Our Current Working Groups

 

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 

 

The Creative Writing Club

Working Group since: Winter 2021

The Creative Writing Club (CrW) is creating a safe social space and community for student writers at the University of Alberta to explore their shared passion for writing and to uplift student voices. The CrW holds regular meetings, workshops and speaker sessions to promote accountability, learning, and collaboration. The CrW also publish a yearly anthology of stories from across campus.

Learn more at: thecrw.club

 

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

 

 

Edmonton Organic Growers Guild

Working Group from Winter 2010 – Winter 2019 and since Winter 2021

Edmonton Organic Growers Guild (EOGG) is a local volunteer-run urban farming initiative. They grow organic produce, encourage learning and eating, and provide food from their harvest to member volunteers and local food banks. We charge no fees and welcome folks from all walks of life.

Learn more at: eogg.org

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

RootUP

Working Group since: Winter 2021

RootUp is a group of students in Edmonton committed to bringing cultures together and creating a community that helps newcomers, such as immigrants and refugees, feel at home in a new environment while sharing their unique cultural identities with Edmonton’s mosaic.

Learn more at: rootup.org

 

Yard Share YEG

Working Group since: Winter 2021

Yard Share YEG’s program aims to reduce barriers, empower communities, and increase food security through sharing yard space as a unique alternative to community gardens! Yard hosts and gardeners are matched through an online platform and are provided supplies for continuous support. Gardeners grow food in the host’s yard while sharing a small portion of their harvest with the host as an exchange. This collaboration provides the opportunity for those who are food insecure to share space in which to grow food!

Take a look at the Yard Share YEG Toolkit to learn about what yard-sharing can look like in your own neighbourhood!

Visit their website yardshareyeg.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch and continue learning!