Our Current Working Groups

 

Chinese Diaspora Sharing Circles

Future Creators

Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom

Eritrean and Ethiopian Students’ Association

Indigenous Medical and Dental Students’ Association

Land Based Research Group

Migrante Alberta Youth

Palestine Solidarity Network

Queer Scouts

Sexual Violence Advocacy and Accountability Network (SVAAN)

Self Advocacy Federation

Shades of Colour

YEG The Come Up

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.