About URSU Advocacy Equity Week 2023

Taking place from Friday January 6th to Thursday January 12th, the inaugural URSU Advocacy Equity Week is a week of various events and activities oriented around anti-colonialism, social justice, and anti-oppression put on by the URSU Advocacy department and our campus and community partners. Keeping to its motto, “Students Making Change.”

FRIDAY January 06 

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Decolonize Our Minds Conference FNU Campus:

The Decolonize Our Minds conference seeks to continue important discussions featuring both local leaders and invited guests, highlighted by hip hop heavyweight, Dreezus. For those attending in-person, refreshments will be provided.

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Decolonize Our Minds Concert FNU Campus:

The Decolonize Our Minds concert, which will take place on the same evening as its accompanying conference. The concert will feature hip hop heavyweights Dreezus and InfoRed! It will be a night full of edutainment from some of the best artists in the prairies!

MONDAY January 09 

12:00 am – 2:00 pm

Indigenous Law Workshop The Lazy Owl:

Indigenous Law Workshop will examine how students can apply a practical and foundational understanding of Indigenous Law to make spaces like your students’ union and your campus more accessible and more grounded in Indigenous values and approaches. The workshop will feature Carlie Kane, co-chair of the Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students, Koren Lighting-Earle, Director of the Wahkotowin Lodge at the University of Alberta, and Gavin Cason-Wilkes, president of the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Law Students’ Association. For those attending in-person, refreshments will be provided.

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Fairness for International Students Town Halll The Lazy Owl:

The town hall will be an open space for any international student who wishes to share their experiences in regards to academic and non-academic barriers that they and their classmates have faced while studying at the University of Regina & First Nations University of Canada. The Town Hall will also examine systemic barriers on campus for international students, as it relates to academic misconduct accusations, with a feature presentations from Kristie McInnis, former Ombudsperson at the University of Windsor, Mohammad Ali Aumeer, the lead organizer of the February 2nd 2022 Freeze the Fees rally at the University of Alberta, and Birpartap Singh, co-chair of URSU’s International Students’ Caucus. For those attending in-person, refreshments will be provided.

TUESDAY January 10 

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

SLAC Townhall The Lazy Owl :

Regina Student Legal Advocacy Centre (SLAC) Town Hall will feature a presentation to students attending the University of Regina and First Nations University, about the merits of the creation of this new, independent, student-led campus service centre on campus. The discussions will examine how to make Regina SLAC as accessible as possible to students who wish to actively participate in legal projects. The town hall will feature presentations from Mohammad Ali Aumeer, the project manager and interim Director of the Regina SLAC campaign, Parveen Sehra, Regina SLAC’s Director of Legal Services and Talha Akbar, URSU General Manager, presenting on behalf of the Regina SLAC steering committee. For those attending in-person, refreshments will be provided.

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Immuno-compromised Women Social Online Only:

URSU Advocacy Immunocompromised Women’s Working Group Social will create the space for working group members to both have a chance to get to know one another, find out about more ways to get involved (or join for new students) and also discuss the long term goals and vision for the group. The social will feature a presentation from Nadiya Ekhteraetoussi, URSU’s vice-president external for the 2022-23 academic year. 

07:00 pm – 10:00 pm

URSU Open Mic Concert The Lazy Owl:

Coming soon!

WEDNESDAY January 11 

12:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Student Parents Campaign Launch The Lazy Owl:

Student Parents Working Group Roundtable Discussion will examine the needs of student parents at the University of Regina and First Nations University, including the creation of rooms and spaces dedicated to student parents. The discussion will feature a presentation from Navjot Kaur, president of URSU for the 2022-23 academic year. For those attending in-person, refreshments will be provided.

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Song Writing Workshop The Lazy Owl:

Song Writing For Social Change Workshop will feature both song writing, as well as a beat making component from artists Roshin (Notes to Self; BBRC) & Fresh Kils (URBNET). For those attending in-person, refreshments will be provided.

08:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Equity Week Concert The Lazy Owl:

Equity Week Concert will feature Roshin (Notes to Self; BBRC), Fresh Kils (URBNET) & InfoRed. 

THURSDAY January 12

12:00 am – 2:00 pm

Decolonize Media Workshop The Lazy Owl:

Coming soon!

For those attending in-person, a light lunch will be provided.

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

EDIA Women’s Issues Roundtable The Lazy Owl:

Coming soon!

For those attending in-person, refreshments will be provided.

06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

URSU Cancer Bursary Gala The Lazy Owl:

It is our hope to bring together as many community leaders on January 12th to create the most powerful launching pad for our exciting new student bursary program. URSU Cancer Bursary Gala will feature guest speakers, live music, a catered dinner and other great attractions. 

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