"My Entry into Aboriginal Understanding" is a collection of eight articles written by Common Cause member Greg Macdougall, also a member of IPSMO - Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa.
The articles cover a range of topics from culture and language to sovereignty and activism.
The booklet has just been released online as a PDF (16 pgs, or 8 pgs when printed doublesided) in two formats:
* one, a 'front-to-back' version that can be read online (or printed)
* two, a 'print-formatted' version that folds/staples into a booklet when printed.
IPSMO has handed out a couple hundred of these booklets in print form over the past year, but now it is also available online: http://equitableeducation.ca/2011/aboriginal-understanding-booklet
Please take a look, and also feel free to print multiple copies for distribution or for use in schools or other educational settings.
A diverse array of activists, students, educational workers and members of the Hamilton community roughly 40 strong demonstrated in front of University Hall today in a rare chance to directly confront Stephen Harper. The PM was visiting the city for the first time since the May 2nd election which gave him a majority of seats in the House of Commons, if not a of the popular vote.
Groups represented included CUPE 3906, the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, Hamilton for Steel (a solidarity group that works with USW 1005) and Students Resisting War and Occupation.
Speakers from the above mentioned groups sent the clear message that freeing up a bit of money for a handful of research positions was not enough to make Hamiltonians forget Harper's dismal record on imperialist war-making, union-busting, violation of human rights, de-funding of women's organizations and a false austerity agenda designed to mangle the public service and line the pockets of his rich backers.
By Edward Wong
Tuition fees are certainly a barrier to the accessibility of education. However, an issue not often discussed is the living expenses of students. As with tuition, students are forced to take out loans or seek part-time employment. The debt load has tremendous financial implications after graduation and can be linked to drop out rates. According to the Canadian Federation of Students, insufficient funds and the need to seek employment is the number one reason for the interruption of studies for both university and college students.
I haven't had time to keep myself updated on the situation in Europe. A number of neoliberal reforms for education have been proposed in various European countries. Students and workers have come out in opposition in Ireland, Italy (2.5 million occupying universities and on the streets in Rome alone), Greece (300 schools squatted and students and teachers voting on decisions), and Spain (apparently, though I haven't come across any info).
CALL TO ACTION: UofT PRESSES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST 14 FOR MOBILIZING AGAINST FEE HIKES
***URGENT CALL FOR SUPPORT – PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY***
SIGN THE PETITION: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fightfees/index.html
Some have questioned the relation between residence rental fee increases and access to education, but if we take into consideration the social context it is clear that there is a direct connection.
One suggestion brought up was that residence housing is a privilege, not a right, and therefore it is unreasonable to demand that it should be affordable. Assuming this argument is correct, and it isn't, we must ask the question about privilege for who? If residence living does add to the educational experience, why should it only be open to the upper class? In essence, this assumption suggests that our education system should be two-tiered, with 'privileges' provided to the rich, while the poorer students are left behind.
EMERGENCY RALLY TO DEFEND STUDENTS' RIGHTS
Tuesday March 25, 4:10 PM
Simcoe Hall (27 King's College Circle)
University of Toronto
ACTION ITEM: Statements of solidarity and support; endorse and organize a contingent for the rally.
Join us in a peaceful demonstration outside the University of Toronto's administration building to protest police aggression against students and rising fees: Tuesday March 25, 4:10 PM, outside Simcoe Hall (27 King's College