1st ever Ontario Campus Activist Assembly – Event Preview

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Written by Scott Gilbert

The Central Student Association – your undergraduate student union – is inviting you attend the first ever “Ontario Campus Activist Assembly” - being held this September 26th at 5pm until 27th at 10pm at the University of Toronto.

The event is being coordinated by the Canadian Federation of Students which is Canada's largest student union, and of which all Guelph students are due-paying members.

This even is free and open not only to students across Ontario, but also other allies in the struggle to freeze and lower tuition fees.

The assembly will consist of “skills-based and issues-based workshops to equip activists in the student movement with the skills and knowledge to activate our campus and mobilise for the Nov. 5 provincial Day of Action.”

The Ontario Campus Activist Assembly will bring together student, labour and community activists to build unity and develop strategies that use public college and university campuses as venues to fight for progressive social change. Sessions include speakers, workshops, panel discussions and group sessions that will be interactive for all participants with the end goal of organizing a common front across the province to tackle skyrocketing tuition fees. Primary objectives include:

• Build a strong and united student movement and work in solidarity with other social movements;
• Oppose financial barriers to post-secondary education and other social programmes;
• Oppose the privatisation and corporatisation of campuses and public services;
• Challenge racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, colonialism and all other forms of prejudice, hate and discrimination on campus and in society.

Sample workshop topics include: solidarity with first nations, anti-war, fair trade to trade justice, posters/stencils/graffiti for social change, student-labour solidarity, queer/trans issues on campus, direct action, international/undocumented students, and of course - free education! Complete schedule of sessions and workshops are here and here, respectively.

To generate interest, and remove barriers to access for this event, there are no registration fees, food will be provided and there is a free bus ride from Guelph to the location (make sure to email to reserve a spot!). Overnight accommodations arrangements are being coordinated as well, but for these please contact event organizers at the below contact information to secure something.

CSA contact: Cailey Campbell,
CFS contact: Jen Hassum,

HOW TO REGISTER: register online here by Saturday Sept.20th!

Did YOU attend this event? If so, please post your comments below on how it went, what you thought, and how the experience will translate into activities right here on the Guelph campus.

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  1. Posted by: itshardtopost on Sep 19, 2008 @ 1:46pm

    "• Challenge racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, colonialism and all other forms of prejudice, hate and discrimination on campus and in society."

    Colonialism? I think you guys are about 60 years late on that one.

  2. Posted by: Cailey on Sep 25, 2008 @ 1:17am

    you don't think that colonialism still exists?

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