Recent Events

On Saturday June 4, 2022 and in collaboration with Rochelle Bush at the Salem Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church, we hosted “Engaging with Black Histories in St. Catharines.” The event was organized by our 2021-22 MA Fellows and began with folks gathering at the Salem Chapel where Rochelle shared stories and local histories related to Black experiences in the St. Catharines area. During this talk, Rochelle highlighted the stories of three prominent Black freedom fighters who all held significant ties to St. Catharines and the Niagara region: Richard Pierpoint; Harriet Tubman; and Solomon Moseby. Rochelle also centered stories of racism and Black led movements for social change in Niagara, including:

After Rochelle shared these stories and histories, event participants were invited to tour the Salem Chapel space. The group then made its way to Mahtay Café for a time of reflection and debrief during which they were invited to participate in a guided storytelling and story listening activity. This involved people sharing stories that connected to the events Rochelle had talked about earlier in the day. Some themes and concepts that emerged during this session included local knowledge holders, historic erasure, maintenance and destruction of historical buildings, and how Rochelle’s sharing of these histories impacts present and future imaginings of social justice and social change.

On Thursday May 26, 2022 and in collaboration with Brock’s Community and Government Relations Office and with United Way Niagara, we co-hosted the third session of a three-part EDI workshop series. This third session was focused on operationalizing best practices, building connections between community and other organizations, and supporting each other in terms of learning and moving forward. This session featured talks by:

You can access a recording of these presentations here. Please note that due to differences in technology, you may need to download the file to view it.

More details about this event are provided in our June 2022 newsletter.

We hosted our Spring 2022 semi-annual general meeting on Wednesday May 25.

More details about this event are provided in our June 2022 newsletter!

On Tuesday April 12, 2022 we hosted our 8th annual Arts, Archives, and Affinities event. The theme of this year’s event was “How to Dwell: Shelter and the Storm.” The event began with a Land Acknowledgment by SJRI Director, Rebecca Raby, who directly linked the theme of shelter as “a basic human right” to ongoing erasures of relational understandings of land that are central to many Indigenous belief systems and which underpin ongoing harmful colonial exploitations of land (and people) as property. Next, Associate Director, Gregory Betts, introduced the three guest speakers (Gale Coskan-Johnson, Sachiko Murakami, and Karrie Porter) emphasizing that they bring different expert perspectives to this topic that separately and together speak to its multiple discursive and experiential nuances.

More details about this event are provided in our May 2022 newsletter.

On Thursday April 28, 2022 and in collaboration with Brock’s Community and Government Relations Office and with United Way Niagara, we co-hosted the second of three EDI workshop sessions. This second session focused on best practices undertaken by local organizations in relation to identifying and meeting their EDI goals. This session featured talks by:

You can access a recording of these presentations here. Please note that due to differences in technology, you may need to download the file to view it.

More details about this event are provided in our May 2022 newsletter.

On Thursday March 31, 2022 and in collaboration with Brock’s Community and Government Relations Office and United Way Niagara, we co-hosted the first of three EDI workshop sessions.This session focused on challenges organizations face in terms of identifying and meeting EDI goals and it featured talks by:

You can access a recording of these presentations here. Please note that due to differences in technology, you may need to download the file to view it.

More details about this event are provided in our May 2022 newsletter.

On Thursday May 26, 2022 and in collaboration with Brock’s Community and Government Relations Office and with United Way Niagara, we co-hosted the third session of a three-part EDI workshop series. This third session was focused on operationalizing best practices, building connections between community and other organizations, and supporting each other in terms of learning and moving forward. This session featured talks by:

You can access a recording of these presentations here. Please note that due to differences in technology, you may need to download the file to view it.

More details about this event will be provided in our forthcoming June 2022 newsletter.

We hosted our Spring 2022 semi-annual general meeting on Wednesday May 25.

Stay tuned for more details about this event in our June 2022 newsletter!

On Tuesday April 12, 2022 we hosted our 8th annual Arts, Archives, and Affinities event. The theme of this year’s event was “How to Dwell: Shelter and the Storm.” The event began with a Land Acknowledgment by SJRI Director, Rebecca Raby, who directly linked the theme of shelter as “a basic human right” to ongoing erasures of relational understandings of land that are central to many Indigenous belief systems and which underpin ongoing harmful colonial exploitations of land (and people) as property. Next, Associate Director, Gregory Betts, introduced the three guest speakers (Gale Coskan-Johnson, Sachiko Murakami, and Karrie Porter) emphasizing that they bring different expert perspectives to this topic that separately and together speak to its multiple discursive and experiential nuances.

More details about this event are provided in our May 2022 newsletter.

On Thursday April 28, 2022 and in collaboration with Brock’s Community and Government Relations Office and with United Way Niagara, we co-hosted the second of three EDI workshop sessions. This second session focused on best practices undertaken by local organizations in relation to identifying and meeting their EDI goals. This session featured talks by:

You can access a recording of these presentations here. Please note that due to differences in technology, you may need to download the file to view it.

More details about this event are provided in our May 2022 newsletter.

On Thursday March 31, 2022 and in collaboration with Brock’s Community and Government Relations Office and United Way Niagara, we co-hosted the first of three EDI workshop sessions.This session focused on challenges organizations face in terms of identifying and meeting EDI goals and it featured talks by:

You can access a recording of these presentations here. Please note that due to differences in technology, you may need to download the file to view it.

More details about this event are provided in our May 2022 newsletter.

In collaboration with the Centre for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Sport Film Festival, we hosted a public screening of Keepers of the Game on Friday March 25, 2022. This screening was followed by a panel discussion that included Mimi Lazore, Ryanne Logan, and Awehiyo Thomas — three women lacrosse players who candidly shared about the joys but also challenges they have experienced while playing the game from childhood into adulthood, including the ways that COVID has impacted these experiences. The women also spoke eloquently to the ways that lacrosse — and associated support from teammates, family, and other community members — has helped them to excel not only on the field, but also as students, mothers, and role models in their communities. As Mimi said, and Ryanne and Awehiyo emphasized, lacrosse is a gift they are happy and honoured to share with others.

More details about this event are provided in our April 2022 newsletter.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and special thanks to Lynn Wells for opening the event, Gregory Betts for moderating the event, and the three guest speakers — who were fantastic!

Please click here to view the website that features student projects associated with this event, which took place on September 29, 2021 and STAY TUNED for more to come over the next year.

More details about this event are provided in our October 2021 newsletter.

Please click here for more information about this event, which we co-hosted with FOSS on September 28, 2021.

More details about this event are provided in our October 2021 newsletter.