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Land and Life: Indigenous Knowledge and Environmental Justice

Indigenous knowledges are crucial to ensuring life will be sustained and continued. We must acknowledge the significance of Indigenous knowledge, voices, traditions, and sciences to environmental justice. Justice for Indigenous peoples and environmental justice are interconnected and one cannot occur without the other. Through this series, we hope to highlight how environmental justice through localized … Read more

Omission and Exclusion of Black People in Canada’s Past: Canadian Enslavement and Participation in the Trans-Atlantic Black Slave Trade with Dr. Wilburn Hayden

OPIRG Peterborough and BLM Nogojiwanong are hosting Dr. Wilburn Hayden, PhD Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the School of Social Work at York University, to discuss the ‘Omission and Exclusion of Black People in Canada’s Past: Canadian Enslavement and Participation in the Trans-Atlantic Black Slave Trade.’ The talk is an examination of the ethos … Read more

OPIRG’s Annual General Meeting 2022

OPIRG Peterborough is having its Annual General Meeting on January 28th, 2022 at 6pm. This year we are featuring a panel discussion with our very own working groups! ~ Join OPIRG with Free Market, BLM Nogojiwanong, Amnesty International, and Trent Queer Collective for a discussion on student and community organizing during a pandemic! Learn about … Read more

Nuin-Tara Wilson

Nuin-Tara Wilson

Nuin-Tara ᓄᐃᓐᑕᕋ Star Daughter Woman, Turtle Island (Canadian) based Cree woman, residing in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough) on Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ land, is an artist of mixed descent embracing her Indigenous cultures and creating visual Anishinaabe teachings through oil paintings. What influenced you to use art as a form of activism? Born into a white home without my … Read more

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis, Poet

Sarah (she/her) is an Anishnaabe Kwe (Ojibwe/Cree) spoken word artist from Curve Lake First Nation, Ontario. She is a proud member of the 2019 Peterborough Poetry Slam Team, as well as a semi-finalist at the 2019 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She is a mother, social justice activist, performer, community organizer, artist, dreamer, and a … Read more

Laurin Isiekwena

Poetry by Laurin Isiekwena

Laurin was born and raised in Nigeria. She has been in Canada for 3 years. She is going into her second year at Trent University. Laurin has been reading poems for as long as she can remember but she wrote and performed for the first time in 2019. Ever since then, she has been writing. … Read more

Jonathan Semugaza

Photography by Jonathan Semugaza

Jonathan Semugaza is an African-Canadian photographer with roots in both The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. His career in photography started in 2015 with a visit to a local pawn shop where he purchased his first DSLR camera, and soon after he began pointing and shooting. Having no formal education in the craft, he … Read more

Said (Sahira Q) Jiddawy

Artwork by Said Jiddawy

Said (Sahira Q) Jiddawy is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on performance art and digital illustrations. They identify as transfeminine, non-binary, and queer. They are black and emigrated to Canada from Tanzania. Currently, Said is a freelance graphic designer who has successfully secured contracts with PARN, LGBT Youthline, and Trans Youth Can!, to name a few. … Read more

Sioux Lily Dickson

Sioux Lily Dickson - Majestic

Majestic- Sioux Lily DicksonImage description: An overwrought yellow peaks from behind the dumpster green in this abstract photograph. There are four dominant shapes. From left to right is a sparse rusty vertical swath, a very dark green block that has been smeared with pale highlights. A shock of an angry vertical rusty gash sits next … Read more

Cassandra Lee, Multimedia Artist

Love & Resistance by Cassandra Lee

Love and Resistance -Casandra LeeThe Raised Fist and the Three-Finger Salute have been used across the world to represent solidarity with oppressed peoples and to show resistance to the powers in place.  Casandra Lee is a mixed Chinese-American multimedia artist, based in Peterborough, Ontario. Born and raised in California, Casandra started art fairly late at the … Read more

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