Tomorrow is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which can be a heavy day, indeed. It’s been somber and encouraging watching all those who’ve been stopping to read the names and stories of some of those we’re remembering at our Convocation Mall display this week. It’s been warming to see all the candles that people have lit as they pass by outside our space. And I have been grateful to our volunteers who have put all this together, while being thoughtful and intentional about the intersecting identities and oppressions of those we’re remembering. 

This our last newsletter of the semester, so I want to be sure to wish you the best of luck through the end of term assignments and finals. Please, take care of yourself as best you can, and take the space you can to breathe and drink water. We’ve still got some programming in us yet, so keep reading to see what’s what.

Today’s Contents:
Out on Campus Events & Happenings
TDOR Programming
Mindfulness Stress Reduction Hour, Thu Nov 27th
OOC Lounge Hours/Closures in December
SFU Queer Graduate, Faculty, and Staff Network (QGFSN)
Rotunda, SFSS, and SFU Happenings
Documentary on Queer and Trans Poverty in BC, Mon Nov 24th
SFSS Angel Trees Project
SFSS Special General Meeting Announcement
Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage – Free Public Lectures Spring 2015
Greater Community Happenings
Saige Community Food Bank, Fri Nov 28th
Vancouver Men’s Chorus concerts: Making Spirits Bright
Help Vancouver Pride Society Recognize Youth

 

Out on Campus Events & Happenings

TDOR PROGRAMMING
This week’s Transgender Day of Remembrance Programming is still running, with both our memorial display and candle-lighting up through November 20th. We’ll also be hosting our PSN workshop on Gender/Sex on November 20th.
 
Memorial Display

Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20th) is a day to stop and remember those who have been murdered based on their various identities.  A memorial display will be up in Convocation Mall from November 17th-20th. Come on by outside Out On Campus lounge (TC-314N in the rotunda) to light a candle.  

Our display can be a triggering event to people of all genders. While we encourage you to participate in events surrounding TDOR if you are able, we would also like to encourage you to take care of yourself.
 
Positive Space  Network workshop
Register here

Module 2 – Gender/Sex
November 20, 2014 – 10:30-1:30
(This module is a pilot so description may vary slightly from final version of the workshop)

This workshop focuses on topics of gender and sex, including the transgender umbrella, transphobia, and cisnormativity. Not sure exactly what those are? Then this workshop is for you. Pretty sure you know all about these topics, then this workshop is still for you! Activities focus on pronouns, self-identity, and allyship. This workshop is good for people of all experience levels. Snacks will be provided.

Please note that you are free to attend Module 2 without having taken Module 1. Spots are filling up fast, so please RSVP ASAP if you would like to attend.

 

MINDFULNESS STRESS-REDUCTION HOUR, THU NOV 27TH
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that quiets the mind. It helps you become focused, rest from constant thinking, and reduces stress. Practice being here, in the present, and let go of worries about the future and the past. This is a drop-in workshop, open to all.
 
Join us in the OOC lounge, TC314N, in the Rotunda (between Bennett Library and the West Mall). This is our last Mindfulness session of the semester! Come out and clear your mind before Finals.

 

OOC LOUNGE HOURS/CLOSURES IN DECEMBER
Out on Campus will be open on a modified scheduled through December.

Expect us to be open Mondays through Wednesdays 10am-5pm, and Thursdays 9am-4pm. The OOC Lounge & Services will be closed from December 24 through January 4 for the winter holidays.

 

SFU QUEER GRADUATE, FACULTY, AND STAFF NETWORK (QGFSN)
An LGBT network for graduate students, faculty and staff at SFU has been created in collaboration with Out on Campus and the Graduate Student Society. The goal is to create a safe and friendly space for SFU queer graduates, faculty and staff to get in touch, meet, socialise and explore opportunities to get involved in the queer community.
 
If you want to join the network or get updates, please subscribe to the mailing list:queer-grad-fac-staff@sfu.ca. All privacy will be respected and people who are not out can feel safe to subscribe and join.
 
Click here for instructions on how to join the mailing list. For questions, please e-mail: queer-gfs-contact@sfu.ca

 

Rotunda, SFSS, and SFU Happenings

DOCUMENTARY ON QUEER AND TRANS POVERTY IN BC, MON NOV 24TH
1:30-3:30pm
SFU Burnaby: BLU 11002
 
The SFU Health Ethics Club and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition presents a screening of Under the Rainbow: A Documentary about the Root Causes of Queer and Trans Poverty and a discussion on ethics surrounding LGBT access to healthcare.
 
Snacks provided! Everyone welcome!

 

SFSS ANGEL TREES PROJECT
The Simon Fraser Student Society, SFU Women’s Center and the Health Science Undergraduate Student Union has brought the Angel Tree Project back again this year!

What is the Angel Tree Project?

Stop by one of the trees set up around campus (found in Blusson Hall and Maggie Benson Center), and take an ornament from the tree. 
Each ornament describes a gift that you can purchase on behalf of someone in need. The trees will be set up for the month of November 2014. 
All gifts purchased will either go to a student in financial need, or a high risk expecting mother through Burnaby Family Life.

This initiative aims to help bring the SFU community together to support and aid those in need. So far, 7 recipient families have already signed up and would benefit from the success of this project.

Let us bring the SFU community together to make a difference this holiday season!
To get involved with this project or for more information, please contact Ayla Kooner at healthrep@sfss.ca.

 

SFSS SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
 

November 14, 2014
To the Members of the Simon Fraser Student Society,

On October 22, 2014 the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). This meeting saw the highest student turnout in recent history. 

The SFSS Board of Directors is thrilled that so many students decided to get involved.  However, this unprecedented turnout presented some difficulties to safely accommodating everyone in the meeting room.  We made our best efforts to accommodate everyone who wanted to be present and had understood that everyone who wished to participate was ultimately able to join the meeting.
After thorough investigation, we have found that some interested members were unable to be present for certain business conducted at the AGM because of these capacity issues. This business includes granting the SFSS the authority to enter into a debenture (mortgage) for the Build SFU Student Union Building and Stadium project. The SFSS is committed to ensuring that all members have the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights to participate and vote in SFSS business and takes this matter very seriously.  

Therefore, we will be holding a Special General Meeting at which the resolutions in respect of the debenture and the bylaw amendment will be presented for approval and affirmation. In accordance with the SFSS bylaws, the Board of Directors has approved the convening of such a meeting during the week of January 19, 2015.   Notice of such meeting will be circulated soon. 

In behalf of the Simon Fraser Student Society Board of Directors,
Chardaye Bueckert
President
Simon Fraser Student Society

 

PROTECTING INDIGENOUS CULTURAL HERITAGE – FREE PUBLIC LECTURES SPRING 2015
http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/events/dreamcolloquium/DreamColloquium-Indigenous.html

One of Canada’s greatest challenges, both today and for the future, concerns the protection of the tangible and intangible heritage. Questions about the recognition, respect, and protection of cultural heritage are often a source of conflict, with substantial social, political, and economic consequences. The six dynamic and exciting speakers in this interdisciplinary lecture series will explore these important issues.
Lectures begin January 8th and run through March 25th. Please click the link for specific lectures and for more details!

 

Community Announcements/Happenings

SAIGE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK, FRI NOV 28TH
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street @ Nanaimo, Vancouver
Phone: 604-254-5401

TRANS AND GENDER VARIANT SAFE SPACE OPEN TO ALL!

HOURS:
Volunteers: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Open to the public: 4:00pm – 5:00pm or until food products run out.

SPACE:
Attendees are not to start to line up until 2:00pm. Numbers will be given out from 2:30-3:30 ONLY, then regular line up rules apply – so come early and bring your own reusable bags! Also be aware of the weather as the line up is outside and there is NO seating available inside.

Wheel chair/scooter accessible room for event. There are washrooms available inside this facility as well.

Donations, sponsorship and volunteers always welcome.

 

VANCOUVER MEN’S CHORUS CONCERTS: MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT

Performance dates:
December 4, 6, 11, and 12 @ 8 pm.
Matinees December 7 and 13 @ 3 pm.

Venue:
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
1130 Jervis Street (at Pendrell)

Join with the VMC this December, 2014 as we toast the Surprise! that is inherent in this season of love, hope, and giving, of darkness and light. Listen to songs of the magic and mysticism that have made this time of year beloved across time and around the world. With Making Spirits Bright: Surprise! we celebrate the excitement and mystery of the holidays!

For more information, please visit http://www.vancouvermenschorus.ca/concerts-and-tickets/making-spirits-bright/

 

HELP VANCOUVER PRIDE SOCIETY RECOGNIZE YOUTH
Do you know youth who should be recognized for their efforts in queer issues? Every year the Vancouver Pride Society organizes an Awards ceremony where they recognize 8 individuals who create positive change in the Greater Vancouver area in LGBTQ+ issues. One of the awards categories is: Purple for Spirit and Youth. Please spread the word to recognize deserving youth, or nominate an outstanding individual yourself.

To nominate a community member, simply email us at legacy@vancouverpride.ca with some basic information. 

Include the nomination category in the subject of your e-mail. (Youth)
Tell us who you are nominating in the email, with a phone number or email we can reach the nominee at.

Learn more at: http://vancouverpride.ca/events/third-annual-pride-legacy-awards/#sthash.YTicQR3A.dpuf