Introducing Octopus Books' Community Classroom!
This idea is inspired by a similar initiative at McNally & Robinson, an independent bookstore in Winnipeg.
The goal of Octopus Books Community Classroom is to create an environment for community building. It is a space for us to share experiences and talk about what matter to us collectively. It is a space to promote democracy. Under our current political and socio-economic climate, talking to each other in a caring and loving environment has become crucially necessary to overcome a sense of despair, expand our imagination so that we can continue our work for justice.
Our community classroom is also an avenue for you to support us, your friendly independent bookstore! Your support would allow us to sustain the bookstore as a community space for knowledge exchange.
Below is what we have offered so far:
- History of Ottawa River Watershed, A Lecture by Peter Di Gangi, Research Director for Algonquin Nations Secretariat (2 sessions) (2015)
- A BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE FOR ALL: THE TIME HAS ARRIVED with Basic Income Canada Network, Robert Rainer (2016)
- Divide and Conquer: Federal Indian Policies with Director of Policy & Research for the Algonquin Nation Secretariat, Peter Di Gangi (2016)
- Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, Still Needs to be Erased with Investigative Journalist Andrew Mitrovica (2016)
- On Making of Sustainable Cities with Delegates of the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy (2016)
- The Campaign against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) with Human Rights Professor Bill Skidmore (2016)
- The State of Palestine with Dr. Philip JM Leech (2016)
- Justice for Indigenous Women Community Classroom with Founder of Project of Heart and J4IW, Sylvia Smith (2016)
- Talking Free in Turkey's Academia, a Lecture by Turkish visiting professor Dr. Simten Cosar (2016)
- Being Muslim, Becoming Black: Navigating the Intersection of Islamophobia and Anti-Black Racism in Canada (February 2017)
- On Economic Security: The Big Picture (March 2017)
- Systemic Policing Issues on Handling Sexual Assault Allegations (May 2017)
- Settler Colonialism and Genocide, a Talk by Award-Winning Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (November 2017)
- Settler Self-Indigenization in the Age of Reconciliation with Darryl Leroux (December 2017)
If you have any questions or would like to suggest a class please feel free to contact our event coordinator at email@example.com.
"Talking kept us trusting. Trusting one another secures our sense of hope in the future." - Lee Maracle in Celia's Song