2016 Workshops

Women Agasint Violence Agasint Women (WAVAV)

WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre works to end all forms of violence against women. Guided by our feminist anti-oppression philosophy we challenge and change thinking, actions, and systems that contribute to violence against women. We provide all women who have experienced any form of sexualized violence with support and healing, and engage with youth to develop leadership for prevention of future violence.



The AMS Sexual Assault Support Center (SASC)

Since 2002 the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) has been committed to the education, support, and empowerment of people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence as well as their friends and family. We serve UBC students, staff, faculty, and people with a connection to the UBC campus through various resources and services.



Rising Tides

Basis of Unity
Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories is a grassroots environmental justice group committed to fighting the root causes of climate change and the interconnected destruction of land, water and air.

Everywhere in the world, low-income, politically marginalized communities—historically those least responsible for environmental destruction and greenhouse gas emissions—are those hardest hit by climate change and every aspect of industrial expansion, from toxic pollution to resource wars. We are committed to confronting this injustice and shifting power back into the hands of people and communities most impacted by global warming and environmentally destructive industries, and away from the current state, corporate, and imperial powers who promote these industries

We ground our work in decolonizing principles, recognizing that environmental injustice stems from discrimination, domination, and violence through colonial occupation and expansion with the help of capitalist and imperialist institutions. We recognize our work as part of a broader global justice movement and seek to align our work with those who oppose all forms of oppression.
Our organizing is committed to working in solidarity with impacted peoples and abiding by the following principles:

1. We seek to ground our work in decolonizing principles and the principles of environmental justice. We support the fight for sovereignty and self-determination of indigenous people of the lands where we live.

2. We reject capitalism, colonialism and imperialism, all neo-liberal trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote corporate globalization.

3. We reject all forms and systems of oppression and discrimination including, but not limited to, patriarchy, white supremacy, classism, disableism, ageism, homophobia and transphobia. We embrace the complete respect and dignity of all living beings.

4. We aspire to the fearless confrontation of injustice, selfless service to humanity, and compassionate alignment with local causes and a global movement, where community organizing, not undemocratic policy arenas, overcome the domination of transnational capital.

5. We call for direct action and civil disobedience in confronting the root causes of pollution, global warming, poverty and violence; solidarity with social movement struggles; organizing resistance and resilience that maximize respect for life and the rights of all oppressed peoples, and, the pursuit of community-led alternatives to global capitalism and neo-colonial government.

6. We are committed to building consensus – based on decentralized decision-making, collective self-governance, and autonomy from non-governmental organizations (of privilege) and their funders.

7. We strive for alignment in ecological and economic justice, common cause with diverse grassroots global justice movements, and collaborative strategies through trans-local movement organizing.

We envision a future where all communities can sustain their collective needs as well as those of individuals. We believe that if we break down the systems of domination maintained through coercion and fear, we can recognize and encourage the creativity people have to find solutions to the climate and environmental crisis while forming meaningful connections to the Earth.

In solidarity,

-Rising Tide Coast Salish Territories



Fat Panic

We are an alliance of people of all sizes who are committed to ending the oppression of fat people, and to working towards a society in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else’s body, for any reason.

To this end we are committed to the following:

  • Educating ourselves and others about the causes and consequences of fat oppression, always keeping in mind that fat oppression shapes and is shaped by all other systemic forms of inequity.
  • Creating spaces and events in which fat people and our allies can come together to socialize and engage in political activism. While we acknowledge that safety is an elusive and sometimes troublesome concept, it remains a goal worth striving for.
  • Challenging myths around fatness, thinness and health. We work to raise public awareness about the abundant and high quality – yet strangely under-reported – research showing that the relationship between fat and health is not at all as commonly advertised. We seek to break down the mystique of anti-fat science by equipping people with essential science literacy skills, and we encourage health care professionals to adopt an approach that is capable of supporting people of all sizes as we make our own choices relating to health, while avoiding the notion that there is a moral obligation to strive for any particular conception of ‘health.’

Basis of Unity

To join us you don’t have to love your own body yet, or be totally comfortable with other people’s fat bodies – but you have to WANT to, and you have to be willing to be respectfully challenged and to keep on learning.

Sometimes claims are made within various streams of resistance that they are fighting the ‘last socially acceptable form of oppression’ – this claim has been made in relation to fat oppression. We know that fat oppression is NOT the last socially acceptable form of oppression. That’s why Fat Panic! is committed to resisting all forms of oppression. We will resist them when they obviously intersect with fat oppression and also in those moments and situations where the intersections are not so obvious. We do this because we know that the many different systems of oppression are all connected, that no form of oppression is more important than any other, and that solidarity is sexy.

Anti-oppression work of all kinds involves taking risks. This is true when talking about those systems of oppression that target us and those that actually grant us unearned privileges. In order to work together across our different social locations we make two promises to each other. First, that we will work to remain open to learning about systems of oppression that do not target us and that in fact privilege us. Second that we will agree to work respectfully with allies who will inevitably make mistakes.

The following are systems of oppression that we collectively are aware of:


Ageism (against both ends of the ageing continuum)

Audism/Deaf Oppression

Christian Supremacy (and its close cousins, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism – see also Racism)

Classism, in this society Capitalist Classism


Fat oppression/Sizeism




Psychiatric Oppression

Racism/White Supremacy (and its close cousins, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism)


Trans-Oppression/Gender Binarism/Cissexism



Indian Residential School Survivor Society

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society began in 1994 as a working committee of the First Nations Summit. We were known as the Residential School Project, housed out of and as a part of the BC First Nations Summit.  The work was primarily to assist Survivors with the litigation process pertaining to residential school abuses. In the more recent years the work has expanded to include assisting the descendants of Survivors and Community education measures (Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal).

As of March 2002 we formally became the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS).  The IRSSS is governed by an elected Board of Directors from six regions of BC; the board of directors are also survivors or intergenerational survivors of residential school.  The BOD is responsible for the funding of the organization and delegates its day-to-day duties to the Executive Director, Cindy Tom-Lindley. The Executive Director is hired by the board of directors and hold full responsibility for the implementation of Board initiatives and policies as well as hiring staff. The board is supported by a staff of 20 professionals and 16 Elders Cultural Support, most of whom are themselves either Indian residential school survivors or inter-generational survivors.

IRSSS provides essential services to residential school survivors, their families and to those dealing with intergenerational traumas. These impacts affect every family and every community across B.C. and Canada. This fact is most evident in the Corrections Canada Services-the numbers of First Nations people incarcerated, Child and Family Services- child apprehensions, the high number of people on social assistance, unemployment and under employed, lower levels of education, the lowest number within an ethnic minority of “determinants of health”, the list of impacts is extremely high while the services available to effectively assist impacts of Residential Schools remain quite low.

One of our Society’s goals is to continually expand support to partner organizations to maximize access to culturally sensitive emotional, mental, physical and spiritual care.



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