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

About the Conference

STAND Canada, a youth-led advocacy organization working to make ending and preventing genocide a cornerstone of Canadian policy, is hosting a conference at the University of British Columbia campus on January 22-24 called “Learn, Listen, Act: Promoting Reflexivity to Genocide of Indigenous Peoples.” As an anti-genocide advocacy organization founded and based in Canada, we believe that we have a responsibility to critically examine our relationship to genocide of Indigenous peoples.

The objectives for this conference are open-ended as we convene STAND Canada’s national leadership to listen through consultations, meetings, and events in an effort to understand our responsibility as a Canadian anti-genocide advocacy organization and initiate a robust dialogue with other groups with similar questions. As a result of the topic of focus, we are excited to build relationships with external allies and local Indigenous groups that may be interested in teaching us and working with us.

For more information, please view our Conference Summary.


The whole three-day conference is open to the public, with two events targeted to a broad audience. There is no cost for any of the events.

Finding Dawn: Documentary Screening & Discussion

Friday, 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.

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. Recommended reading will be provided prior to the event.

Please RSVP at our Facebook event or EventBrite.

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

Saturday, 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.

Please RSVP at our Facebook event or EventBrite.


Coffee Fundraiser

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.

Cafe Justicia is also a philosphy and practise of solidarity trade that builds cooperation between consumers and producers while ensuring that the producers are firmly in the driver’s seat, making the final decisions regarding pricing, distribution and marketing.

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.


If you are interested in attending any of the sessions during the three days, take a look at our schedule and email us to register at conferencecommittee@standcanada.org with your contact information.

For any questions, please email us. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please email one of our Conference Committee members directly.

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.