)justice system, and the inspiring movement combating police brutality in North America (particularly the USA). CP Waterloo invites you to join us at the Princess on February 24 for the event. Please help us spread the word and join us!