Workshops

Rad Frosh 2016 will feature two blocks of workshops. Each time you will have the choice to attend 1 workshop. See below for the options for each block!

Saturday, September 3rd 11am-1pm:

AIDS: A Radical Perspective

In this workshop I want to open up a long suppressed dialogue about AIDS. I want for us to discuss about how poverty contributes to the development of AIDS, focusing on the problems of urban poverty that define the AIDS paradigm in north america. This is discussion about the oppression of marginalized communities unjustly coerced into situations that threaten not only their well-being – but their very lives.

Bio:

Farin Shore, former stylist and fashion designer, has been living and working in MTL since 1984. A gay activist since his coming out in the 1970’s, farin was hospitalized with AIDS in 2011. He has since left fashion behind and renewed his commitment to activism.


Colouring Outside the Lines: Exploring Our Personal Histories of Race

****This will be a closed workshop for Black, Indigenous, Mixed Race and People of Colour (BIMPOC).***

We are historical beings, still discovering how our stories have shaped our current realities. Arriving in a new place, whether that is a home, a school, or a mindset, can be filled with many opportunities and obligations. Together in this workshop, we seek to create space to engage with the emotions and thoughts that accompany these changes. Happiness, excitement, fear, sadness, and longing can help us better understand who we are and our relationships with the people around us.

We will be using art and discussion to explore what it means to be a racialised person in the context of McGill and North America. The only prior knowledge you need are the experiences you’ve already lived. Participants are welcome to bring their own art supplies! Additional materials will be provided on site.

It can be hard to know whether or not you identify as (BIMPOC)! If you’re not sure if you belong to any of these groups, please feel free to contact the facilitators! <3

Bios:

Emily Yee Clare (they/she):

I’ve always had a complicated relationship with writing bios. Who am I writing for and what am I trying to convey? Anyway, I’m a mixed race femme chilling out in Montreal after a very stressful year. I love collaborating on art projects with and for my communities in Montreal. I’m currently on season 7 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (now that’s something to dissect from an intersectional race perspective, holy shit). emily.clare@mail.mcgill.ca

Nathaniel Philip (he):

I recently realized I can no longer put “Student” as my occupation on official government forms. I am excited to facilitate this workshop that explores emotional relationships with race and being a racialised person, as I am still learning and growing into myself! I’m a poetic person of colour who is currently having some writer’s block but plans to get past it. nathaniel.philip@mail.mcgill.ca


Nestuapuguei (Mi’kmaq: I speak truthfully/wisely)

The goal is to introduce participants to contemporary and historical Indigenous issues through the medium of spoken word. The objective is to open up and maintain a dialogue that will inform participants of these issues so they may be better equipped to hold difficult conversations with other settlers. It will also introduce participants to the art of spoken word and will give the tools to begin composing their own pieces

Bio:  My name is Tiffany Ashoona and I’m Mi’kmaq Metis with my bloodlines in Abeguit. I graduated with joint honors in Ad-hoc Indigenous studies and anthro from Mcgill in June 2015 and wrote my thesis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. I believe in the spring of an Indigenous Language and Art Renaissance and I work hard to live my life by those words, currently learning to speak both Mi’kmaq and Inuktitut to raise my son speaking the languages of all his ancestors and creating poetry and music in these languages to share them with future generations.


Riots and Resistance – An Intro to Prison Abolition Activism

The PCP (Prisoner Correspondence Project)’s workshop will take a look at important prison riots that have shaped the history of prison activism from within and without. Through open discussion, activities and prompting we will determine how participants see prison justice work as being shaped by past events, their response to riots and violence behind bars as a means of resistance and how they can position themselves in solidarity with current and future struggles.

Bio: The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people a part of these same communities outside of prison.


Our forests (lungs), our rivers (veins): Embodied Environmentalism & Self-Care for People of Colour and Allies

Our bodies are the earth, the earth our bodies. The waters, our blood, our blood, the waters.
As people all impacted by colonialism & capitalism in different ways, how can we embody environmentalism in ways that honour the care of our bodies, our communities, our earth? How are caring for our bodies and caring for the earth intimately intertwined? How are active listening and consent with ourselves, one another and with the earth and one another intertwined and what are some strategies for embodying this?

We will explore this through guided reflections and meditations on:

  • the ongoing resistances of indigenous peoples to uphold the sovereignty of lands
  • holistic perspectives on health, healing and balance
  • self care, listening, consent

Facilitator bio coming soon!


Israeli Apartheid 101

This workshop will provide an introduction to Israeli apartheid and how Israeli policies affect Palestinians in Gaza, Israel, the West Bank and the diaspora. Beginning with the Nakba (“the catastrophe” in English) of 1948, which saw the founding of the Israeli state and the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homelands, the workshop will also briefly cover the history of Israeli settler colonialism and the events that lead to the present-day reality of apartheid in Palestine. The workshop will conclude with an overview of how students can act in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and decolonization. This section will emphasize the importance of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns and introduce participants to Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at McGill, and the recently-formed McGill BDS Action Network.

Bio: The workshop will be presented by three members of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at McGill, a non-hierarchical, student-based organisation that advocates on a strong social justice platform to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people in the face of human rights violations and all forms of racism, discrimination, misinformation and misrepresentation. After being inactive for a year, SPHR restarted in the Fall of 2014 and has quickly become one of the most active groups on campus, hosting educational events, including a week of workshops, panels, movie screenings, demonstrations, and cultural events every March for Israeli Apartheid Week (Follow our Facebook page for more information).

Sunday, September 4th 2pm-4pm:

Anarchism 101

Curious about anarchism? Anarchism is an exciting political tradition that at it’s heart is about creating a world free from oppression, domination and authority. This workshop will explore anarchism as both a political trajectory and a contemporary social movement in Montreal and around the world. Want to know more, and get inspired? Come out to this workshop 🙂

Bio: This workshop will be facilitated by two Montreal anarchists.


Class Matters: Tackling Classism at University

Class Matters is a workshop to address the class imbalances that permeate university life and offers participants the opportunity to learn practical skills to fight classist injustice. All welcome.

Bio: I am a white British working class  (so I’m not coming from the same cultural context and I am aware that class works a lot differently in Canada) non binary queer person.I like to use they/them and she/her interchangeably as pronouns.


Guerrilla Gardening and Urban Foraging @ McGill and Beyond

How can we use urban spaces for producing (and foraging!) food. We’ll have the opportunity to discuss ideas and learn techniques about guerrilla gardening, urban agriculture and urban foraging – all while discovering McGill’s diverse edible gardens.

Bio: Christian: I was a McGill student that farmed at campus crops and served (though, mostly ate) food at McGill’s student-run soup kitchen (Midnight Kitchen <3). I am passionate about urban (DIY) interventions and how food/plants can alter our relationship to the city. I currently work with Santropol Roulant, the community organization that runs the production and volunteer opportunities of McGill’s Edible Campus garden.


Intro to Body Positivity

In this workshop we will explore the principles of body positivity and give participants tools to apply it in their daily lives. We will talk through body negative norms and examine the ways that intersecting systems of oppression create a culture that privileges some bodies and types of movement over others. This workshop will also involve group exercises for stress relief, embodied movement and breathing. We will leave the space with body positive goals set for our communities and ourselves.

Bio:

Rae Dooley is a body positive trainer and physiotherapy technology student based in Montréal.

Shannon Herrick is the founder of Queerobics Montreal, and a current masters candidate in kinesiology at McGill University.


Transformative Media with CKUT 90.3FM

In a world where most media serves the interests of corporations and governments, voices become lost and communities divided. Media has to power to monger fear and hate towards entire groups of people. It has the power to construct the good from the bad, the safe from the dangerous, and the innocent from the guilty. This session will look at alternative media as a tool of resistance, with the potential to transform the relations of power maintained through mainstream media. We will go over some of the history of community radio, the role of alternative media today, and introduce some basic journalism skills, such as researching, interviewing, and recording sound. The audio recorded at this workshop will be broadcasted on CKUT 90.3FM, the campus-community radio station at McGill University.

Bio: Radio CKUT 90.3FM is a not-for-profit campus-community radio station at McGill University in Montreal, broadcasting live 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to the greater Montreal area and reaching a radius of 200 km and internationally at www.ckut.ca. CKUT’s mandate is to provide an essential service to those in the Montreal community whose needs are not met by mainstream commercial radio. CKUT functions not only as an alternative to the status quo, but as a viable community resource. As hubs for technological education, social networking, collective mobilization, and political action, CKUT is committed to offering space and opportunities to students for social engagement. Find us on campus at broadcasting live, putting on a music show, organizing a panel discussion, and covering important events, or come by the station for our regularly scheduled station tours to get involved!


Creating Space for Us: Considering Neurodiverisity in University

Are you curious about what neurodiversity- the concept that there are many natural and valuable configurations of the mind- could mean to you? Come join us in learning and discussion surrounding neurodiversity of the human mind, and the Neurodiversity Movement, as we tackle the topic of incorporating the neurodiversity approach into education and academia.

Bio: This workshop is run by Neurodiverse Space, a new SSMU club! This workshop will create space for us to ask, how and why it is important to consider barriers you or others might face.


Know Your Rights 101:

The workshop will begin with a bit of a background on the history of police repression, starting with the condemnation of the SPVM at the UN in 2003; continuing through the stats and mind-blowing numbers of the 2012 student strike, but also some of the legal victories in fighting back against that repression after the fact; the 2015 ‘Printemps 2015’ movement and police violence in the face of that; and finally conclude with a Rights 101 and general ‘How to deal with the SPVM and/or the ticket they gave you’.

Bio: Max Silverman is a McGill graduate, former student movement activist and is currently a lawyer in private practise. He splits his time between working at a community organization, teaching at Concordia University, and running a small practise centred on human rights litigation.