Workshops for the 2019 Conference are forthcoming; for now, take a look at what we’ve offered in the past!

An Anishinabek Crash Course on History

Join us as we explore the history of Canada through an Indigenous lens. Explore and imagine how First Nations and Settlers can work move towards an inclusive society that honours all of our stories and encourages growth, community, and a better Canada. Enjoy an interactive workshop that encourages thought; followed by a Question and Answer period by all participants.

Workshop Facilitator: Jeffrey Kiyoshk Ross

Jeffrey Kiyoshk Ross is Ojibway Anishinaabe and St. Vincentian who has worked in and with First Nation communities for over 20 years. He has worked as community advocate and activist, teacher, journalist, and trainer in cultural competency (to Settler organizations). He currently works at the First Nation House at the University of Toronto as the Resource Centre Coordinator. His work focuses on bridging understanding and refocusing reconciliation to land and relationships.

Movements Towards Micro-Sustainability: Embroidery

The excess garbage produced in our everyday lives have become a great concern as it moves around the world. The landfills have been growing rapidly, amplifying the effects of greenhouse gases and releasing toxins, and our Earth cannot compensate for more. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have introduced highlighted big major concerns we need to combat,. We can start now, and these  which we can start now, within transformations can begin with our everyday lives. This embroidery workshop is inspired from Goal #12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, which focuses on promoting resource efficiency and sustainable consumption. The aim of this workshop is to teach people simple skills for embroidery so they can incorporate it in their everyday lives to possibly remodel their clothes! Sustainable fashion aims to touch the hearts and minds of people’s creativity, and save our planet at the same time!

Workshop Facilitator: Maimuna Hafiz

Maimuna Hafiz is a 2nd year undergraduate in the Environmental Studies program with a double minor in Economics and Environmental Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her passion for educating people about sustainability is greatly reflected in her work at the Sustainability Office on campus. Maimuna strives to think of everyday tasks in which people can reflect the UNSDG's. With her knowledge on the environment and economics she establishes various perspectives on environmental issues while applying economic and development factors.

Ways to Mobilize your Passion for Activism: Poetry for Development

Identities are built on aspects that may empower or disempower you depending on your historical, social, political, economic, and environmental context. As your grow and learn, you may feel the need to decolonize your identity or recognize your privilege and learn to be an ally. In either case, we seek to understand our identity and it’s positionality in our world throughout our lives. The poet and civil rights activist, Audre Lorde, writes that poetry “is the skeleton architecture of our lives.” With this in mind, the participatory and interactive poetry workshop aims to provide attendees with a platform to share their own experiences with identity. What role does and can identity activism have in moving and changing development policy and practice? What are the consequences of better understanding ourselves?

Workshop Facilitator: Paul Ohonsi

Paul Ohonsi is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist, cinematographer, Performer (graduate of the Watah School theatre program), photographer and video director for RISE Edutainment for the past 5 years. His purpose as an artist is to explore his own humanity and from this perspective, tell authentic stories about the human experience.

Applying the Brakes to Mainstream Development Buzzwords

When you think of development, what words come to your mind? Progress? Alleviating poverty? Equality? Given how publicized development is becoming, superficially, these words may seem neutral or standard. The goal of this workshop is to examine and understand how and why development language is laden with assumptions and power relations and the implications this has on how development policies and knowledge move forward. Within a collaborative and discussion based environment, we hope that you will join us in understanding how, through the simple mechanism of “buzzwords,” certain ideas and concepts are constructed as truths and tenets of development which ultimately work to sustain unequal power relationships.

Workshop Facilitator: Sylvia Bawa

Sylvia Bawa (Ph.D Queen's University) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto, Ontario. She is a global sociologist with interests in postcolonial feminisms, critical development theory and human rights. She researches the ways in which specific structural arrangements impact women’s lives in postcolonial third world countries. With a specific focus on women’s rights and empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa, her work interrogates the ways in which historical forces and events shape current political, economic, cultural and social circumstances whilst highlighting the particular contradictory and paradoxical outcomes they produce at national, global and local levels.