Our Current Working Groups

Black Lives Matter YEG

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Edmonton

Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom

Edmonton Organic Growers Guild

Eritrean and Ethiopian Students’ Association

Land Based Research Group

Migrante Alberta Youth

Palestine Solidarity Network

Queer Scouts

Self Advocacy Federation

Shades of Colour

Somali Students’ Association

Black Lives Matter YEG

Working Group Since: Winter 2017

Black Lives Matter – Edmonton & Area is a coalition of Black Edmontonians & allies working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. We are a chapter that is part of the Black Lives Matter movement started in the USA. Our chapter is inclusive and we work hard to make sure everyone has a voice. Our executives were elected by members/the community, and all their decisions will be informed by community wishes. They handle the specific focus areas listed below, and the focus areas were also decided by group consensus at a town hall meeting.

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.)

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.

Edmonton Organic Growers Guild (EOGG)

Working Group Since: Winter 2010

The Edmonton Organic Grower’s Guild (EOGG) loves to grow stuff together. We grow organic produce and encourage learning and eating. We charge no fees and welcome folks from all walks of life.

We:

– Cultivate food 
– Grow niche and culturally specific crops
– Participate in an active lifestyle
– Strengthen each other and our garden
– Augment existing food sources
– Reinvest in the community garden
– Love the university farm.

Eritrean and Ethiopian Students’ Association

Working Group Since: Fall 2018

The Eritrean and Ethiopian Students’ Association is established for the expressed goal of carrying out activities that create and strengthen the unity of Eritrean and Ethiopian students on campus and equally increase awareness about Eritrea and Ethiopia in the larger Edmonton community. We aim to further progress the community by events promoting education and unifying one another thus, leading to a friendly environment as well as increasing success within our community.

Land Based Research Group

Working Group Since: Winter 2019

The Land Based Research Group is focused on amplifying Indigenous ways of knowing and being by creating art that represents experiences of Indigenous people in Edmonton on the topic of connecting with the land. They are currently working on an art exhibition for Edmonton communities.

Migrante Alberta Youth

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.

Queer Scouts

Working Group Since: Winter 2019

Queer Scouts is a prairie-based leadership program for queer and trans youth between the ages of 14 and 24. With a focus on solidarity and intergenerational mentorship, we empower young LGBTQ2S+ leaders with the skills to organize for social justice in their communities.

Queer Scouts is an initiative of the Prairie Youth Radical Organizing School (PYROS), a coalition of social justice, labour, and faith-based organizations that provides young people on the prairies with the tools to challenge injustice in their schools and communities through collective action. The Queer Scout program hosts an annual summer camp for LGBTQ2S+ youth between the ages of 14-24 in late July, and launched it’s cohort leadership program in the Fall of 2018.

Self-Advocacy Federation

Working Group Since: Winter 2019

The Self-Advocacy Federation is an organization comprised of people with disabilities and their allies who get together to discuss the issues facing people with disabilities. We are the leaders of today and tomorrow. We are proud to be who we are. We are an organization that helps people understand their rights and show them how to stand up for themselves.

​We speak up for others and support each other, and solve problems. We also get together to talk and learn from each other, as well as from PDD or guest speakers. We help out in our communities by volunteering and working at jobs. We partner with other groups in the community as well. We choose our own allies. We take any chance we can to educate people about people with Disabilities. 

We are using APIRG Working Group funding to support our short film-making projects. 

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.

Somali Students’ Association 

Working Group Since: Fall 2016

The SSA hopes to create a productive atmosphere in which Somali students at the University can come together and work towards social advancement within the broader Somali community. We aim to further the progress of Edmonton’s Somali community through events that promote both education and unity. We hope that through this work, the Somali community will have a firmer, more solid foundation within Edmonton’s broader community that will inevitably lead to progress.