The Stand Community Organizing Centre

The Stand Community Organizing Centre is located at 615 Main St. in the Broadway Area of Saskatoon / Treaty 6. In it we offer meeting space, co-working desks, and services such as mentoring, workshops, and educational events that will help build strong, vibrant, and sustainable social movements into the future.

Saskatoon has always been in the forefront pushing for justice. As a community, our desire for change is stronger than ever, with many environmental and social issues capturing our attention. We see this desire at our community events. We hear it in the conversations at our dinner tables. And we support it through social movements, such as Idle No More and Occupy, which emerged out of this same desire for change.

stand / n.

  1. a supportive framework. music or art stand.
  2. a gathering place where goods may be sold. books or ice cream stand
  3. a strongly expressed position. We take a stand on social and environmental justice.
  4. a group of trees in a prairie field. Spring melt and summer rains collect in low points on the land. Seeds find their way into these fertile spots and develop into thriving trees. With roots intertwined beneath the soil, each tree is made stronger by its neighbors. Together, they endure the violent winds that happen across the lands.

At the same time that the need for action has grown and social movements have responded, our community capacity to effectively support social, environmental, and economic justice initiatives has been diminished. Government cuts to social programs, defunding of justice-based organizations, and decreased access to places to meet and gather have made it more difficult to organize and maintain space for social change.

Since 2003, Turning the Tide Bookstore has been an active presence in the social justice and environmental communities with the mission of providing educational materials and resources for community change. Over the years the shop grew into more than just a bookstore. Following in the footsteps of organizations that came before it – One Sky Learner Centre and the Community Outreach and Education Centre – it became a hub of activism and support for those alienated from, and seeking alternatives to, mainstream culture. At the same time, we were limited in the change we could support by our small space and our focus on information and education.

When Turning the Tide was evicted after eleven years due to the demolition of the little red house off Broadway, it seemed like the perfect time for us to re-vision the role we could to play in the community. Based on community consultations held in the spring of 2014, we decided to be one of the founding members of a new organization. We called it Treaty 6 Justice Collective. Our mission: To enhance and support collective efforts advocating for social, environmental, and economic justice in our community.

Turning the Tide has found a new home just off (the other side) of Broadway! Together, Turning the Tide and Treaty 6 Justice Collective have now become a partnership to create a place that will house the bookstore and provide space for organizations, community organizers, and concerned individuals working for change.

This space, called The Stand – Community Organizing Centre, is where we can share knowledge, skills, and resources to support new initiatives and amplify existing work being done. With your help, it can become a place for community meetings, where campaigns are organized, individuals and grassroots organizations can access desks in a shared space, people can attend training workshops, host events in a beautiful gallery space, or browse the books in the new location of Turning the Tide bookstore.

This type of space requires our labour and our money to come alive. Please make a donation or volunteer your time to support us in combining revolutionary books and ideas with the strong Saskatchewan tradition of making social change by working together.

Become a member of The Stand