Check out the final schedule for the upcoming STAND Canada conference: “Learn, Listen, Act: Promoting Reflexivity to Genocide of Indigenous Peoples,” January 22-24, 2016 at the UBC Global Lounge in Vancouver, BC, Canada!

We warmly invite you to attend two public events during the conference.

Finding Dawn: Documentary Screening and Discussion

January 22, 2016 from 5pm-8pm at the UBC Global Lounge

Film Synopsis: Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh presents a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy: the murders and disappearances of an estimated 500 Aboriginal women in Canada over the past 30 years. This is a journey into the dark heart of Native women’s experience in Canada. From Vancouver’s Skid Row to the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia, to Saskatoon, this film honours those who have passed and uncovers reasons for hope. Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country. Watch the trailer here.

Our discussion following the screening will feature Audrey Siegl, Musqueum First Nations activist and artist. We will examine the social, cultural, institutional, and gender dimensions behind the statistics from the Highway of Tears. We will discuss the ways we can translate our knowledge into action. This event is presented in partnership with the UBC Women’s Centre.

RSVP at our Facebook event or EventBrite.

Changing Through Listening: An Open Forum on Promoting Reflexivity to Genocide of Indigenous Peoples

January 23, 2016 from 5pm-7pm at the UBC Global Lounge

How should human rights activist groups understand their role in genocide of Indigenous peoples, past and present? Especially in a country like Canada, the genocide of Indigenous peoples is often invisible in the narratives of human rights and humanitarian activism.

STAND Canada, a youth-led advocacy organization working to make ending and preventing genocide a cornerstone of Canadian foreign policy, is hosting an open forum to promote reflexivity to genocide of Indigenous peoples in an attempt to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on the many difficult questions activist groups face (whether they are unaware of the history of genocide, interested in learning more, or already working on initiatives to address these concerns) and the ways in which these questions inform their activist work.

RSVP on Facebook or EventBrite.


The entire conference is also open to the public. If you are interested in attending any of the sessions listed below, please email with your contact information to register. Check out speaker biographies, event location, recommended readings and more in our conference package.


January 22, 2016

Time Topic Speaker
9:00-9:30 Welcome & Coffee
9:30-10:20 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Ernie Crey, North West Indigenous Council, ALIVE, Cheam First Nation
10:30-11:20 Presentation on the Executive Summary of the TRC Report Priya Ramesh & Katarina Todic, Policy Co-Directors
11:30-12:20 Memory, Truth, and Justice: Guatemalan Genocide Case Study Wendy Santizo Mendez, Co-Development
12:30-1:20 Lunch
1:30-2:20 A Comparative Conversation on Colonialism and Race in Canada, Australia, the United States, and Liberia Veronica Fynn Bruey (virtual)
2:30-3:00 STAND Session: Policy Priya Ramesh & Katarina Todic
3:10-3:40 STAND Session: Communications Evan Gray & Sarah Mistak, Communications Co-Directors
3:50-4:20 STAND Session: Executive & Human Resources and Operations Scott Fenwick, Executive Director & Alison Chan, Human Resource & Operations Director
4:30-5:00 Set up for documentary screening
5:00-8:00 Documentary Screening: Finding Dawn Public Event


January 23, 2016

Time Topic Speaker
9:00-9:30 Welcome & Coffee
9:30-9:45 STAND Brief for the Day
9:45-10:50 Inner Activist Narrative Nati Garcia
11:00-11:50 What is Cultural Genocide? Adam Jones, UBC Okanagan (virtual)
12:00-12:50 Violence on Women in Resource Development Craig Benjamin, Amnesty International (virtual)
1:00-1:50 Lunch
2:00-2:30 STAND Session: Chapters Adi Burton & Victoria Fleming, Chapters Co-Directors
2:40-3:10 STAND Session: Advocacy Scott Fenwick & Jessica Klasser, Interim Advocacy Co-Directors
3:30-4:20 “Reconciliation” Audrey Siegl, Musqueam Nation
4:30-5:00 Set up for open forum
5:00-7:00 Changing Through Listening: An Open Forum: Promoting Reflexivity to Genocide of Indigenous Peoples Public Event


January 24, 2016

Time Topic Speaker
9:15-9:30 Welcome & Coffee
9:30-10:30 STAND Brief for the Day
10:30-10:45 Break
11:00-1:00 STAND Canada Town Hall Virtual event
1:00-2:00 Conference Summary and Wrap-up

We are also excited to be supporting the work of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA) and BC CASA through having two of their members as consultants and selling Cafe Justicia, a fair trade, shade-grown coffee.

Cafe Justicia is produced by cooperatives organized by the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). Sales of the coffee not only support the families of cooperative members but also fund social development projects in surrounding communities and the CCDA’s broader struggle for social justice in Guatemala.

BC CASA also works with HIJOS, an organization of youth whose relatives were disappeared or murdered during the country’s 36-year civil war.

Each bag of 1lb coffee is $15 each and will be sold for the duration of the Conference, including at the film screening and at the Open Forum. We accept cash only.


STAND Canada acknowledges that this conference will take place on the unceded and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Stó:lō nations. We invite activist groups, Indigenous peoples, and other interested parties to engage in a critical dialogue on topics related to our conference theme with the aims of listening to Indigenous perspectives and promoting reflexive action in activist communities.

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