Brock hosts fifth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum April 9

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Brock hosts fifth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum April 9

Published on April 06 2011


On Saturday, April 9, the Social Justice and Equity Studies program at Brock will host the fifth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Pond Inlet and various other locations at the University. This full-day event is free and open to everyone.

This annual event is an open forum for individuals and groups working for social change in Niagara to connect with and interact with one another.

“Last year, we attracted more than 170 participants, which is more than double the number of people we had out to our first forum in 2007,” says Margot Francis, assistant professor, Sociology, and member of the Forum’s organizing committee. “Building on the success of last year’s Forum and responding to feedback we’ve received, this year’s program looks to incorporate more workshops and art-based activism into the day’s agenda.”

The Forum begins at 9 a.m., and there are 18 workshops taking place over four concurrent sessions throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workshop topics include animal rights, the environment, health care, migrant workers, religion and social media, just to name a few.

The event will also feature numerous info tables and an art space set up in Pond Inlet throughout the day, a lunchtime walk along the Niagara escarpment and a performance by the Niagara-based WomEnchant women’s choir in Pond Inlet at 4 p.m.

A screening of the documentary Reel Injun will also take place at oneforthyfive Gallery in downtown St. Catharines (145 King St.) at 6:30 p.m. The film by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.

The annual Niagara Social Justice Forum at Brock University provides a dynamic space for dialogue and learning. It invites diverse groups to mount self-organized activities in a common space in their own ways and on their own terms, but within a shared commitment to social justice broadly understood. Self-organized individuals and groups responded to an open call for proposals and put the day’s program together.

The Niagara Social Justice Forum features a free vegan lunch, and drinking water and dishes will be provided. Vegan food, provided by Rise Above Bakery, will also be available at the downtown screening of Reel Injun.

The Forum is fully accessible (wheelchairs, sign language) and childcare services are available on-site. Please register before April 1 for sign language and childcare services.

To register for sign language and childcare services: socialjustice.nf@gmail.com

2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum