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3 Talon-Approved Events: November 24-December 1

  1. An Examination of December 6th: 25 Years Later

UBC Access & Diversity in collaboration with the AMS  Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) hosts a panel on the École Polytechnique massacre, which will have occurred 25 years ago come December 6. The talk will feature discussion on the event and its position within a broader social picture. “What are the gender-based barriers faced by women in Canada and around the world? What aspects of gender-based violence often goes unseen?” The talk will examine discourses around gendered violence and the reasons why the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (established in honour of the victims of the Massacre) is still relevant today.

Tuesday, November 25, 12:00pm

Media Centre, Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, 2205 Lower Mall UBC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories


  1. A Talk By Harsha Walia: Author of Undoing Border Imperialism

Writer and migrant justice activist Harsha Walia gives a talk at UBC campus. Walia does work with No One is Illegal, the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy and the provincial Social Housing Coalition, among other groups. She will be speaking about her latest book, Undoing Border Imperialism. An event not to be missed.

Thursday, November 27, 12:00pm

Room 100, Geography Building, 1984 West Mall, UBC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories


  1. Quilt the Colonization

Described as “an interactive workshop and dialogue on decolonization and Indigenous resistance,” this event will be led by Emely Baker and Patricia Herrera from the Vancouver Canadian Roots Exchange team. This is how the event is explained on the event page: “Using blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, participants will learn about the distinct cultures and nations which occupy those areas to this day.” Cool eh? The workshop will explore the history of colonialism, treaty-making, Indigenous culture, and defiance.

Friday, November 28, 6:30pm

Building 1, UBC Global Lounge, 2205 Lower Mall, UBC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories


BONUS: Wixáritari indigenous resistance to Canadian-based mining

Join representatives of the Wixáritari indigenous people of Mexico for a presentation of the documentary Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians. Since 2009, multiple mining concessions have been granted by the Mexican government to multinational corporations to exploit the area of Wirikuta, one of the most sacred sites for the Wixáritari. La Luz Silver Project is a proposed venture by Vancouver-based First Majestic Silver, which would effectively destroy these sacred grounds.

Director Hernan Vilchez and two Mara’kate (Huichol spiritual leaders), the father and son protagonists José Luis Ramírez and Enrique Ramírez, will introduce and discuss the film. Members of Stop the Institute, a group raising questions about the new federal mining institute headquartered at UBC, will also be present.

Friday, November 28, 12:00pm

098 Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, UBC, Unceded Coast Salish territories