DisOrientation 2017: Unsettling Canada 150

Join us for this years installment of DisOrientation Week! DisOrientation is our annual week long series of events and workshops welcoming new and returning students and community members while promoting and supporting critical thinking and activism in our communities on and off campus. By bringing together a range of campus and community groups, DisO aims to draw the links between the many different kinds of political, environmental, and social justice based organizing that exists on campus and in our communities.

Unsettling Canada 150: Celebrating Histories of Resistance to Colonial Institutions

A celebration of 150 years of colonization, Canada 150 has brought to the mainstream conversations about resistance that Indigenous and other communities have been having for years. DIsOrientation 2017 will focus on resistance to underscore that resistance has always been present. We will bring these conversations to the university, thinking about how students and student groups have not only resisted but also shaped the university in ways that continue to be erased. Workshops will attempt to move us beyond land acknowledgements and promote ideas on how to decolonize the university, the classroom and all other student spaces.

Schedule for the week:

Monday September 25

KAIROS Blanket Exercise
Student Centre Room 430

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a two hour participatory workshop.

Dis-o Roundtable: Un-Mapping the Academic Industrial Complex
Student Centre room 430
2:30PM - 5:30PM

Tuesday September 26

Black studies as a form of resistance : Change, Resistance and Radicalism
Student Centre room 430
11:30AM - 2:30PM

In this workshop, the York University Black Graduate Students Collective (BGSC) asks a very important question: “Where would the institution be without Black students?” We ask this question to call attention to the long history of resistance from Black students that has shaped, in this case, York so that it can celebrate being known as a diverse and radical institution. The suppression and lack of responding adequately to the needs and aspirations of Black students generally forces us to call on this history in order to deeply challenge York’s often vaunted and celebrated public narrative.Though this resistance has been erased, the BGSC works towards honouring the legacy of Black students before us, in order to reclaim both the Black Radical tradition at York and simultaneously open up the possibilities of continued resistance today. Ultimately, this workshop aims to engage those in attendance alongside the BGSC to further discuss,reimagine and pursue a better York for black students and the surrounding communities.

Tag the Flag!
Student Centre room 430
3:00PM - 5:00PM

Wednesday September 27

Student Centre room 307
10:30AM - 12:00PM

"The York United Black Students’ Alliance (YUBSA) was formed in 1996 as an amalgamation of members of the African Student's Association, the Black Writers’ Caucus and the Caribbean Student's Association at York University. The key objective of which was to unite and empower Black students on campus."

21 Years Later the Alliance is still pressing forward and keeping central the theme of Black empowerment. In addition to YUBSA's core object of empowerment and unity , the Alliance's provides hundreds of Black Students with a safe space to exist within an institution that perpetuates racial violence and white supremacy.

It has been thought that the Alliance "will wither away when there is a clear indication that racism is not an issue on campus." and 21 years later this withering has yet to commence.

YUBSA 21 is a workshop disorienting the Canada 150 narrative by highlighting the racial inequity faced by Black students on the York University campus; a campus with the largest Black student population in Ontario . This inequity is a not unique to the York U experience ,but is evident in the treatment of Black bodies Canada wide and and is directly tied to Canada's colonial history.

Banner making Drop in Art Space
Student Centre room 307
12:30PM - 2:30PM

Thursday September 28

After the Last River Film Screening and Panel
Nat Taylor Cinema - North Ross room 102
12:30PM - 2:30PM

OPIRG York 25th Anniversary Party!
Maclean Performance Studio - Accolade East Room 244
6PM - 9PM