Wellness Check Door to Door Postcard Delivery
One of the challenges with physical distancing during this pandemic is connecting with folks without Internet access. We are so excited to partner with the City of Lethbridge, Volunteer Lethbridge & CMHA Lethbridge on the COVID-19 Wellness Check Initiative!
LPIRG is coordinating community members to do door to door delivery of Wellness Check postcards as part of the broader Lethbridge Wellness Check program! It may just be a friend to reach out to - or if they wish, to access more formal mental health programs.
Want to join our postcard drop program?! Fill out the sign up form by clicking here and we'll be in touch!
LPIRG's work during COVID-19
LPIRG is following the advice of our medical professionals - and we are more than willing to air on the side of being overly cautious in our support to flatten the curve. For the forseeable future, the LPIRG office is closed and we are doing our work through physical distancing by phone or email. We are also cancelling all events, meetings and actions for the reminder of the Spring 2020 semester.
We know that folks are still keen to organize around the Alberta government's cuts and are very interested in finding ways to support each other. To help you continue to that work, LPIRG is setting up a Zoom account - an online meeting platform. If you are an LPIRG working group, or any other student interested in doing work on social, climate and economic justice from home during this time please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to set you up on Zoom to support your work.
We will continue to use our Slack channel - https://bit.ly/2Qi9bN5, to keep in touch during physical distancing.
During this time, LPIRG is focusing on direct community work. Our Executive Director is working closely with other moderators to provide community support and information on the Lethbridge COVID-19 Community Support Circle Facebook group. If you are looking for support in anyway, please feel free to join this group. There are thousands (literally!) of people ready and able to support you.
LPIRG is also working alongside the City of Lethbridge, Volunteer Alberta, and the CMHA South Region in the Wellness Check program. One of the challenges during physical distancing is connecting with people who do not use the internet. In response to this challenge, LPIRG is participating in the Wellness Check program by coordinating community volunteers to drop off printed post cards door to door that will have information on crisis and distress phone lines to households across Lethbridge. If you would like to join this intiative, please fill out this form.
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LPIRG in Solidarity // #WetsuwetenStrong
The Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG) stands firmly in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders, and with friends and allies across Turtle Island taking a stand against state and police violence.
We stand as witnesses to this historic moment when the federal and provincial governments, RCMP, and Coastal GasLink/TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) are openly violating Wet’suwet’en, Canadian, and international law.
LPIRG recognizes that the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline does not have the collective free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs. All the Wet'suwet'en Clans have rejected the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was passed unanimously in B.C. legislature only months ago. UNDRIP states that Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands and that no relocation shall take place without the free, prior, and informed consent of the Indigenous peoples concerned. The declaration also states that Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop, and control the lands, territories, and resources that they possess by traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use.
The call to action from the Unist’ot’en comes from a call to action to find justice. A need to end systemic discrimination and oppression. The need for true justice - justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, justice for the unceded territory taken for state purposes, justice for former students of residential schools, justice for the children taken in the Sixties Scoop, justice to end the disproportionate rates of Indigenous children taken from their families and put in care. Justice for ongoing colonization and discrimination. Justice for the Indian Act’s oppressive system of funding to First Nation communities. Communities looking to supply clean drinking water. Communities in need of health care centres. Communities in need of safe housing.
Just as previous actions to secure civil rights for communities under state oppression were not only about a seat on a bus, or in a movie theatre, or marking an X next to a candidate - the actions by land defenders across Canada are about much more than a single resource extraction project.
Reconciliation is an ongoing process - that must centre respect and autonomy. Reconciliation is NOT RCMP raids, or threats of arrest. If the state of Canada is committed to reconciliation, it must first and foremost end the state violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples by the RCMP and police forces. Despite making up about 5% of the population, more than 30% of incarcerated people in Canadian prisons are Indigenous. This in itself demonstrates the ongoing violence and oppression of Indigenous peoples by state forces.
We call on the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of British Columbia to respect the rights, jurisdiction and laws of the Unist'ot'en/Giltseyu-Dark House on their unceded territories, as upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada. We call on banks, pension plans, and other investors to divest from extractive resource projects that do not honour free, prior and informed consent with all members of the communities extractive resource projects impact.
We call on allies and communities across Turtle Island to call out racism and acts of violence. To hold your local governments accountable to their own responses. Further, we call on every Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to vote against Bill 1: the “Critical Infrastructure Defence Act” - an act that demeans the core freedoms of speech and assembly.
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LPIRG provides funding, administrative assistance, information resources, and meeting and storage space to undergraduate and graduate students who have projects that are in the public interest. Funding can be accessed for events and projects, research, and to form action groups.
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