While you may be getting ready for Orientation week, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Peterborough is gearing up to bring you Disorientation week!

What is disorientation week you ask?

DisOrientation, otherwise known as DisO, was started in the early 2000’s by OPIRG and a variety of independent student groups with the collective goal of creating a space where both new and returning students can be introduced to more political aspects of university life.  Disorientation week consists of a series of workshops, discussions, tours, and events that challenge participants to think critically about social and environmental justice issues.

For all events visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1010804419379479
or scroll below!


A Historical Walk & Talk
Monday September 14, 2020
1:30pm @ Sadleir House 

“A Tale of Two Colleges: Historical Walking Tour”
Join Dr. Michael Eamon, Principal of Catharine Parr Traill College, for a walking tour from Sadleir House to Traill College. Find out more about the early history of Trent and of its two founding colleges.
Please note: masks are required and the tour involves walking up the drumlin to Traill College.
For those who cannot make the physical walk, the event will be live streamed onto OPIRG’s Instagram page. Check out @OPIRGptbo on the day of.

There will be a limit of 10 people for the walk. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-historical-walk-talk-tickets-118305114783

For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2639322959641649/ 

A Talk with Food Not Bombs Peterborough
Tune into Trent Radio (92.7FM) at 4pm for a talk with Myles from Food Not Bombs Peterborough to learn more about the group, as well as a discussion on food insecurity and housing in Peterborough.

Our Dance of Revolution: A Film Screening and Q&A
Tuesday September 15, 2020

Presented by BLM Nogojiwanong and the ReFrame Film Festival Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of the transformative power of community and the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A between BLM Nogojiwanong and Director Phillip Pike.

More details coming soon!
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/923647884799345/


Virtual Farm To Table Tour
Wednesday September 16, 2020

Join us on Instagram live: @theseasonedspoon

This year we are going digital for our annual campus farm to table tour!  Join the        Seasoned Spoon Café and Trent Vegetable Gardens on Instagram live for a virtual farm-to-table tour as part of disorientation week at Trent in collaboration with OPIRG Peterborough.

The Gardens and the Spoon partner together to create an accessible and sustainable local food system right here on campus.  We are excited for the upcoming year and hope you will join us to learn all about sustainable food systems at Trent and what you can expect this semester. You will get a virtual tour of the café space, field garden and community gardens plus learn about the work we do on campus and all the ways you can get involved. Learn about all the incredible good food work being done at Trent and have all your questions answered about what our organizations will look like this year.

Email spoonvolunteers@gmail.com for more info

For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/355010252323934/

Orange T-Shirt Beading Circle
Wednesday September 16, 2020

Orange Shirt Day is a national movement to honour and recognize the survivors and children lost through the process of Residential schools. This initiative calls for everyone to wear an orange shirt annually on September 30th in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. This date was chosen as the day because this was the time of year that the buses would enter the communities to “collect” the children. Join us in beading Orange shirt pins to learn, talk and acknowledge the experiences of Residential school children. Come join us in making a special pin that you can wear on Orange Shirt Day. Beading kits are available for pick-up at Sadleir House from September 7th-11th (Email opirg@trentu.ca for a pick up time), limited supplies available!

Zoom link: https://trentu.zoom.us/j/95626182382?pwd=S2wzbXY5S21RMVJ3TUVNYVlJQTZGQT09

For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/218637956258187/


KWIC Youth As Agents of Change Virtual Series: Why YOUth!?
Thursday September 17, 2020

Why YOUth? Why you? Young people play a pivotal role in social and environmental movements around the world.  As creative and innovative members of civil society, youth bring integral perspectives and capacity for building strong and resilient communities.

Join KWIC and special guests on Thursday, September 17th from 12 pm-1 pm to explore the importance of youth empowerment and finding your voice for social change in the world today. 

Register for this FREE event by September 15th at 12 PM via Eventbrite. For more information, contact nicole@kwic.info or visit www.kwic.info.

For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1605070989662741/

Indigenous Sovereignty 101
Thursday September 17, 2020

Indigenous knowledge (IK) is resurging, and it is seen by many people as a panacea to much of what industrialization and capitalism has imposed on who humans are, the land we live on, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. All peoples and cultures have their own ancestral IK. While this is the situation, many people struggle with understanding the essentials of IK asking such questions as what is IK, where is IK located, and how can they access IK beyond appropriating it from the Indigenous people of Turtle Island?
In this talk, Lynn Gehl will draw on ancient Anishinaabe scroll knowledge and her own models discussing the intelligence of the heart, traditional symbolic literacy traditions, as well as Indigenous ways of knowing and sharing knowledge. Drawing on her experience, learning, and past and ongoing work she will cover such things as where IK is located, how we establish a relationship with IK, and how IK is disseminated. This moderated talk will require deep thinking on the part of listeners because it requires conceptual thought processing, and also because it will honour the listeners’ own relationship in coming to value IK

Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-sovereignty-101-tickets-118313006387

For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3249046381840918/


Building Connections (Live Captioned)
Friday September 18, 2020
Navigating social spaces isn’t natural and barrier-free for everyone – let’s talk about making friends and getting involved! Access needs or nervous about attending? Please contact Simon by email at simon.joseph.daley@gmail.com

For the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/916629788719114/

Sexy (Virtual) Bingo
Friday September 18, 2020

As part of Dis-Orientation Week: The Centre for Women & Trans People and the Trent Queer Collective would like to invite you to an evening of sex positive fun!
Bingo! Drag! Exciting prizes delivered to your porch on the night-of (in Ptbo/Nogo)!
Join us for our first event of the 2020 school year, where you’ll be able to learn about what the Centre does and how we contribute to making Trent a vibrant, diverse place. All attendees will receive a care package with resources and safe sex supplies after the event.
More details to come!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions this event will be hosted via Zoom. A zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP closer to the event.
As with all Centre events, there is a zero tolerance policy for oppressive language and actions, including: racism, sexism, transphobia and ableism. Be nice or stay home!

For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/626536478265116/


Instigating Resilience: Through Poetry & Verbatim Dance
Saturday September 19th
Instigating Resilience Through Poetry & Verbatim Dance, is an accessible and integrated arts workshop combining poetry, theatre, dance, and physical comedy. The Council of Ontario
Drama and Dance Educators defines Verbatim Theatre as, “involving the creation of theatre drawn word for word from interviews or conversations” (CODE, 2019). For this workshop, poems brought or created by the participants will act as “interviews” which participants will translate into movement. Emphasising consent and collaboration, the workshop uses simple exercises to develop complex and engaging performances and invites attendees to examine creative possibilities beyond the page or microphone. No dance experience is necessary: if you breath you dance; it’s impossible to remain static on a planet in motion. Working with gesture and voice, we create a common movement vocabulary which small groups
use to develop short pieces throughout the workshop. Participant driven, strength-based and focused on play as a form of growth, creativity, and exploration, Instigating Resilience Through Poetry & Verbatim Dance propels the imagination by centring the body. The workshop is facilitated by 2019 Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam winner, Wes Ryan. Since 2007, after a sudden attack of gravity and developing a traumatic brain injury, Wes has been devoted to creating inclusive art spaces and has worked with organizations such as The Brain
Injury Association of Peterborough Region, CMHA, the John Howard Society, and Autism Ontario.
*Accessibility Note: This workshop is designed with an emphasis on accessibility and inclusion.
The methodology promotes safety, consent, and communication. Where there are limits (lack of ASL interpreter as an example), other forms of communication (written) are incorporated. Open to service providers and individual supports.
***Please note: masks are required

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/313296576542507/