Our Current Working Groups

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Edmonton

Chinese Diaspora Sharing Circles

Comedy Players’ Clvb

Future Creators

Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom

Edmonton Climate Justice Coalition

Edmonton Natural Hair Show

El-Tawhid

Food Not Bombs Edmonton

Indigenous Medical and Dental Students’ Association

Indigenous Poets’ Society

Land Based Research Group

Migrante Alberta Youth

Palestine Solidarity Network

Sexual Violence Advocacy and Accountability Network (SVAAN)

Shades of Colour

South Sudanese Youth of Edmonton

The Hue

YEG The Come Up

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Edmonton

Working Group since: Fall 2018

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a grassroots network comprised of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact our drug policies have on individuals and communities. We consider problematic drug use in society primarily a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue, and we advocate for appropriate responses to reduce and prevent harm from drug use. We mobilize our members to participate in the political process at all levels, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while combating counterproductive drug policies, particularly those that directly harm young people. CSSDP works alongside other organizations and campaigns to support harm reduction, evidence-based legislation, and drug policy reform on local, national and international levels. (Description taken from the CSSDP website.)

 

Chinese Diaspora Sharing Circles

Working Group since: Fall 2019

Chinese Diaspora Sharing Circle is a monthly, open, inclusive dialogue for overseas Chinese people to safely share their opinions regarding cultural identity, social issues and their life in Canada. Aimed primarily for and organized by youth (15-35), our sharing circles try to fight lateral violence by learning about and supporting each other in our often fractured diasporic Chinese groups in Edmonton.

 

Future Creators

Working Group since: Fall 2019

Future Creators is a technology mentorship initiative that works with students from grades 7-12 to create their own technology projects with arduinos, 3D printing technologies and coding applications. We consist of undergraduate students from engineering and computer science. We strive to share our technical knowledge and skills to inspire youth in technology and design through our mentorship programming. Through our school partnerships, we are able to host free tutorial workshops in schools and find students interested in joining technology mentorship.

 

Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom (FLIF)

Working Group since: Winter 2011

We are a group of Library and Information Studies students who are interested in promoting intellectual freedom and social responsibility. We believe that issues concerning censorship, freedom of expression, and social justice go hand-in- hand, and hope that through information updates and direct action, we will be able to emphasize the importance of intellectual freedom and social responsibility in the personal and professional lives of our readers and our communities.

 

Indigenous Medical and Dental Students’ Association

Working Group since: Fall 2019

The Indigenous Medical and Dental Students’ Association is a group consisting of Indigenous students in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. The group’s purpose is to identify, represent, encourage and advocate for the needs of current and future Indigenous healthcare professionals and students that are grounded in our respective traditions and teachings.

 

Migrante Alberta

Working Group since: Winter 2015

Through RWAC, we receive complaints, issues of migrants and immigrant Filipinos in Alberta. We provide various assistances from filling up forms, filing complaints and helping migrants in distress

  • EDUCATION and RESEARCH

We have an education module called “Paaralang Migrante” or migrant school. It includes Know Your Rights training, History of Filipino Migration, Step-by-Step Organizing, Leadership and Collective Building. Our members also have access to UFCW’s web based skill courses.

  • CAMPAIGN and ADVOCACY

We bring public attention to the plight of migrants and precarious workers through different avenues with the aim of getting broad public support and pro-migrant public awareness that has a vision for change.

  • NETWORK and LOBBYING

We continue to build relationships and broad network of advocates to promote strong support for all migrant workers. Our allies include labour unions, grassroots migrant organizations, women organizations and workers organizations. We also conduct dialogue and seek audience with concerned government agencies (both in Canada and in the Philippines) to discuss migrant policies and legislations.

  • INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Through our umbrella organization, we uphold harmonious cooperation among migrant association around the world. Migrante is an active member of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) as well as the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS).

 

Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN)

Working Group since: Fall 2009

The Palestine Solidarity Network is a non-profit, grassroots collective aimed at advocating for and upholding the human rights of Palestinians in the face of ongoing oppression, occupation, racism, and discrimination, both in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora. We maintain groups at both the community level, the Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton, and on the University of Alberta campus, the Palestine Solidarity Network – U of A.

 

 

Sexual Violence Advocacy and Accountability Network (SVAAN)

Working Group since: Fall 2019

The Sexual Violence Advocacy and Accountability Network (SVAAN) commits to ending sexual violence in the hospitality and arts industries and the shared communities of our membership through survivor-centered restorative justice.

 

Shades of Colour

Working Group since: Fall 2018

Shades of Colour is a group co-run and facilitated by Rohan, Nicole and Victoria. We host meet-ups (roughly) every two weeks at various locations and cafes around the city for QTBIPOCs (Queer and Trans, Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) and we ask that this remains a closed space for this community.

We are QTIBPOCs making spaces for other QTIBPOCs who need this safe spaces to breathe. We hope that this will help to fill the gaps within community that affirm our experiences and identity and move towards strengthening healthy multi-generational relationships that are needed.
We strive to provide ongoing support for individuals who are struggling with their experiences and identities, and facilitate open and honest discussions.

 

YEG The Come Up

Working Group since: Fall 2019

As the youth collective of the Africa Centre, The Come Up has been working towards building and supporting a hub of African and Caribbean communities in Edmonton since 2013. Our collective comes together to create and strategize community-based solutions to issues and challenges relevant to our experiences. Overall, our mission aims to encourage individual and collective empowerment from within our communities.