STAND Conferences

Integral to the success of STAND are our Conferences, where we convene our leadership, chapters, and volunteers to plan, learn, and strengthen our team. As an organization which operates remotely with volunteers who live across Canada (and some overseas), we value the opportunity to connect with each other, Members of Parliament, and external, like-minded individuals and organizations. In the past 10 years, our Conferences have been held in Toronto, Ottawa, and on campuses where we have a chapter. These Conferences are held at least once per year. The themes are shaped by current events and our resources. Our next Conferences are scheduled for November 2016 in Vancouver, BC and in May 2017 in Ottawa, ON.

Highlights from our Past Conferences

January 2016: Learn, Listen, Act: Promoting Reflexivity to Genocide of Indigenous Peoples

As a Canadian anti­-genocide advocacy organization, the recently released Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on the cultural genocide of First Nations peoples has raised many questions within our organization regarding our position in relation to genocide.

This conference convened STAND Canada’s national leadership on the UBC campus, hosted by our UBC Chapter, for a robust dialogue on STAND’s future in relation to genocide on this land that engaged multiple stakeholders. We listened through consultations, meetings, and events in an effort to understand our responsibility as a Canadian anti­-genocide advocacy organization. As a result of the topic of focus, we built long-­term relationships with external allies and Indigenous groups.

Please visit our Conference page to learn more. Recaps and responses to our meetings with consultants are found in the Conferences category.

A Special Feature blog by Nicholas Boland-Cairney, Blog Writer On April 10th, the Attawapiskat First Nation, a small reserve located 700km north of Sudbury, found itself in the midst of an unprecedented mental health crisis. A state of emergency was declared on April 9th after local resources had been exhausted by a rash of suicide attempts… Read More

Veronica Fynn Bruey | Legal Scholar and PhD Candidate at the Australian National University

Speaker Sessions: Veronica Fynn Bruey – Colonialism and Racism This post is a response to a talk given by Veronica Fynn Bruey at the STAND Canada 2016 Directors Conference:  “Learn, Listen, Act: Promoting Reflexivity to Genocide of Indigenous Peoples.” From January 21-23, 2016, STAND Canada convened its national leadership to listen through consultations, meetings, and events in… Read More

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Camilla Shearman, Blog Writer While violence in the world’s newest state is often understood as ethnic conflict, women and girls from all ethnicities and communities in South Sudan are vulnerable to severe forms of gendered violence. Alongside nation-wide problems of displacement, extrajudicial killings, and destruction of home and livelihood, women and girls are particularly targeted… Read More