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Edmonton Events – July!

Hey feminists!!

Here is some cool stuff happening in the lovely Edmonton:

 

This weekend is the 2013 Healing Walk through the tar sands!! July 5th – 7th!

There is still time to gooo!!

The Healing Walk was born out of a need to heal. The Healing walk is not a rally, march or protest, but an acknowledgement of the people and other living beings, the water, the land and the air, that is suffering due to our unhealthy energy addictions.

This years Healing walk will be on July 5th and 6th 2013. There is a lot of significance being the fourth year of the Healing Walk and the Indigenous people have many teachings around this and say that there is 4 to everything we do, some being; 4 directions, 4 seasons, 4 parts to our lives (spiritual, physical, mental and emotional). This year’s walk has a lot of meaning to us and will be a special experience for all who will be attending. To see last year’s Healing Walk, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay9L6Sn28_8

Confirmed attending as guest speakers: Wab Kinew, Tantoo Cardinal, Sylvia McAdam, Bill McKibbon (founder of 350.org), Naomi Klein, Francois Paulette and former Dene Grand Chief Sam Gargon!

There will be sessions on Friday during the day; some of the session will be on solar energy, traditional foods and others.

Schedule of Events: The dates for the Healing Walk are July 5 & 6, 2013.

FRIDAY, JULY 5
12pm: Meet and Greet, Workshops

SATURDAY, JULY 6:
9am: Pipe Ceremony at Crane Lake Park
10am: Healing Walk
6pm: Feast and Closing Ceremony

We have booked a campsite at Indian Beach near Anzac for the event. Please bring your own camping gear and food. We will provide some dinner on the 5 & 6 and snacks during the walk but otherwise you will be responsible for your own meals. If you require a billet (reserved for elders or those with disabilities) please contact us here. We want to make sure the Healing Walk is a powerful experience for everyone and that means making sure we have enough food, supplies, and accommodations for everyone.

Please take the time to register. It will help us a lot! http://www.healingwalk.org/register

Background:
The Healing Walk started in 2010 in Fort McMurray Alberta, which is located in the Northern Boreal Forest. Fort McMurray is in Treaty 8 where for the past 50 years there has been oil extraction. Initially the extraction was oil, it is now crude which is a much heavier form of oil and takes more energy and water to extract, making it one if the dirtiest oils on the planet. The closest major river that runs through Fort McMurray is the Athabasca River. The Athabasca River starts in Jasper and runs through communities such as Fort McKay, Fort Chipewyan and Fort Smith and eventually drains into the Artic Basin. It virtually affects Treaty 7, 6, 8 and 11 directly. As the demand for tar sands oil continues to grow, more natural resources closest to these projects are being exhausted and contaminated with many toxics that are directly affecting and jeopardizing human health, health of other and all living beings, water, land and air. Some scientists have classified the tar sands as the most destructive project on the planet. Many groups and grassroots people have been actively engaged in education on different levels to inform the public and promote healthier progression, including diversity of economy, to include a strong market in alternative and more sustainable options, like solar energy. Solar being a much less destructive option. The Healing Walk is sponsored by the Keepers of the Athabasca. Keepers of the Athabasca is a collection of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, environmental groups, and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land and air, and thus for all living things today and tomorrow in the Athabasca River Watershed.

Also another great event:
A Queer Summer Night’s Dream taking place July 20th.

Queersummer Night’s Dream is a variety show/cabaret-style event with a little bit of dance, drag, music, installation, poetry, and, of course, mood lighting!

Queersummer’s Night’s Dream is hosted/organized by Queer Royale (a gender performance troupe) and funded by APIRG (Alberta Public Interest Research Group) and the EAC (Edmonton Arts Council/City of Edmonton).

When: July 20th, 2013
Doors: 6pm
Show: 7pm

Where: St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 11725 93 St NW, Edmonton, AB. Venue is physically accessible, including washrooms. QR is working with NICA Consolidated for English ASL Interpretation and will have 3 interpreters present for the event.

Costs: NO ONE TURNED AWAY, suggested donation $5-$10
This is a licensed event 18+

As modeled after the Great Bard’s tale (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare) the theme of the evening is all about dream-states, unexpected couplings, trickery, and transformations.

Our intentions are to showcase art and performance from QTTPLGB (Queer, trans*, pansexual, two-spirt, lesbian, gay, and bisexual) communities and our allies and invite connection, collaboration and conversation among folks from all aspects of the community.

Together with you we would like to create safe(r) performance spaces that are intended to be cooperative, consensual, accessible, and entertaining. We want to invite people to have some good old fashion (and more inclusive) FUN!

Contact info: queerroyale@gmail.com

Also the Gender based violence prevention project is looking for Zine submissions!

Hey community! The Gender Based Violence Prevention Project needs your help in creating a resource for queer/gender-variant/LGBTTQA* community members to improve access to supports and services on campus and in our city.

GBVPP is creating a safer sex package for all First Year students at Orientation this year and we really wanted to create a Pink Pages zine. The Pink Pages zine would identify resources, supports, services, and events in Edmonton that foster queer community and support inclusivity. We will also have a specific section in the zine that will focus on inclusive gender based violence supports and services.

Please include in your submission: Name of service, address/location, contact info, office hours, rates (sliding scale), event dates, etc. and any other info that you think is important. Also please include how your service, events etc. are inclusive to queer/gender-variant/LGBTTQA* community members’ identified folks!

If you don’t have a resource or service in mind, but want to contribute art/stories/poems to the zine please do! (Think about what you might have wanted to hear as a First Year student at the University or as someone who is looking for a supportive community/service)

Please submit your contributions by July 15, 2013 to melanie.alexander@su.ualberta.ca or give us a call at 780.492.4949.

News: Global Maternal Healthy, Living Without Money, and Youth Activism Against Enbridge

-Check out this fact sheet on global maternal health.

So cool:

Sixty-nine-year-old German Heidemarie Schwermer never thought she could go so long without money, but what begun as a 12-month experiment became a unique lifestyle 15 years ago.

…Instead, since 1996, she has lived by a unique scheme of swaps and barters she says has held her in good stead. Not a religious ascetic or a commune dweller, Schwermer is an urbanite living in the heart of a materialistic society and says she has no plans to go back to the world of euros and cents.

“Giving up money gave me quality of life, inner wealth and freedom,” she says.

-A ten-year-old Aboriginal girl is standing up to Enbridge and their pipelines.

Feminist Activism: Being Proud of Yourself!

Over at Feministe, there’s a post up about the importance of praising yourself and being proud of the things you like about yourself and do well.

But if I think about it, expressing shame or guilt — while honest and I think even important (we can’t deal with something until we admit to ourselves that it’s a problem. Hello, daughter of the 12 Step Programs here!) — is hardly revolutionary. In fact, it’s kind of part-and-parcel of the Judeo-Christian (I cannot believe I just used that term) worldview, and — even more problematically — part-and-parcel of Western social norms and mores for women. We talk about what we’re doing wrong all the time, frankly.

What would be revolutionary, perhaps, would be to talk about what we do right.

As part of this exercise, the author mentioned her awesome parenting skills. Which are so awesome I’m sharing them as well:

I am raising my children to be aware, thinking feminists. Our family talks all the time — at the dinner table, in the car, while watching TV — about how the world treats people, what society’s expectations are, and whether or not those expectations are fair or just or even reflective of the reality that we see around us — and the husband and I see the fruits of this labor all the time.

For instance #1: The girl recently complained that a very cool construction toy she’d gotten for her 8th birthday had no pictures of girls on the box, and when she found one on the instructions, she noted, with sarcasm positively dripping from her voice, that the model had built a princess crown “because all girls ever do are princess things.” For instance #2: The boy prepared this speech in honor of Martin Luther King last year for school (when he was all of 11), writing: “I have a dream that one day no one in this world will be able to push you down, regardless of any stereotypes. I have a dream that in all 50 states Muslim Boys and Muslim Girls and homosexual boys and homosexual girls and rich boys and rich girls and poor boys and poor girls and all of the boys and girls of America will join together and nothing in the world will be able to stop them.”

It matters that our girls and boys grow up to be feminist adults, but it also matters that they be feminist children. We need only look at schoolyard bullies to see the impact that children can have on people’s lives — loving, caring, egalitarian-minded children can help heal the world. And of course as their parents, it matters very deeply to us that the boy and the girl gain the tools they’ll need to shake off the world’s damaging messages. I am proud of the way that I am raising my children.

Women’s resistance in prison

Our feature today is an interview with activist, author and mother, Vikki Law.

Law was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair. Her book, Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women, tells the stories of women organizing in prisons. She publishes the zine, Tenacious: Art and Writing from Women in Prison.

We spoke with Law late last year about another project, Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, which works to teach non-parent activists how to be allies.

To learn more about the GELA Prison Project, check out the blog!

Please note, while the project is grateful for donations, the library is very small. Please let the Wish List guide  any donations.

The Prisoner Correspondence Project coordinates communication between inmates who are gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer and other members of those communities in Canada and the United States.

The list of facts on incarcerated women in Canada was complied from information from the Elizabeth Fry Society of Canada.

Men and Feminism

Sometimes the role of men in feminism isn’t addressed in the feminist community. After we had some awesome male callers on our show we were inspired to address this subject. Stay tuned for an upcoming show about men and feminism on Adamant Eve. In the meantime all the male feminists out there, we want to know what feminism means to you! Leave a comment and let us know what you think about feminism, what you love about it and what is hard about it?