APIRG (The Alberta Public Interest Research Group) is an incredible resource based at the University of Alberta. We support student- and community-based research, education and social activism. We provide the administrative, informational and technological resources to help student working groups to transform social concern into effective action.
APIRG is a student-run, student-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and action in the public interest. APIRG exists to provide
students with resources to be active citizens.
Basis of Unity
We believe the way to create positive social change is to provide individuals with the information and tools they need to become active citizens and to participate effectively in their communities.
Statement of Values
APIRG considers an equitable environment to be a part of positive social change. We acknowledge that social change is achievable and see social awareness as a valuable facet of the public interest. We see anti-oppression as a process that acknowledges the existence of systemic oppression (including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and ableism). Through practices and policies, we seek to actively identify, challenge and address oppression wherever it exists, in all its various forms, and to actively encourage opportunities for social awareness and change. Further, we recognize and respect that systems of oppression interact in different ways and affect each person differently.
What Make us Possible
University of Alberta Students’ Dedicated Fees
The Parkland Institute
In 2001 student activists on the University of Alberta campus, with the support of the Parkland Institute, obtained the necessary signatures run a referendum for the creation of a Public Interest Research Group. After winning the referendum with a majority of 67% and a protracted negotiating period with the U of A Student Council, Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) got their funding, opened an office and hired staff. In our first year, APIRG set up an office, a library with online searching and a listserv with a weekly newsletter advising of events on campus. We funded 20 new working groups, hosted several workshops and training sessions, and formed connections and partnerships with other local organizations.
We continue to work towards positive social change on the UofA campus and beyond.