RiVAL is pleased to announce several upcoming and ongoing activities this fall

Art and activism workshops (Nov 23-24)

with Sam Gould of Beyond Repair/Tools in Common (Minneapolis)

November 23, 2-5pm: Art and activism workshop
November 24, 1-5pm: Self-publishing masterclass

The ReImagining Value Action Lab is pleased to welcome Sam Gould to Thunder Bay for two free art and activism workshops.

On Saturday, November 23 (2-5pm) Sam will present an interactive workshop on art and activism with a special focus on participatory and community art, print and publishing. With examples of his own work and that of other artist-activists in the US and beyond, this workshop will offer opportunities for participants to workshop ideas and projects.

On Sunday, November 24 (1-5pm) Sam will introduce local artists to some of the finer points of RiVAL’s classic Risograph printer, which can cheaply produce creative printed works and is available for community use at RiVAL into the future. No experience is required, but please pre-register as space is limited.

BIO: An artist, writer, and activist, Sam Gould cofounded artist collective Red76 and currently acts as editor for Tools in Common, an expanded publication platform. Interested in ideas about publication as an act of public making, his work often focuses on sociality, education, and encountering the political within daily life. Beyond Repair a Tools in Common publication he edits, functions as a long now site of questioning within the 9th Ward of Minneapolis

Decolonization reading/discussion group

(for everyone)

Weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm from September 10 to December 10, 2019

All members of the Thunder Bay community are welcome to come with a good and open heart of discuss decolonization at the ReImagining Value Action Lab, most Tuesdays from September through December.

  • No experience necessary. Feel free to drop in for one or some, or come to them all.
  • You don’t need to read the book ahead of time: we read the book out loud, together at each meeting.

Based on the huge success of last year’s group we are pleased to once again offer a welcoming and compassionate environment for all people (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) to learn together and ask difficult and unsettling questions. We want to continue to make this a place of learning, generosity and solidarity.

THE BOOK: As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson locates Indigenous political resurgence as a practice rooted in uniquely Indigenous theorizing, writing, organizing, and thinking. She makes clear that the goal of Indigenous resistance can no longer be cultural resurgence as a mechanism for inclusion in a multicultural mosaic, calling for unapologetic, place-based Indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state.

Across North America, Indigenous acts of resistance have in recent years opposed the removal of federal protections for forests and waterways in Indigenous lands, halted the expansion of tar sands extraction and the pipeline construction at Standing Rock, and demanded justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women. In As We Have Always Done, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson locates Indigenous political resurgence as a practice rooted in uniquely Indigenous theorizing, writing, organizing, and thinking.

Indigenous resistance is a radical rejection of contemporary colonialism focused around the refusal of the dispossession of both Indigenous bodies and land. Simpson makes clear that its goal can no longer be cultural resurgence as a mechanism for inclusion in a multicultural mosaic. Instead, she calls for unapologetic, place-based Indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state, including heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation.

“This is an astonishing work of Indigenous intellectualism and activism—by far the most provocative, defiant, visionary, and generous of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s impressive corpus to date.

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation), University of British Columbia

“I have learned more about this battered world from reading Leanne Betasamosake Simpson than from almost any writer alive today. A dazzlingly original thinker and an irresistible stylist, Simpson has gifted us with a field guide not to mere political resistance but to deep and holistic transformation. It arrives at the perfect time.”

Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything

THE AUTHOR: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a writer, activist, faculty member at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. She is author of several books, including Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Islands of Decolonial Love, and This Accident of Being Lost. She is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg, holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and is a member of Alderville First Nation

Public Lecture series

Three public lectures with Dr. Max Haiven, Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University.

Saturday, September 21, 2pm: “The power and poverty of the imagination

Saturday, October 26, 2pm: “The economy of anxiety

Saturday, November 30, 2pm: “Our age of revenge

All these events are free and open to the public at the Brodie Street library’s Fireside Reading Room.

More information: http://rival.lakeheadu.ca/fall-2019-lecture-series/

Access and comfort at RiVAL

  • RiVAL, which is a research lab of Lakehead University is located in the same building as the The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University (room 2002), though we are not affiliated with the law school. Unfortunately, there are about 12 steps from the accessible entrance to RiVAL. We would be happy to move the meetings to a more accessible spot upon request.
  • Children are welcome. RiVAL also offers modest childcare subsidies upon request. Please contact us for more information
  • We also offer busfare, though we need to ask you to sign a form.
  • Please do not wear scented products! Many of our staff and guests have allergies.
  • We are happy to serve coffee, tea and juice
  • Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to help you attend, enjoy and participate.