Newsletter Archives — August 2017


What’s New for August 2017


We would like to acknowledge that August 9th is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People as designated by the United Nations.

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Recognition Award –
Call for Nominations Coming this September!

We will soon be launching the 2018 IDERD call for nominations this September 2017.

The IDERD Recognition Award recognizes students, staff and faculty who have contributed outstanding work and initiatives in an effort to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism throughout the U of T community.

Connections and Conversations

Connections and Conversations is an affinity group for racialized staff at the University of Toronto and their supporters. The staff-driven initiative offers discussions and a support network for racialized staff to flourish at U of T. The focus is to create an open and empowering environment for racialized staff to celebrate their accomplishments and contribute their unique ideas and talents to the University through networking, mentoring and other activities. Local chapters were created on all three campuses – earlier this year.


St. George Campus:

Please join the Connections & Conversations St. George Chapter on Wednesday August 2nd from 12 pm – 1 pm in the First Nations House Lounge to hear Bonnie Jane Maracle speak about land acknowledgement in the context of “Canada 150.”

Location: First Nations House Lounge, 563 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor
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Accessibility: Space is accessible. Entrance from Bancroft Avenue is accessible and leads to elevator. Single user washroom on 3rd floor. Fully accessible single user washroom on 2nd floor.

NOTE: Please bring your lunch. There is a microwave in the kitchen available to heat food.

“Culture for Sale”: A Panel Discussion on the Corporatization of Caribana

Presented by the University of Toronto Students Union (UTSU)

Join us for a panel discussion as we discuss the festival’s origins, present day corporatization, and where we can go from here. Each of the guest speakers have had extensive experience in organizing Caribana throughout its history: keep your eyes on the page as we announce our speakers.

August 2, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Location: Alumni Hall, VC 112 (91 Charles Street W)
FREE food and refreshments will be provided
If you require any accessibility accommodations, please email

External Community Events

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August 17th 2017 5 pmAlternative Forms of Learning, organized by artist collective August Fröhls and featuring Negarra Kudumu, Manager of Public Programs at the Frye Art Museum; and Timothy Yanick Hunter and Esca Mohamoud, artists and members of the Black Artists’ Union. Taking on an improvised format, they will discuss and engage with ideas of how to consider forms of learning that are wholly representative, and unearth unknown histories into more formal education structures. The program is free with registration, which can be done here:
More information about the program can be found here:

July 7th 2017 – August 6th 2017, Toronto, Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival
Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Carnival in Toronto!

May 13 – Sept 24th, Outdoor Exhibition: along Front St. E. at Cooperage St. and into Corktown Common ParkMaking Peace
Presented by: Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and the Aston Family Foundation
Making Peace, the largest and perhaps most important outdoor photographic exhibit of its kind in the world, will open in Toronto on Saturday May 13th. To date, Making Peace has been presented in 12 major cities including, Basel Geneva, Leper, Strasbourg, Sarajevo, Utrecht, Tunis, and Stockholm at the prestigious Nobel Museum. This will be the 1st ever North American showing of Making Peace. Presenting over a century of photography (124 photographs / 111 photographers), the exhibit pays tribute to the people all over the planet, who devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace.

July 29 – 30, 2:00 pm, Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive: Mississauga Latin Festival. In its 8th year, the Mississauga Latin Festival takes special pride in highlighting the rich roots and traditions of our Latin culture to the Canadian community in the City of Mississauga. The event features large musical and folkloric performances, a children’s play area, food vendors, exhibitors, artisans and educational demonstrations of services and initiatives that involve such topics as Immigration, settlement, Educational opportunities, trades involvement, the environment and volunteering.

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