1) Asian and South Asian History Month Programming

Each year during May we recognize and celebrate Asian and South Asian History Month. For CRRC this is a time to recognize the ongoing histories and contributions of all Asian and South Asian people locally, nationally and internationally. Please join us throughout the month as we learn more about Asian history of migration and immigration, contemporary issues of power and oppression faced by many Asian members of our community and celebrate the artistic contribution of two members of our community. 

Wednesday May 18th to Tuesday May 31st at Sadleir House (751 George St. N)

ASAHM Artist Showcase May 18th to May 31st

More information to come! During the last two weeks of May two local visual artist will have their work on display in the Sadleir House Senior Common Room located at 751 George St. N. (Second Floor). We will be holding a closing night, stay tuned for more information.

Fin Xuan Lee Tran Collection

As I begin to gather my home in Peterborough to move to Toronto I am reminded and reflected of all the memories and experiences through my art both from the past and present. I am 19 and taking general arts and science at George Brown. I will be showing my art in celebration for Peterborough's community race relations. All pieces are for sale and would be greatly appreciated  sold for value and admiration of my work and pieces. I have included many old pieces as well some new ones such as a small buddha banner, lotus flower painting experimenting, and landscape or florals. Id like to thank the organizer and all of you who decide to come out to check out my creations.

In the past ive had shows with a very strong lean towards abstraction, surrealism, and expressionism. While I still try and work with expressionism and impressions, I have decided to take a different approach for some of my newer creations. I have been experimenting more with water colors, and realism so I hope that those of you who have seen my art befote notice a shift or perhaps different elements, and techniques.

Thursday May 19th 5pm at Sadleir House (751 George St. N.)

Public Talk by Momin Rahman on Islamophobia and Connecting Our Histories to Challenge It

Join Professor Momin Rahman and CRRC during May's Asian and South Asian History Month during the evening of May 19th when in a lecture discussing islampahobia and connecting our histories to challenge it. This event if free and snacks will be provided.
Momin Rahman is a Professor of Sociology at Trent University and a Fellow of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, both in Canada. His current research focuses on LGBT Muslims and he is the author of Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity (2014); Gender and Sexuality (with Stevi Jackson, 2010) and Sexuality and Democracy (2000).

Sunday May 28th 12:00pm at Artspace (378 Aylmer St. N.)

Film Screening - Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son with Q & A with Filmmaker Jeanette Kong

Caught between two cultures and races – Vincent Lee was born to a Chinese father and a Jamaican mother. After his father’s pre-mature death, five-year-old Vincent sailed across the ocean to southern China where he endured a life of hardship and servitude. Separated from his mother and siblings for more than two decades, Vincent returned to his native Jamaica as an adult. In this compelling documentary told from multiple perspectives, Half reflects the complex, yet common practice of sending mixed race sons to China for acculturation in the 1930s. It reveals one man's universal search for family, identity, and belonging. 
Jeanette Kong is a Jamaican-born, Chinese-Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Toronto. Her feature directorial debut Finding Samuel Lowe won the Audience Choice Awards at the ReelWorld Film Festivals in Toronto and Markham and was shortlisted for Best Diaspora Documentary at the 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards. Her short documentaries The Chiney Shop and Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son both premiered in the Caribbean at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. In July 2014, the films were selected to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Chinese to Jamaica at the Institute of Jamaica.

This event is free and food will be provided!!


2) Anti-Oppression for Workshop for Engaged Community Members and Educators

On Sunday May 22nd from 12:30 to 3:30 CRRC will be hosting an Anti-Oppression workshop targeted towards those that do formal and informal public education, and/or find themselves in situations where they may need resources and skills to address oppressive attitudes and actions (while also addressing this in their own lives). All are welcome to attend and please feel free to forward the description and details below. We are asking for a pay-what-you-can donation but no one will be turned away. 

Have you attended an anti-oppression workshop in the past or spent time educating yourself on topics related to power and oppression? Do you work or organize around issues related to social justice in Peterborough? Are you interested in developing resources and ideas that can better equip you to address oppression and privilege in your own life, or talk to others about systemic and social oppression? Please join Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough on Sunday May 22nd from 12:30pm to 3:00pm at Sadleir House for an Anti-Oppression workshop that seeks to bring community members together to interrogate power and privilege while sharing our experiences of having these difficult conversations and developing a resources list to better prepare us in the future. Individuals and organizations are welcome and participation is based on a sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can donation to cover the cost of the space and facilitator. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you have any questions or concerns please emailracerelation@gmail.com


3) National Aboriginal History Month Book Club - The Truth the Wampus Tells by Dr. Lynn Gehl

Join Community and Race Relations Committee (CRRC) of Peterborough during June's National Aboriginal History Month for a book club where we will be reading "The Truth the Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process" published with Fernwood 2014.
This book club will take place throughout the month of June with two club meetings scheduled to discuss what we've read and learned. During our second meeting scheduled for June 29th at 1:00 pm the author will join us to add to the discussion and respond to questions.

The book is $23.00, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. You can order the book or ask any questions by emailing racerelation@gmail.com by May 25th. The book can also be purchased directly from the author at:lynngehl@gmail.com, or online through Fernwood at: https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/the-truth-that-wampum-tells

From Lynn Herself:
"In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Treaty at Niagara, The Truth that Wampum Tells offers readers a first-ever insider analysis of the contemporary land claims and self-government process in Canada."
"Incorporating an analysis of traditional symbolic literacy known as wampum diplomacy, I argue that despite Canada’s constitutional beginnings, first codified in the 1763 Royal Proclamation and ratified during the 1764 Treaty at Niagara, Canada continues to deny the Algonquin Anishinaabeg their right to land and resources, their right to live as a sovereign nation and consequently their ability to live mino-pimadiziwin (the good life)." 
"In this book I move beyond Western scholarly approaches rooted in the historical archive, academic literature, and the interview method. Rather, in this work I offering an analysis through Debwewin Journey methodology which is a wholistic Anishinaabeg way of knowing that incorporates both mind knowledge and heart knowledge and that produces one’s debwewin (personal truth)."


4) Employment Opportunities

Check out the New Canadian Centre's website for summer employment opportunities. Check back regularly as there will be another summer employment opportunity added soon!



5) May 20th 4-9pm Moving Forward Together in Partnership with the Nogojiwanong Youth Solidarity Initiative

 May 20, 2016; Moving Forward Together at 4-9pm;  Where through exchange of food, culture, stories, games and more; we will bring together Syrian families and the Original Families of this land.  And all other community members who wish to join.  

As members of the Nogojiwanong Youth Solidarity Initiative, and especially those of the immigrant/settler/visitor community we recognize the importance of connecting with the Original and First Peoples of this land and their beautiful cultures. Something that many of us had wished we had done sooner - following our arrival.

We recognize that its imperative (& in order) for Canada [and Peterborough] to move forward, we must move forward with respect, unity and justice.  And before we can right the relationships that were wronged from contact -  and to truly move towards justice, respect and reconciliation - us immigrants/visitor community have a lot to learn and much to gain by connecting with the First Peoples.

It is so important that this happens from the onset, and to begin to understand the TRUE story and current narrative of Canada from the First Peoples themselves.  We believe, this event is a small step in helping to build those relationships by 'Making The Connections while Honoring our Differences' (Words ofLee Maracle - & with permission the Nogojiwanong Youth Solidarity Initiative motto)!

For more information please follow this link https://www.facebook.com/events/993480677404698


6) Youth Action Group

CRRC is proud to be able to offer support to a new youth group that has just emerged in Peterborough "The new Youth Action Group, is made up of Peterborough's rad youth. Working together to build community and a movement with social justice". For more information or to get involved check them out on facebook, attend their social tonight at 6:00pm at Sadleir House (751 George St. N.) or email CRRC at racerelation@gmail.com