Past Working Groups
Islamic Relief at the University of Alberta
Working Group from Fall 2013 – Winter 2019
Founded in August 2013, we are an apolitical/non-partisan student group here at the University of Alberta (as of 2013), dedicated to promoting Islamic Relief Canada’s work of responding to people in need, regardless of religion, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. Our purpose as a student presence, here on campus, is to inspire students to come together and make a difference in the lives of others, through campaigns and fundraisers. We promote respect for/of all. We support the human right to basic resources such as food, water, education, and much more. Through our efforts as students, we strongly promote the notion of restoring others sense of dignity and self-worth, since empowerment goes a very long way in uplifting others. We are registered with SGS (Student Group Services) and APIRG (Alberta Public Interest Research Group). We strongly promote inclusivity, so we are open to everyone, of any background and/or walk of life.
Overall, we are a Chapter of Islamic Relief Canada and therefore we represent their mandate. IR Canada (a Non-Governmental Organization) is an international aid and development charity that strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of colour, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner.
WHAT WE DO?
- As a student group, we promote and contribute to IR Canada, by planning and holding awareness and fundraising events such as Film Screenings/Movie Nights, Poetry Nights, BBQs, Bake Sales, Bottle Drives, Community Collaborations, Tabling at Venues like the Palestinian Bazaar and much more.
- 100% of the profit goes towards helping those in need
Native Studies Course Requirement
Working Group from Winter 2017 – Fall 2018
The NSCR Group is a student led initiative advocating for the implementation of a Native Studies course requirement for all students in undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs at the University of Alberta. We are concerned with not only making space for Indigenous ways of knowing and teaching in the academy, but centering Indigenous perspectives in the delivery of these courses. Not only are these courses important for the education of future settler or immigrant professionals who need to understand past and contemporary relations between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people, and the history of colonization and genocide that is the basis of Canadian history, these courses are important for Indigenous students; the university must work towards an education that is not functioning to assimilate Indigenous students like colonial institutions have done repeatedly in the past, and it is important that campus is a safe place to learn and teach and there are many students holding onto racist attitudes, stereotypes, and narratives that can impact their relations with Indigenous students, visiting lecturers, Elders, and faculty, that could be dispelled through education and relationship building.
Edmonton Muslim Basketball Association (EMBA)
Working Group from Winter 2016 – Fall 2018
The Edmonton Muslim Basketball Association (EMBA) is a non profit organization that will be running basketball leagues and tournaments for young girls in Edmonton.
What we do:
Provide females with a private environment and skill set to excel in the sport of basketball, with the aim of promoting growth in athletic ability.
Promote the practice of Islam through reminders and the organization of activities aimed at addressing the youth with regards to the pursuance of Islam as a complete way of life.
Provide participants with an open and empowering atmosphere where they will be encouraged and supported to achieve their personal goals.
Organize and facilitate various opportunities for our participants to carry out charitable acts which will be of benefit to the community.
Working Group from Fall 2015 – Fall 2018
To provide a space for the performance of spoken word poetry and meeting and mingling of poets’ diverse voices.
In Arms Queer Theatre
Working Group from Winter 2015 – Winter 2016
In Arms is the first queer mandated theatre company in Edmonton. If we allow The Frank Theatre in Vancouver, Third Street Theatre in Calgary, and Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto to model what we hope to achieve, then the transformative power of theatre is evident and cannot be understated. With the intention of expanding beyond the confines of the University, In Arms hopes to serve the broader Edmonton community by nurturing the Edmonton Theatre community with yearly original devised plays as well as professional productions. Further, Drama Based Queer Education programs that work with a variety of groups will enrich our city’s culture of queer theory. The fight against homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and patriarchal power imbalances is rooted in a strong and confident educated stance. Through the use of the arts, In Arms will be another voice telling all its current and prospective citizens that they are welcome in our city.
Working Group from Fall 2014 – Winter 2015
Blue University is a group that brings together students and community members to provide a resource for individuals and student groups seeking to use water more responsibly, and to advocate for environmental justice. We strive to encourage sustainable attitudes towards water practices and usage amongst faculty, staff, and students at the U of A by hosting and promoting “Blue” events and gatherings. We hope to building working relationships with both student and community groups by offering services and information that enables groups to host “bottled water-free” events and encouraging the use and protection of tap water on campus and beyond.
We raise awareness on water issues and our goal is to have the University of Alberta be single-use bottled water free. We were successful in having the City of Edmonton declare March 21 as World Water Day in Edmonton. This furthers the scope of our goal to include the City of Edmonton in our bottled water free initiative.
U of A Council of Canadians’ Water Initiative
Working Group from Fall 2013 – Fall 2014
The U of A Council of Canadians’ Water Initiative is a group that brings together students and community members to provide a resource for individuals and student groups seeking to use water more responsibly, and to advocate for environmental justice. We strive to encourage sustainable attitudes towards water practices and usage amongst faculty, staff, and students at the U of A by hosting and promoting “Blue” events and gatherings We hope to building working relationships with both student and community groups by offering services and information that enables groups to host “bottled water-free” events and encouraging the use and protection of tap water on campus and beyond.
I See Sprouts
Working Group from Fall 2013 – Fall 2014
I See Sprouts is a non-profit program aimed at teaching inner-city and newcomer families about community based food security and sustainability. The program will centre around a child driven approach at teaching students and parents how to make wholesome, local, seasonal, and affordable food. The program hopes to host community kitchens as well as field trips to local farmers markets in the city.
Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network Edmonton (CCRYN-E)
Working Group from Winter 2011 – Winter 2013
Canadian Council For Refugees (CCR)- Youth Network Edmonton is a group of community members and newcomer youth who are concerned about the systematic barriers that newcomers and refugees face. We advocate for immigrant and refugee rights, empower them by working with the community to raise awareness about their issues, and together find ways to address those issues. We are committed to working within an anti-oppression framework where we recognize that people face oppressive experiences because of unequal power related to peoples’ identities and circumstances.
We are part of the CCR Youth Network, a coalition of newcomer youth and allies from across Canada.
Centre for Community Organizing and Popular Education (CCOPE)
Working Group from Winter 2010 – Winter 2013
The Centre for Community Organizing and Popular Education (CCOPE) is a coalition of academics, educators, activists and organizers interested in promoting positive social, political and economic change and building community in the face of global neoliberalism.
Our goal is to establish an authentic space for solidarity, where people with diverse interests, experiences and abilities might exchange ideas, experience, information and resources, and above all rediscover the sustaining ability of true community.
Our focus is on the potential for educating to expose and foster the connections between seemingly disparate issues and provide a site where our actions might manifest as a movement.
CCOPE works to fulfill this by organizing our annual retreat, conducting workshops, providing learning opportunities for our membership, and remaining informed by being embedded in diverse movements and spaces of change-making.
Edmonton Free School – An Autonomous Learning Collective
Working Group from Winter 2012 – Winter 2013
Edmonton Free School creates a time and a space in which to share knowledge, interests, and skills, for everyone and anyone both inside and outside of the university.
We seek to establish horizontal learning practices. At Edmonton Free School classes are proposed by anyone: “I want to learn about feminism and popular culture, or I want to teach about direct action in the workplace”; then, everyone can join the classes through our website, “I want to discuss Godard films too!”; finally, the school provides a meeting space and supplies. Edmonton Free School supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everyone is equal and has an equal capacity to learn.
University of Alberta Women’s Centre Collective
Working Group from Spring 2003 – Winter 2013
The U of A Women’s Centre exists to provide a supportive environment for education, networking and organizing around women-specific issues within the campus community and beyond. It is a space dedicated to community building and activism, supporting women and women-positive groups to connect, dialogue, organize and create around issues and ideas. We offer funding and administrative resources to support groups in carrying out their projects.
Stand With Fort Chipewyan
Working Group from Fall 2009 – Fall 2012
Stand with Fort Chipewyan (SWFC) is a non-partisan, campus advocacy organization based out of the University of Alberta. We are dedicated to raising awareness to the concerns expressed by the people of Fort Chipewyan, as well as lobbying the government to engage in actions to firmly establish the effect of oil sands development on the health of residents.
Cardiovascular Health Advocates, Researchers, and Innovators of Tomorrow (CHARIOT)
Working Group from Fall 2010 – Fall 2011
CHARIOT is a cardiovascular health organization built on the principle of proactive philanthropy. Our goals are to advocate the importance of cardiovascular health, fundraise for cardiovascular health related charities, and to act as a centre for students of the University of Alberta to come together and collaborate towards making a difference in the Edmonton community!
Voices for Choices
Working Group from Fall 2010 – Fall 2011
Voices for Choices is a non-hierarchical, collective group of individuals who are working to establish and promote a pro-choice, sex and queer-positive, as well as woman-friendly presence on and around the University of Alberta campus and the City of Edmonton.
Campus Sustainability Coalition (CSC)
Working Group from Fall 2006 – Fall 2011
Our mission is to transform the University of Alberta into a participating member of a sustainable society. Through a partnership among students, faculty, staff, and community members, we are promoting excellence and leadership in education, innovation, and stewardship to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainability to ensure the health and well-being of present and future generations, both locally and globally. Only by achieving sustainable operations and teachings will the University of Alberta become a world leader and model of a global citizen.
Edmonton Mood Disorder Society
Working Group from Fall 2009 – Fall 2011
It is no secret that there is a lack of community based resources for people dealing with a spectrum of mental health issues; furthermore, those that do exist are often not adequately supported and are underfunded.
We are a mental health peer support group for people with affective disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression. Our meetings offer a confidential and free space to meet other people, exchange ideas and find comfort in crisis. These meetings are the cornerstone of what we do and have been running every Wednesday, from 6-8 pm, for the past 6 years.
The Olive Reading Series
Working Group from Spring 2003 – Spring 2011
Since 2000 poetry lovers in Edmonton, Alberta, have gathered on the second Tuesday of the month from September to April, to enjoy the unique mix of talent and novelty afforded by The Olive Reading Series. The Olive has featured poets from Edmonton and across the country, both brilliant up-and-coming poets and well-established masters. Once our headline poet has read, we open the stage to hear what some of our local talent has brought.
Friends of the Lubicon Alberta (FOLA)
Working Group from Winter 2007 – Winter 2011
FOLA is an advocacy group based out of the University of Alberta. We exist to promote awareness of the plight of the Lubicon and demand compensation for the destruction of Lubicon land and the recognition of the Lubicon’s right to self-government.
Greenpeace on Campus
Working Group from Winter 2009 – Winter 2011
The movie screenings, lectures, and advocacy weeks served to disseminate information and informed students about issues connected to environmental justice. Our goal was to give students information that would help them become more aware of current events and issues facing Albertans that are prohibiting us from ensuring a sustainable future. The awareness campaign and art installations were used to provide space for students to become actively engaged in challenging the destructive and oppressive system that we live in. Our Socially Responsible Investment Campaign provided an opportunity for our group to engage in a campaign targeting the Students’ Union to implement an ethical investment policy. This satisfied our educational and outreach goals, as we were increasing awareness about the tar sands and other environmental and social problems that our Student government was perpetuating by investing in unethical companies. In addition, our members were able to be actively involved in perusing a more just and sustainable world by lobbying the Students’ Union to adjust their policies. Tabling was used to increase volunteer support and engage students in becoming and active and informed citizens.
University of Alberta Council of Canadians
Working Group from Winter 2008 – Winter 2011
The University of Alberta Council of Canadians is a student group, working group of APIRG and chapter of The Council of Canadians. Started with the frustration about the state of our government and hope that change is possible, we take a stand on important political, social, economic, environmental and cultural issues.
COCUA’s focuses include stopping the potential of CETA, the implementation of Water Markets and challenging the destructive Tar Sands. In addition, we would like to raise awareness about the mass arrests during the G8/G20 Summit in Toronto, June 2010. However, our mandate is broad and based off of The Council of Canadians‘ and so our members drive what we do.
Other Past Working Groups
The Active Citizens Television Collective (ACTV)
Democracy at Work Network (DAWN)
Edmonton Film Collective
Immigrant and Refugee Initiative (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, U of A)
Journalists For Human Rights (JHR)
Members of Legal Activist Collective
Iran’s Democratic Movement-Edmonton (SIDME)
Students International Health Association (SIHA)
Members of The Transit Riders’ Union of Edmonton