Social Justice and Activism in Northwestern Ontario Conference
Social Justice and Activism in Northwestern Ontario is an interdisciplinary conference organized by students of the Social Justice Studies program, Women’s and Gender Studies Student Association (WGSSA), and the Department of Women’s Studies.
Presentations relating to social justice and activism in Thunder Bay and surrounding Northwestern Ontario by undergraduate students, graduate students and community members will be featured in this peer-reviewed conference. Lunch will be provided for attendees. Childcare is also available -- please indicate when picking ticket type if childcare is needed.
Our Keynote Speaker will be Leanna Marshall. As a maker of jingle dresses, Leanna tells stories of her ancestors & land, and stays in the intersection of where they meet to understand the essence of these relationships: connection, understanding, & healing. In 2013, she started the project entitled Zaagiwin where she designed and created 8 jingle (story) dresses that tells layers of stories of family, relationships, understanding, and love.Leanna was the co-lead for Walking With Our Sisters when it came to Thunder Bay in 2014. She continues to be involved in the WWOS journey both locally and nationally. Leanna sits on the National Collective and supports host communities. As well, she helps to organize bead-ins across Thunder Bay which serve to build community while raising awareness around the issues related to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Leanna currently works as a post-secondary Indigenous Counsellor in Thunder Bay. Leanna is a mother of two gentle and vibrant daughters who teach her gentleness and kindness on a daily basis.
While there is no fee to attend, we ask that anyone attending could bring a canned good or clothing donation which we will be collecting for local organizations.
Any concerns or questions, please contact Katie and Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org