About The Stand Community Organizing Centre

The Stand is a non-profit managed by a board of directors in collaboration with our members and Turning The Tide Bookstore. We provide resources to grassroots groups and agencies that are working towards social, environmental, and economic justice.

Our Mission:

The Stand helps build movements for social, environmental, and economic justice
by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, resources, and mutual support
within a decolonizing framework.

No Social Justice without Treaty Justice

The Stand is operates on Treaty 6 Territory, which is the traditional territory of the Nehiyaw (Cree), Saulteaux, Stoney, Nakota, and Dakota peoples and the Homeland of the Métis Nation.

No project of environmental, social, or economic justice can be pursued or realized on these lands without recognition of and attention to treaty justice. The legacies of colonialism, the deep-rooted racism that permeates our systems and institutions, the ongoing disrespect for Indigenous sovereignty and the lands for which they have cared since time immemorial, and the injustices faced by Indigenous people are intertwined with the lack of economic, social, and environmental justice in our city, our province, and our country. Injustices stemming from the intersections of our capitalist, colonial, misogynist, racist global system in which we are situated require a holistic critique of the system. It is a deceitful system, which divides and stereotypes us, keeping us from challenging the political, economic, social, and environmental norms, from challenging power.

The Stand maintains a decolonizing political stance, which informs our decisions and actions as well as the community organizing groups and initiatives we support. The work of decolonizing the land, our institutions, and our worldviews is ongoing and relates to complex histories of colonialism and oppression around the world as well as current hegemonic systems that perpetuate inequalities.

Our goal is to build a community hub that fosters the exchange of knowledge, resources, and mutual aid amongst people and groups working towards justice. The interconnectedness of injustices within the system guides us to think boldly about how to work towards treaty justice, honouring the spirit of the treaties, and learning from the people and land in all that we do.

Exchanging Knowledge

Workshops, trainings, and skill-shares

Monthly newsletter and social media

Community Calendar

Pooling Resources

Equipment rental (e.g. sound system, chairs, generator)

Community Organizing Fund

Future vision of a community-owned building

Mutual Support

Community Skill & Resource Directory – in development

Gatherings

Coalition building

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