September 13th – 18th, 2021
Join OPIRG Peterborough and other local community organizations and facilitators for a week of fun, workshops, speakers, films, tours, socials, learning, agitation, and… DisOrientation!
Each day, all attendees will be entered into a draw to win a local gift basket!
Dis-Orientation Week (Dis-O Week) is a week of various events and activities oriented around social justice, environmental justice and anti-oppression put on by Trent groups and members of the community. Dis-O Week is an integral part of keeping the embers of activist culture burning at Trent. Through this week, a new group of students and community members are invited to participate in and join the future of social justice, environmental justice and anti-oppression at Trent and in the community.
Dis-Orientation Week was sparked by the administration’s attempt to close Trent’s downtown, more progressive colleges and centralize the university in 1999. From this attempted shift towards a more neo-liberalized school, Dis-Orientation Week was born as a form of resistance for activists in the community and has continued on until today.
As part of an overall effort to keep the embers of activist culture burning at Trent, we strongly encourage and favor Dis-O event applications that are geared towards community building. Examples of community-building events include launches of clubs and groups that meet regularly, events that facilitate prolonged social interaction (such as a protest march or an overnight retreat), events that teach people how to build community or better relate to each other or events that get people interacting to each other. The goal with this caveat is to aid students in forming culture-changing relationships with each other and their event leaders to build momentum and sustainability within the activist culture at Trent.
OPIRG Peterborough is committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Most Dis-O events are virtual, and in-person events will have limited capacities, online participation options, and will follow all public health guidelines. Please make sure to bring a mask to join in-person events.
Monday September 13
Have you ever thought about workplace sexual harassment (WSH)? Have you even been confused as to, “where the line is these days” with workplace sexual harassment? Is your placement and/or Co-Op considered the workplace? Join the Peterborough Community Legal Centre, and the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre to learn how to identify the workplace, sexual harassment and your role in the workplace.
In this workshop you will learn about:
- What is a worker, the workplace, sexual harassment, and WSH
- Legal Framework of WSH
- Types of WSH
- Statistics and Intersections of COVID-19
- Early Signs of WSH
- Escalation Signs of WSH
Trans Peer Outreach @ CMHA and Trent Queer Collective will collaborate to offer a virtual game night for 2SLGBTQ+ students and community members. This event will aim to create a relaxed and fun environment for new 2SLGBTQ+ students to meet older 2SLGBTQ+ students and community members. 2SLGBTQ+ -focused orientation week events organized by universities tend to be serious or educational in nature (think: safe space talks, workshops, etc.). While those events are important, we recognize that 2SLGBTQ+ students want to have just as much lighthearted fun as cisgender/heterosexual students. We will also provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the local services and supports that are available to them, by highlighting the work of local trans- and queer-specific clubs, businesses, and organizations to spread awareness about available resources. This is especially important for the new students, so they can know where to go for services and supports in their new community. Overall, we hope that this event is a fun and informative opportunity for 2SLGBTQ+ students and community members.
Arthur Newspaper, Trent’s independent press will be hosting a screening of the 2003 documentary “Whose University Is It?” You are invited to gather on the Sadleir House lawn to watch the film and enjoy a discussion. Whose University Is It? is a documentary by Mark Wright and James Motluk about a pivotal moment in Trent’s history where neoliberal policies came in direct conflict with student and faculty’s vision for the University. This is a story of the weakening of faculty power in decision making at Trent, and a story about student activism and about the fight for the ideals of the university. What happened at Trent in the early 2000s can help us understand the school we are part of today; what kind of institution Trent is, and who has the power to enact change in a place like this.
Tuesday September 14
Tune in for a day filled with tradition, food, family, and connection. Family Recipe Radio Project Day will feature radio broadcasts produced by community members to share family recipes, a love of food, and conversations about how we can work to build more reliable access to food and nourishment for every member of our community.
Trent Radio is Seeking Submissions for this event!
Food is such an important part of our lives, family connections and community well being. Let’s take a day to talk about, and celebrate food – how it fits into our lives, celebrates our history and embodies family traditions; and the work we can do to bring nourishment and food security to more tables in our community.
If you have a recipe, story or conversation you would be willing to share, please email: or call 705-748-4761 and leave a voice message with your name, idea, and contact information. You can record your segment on your own – or we can help get your words, ideas, and experiences on air.
Want to become a better leader, make a longer-lasting impact, and collaborate more effectively with your community? In this workshop KSAC will be helping you build up skills to do just that! Join us as we talk about what being a leader REALLY means, how to avoid the pitfalls male leaders can slide into, navigating criticism, how to avoid activist burnout and much more! Through discussions and group-based activities, you’ll come out of this workshop as a better community organizer and role model. Be an outstanding guy, and leader for other guys, and everyone!
This event will cover some of the basic things to know and learn to begin the journey of being a conscious settler and an accomplice to Indigenous people.
Mutual Aid, Dual Power Economics & Ecologies of Solidarity
by Myles and Miriam from Food Not Bombs Peterborough/Nogojiwanong w/ Community Fridge Ptbo
5:00 – 7:00pm, In-Person at Sadleir House on the lawn (Weather permitting. Virtual option will be available in the case of rain.)
Mutual aid- past, present and future. Competition is passé. Let’s work together to meet our needs and stop stealing from each other, the planet and all beings not yet present. Join Food Not Bombs Peterborough and Communiy Fridge Peterborough for a circle discussion on some key aspects of moving towards an ecological and cooperative society.
We are hosting a “Social Justice Coffee House” for new and returning Trent students and Nogojiwanong (Peterborough) community members to share their art and talents! Music, spoken word, and everything else are welcomed. This event will be hosted in the KWIC Resource Centre and it will be broadcasted virtually for everyone to see.
Wednesday September 15
Bee there, Grow That: Tour & Painting at the Apiary & Farm
by Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Society
12:00 – 2:00pm, In person event – Meet at DNA building, block D
Capacity is limited to 15 people
Love your neighbourhood honey bees and local food? Buzzing to know what the alternative, student run food scene at Trent is like? Come meet the insect (and human) cultivators of the Apiary, Trent Vegetable Gardens (TVG), and Trent Market Garden (TMG)! Help us paint. The Trent Apiary and TMG Farm tour will kick at the D Block of DNA building! We’ll take a tour past the TVG, stop by the Apiary and head down to the TMG where we’ll paint hive boxes and rocks for crop labels. We’re so excited that this event will be in person!
To take necessary precautions, the event will be capped at 15 people so please register through Eventbrite.
This walk is along an informal pathway, folks interested can also meet us at the TMG. Please contact us for directions. Please email for any questions or concerns!
“Subjects of Desire”: A film screening and panel discussion featuring local community members exploring the cultural shift in North American towards embracing Black feminine aesthetics and features while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. Written and Directed by Jennifer Holness. Produced by Jennifer Holness. 2021 | 103 minutes.
Understanding Intersectionality and Indigenous Women and Girls with Disabilities
by Dr. Lynn Gehl
7:00 – 9:00pm, Virtual
Black feminist thought created the concept “intersectionality” as a measure to help people understand the difficulties of living under more than one layer of structural oppression such as both sexism and racism. This talk begins with a discussion of what the concept means cognitively, and also what it means at the level of practice in terms of encountering people who are intersectionally oppressed and in terms of direction at the level of social justice.From this place of understanding the discussion will then shift to the matter of Indigenous women and girls with disabilities (IWagWid) who are disturbingly bigger targets of sexual assault. Drawing on the Gehl Report (2021) the issues discussed will include: a discussion of the cause of disability; the limitations of the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; a statistical snapshot of both their higher rates of disabilities and higher rates of sexual assault; a summary of all previous recommendations; and the call for a political model of disability which demands Canada do better in serving IWagWid. This discussion will be inclusive of Lynn’s recent United Nations written and oral submission during the “79th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Seeking Input on the Rights of Indigenous Women”.
Thursday September 16
Understanding Awaadiziwin (knowledge/culture) and its role in achieving Bimaadiziwin (life)
by Creator’s Garden
11:00am – 1:00pm, Virtual
Plant medicine knowledge and its role in the management of the Chronic Disease Epidemic. We discuss disease pathology and why culture and the implementation of knowledge is the only appropriate intervention. We will of course focus on plant medicines and understanding their mechanism. This knowledge, awaadiziwin, is required to achieve life itself, bimaadiziwin. With this understanding, we will now have to focus on the unique human ability to engage in reciprocal relationships with medicines themselves, and our roles and responsibilities to Aki, the land.
The housing crisis is getting real. The pandemic has only compounded and exposed the growing problem of displacement and housing scarcity. In the midst of all this, profiteering landlords have been taking advantage of people seeking housing, especially within marginalized populations and students. Join the Peterborough Community Legal Centre, our county’s independent legal clinic, for a presentation on housing law and your rights when it comes to housing.
Take Back The Night is the earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. TBTN events began in the 1960’s in Belgium and England with protests about women not feeling safe walking down the street alone at night. Join us as we virtually Take Back the Night and #ReclaimingOurSpace at night, as survivors, for Indigenous land rights, in physical spaces, and virtual spaces. You can also submit speeches and experiences, performances, spoken word poetry, shout outs and more! Keep an eye on the KSAC social media accounts for more information.
Friday September 17
Join the Seasoned Spoon Café and Trent Vegetable Gardens for a campus farm-to-table tour as part of Disorientation Week at Trent in collaboration with OPIRG Peterborough. The Trent Vegetable Gardens and the Seasoned Spoon Café have been partners for over 10 years, working to create an accessible and sustainable local food system right here on campus. Learn about this cooperatively-run cafe and how it integrates fresh, organic food grown right on campus by students like you. Tour the café space, off the grid root cellar, rooftop garden and field garden. We’ll discuss the work these organizations are doing to build an alternative food system at Trent and all the ways you can get involved through experiential learning, research projects, workshops, volunteering, community meals and more. Find out how you can join the food movement at Trent. Expect to taste some delicious samples and get hands-on in the garden as part of this tour!
Meet at the Seasoned Spoon Cafe (103 Champlain College). Capacity is limited to 15 people. If you have any questions, please email
Let’s Practice: Emodiment and Healing Shame for BIPOC Folxs
by Yamikani Msosa
3:00 – 5:00pm, Virtual
Healing shame will allow us to make our most powerful offers towards the world we want. We hold that shame is fundamentally a wise and protective response to oppression: the unequal organization of trauma in our society. In this workshop we would like to invite Indigenious, Black and People of Color to engage in practices and tools in exploring how shame operates in their life and engage in practices of somatics that work for the individual participants based on where they are in their journey.
What is embodiment practice?
An embodiment practice is a method of using the unique sensations of our body as a tool to develop awareness, stay present, self-regulate, feel whole, find balance, feel connected, know ourself, love ourself and be empowered.
All bodies, all genders welcome.
This will be a movie night followed by a discussion. We will be watching “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday” which follows the life of Billie Holiday as well as the fall out from her song “Strange Fruit” which speaks about the lynching of black bodies at the time. The movie follows the FBI launching an undercover operation against the artist because of the truth of the song, and the belief that it may empower more black individuals in the civil movement. This documentary shows how governments tends to silent the oppressed, rather than stop the oppression.
Saturday September 18
The Free-Market Giveaway is a chance to challenge capitalism in all its forms and to reduce waste by reducing the number of new items created as well as reducing items that might head to landfills. Challenging fast fashion is one way to do this. It is a way to redistribute power and support our community through positive action that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Free Market believes it provides a valuable service to everyone in Nogojiwanong Peterborough and wants to share and destigmatize second-hand items. The event itself will be outside and will follow physical distancing and COVID-19 protocols. Items include books, toys and clothes among other items in storage. We are also interested in attracting new volunteers during a transition to a new space to encourage creative solutions and the love of DIY and environmental justice work. We look forward to meeting you and discussing the future.
The lovely folks from B!KE Community Bike Shop will be around to help you get your bike ready and in gear for the fall!
**The Free Market is currently accepting donations of clean clothing and small household items at Sadleir House from now until the Giveaway. If you have something to drop off, please email us at . Thank you!**
The Peterborough Poetry Slam presents a workshop by Kristal Jones, Bad Art: The Joy of Creating without the Pressure of ‘Good’. This workshop focuses on process over product. In the face of a consumer culture that pushes people to aspire to a commercialized and often toxic vision of productive perfection, participants are invited to explore the idea of making their art (visual, written or musical) without the goal of creating a masterpiece, and the absence of any specific purpose.
Kristal Jones is a multidisciplinary artist living in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. She has created works in visual, written and comedic forms through photography, painting, poetry and stand-up comedy. Her method has always relied very heavily on winging it and this has enabled her to create authentic connections through her various creative processes. She builds on the Bob Ross school of thought, that there are no mistakes in art – only happy little accidents; in the absence of perfection art is made.