IT’S FESTIVAL SEASON! After two years in suspension, festival season has unleashed into full swing across the prairies. The Pride Festival and Jazz Fest kicked it off in June for Saskatoon.
As we write this, Back to Batoche is wrapping its 50th with exciting news of the Batoche Historic Site lands being returned to the Metis Nation!
Festivals can be a part of our radical self-care and community-care. A chance to celebrate life, reconnect with ourselves and each other, and remember the joy that makes liberation worth fighting for. A time to experience community-care as it could be.
Every month, we start The Stand’s board meeting the same way. First, we approve new member applications from individuals and grassroots groups. We welcomed two new member groups this month – the Saskatoon Peace Coalition and a brand new organization called the Ad Astra Foundation, which is building international solidarity and using a decolonizing perspective to guide international development work.
May is a month of important commemorations. International Workers’ Day (aka May Day) takes place every year on May 1. We aren’t aware of any Saskatoon events this year, but the Regina & District Labour Council hosted a week of May Day events. A few days earlier on the National Day of Mourning, gatherings were held in remembrance of the 31 Saskatchewan workers who died on the job in 2021. In Alberta, 178 people died from work-related injuries and illnesses last year.
We’re gearing up for an active year building solidarity, strategy, and skills with the individuals and grassroots groups that are members of The Stand and the progressive activist community as a whole. At our AGM in January, we presented The Stand’s 2022 Priorities from our consultation with grassroots groups. And we’re thrilled to welcome four new board members to help bring our 2022 priorities to life!
The Stand Community Organizing Centre is excited to announce the launch of our new online community calendar of public organizing and activist events fWe are excited to announce that The Stand Community Organizing Centre has launched an online, curated Community Calendar for activism and organizing events in Saskatoon/Treaty 6 Territory, and that we are devoting volunteer resources to its maintenance.
Friends, we are now entering the one-year point of the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no question that this past year has been a trying time for all of us, but the ravages of Covid-19 have exposed many of the inequities and injustices that plague our society. Routinely we hear that racialized communities are facing greater risks from the disease because of systemic racism in our public institutions. We also know from data produced by the Public Health Agency of Canada that Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada face similar risks due to a lack of government action to ensure people’s safety.
Friends, we cannot be happier to be entering a new year. 2020 represented one of the most complicated years that many of us have ever experienced. In addition to the many friends and loved ones who may have come into contact with Covid19, the inequity in our communities has made the pandemic even more difficult
The Stand fundraising committee is pleased to announce our first Virtual Bottle Drive to purchase PPE for Protests with the support of the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan. For the month of August, you can visit any SARCAN Drop & Go location to donate your recycling refund to help keep your community safe during Covid19.
To help keep each other safe from COVID-19 while we rally for justice, The Stand with support from the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan is providing masks, hand sanitizer, and safety information for rallies and protests in Saskatoon.