Current Working Groups Groupes de Travail Actifs
WORKING GROUPS 2016-2017
We are a network that supports Barriere Lake, an Algonquin community four hours north of Montreal, which has been asserting their decisive role in determining what logging and other activities take place on their traditional territories. This means the community being able to continue to practice and protect their way of life and language, and to contest impositions by governments and resource extraction companies. We do campaigning to build support for the community and provide various other forms of assistance to community efforts.
C-UniT (Community-University Talks)
C-UniT is a multidisciplinary collective of students and community members committed to the pursuit of accessible education informed by anti-colonial and critical race discourses. Our mission is to create spaces for dialogue between members of the Montreal Black community and members of the McGill community, in which the diversity of experiences and strengths of Black communities are centered.
Reclaim Turtle Island is an all-Indigenous, anti-colonial,
anti-capitalist, direct action & media collective that focuses on
indigenous sovereignty, tribal self-determination, community
self-defense, land defense and combating resource colonization,
extractive industry and colonial gender violence at its root all
across Turtle Island. We facilitate culturally safe direct action
training by and for Indigenous people. Our work as trainers and land
defenders has taken us to the frontline trenches of the struggle to
protect mother earth. Facilitating space and providing skillshares as
Indigenous trainers at different events in various Indigenous in both
urban and rural communities, including actions, land reclamation’s,
camps and reservations.
8th March Committee of Women of Diverse Origins
We are an alliance of Montreal-based grassroots women’s organizations. Since 2002, we have organized an International Women’s Day march and event that reflects our militant stand and our awareness about the world context and the role of our own struggles and actions. We seek to share our experiences, widen our understanding, and broaden women’s solidarity both locally and globally
The Third Eye Collective is an intergenerational grassroots collective led by female-identified people of Black/African origins dedicated to healing from and organizing against intimate partner violence, state, and institutional violence against us.
The Temporary Agency Workers Association is a workers collective actively engaged in mobilizing temporary agency workers to unite against workplace injustice. TAWA works to end unfair temporary agency practices and ensure quality workplace standards that foster respect, equality, and security for temporary agency worker communities.
Demilitarize McGill is a campaign aiming to interrupt the University’s history of complicity in colonization and imperialist warfare by ending military collaboration at McGill. We are students and community members who use research, popular education and direct action to impede military research at McGill. We strive to be anti-hierarchical, anti-oppressive, and self-critical in our organizing. We welcome new members, new ideas, and any questions you might have!
Lakas-Paggawa (Labour Power)
Exploitation does not stop at permanent residency. The immigration sponsored children of former migrant workers (LCP) are joining the work force in Canada. They have become a new source of cheap labour for the Canadian capitalist class. Where will their future take them as they struggle for the economic well-being of their families? Lakas Pagawa will pool together young Filipino workers and provide them the venue and resources to start the fight back. Social transformation not integration is the fighting call of the day!
Tadamon! (Arabic for “solidarity”), is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond. Tadamon strives for a world in which every human being is free to live and flourish in dignity and justice.
Howl! arts collective is a Montreal-based collective of cultural workers, artists and activists working for social justice via artistic expression.
The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a collectively-run initiative in Montreal, Quebec. We coordinate a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with non-incarcerated members of the same communities.We are always looking for new non-incarcerated folks to become penpals and get involved with organizing the project! If you are interested, please email us.
Solidarity Across Borders
Solidarity Across Borders is a Montreal-based network engaged in the struggle for justice and dignity of immigrants and refugees. We are comprised of migrants, immigrants, refugees and allies, and come together in support of our main demands: the regularization of all non-status people (Status for All!), an end to deportations and detentions, and the abolition of double punishment of migrants with criminal records. We the beginning stages of building a “Solidarity City” campaign – which includes access to all essential services, such as health care and education, for everyone regardless of their immigration status. Some of us have direct experiences with the immigration and refugee system; some of us come from immigrant backgrounds; all of us organize as part of a collective struggle for justice and dignity. For us, there is no such thing as “illegal” human beings, only unjust laws and illegitimate governments. We organize not on the basis of charity, but rather solidarity and mutual aid.
Black and Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance
The Black and Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance is a community-based harm reduction service and resource coordination initiative, by and for the Indigenous and/or Black communities. The alliance provides reflexive harm reduction options with empathy and care, and develops resources, materials, and research on self-determined HIV/AIDS service, care, and support for our communities.
Atelier Céladon is an artist organization that prioritizes the voices and labour of Indigenous and people of colour engaged with shifting ideas of diasporic living. We have no physical home, but have been housed in various locations. All members are accepted and no experience is required. Please see atelierceladon.com for more information.
McGill Student’s Chapter of Independent Jewish Voices
McGill Student’s Chapter of Independent Jewish Voices is a grassroots student initiative. It aims to create solidarity links between non/anti-Zionist Jewish voices and Palestinian human rights groups in Montreal. McGill IJV promotes dialogue surrounding Jewish diasporic resistance to the Israeli occupation, and empowers critical Jewish voices to take solidarity actions, aiming to achieve justice in Palestine.
Accessibilize Montreal! aims to make Montreal a more accessible place in every way: from the mindsets and interactions between Montrealers to the infrastructure that surrounds us. By holding workshops like Why Accessibilize Montreal, and Gender, Disability and Sexuality: Real Talk with Accessibilize Montreal, we challenge mainstream perceptions of disability, and through advocacy and direct action we protest transit and systemic discrimination. Join us in our movement beyond ableism and mutual survival.
Sigaw Ng Bayan
Sigaw ng Bayan is the longest running Filipino radio show in Montreal, airing on Fridays 2PM-3PM at CKUT 90.3 FM. With Filipino student activists starting this project in 1999, Sigaw ng Bayan continues to pride itself with perspectives of culture and grassroots social justice movements within Montreal’s Filipino community.
Skátne ionkwatehiahróntie’ is a youth-led grassroots program dedicated to sharing sexual and reproductive health teachings through a cultural land-based framework and artistic interpretation, geared toward young families, expectant parents, and youth thinking of starting families under the age of 25, including non-biological, non-nuclear as well as two-spirited and LGBTTIQQA caregivers.