[Sjsall] upcoming events and call for support

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Dear Friends of SJS,

Please check up these upcoming events:

Tonight, September 24, 2019:

Anthropology Lansdowne Lecture:

Black Decolonial Praxis: A Liberation Story

Dr. Nicole Truesdell

Brown University

David Turpin Building, Room A102

7 p.m.

A Black Decolonial Praxis is a pathway to liberatory world making within the university. La paperson (2017) argues universities are colonial projects that have within them a decolonial education. For me that decolonial education looks to the ways ancestral knowledge, right relationship with the land and people, and the intersections of abolitionist and decolonial projects conjoin to create what I call a Black Decolonial Praxis. I situate this concept in two liberation stories: the Decolonizing Pedagogies Project (DPP) I co-led at Beloit College and the Institute for Transformative Practice I now lead at Brown Univerity.

Animals & Society Research Initiative's upcoming talks (see attached posters):

Oct. 1:

Antagonism or Solidarity? Humans, Animals and Labour... Time in Marx's Capital

A free lecture by Dinesh Wadiwel, PhD

Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences,

University of Sydney

Author of The War against Animals (Brill)

October 1, 2019, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Fraser (Law) Building, Room #157

Oct. 16:

The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 and Other Stories from the Farmed Animal Auction Yard

A free lecture by Kathryn Gillespie, PhD

October 16, 2019, 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.

Fraser (Law) Building, Room #157

Call for Support: Little Big House UVic

A group of Indigenous and settler students and friends are building a Little Big House! The construction of the Little Big House is part of an assertion of Ma’amtagila nationhood and will be taking place from September 23rd-October 2nd beside the Student Union Building at UVic on Lekwungen and Wsanec territory.

The build is in support of the work of Ma’amtagila matriarch Tsastilqualus Ambers Umbas, in coordination with broader Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw hereditary leadership. She and other members of the Matriarch Camp intend to return home to their lands and waters near Hiladi, “the place to make things right,” to affirm their Indigenous title and rights and uphold hereditary systems of governance.

The Little Big House Build will be a tiny house in the style of a Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Big House. It will enable Tsastilqualus, her son Dakota, their Ma’amtagila and Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw kin, and other Indigenous people to spend time on the land and water. In the process, the project will help to reinvigorate land-based cultural and spiritual practices, strengthen matriarchal decision-making practices that are integral to Ma’amtagila governance, increase access to traditional foods and medicines, and (re)produce and share knowledge with younger generations.

Ma’amtagila and Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw territories and people are also facing the impacts of historical and ongoing colonial violence. The Little Big House will facilitate anti-colonial resistance efforts by serving as a base of operations for the Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp, who witness and document industrial activity and initiate campaigns to oppose unsustainable logging and fish farming practices that threaten the health and well-being of all life on Ma’amtagila territory. The Little Big House will support Ma’amtagila people as they uphold their responsibilities and make things right.

To make this event happen, we need your support. Contribute to this powerful and necessary work by giving a financial gift to the “Little Big House Build: Ma’amtagila Land Rematriation Project” at: https://chuffed.org/project/little-big-house-build-the-maamtagila-rematriation-project?fbclid=IwAR1p8T3nBW0dqTfEcUb_W9o1l7zdVsTej7X_BXLnZJNr9asWc8C7viJq-Dc! Alternatively, you can Google: “Chuffed Little Big House Build”. You can also support this project by volunteering. Our volunteer groups are: fundraising, food, outreach, art and swag, workshops, and night watch. If you would like to volunteer for any of these categories email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, contact information and category/categories you are interested in. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @littlebighouseuvic for updates and for information on the workshops that are planned for the evenings of the build.

With deep respect and appreciation,

The Little Big House Build Team.

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