Past Events

Building a Culture of Revolution

Solidarity Week is a grassroots endeavour at the University of Alberta initiated by various campus and community groups. Our aim is to create a space and an opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together and to learn about each other’s struggles against colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism, racism, patriarchy and other forms of domination and marginalization.

Solidarity Week is a small step in a local scale. But it is a step in the direction of forming a common front of people against all forms of oppression and domination. The theme of this year’s Solidarity Week is “Building a Culture of Revolution”. Throughout the week we hope to highlight some of the ways in which people from around the world have focused on building revolutionary cultural values in their struggles to reclaim their lands, their resources, their rights, and their lives.

As the Conservative Canadian government attempts to narrowly define what Canadian cultural values are and to deny and violate the basic rights of its citizens, as we saw in the violent crackdown against the anti-Olympics and anti-G8/G20 protests, it is increasingly important and absolutely necessary for us to reflect on who we are and the culture we are trying to build as we work to take back our public spaces in this country.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Rouge Lounge Poetry Slam Night
8:30 pm
10111 – 117 Street (corner of 117 Street and Jasper Avenue)

$5 cover at door

Come and participate in Edmonton’s most chillin’ hot spot on Tuesday nights and watch poets in a friendly competition battling to secure a spot on the Edmonton Slam Team that will represent Edmonton at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2011.

Special unplugged musical presentation by rosouljah of the people’s poets.

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 3011

Drum Circle and Discussion:
The role culture plays in building social movements

5:00 pm
Aboriginal Student Council Office

How do we identify and resist a culture of domination that reinforces neo-colonialism, imperialism, racism, patriarchy and different forms of marginalization in our communities and around the world? What does it mean to create an alternative culture? What is a culture of revolution? How do we incorporate a culture of revolution in our everyday lives?

As we have come together to learn about each others struggles, we have learned about the values we share in common that help serve as the foundation that will lead us towards societal transformation.

Even though we come from different and unique cultural backgrounds, we have shared stories of a shared commitment to fighting all forms of domination and marginalization.

Join us as we discuss and define the cultural values that help us build a culture of revolution.

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Workshop/Talking Circle:
Survival and Solidarity: Dealing with Racism and Colonialism

7:00 pm
Education South room 177

A talking circle for and by Indigenous people and racialized people of colour. Join us as we share our similar and dissimilar experiences with racism and colonialism in our daily lives and discuss survival strategies and solidarity building.

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Friday, March 4th, 2011

Framing the Intervention:
How Canada staged its Takeover of the Lubicon Lake Nation
Project Leader: Dietlind Bork
12:00 noon
Education South Room 129

Framing the Intervention (2011) follows the Lubicon community from June 2009, when the nation voted in a new Chief and Council, through to February 2011, which finds community members still dealing with the affects of a 2009 takeover by Canada’s Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC). Filmmakers talk with community members and leaders about their perspectives and the impact of being placed under INAC control. Noticing contradictions in the official Canadian Government line as to the reason for intervention, filmmakers then investigate how INAC staged the situation it needed for the takeover.

Dietland Bork will be present for a question and answer period after the screening of the film.

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African Students Association
Cultural Night and Fundraiser for Famine Relief in Niger
Faculté St. Jean – Grand Salon
8406 Marie-Anne-Gaboury Street (91 St)

5:30 pm Doors
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Performances by Romeo Gasasira, The Over Achievers and more
Tickets $20

For more information on where to get tickets please call Divine at 780-267-6232.  Tickets also available at InfoLink in SUB.

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Edmonton and the University of Alberta Campus

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010


1:00 to 300 PM

Alex Taylor School (gymnasium)

9321 Jasper Avenue

All are welcome

Monday, October 4th, 2010

(Panel Discussion)

4:00 to 6:00 PM
Central Academic Building (CAB)
Room: 235
Free and open to all

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

(Panel Discussion)

12:30 TO 2:00 PM
Civil-Electrical Engineering Building (CEB)
Room: 325
Free and open to all

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010


Time: 9:00 PM
10111 – 117 Street
(117 St. and Jasper Avenue)

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

(Panel Discussion)

4:00 TO 6:00 PM
Central Academic Building (CAB)
Room: 235
Free and open to all

Thursday, October 7th, 2010


(Movie Screening)

6:00 to 9:00 PM
Dewey’s Pub
Free and open to all

Friday, October 8th, 2010

A night of music, slam poetry, and celebration of revolution

Politic Live
the people’s poets
Sikh Knowledge

7:00 to 11:00 PM
Location to be announced

Solidarity Week – October 2010 is endorsed by the following groups:

African Students‘ Association
Amnesty International, UofA Chapter
Cinema Politica
Memoria Viva
Music is a Weapon

Palestine Solidarity Network
people’s poets community
Rouge Lounge Poetry Night (Breath in Poetry, BIP)

SAGA – Students Against Global Apathy
Sikh Students’ Society
Solidarity with Iran’s Democratic Movement-Edmonton (SIDME)


Other Events in Edmonton:

2010 Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair
October 8-10
Cosmopolitan Music Society 8426 103 St (Gateway Boulevard)
Site of Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair
Edmonton, Alberta

Since 2002, the Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair has provided Anarchists,
activists, and the simply curious the opportunity to learn, share ideas and
connect with others. Vendors and speakers from across North America
attend each year, with around a thousand attendees passing through
during the event. Previous vendors have included AK Press, PM Press and
thoughtcrimeink. Previous speakers have included Ward Churchill, Andrej
Grubacic and prison abolitionist Viktoria Law. This year’s keynote presentation is
by No One is Illegal, an organization that fights for the rights of refugees,
migrant workers, and others who suffer at the hands of an unfair system
of borders and checkpoints.

For more information, visit:

10th Annual Critical Race and anti-Colonial Studies Conference:
“Race-making and the State: Between Postracial Neoliberalism and Racialized Terrorism”
October 8-10
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

The Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality/Equity (R.A.C.E.)
emerged ten years ago as a national network with the aim of promoting equity
for First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Non-status Indians and racialized minorities
within the academy, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and
the broader society. The network and its
national steering committee are
committed to mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and new
scholars, as well as mid-career scholars working toward professional
advancement. Through community-university alliances, members engage
directly with local communities to promote social equity and social wellbeing.

For more information, visit:

University of Alberta

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Legacy of Colonialism:
A Culture of Domination

4:30 PM
Building: ETLC Room E1 007, U of A

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Slam Poetry Night:
Rouge Poetry

Time: 9:00
Cost: $ 5
Rouge Lounge, 10111 – 117 Street
(Corner of 117St and Jasper Avenue)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
4th World War:
Film Screening and Discussion

4:30 PM
Building: Tory Lecture Room B-2, U of A

Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Personal is (still) Political:
Women and the ongoing struggles in Canada

6:00 PM
Builiding: Tory Lecture Room: B-2, U of A

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Celebrating African Leaders
Panel Discussion and Dinner

3:00 to 6:00 PM
Building: HUB Mall Room: International Centre Lobby, U of A

Solidarity Week is an initiative organized by the following organizations:

Sikh Students’ Society
Friends of the Lubicon Cree
Palestine Solidarity Network
African Students’ Association
Music is a Weapon
Amnesty International, UofA Chapter
Cinema Politica
Rouge Lounge Poetry Night
People’s Poets Community


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