Past Working Groups

Prairie Sage Protectors

Working Group from: Fall 2021- Fall 2022

Prairie Sage Protectors was established in amiskwaciwaskahikan (Edmonton AB) in 2021 by a group of Black, Indigenous and colonized people of colour, new and experienced organizers, who saw a need for a more unified and radical response across the Prairies to the ongoing/escalating oppression of the state and its agents against Indigenous, Black, immigrant, queer, unhoused/displaced, impoverished, and otherwise marginalized people.

Instagram: @prairie.sage.protectors


Eritrean Ethiopian Students’ Association

Working Group from: Fall 2021 – Fall 2022

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

Email: Abêzghi at 


Edmonton Indigenous Poets’ Society

Working Group from Winter 2020 – Winter 2021 and Fall 2021 – Fall 2022

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


Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom (FLIF)

Working Group from: Winter 2011 – 2022

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.



Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Edmonton

Working Group from: Fall 2018 – Fall 2021

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: || Instagram: @cssdpedmonton


Chinese Diaspora Sharing Circles

Working Group from: Fall 2019 – Fall 2020

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 


The Creative Writing Club

Working Group from: Winter 2021 – Winter 2022

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:


Edmonton Natural Hair Show

Working Group from: Winter 2020 – Winter 2021

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:  ||  Instagram: @edmonton_naturalhairshow || Facebook: Edmonton Natural Hair Show

Food Not Bombs

Working Group from: Winter 2020 – Winter 2021

Foot Not Bombs (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

Edmonton Climate Justice Coalition

Working Group from: Winter 2020 – Winter 2021

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.


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:

Black Lives Matter YEG

Working Group from Winter 2017 – Winter 2019

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.

Eritrean and Ethiopian Students’ Association

Working Group from Fall 2018 – Fall 2019

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.


The Hue

Working Group from: Winter 2020 – Winter 2021

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: || website: || facebook: The Hue YEG || instagram: @thehueyeg

Yard Share YEG

Working Group from: Winter 2021 – Winter 2022

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 or find them on Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch and continue learning!

Indigenous Medical and Dental Students’ Association

Working Group from: Fall 2019 – Fall 2021

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.


Migrante Alberta

Working Group from: Winter 2015 – Winter 2021

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


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.


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.


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.


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: || instagram: @migrantealberta


Future Creators

Working Group from Fall 2019 – Fall 2020

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.

Shades of Colour

Working Group from: Fall 2018 – Fall 2020

Shades of Colour is a group co-run and facilitated by Rohan, Nicole and Victoria. SoC hosts 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 ask that this remains a closed space for this community.

They are QTIBPOCs making spaces for other QTIBPOCs who need this safe spaces to breathe. They 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 and 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 from: Winter 2020 – Winter 2021

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

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.


  • 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


Land Based Research Group

Working Group from Winter 2019 – Winter 2020

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.


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.


Queer Scouts

Working Group from Winter 2019 – Winter 2020

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.


Sapling Poet Tree

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.


Self-Advocacy Federation

Working Group from Winter 2019 – Winter 2020

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. 


Somali Students’ Association

Working Group from Fall 2016 – Winter 2019

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.


Sexual Violence Advocacy and Accountability Network (SVAAN)

Working Group from Fall 2019 – Fall 2020

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.


YEG The Come Up

Working Group from Fall 2019 to Fall 2020

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.


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.


Blue University

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)

Amnesty UofA

Consent ED

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)

Kulture Hubs

Members of Legal Activist Collective

Peace Ambassadors

Iran’s Democratic Movement-Edmonton (SIDME)

Students International Health Association (SIHA)

Spark Ed


The Shift

Members of The Transit Riders’ Union of Edmonton