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Hey folks,

In accordance with the government and Concordia University’s directives to stop the propagation of the COVID-19 virus, we unfortunately need to postpone or cancel all of our events planned for March and April. That includes our Sustain’Alive Event Week and the Sustainability Mixer.

Please stay tuned, as we might be able to have these events at a later date!

Your pals at Sustainable Concordia

Salut tout le monde,

Suite aux annonces du gouvernement Québécois et celle de l’Université Concordia au sujet du virus COVID-19, nous devons malheureusement reporter ou annuler nos événements prévus pour les mois de mars et avril. Cela inclut notre semaine d’événements Sustain’Alive, ainsi que le Sustainability Mixer.

Restez à l’affut, car ces événements auront peut-être lieu plus tard!

Vos ami.e.s de Concordia Durable

 

Sustain’Alive

Towards a Resilient Future

March 30th – April 3rd

Sustain’alive is a week of free events and gatherings in Montreal which seeks to carve a space to ignite and develop theoretical and practical skills for grassroots organizing.

How does the way we converse with one another impact the world we live in?

How can we build more resilient and sustainable social movements without burning out?

How can we use storytelling to reclaim narratives that have been silenced and marginalized?

How the heck does a megaphone work?
 

Whether you’re an experienced activist, you’ve felt the call towards action recently, or you’ve wandered from activism and need a gentle pull back in, Sustain’Alive provides the space and resources to connect, create, and co-conspire for a more humane future. As residents of this planet, we are faced every day with new evidence that we’re heading towards uncharted territory. Changes are needed in the way we talk about and value resources in order to avert disaster. Sustain’Alive takes this as an opportunity to fall back into the inherent interdependence we have with other humans, non-human animals, other living things, and the very planet we live on.

This is an opportunity to ready our communities to fight back, resist extinction, and form the bonds we need to get us through the end of this, to whatever comes next.

Let’s get future ready!

Without further ado, here’s the event schedule:
Check back often, as new events might be added!

Mar
30
Mon
Ecological Grief Circle @ Meditation room, Concordia Multi-faith & Spirituality Centre
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Ecological Grief Circle @ Meditation room, Concordia Multi-faith & Spirituality Centre

Come join us for a circle to share fears, anxieties, grief and other related feelings regarding climate change and socio-environmental harm. Climate change is inseparable from colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, and other forms of oppression, so discussion of climate change’s connected social harm is also welcome to this space.
Reserve your spot
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Our intentions in holding this space are: to speak from the heart, listen from the heart, and share spontaneously. When we are in a circle, what we share does not fall on any single person’s shoulders to bear- instead, it is held in the circle, witnessed, and given opportunity for release. Circles are open to everyone, a talking piece is used so that everyone gets a chance to share.

Facilitator:
Anya (they/she) is a Ukrainian queer, whose work is in facilitating urban agriculture gardens and workshops. They are a graduate of Environmental studies at McGill, and are very passionate about DIY ethics, skillshares, and building community. They are also a vipassana meditator of 3 years.

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, a weeklong event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceeded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

Storytelling for Campaign Organising @ Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, LB-1019
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Storytelling for Campaign Organising @ Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, LB-1019

Interested in learning how you can incorporate storytelling into your campaign strategy?
This workshop will explore the power of storytelling as a tool for community-building and creating transformative social change. We will be discussing the basics of organizing, how and why we tell stories, and how to use storytelling as a way of reclaiming narratives that have been silenced, erased and marginalized. We will end with a story circle to demonstrate the power of storytelling in creating connection and solidarity.
Register now!
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Facilitator:
Born in Montreal, Har Leen is a South Asian writer, artist and educator, whose practice is entrenched in feminist and anti-racist principles and community-building approaches. As an educator, she uses arts-based approaches, ranging from visual arts to spoken word, to facilitate grassroots youth programming. Har Leen understands that artistic self-expression in safe and loving settings can become a catalyst for collective healing and inducing transformative change, and is dedicated to creating these spaces in her community. Today, as she writes her book of poetry, she remains thankful to be part of the beautiful connection that often accompanies the sharing of our vulnerabilities, and is awestruck by the magic that continues to surround her in her world of joy and madness.

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, a weeklong event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceeded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

Mar
31
Tue
Sound Tech for Activists @ TBD
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sound Tech for Activists @ TBD

Do you feel muffled? Are microphones causing you pain? Are your events meek and your mobilization unnoticed? Does remembering the difference between an XLR an 1/4 inch jack haunt your dreams?
Come to Sound Tech for Activists!
Register now!
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We’ll be covering the use and care of equipment including microphones, PAs, speakers, chords, and more, as well as the cheapest ways to get it. Get feedback, not feedback!

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, a weeklong event series centered on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceeded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

Decolonizing the Climate Justice Movement @ SPCA Basement
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Decolonizing the Climate Justice Movement @ SPCA Basement

Indigenous people have always been at the frontlines of movements for social and environmental justice, and yet, too often we see the whitewashing of climate justice organizing involving lack of respect for Indigenous people and their resistance and fight for the climate and for their self-determination. White fragility, settler identity and the myth of multiculturalism are intimately connected to climate injustice. Fighting for Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty is climate justice. This session seeks to open a space for a deep discussion about decolonizing climate justice organizing, and why decolonization must be at the forefront of movements for social and environmental justice.
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Reserve your spot

About the facilitator:
Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national Indigenous youth-led charity empowering youth to shape the future of truth and reconciliation in this country.
CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs.

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, a weeklong event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceeded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

Apr
2
Thu
Holistic Activist Communities @ SCPA Basement
Apr 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Holistic Activist Communities @ SCPA Basement

Goal: To think together through the aspiration of holistic activist communities
What does it take to keep our activist communities from burning out? What practices are needed to sustain our movements? Come join us for a vibrant discussion about how as individuals and as movements we’re mending fractures and building interdependencies. This workshop will dive into theory and practice around building strong and healthy movement ecosystems, and creating cultures of emergence and nurturance.
Reserve your spot!
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Facilitators Bio:

Jen Gobby recently completed her PhD at McGill as part of the Economics for the Anthropocene partnership and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Concordia. She organizes with Climate Justice Montreal and has spent the last 5 years doing research with the climate justice, anti-pipeline and Indigenous land defense movements to think together about how we can build more powerful movements towards decolonizing and decarbonizing Canada. She is the founder of the MudGirls Natural Building Collective, did a term in office on the local government, lived-off-the- grid for a decade and did a stint traveling with a sustainability-themed circus troupe! Her book More Powerful Together: Conversations with Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders is coming out in May 2020 published by Fernwood Press.

Brett Cox is a settler originally from so called ‘Brantford, Ontario’, passionate about reconciliaction, climate justice, and finding ways to foster cultural disillusioning amongst the status quo. After finishing a masters’ in globalization at McMaster in the summer of 2018, Brett made his way to so called ‘Montreal’ to pursue a graduate diploma in community economic development at Concordia. Completing his graduate diploma in August 2019, he now works as the internal coordinator for Sustainable Concordia, helping to manifest a sustainable culture at Concordia and beyond, in all the beautiful and intersectional ways sustainability is embodied.

 

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, a weeklong event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceeded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

 

Apr
3
Fri
Sustainability Mixer – Winter 2020 @ The Hive Café
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sustainability Mixer - Winter 2020 @ The Hive Café

Come meet, learn and talk about all the different sustainable goings-on at Concordia!
The Sustainability Mixer is an opportunity to get to know and become involved with established and emerging sustainability initiatives taking place on and around campus.
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Groups from a variety of angles of sustainability, be it social, economic or environmental, will be there to represent and discuss their work.

This event is a great opportunity to network around food and drinks and engage with the wide field of sustainability!

Join us from 6pm to 9:30pm on April 3rd, for an evening full of lively discussion, as well as complementary food and drinks!