Our Current Working Groups

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Edmonton

Chinese Diaspora Sharing Circles

Food Not Bombs Edmonton

Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom

Edmonton Climate Justice Coalition

Edmonton Natural Hair Show

El-Tawhid

Indigenous Medical and Dental Students’ Association

Indigenous Poets’ Society

Migrante Alberta

Level 7

Palestine Solidarity Network

Shades of Colour

South Sudanese Youth of Edmonton

The Hue

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.)

Email: edmonton@cssdp.org || Instagram: @cssdpedmonton

 

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.

Email: Meghan at mmtsang@ualberta.ca

Edmonton Climate Justice Coalition

Working Group since: Winter 2020

Around Edmonton there are numerous groups involved in climate action related activities. We seek to provide a space for coalition building, skill sharing, and community building between those groups. Current members of the working group include Extinction Rebellion Edmonton, Climate Justice Edmonton, and the Alberta Environmental Network.

 

Edmonton Natural Hair Show

Working Group since: Winter 2020

The Edmonton Natural Hair Show (ENHS) inspires people of all ages to embrace their natural hair as part of what makes them uniquely beautiful — a hair type that society often frowns upon.The show builds and strengthens the natural hair community in Edmonton and surrounding areas through events and activities. We provide tools and resources for women, girls, and men to care for their coily kinky curly loose or loc’d hair from businesses and individuals in the industry, such as natural hair specialists, salons, independent hair stylists, and natural hair bloggers/enthusiasts/DIY-ers/social media influencers. Everyone is welcome to our events and activities regardless of their racial background!

Website: http://www.edmontonnaturalhairshow.com/  ||  Instagram: @edmonton_naturalhairshow || Facebook: Edmonton Natural Hair Show

 

El – Tawhid

Working Group since: Winter 2020

El-Tawhid in partnership with The Muslim Feminist Collective are striving to uphold the values of speaking truth to power, acting against injustice, and living in relationship to the land at the core of Islam. MFC amplifies the voices of those who are doing justice work and offers a condemnation of injustice from an Islamic doctrinal and historical perspective. El-Tawhid strives to offer an inclusive space to pray and practice justice centered Islam with a community invested in dismantling systems of oppression. This space centers and exists for those whose identities exist at the margins of mainstream Islam including BIPoC and LGBTQ+ Muslims. Both virtual and physical spaces serve to hold Muslims, including ourselves, accountable to dismantling racism and patriarchy within ourselves, our communities, and social systems.

Facebook: Muslim Feminist Collective of Edmonton || Email: eltawhidyeg@gmail.com

 

Food Not Bombs

Working Group since: Winter 2020

FNB is an organization dedicated to feeding our communities and pushing for a better society where homelessness and poverty are things of the past. We provide hot meals for community members experiencing homelessness and groceries for low-income people as well as participating in the local political sphere.

Instagram: @foodnotbombs_yeg

 

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.

Website: https://flifualberta.wordpress.com

 

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.

 

Indigenous Poets’ Society

Working Group since: Winter 2020

As of January 2019, Edmonton has become home to the second chapter of the Indigenous Poets Society. The original collective was founded in Saskatoon in 2012 by Kevin Wesaquate. Our goal is to help promote healing, growth, leadership, connection, and resiliency through poetry. We hope to come together not only to discuss our social struggles, but to heal by celebrating our connections with land, culture, history and identity. We hope to provide a space where Indigenous poets can feel heard and understood by their own people and sometimes allies. We are also here to support new poets who wish to branch out and share their words with the rest of the world. Poets of all levels, styles, and ages are welcome.

facebook: Edmonton Indigenous Poets’ Society

 

Level 7

Working Group since: Fall 2020

Level 7 is a student-led group focused on innovative recycling business. The members, consisting of students and engineering professors, share a passion for leading change in the global plastic crisis through action, education, and research.

 

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).

Website: https://www.migrantealberta.ca/ || instagram: @migrantealberta

 

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.

facebook: Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton || email: psnedmonton@gmail.com

 

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.

facebook: Shades of Colour Community YEG || instagram: @shadesofcolouryeg

South Sudanese Youth of Edmonton

Working Group since: Winter 2020

The South Sudanese Youth of Edmonton (SSYEG) is a group that is aspiring to connect and empower South Sudanese youth (SSY) across the Edmonton region. By engaging youth in a series of workshops, events and volunteer opportunities. In addition SSYEG focuses on the integration of newcomers into Canadian society and assists in maintaining their unique ethnic heritage and culture. Furthermore, SSYEG strives to connect Edmonton based SSY to other active SSY groups across the country.

Facebook: South Sudanese Youth of Edmonton- SSYEG || Instagram: @ssyedmonton

 

The Hue

Working Group since: Winter 2020

The Hue is your QTBIPOC+ Community Hub. Building community and advocating for QTBIPOC+ inclusion, accessibility, and safety in Edmonton. We host events and workshops, and maintain a community calendar of events by and for QTBIPOC in Edmonton!

email: thehueyeg@gmail.com || website: thehueyeg.com || facebook: The Hue YEG || instagram: @thehueyeg