Workshop Synopses

Torture and Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Amnesty’s Global Campaigns for 2014- 2015

Jacqueline Hansen, Major Campaigns and Women’s Rights Campaigner, Amnesty International Canada

Amnesty Canada will be focusing on two major campaigns for 2014 and 2015: sexual and reproductive rights, and torture. Join us this session to learn more about these campaigns, and give your feedback for how you would like Amnesty Canada to move forward with this work.


Creative Action Planning for the Win!

Dave Oswald Mitchell,  freelance writer, editor and researcher (Co-editor of the book Beautiful Trouble)

In order to mobilize mass movements capable of bringing about social change, organizers engage in creative actions with strategic targets in order to win over allies and ratchet up pressure on targets. In this session we will discuss several key concepts that can guide organizers in designing creative actions with an eye to longer term goals and big-picture strategies, and participants will have the opportunity to test their action-planning chops in response to specific scenarios.

Being Inclusive With Our Human Rights Work

Leah Keiser, Executive Director of the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity

& Reggie Newkirk, Human Rights Activist & Consultant

When planning our human rights work, we tend to focus on the broad, long-term goals of our campaigns. However, it’s also important to make sure that our own local initiatives -our meetings, events, and campaigns- are welcoming and inclusive to new members and attendees of diverse backgrounds. This session will focus on information and strategies about diversity pertaining to gender, sex, religion, culture, race, and more, to help you as activists engage and welcome peoples from your community of all different identities.

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Valerie J. Galley, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (with Alex Neve)

Valerie J. Galley will be the key resource person in this workshop, bringing the perspective of Indigenous Peoples in Saskatchewan and Canada.  Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada’s Secretary General, will also be in the workshop to add information about Amnesty International’s work in this area.

Write for Rights: The History of W4R and Planning Session for W4R 2013

Crystal Giesbrecht, Amnesty International Canada Fieldworker (Regina) & Alyssa Scott, Amnesty International Saskatoon

This workshop will cover the history of Write for Rights, share successes from past year’s, and introduce the cases that we will be writing for in 2013. There will be discussion and skill-sharing session to share ideas and plan for Write for Rights 2013.

Where is Canada on Women’s Rights?

Jacqueline Hansen, Major Campaigns and Women’s Rights Campaigner, Amnesty International Canada

What is Canada doing to stop violence against Indigenous women? Where does Canada stand on sexual and reproductive rights? What role is Canada playing vis a vis women’s human rights on the international stage?

The Right to Food Security from a Canadian Perspective

Dana Folkerson, Executive Director, Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH)

This workshop will discuss food security at the local level, provincially, and nationally.  The sessionThe session will include stories of food insecurity and how it effects, children, families and seniors and what REACH is doing, as well as discussing attitudes around food security and poverty.

Starting an Amnesty Group at Your School

Halena Seiferling, Amnesty International Canada Fieldworker (Saskatoon), Nat Bergbusch, Amnesty International- University of Saskatchewan, & Jessa Pillipow, Amnesty International- University of Regina

If you are interested in learning more about Amnesty International’s youth and student groups and programs, this session is for you! In this session, you’ll hear from students in Amnesty clubs at both the high school and university levels in Saskatchewan. You’ll hear about the different events and campaigns they work on, how they got their groups started, and what you’d need in order to do similar things at your school. You’ll also learn all about the resources that Amnesty Canada has for youth and students, to help make it as easy as possible for you to start groups in your own schools or with your friends!

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