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Sustain’Alive

Towards a Resilient Future

Sustain’Alive is now online!

Sustain’alive is a series 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!

Jun
4
Thu
Storytelling for Campaign Organising @ Zoom Webinar
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Storytelling for Campaign Organising @ Zoom Webinar

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. There will be space to tie in experiences during this COVID-19 pandemic into discussions.
Register now!
Facebook Event

We’ll be using Zoom for this workshop.

About the facilitator:

Born in Montreal, Harleen Bhogal 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. Harleen 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, an event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceded 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.

Jun
11
Thu
Settler Colonialism and Climate Justice @ Zoom Webinar
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Settler Colonialism and Climate Justice @ Zoom Webinar

Climate justice is often whitewashed and lacks proper representation and power held in the hands of Indigenous communities, who have always been and continue to be, the frontline of social and environmental justice movements. White and/or settler fragility and the myth of multiculturalism (among many other things) are intimately connected to the injustices faced around the world today. Whether it is social justice or climate justice, coming to terms with our own complicity with compassion and responsibility respectfully, adds understanding in how to shift and impact climate justice organising that works towards decolonisation. This workshop will be part settler education and part conversation of the barriers/fragilities we face and what tools we have when practising allyship and solidarity to Indigenous and/or marginalised communities.
Favebook Event
Reserve your spot

We’ll be using Zoom for this workshop.

About the facilitator:

Dona is a Vietnamese-Chinese femme who is a spoken word artist, arts based facilitator, community organiser and cultural worker. Her practice is inspired by regenerative patterns within nature, the exploration of her ancestry and liminality, stories of resilience and diaspora, and the expansive and evolving work of what it means to decolonise, to heal, to love, and to seek truth, even in the darkest of places. She loves to dance, play, eat ice cream, take care of her plants, and has a skateboard at home she hopes to master one day.

 

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

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceded 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.

Jun
23
Tue
Holistic Activist Communities – Part I @ Zoom Webinar
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Holistic Activist Communities - Part I @ Zoom Webinar

Overall 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 in healthy and transformative ways? Come join us for vibrant discussion about how as individuals and as movements we’re mending fractures and building interdependencies. This two session workshop will dive into theory and practice around building strong and healthy movement ecosystems, and creating cultures of emergence and nurturance in pursuit of decolonial ends.

We’ll be using Zoom for this event.

This workshop is split in 2 stand-alone sessions (you don’t have to attend both, although that’d be best) :

Session one (this one):

Let’s take this moment of the covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to gather online and think together about what is working and what is not working in the movements we are part of and about how we can build stronger, more resilient, more powerfully transformative social movements, Jen Gobby will share what she has been learning through her research and activism about strengthening movements and she will facilitate a conversation to draw out the insight and reflections from participants about what it’s going to take to transform systems in these times of multiple, converging crises.

Session two (link here):

Building off of session one, we’ll dive into some conceptual frameworks that embody the ecological principles we strive for in building resilient, sustainable, and transformative movements. Wanting to ground us in the pursuit of decolonization, Brett Cox will share what he’s learned through his research and activism about nurturance culture, solidarity economy organizing, and emergent strategy as explored by Adrienne Maree Brown, facilitating a conversation on how we can see these frameworks in our movements, and critically, as a settler, how these frameworks relate to and help push for decolonial ends that puts land back in the same conversation as climate justice.

 

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, an event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

——

Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceded 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.

 

Jun
30
Tue
Holistic Activist Communities – Part II @ Zoom Webinar
Jun 30 all day
Holistic Activist Communities - Part II @ Zoom Webinar

Overall 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 in healthy and transformative ways? Come join us for vibrant discussion about how as individuals and as movements we’re mending fractures and building interdependencies. This two session workshop will dive into theory and practice around building strong and healthy movement ecosystems, and creating cultures of emergence and nurturance in pursuit of decolonial ends.

We’ll be using Zoom for this event.

This workshop is split in 2 stand-alone sessions (you don’t have to attend both, although that’d be best) :

Session one (link here):

Let’s take this moment of the covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to gather online and think together about what is working and what is not working in the movements we are part of and about how we can build stronger, more resilient, more powerfully transformative social movements, Jen Gobby will share what she has been learning through her research and activism about strengthening movements and she will facilitate a conversation to draw out the insight and reflections from participants about what it’s going to take to transform systems in these times of multiple, converging crises.

Session two (this one):

Building off of session one, we’ll dive into some conceptual frameworks that embody the ecological principles we strive for in building resilient, sustainable, and transformative movements. Wanting to ground us in the pursuit of decolonization, Brett Cox will share what he’s learned through his research and activism about nurturance culture, solidarity economy organizing, and emergent strategy as explored by Adrienne Maree Brown, facilitating a conversation on how we can see these frameworks in our movements, and critically, as a settler, how these frameworks relate to and help push for decolonial ends that puts land back in the same conversation as climate justice.

 

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.

 

——

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

——

Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceded 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.