June 8, 2020 | Vol. 7

Welcome to UBC Community Engagement's e-newsletter. Sharing needs, resources and stories to help you stay connected with local communities and each other during COVID-19.

It's been a long week, and our extra long newsletter shows it. We hope this weekly mailing can serve as a valuable resource to you -- to read in one sitting if you wish, or to explore and revisit as needed.


Support Metro Vancouver Communities

Black organizations and fundraisers in Vancouver

This week, we again share some Vancouver-based Black organizations and fundraisers. Check out their websites to learn more about and support the Black community in Vancouver.

DTES Community Circle: Monthly giving program

The Downtown Eastside Response Fund has launched a Community Circle monthly giving program. Support ongoing efforts to provide food for residents of the DTES during COVID-19. Read more

PACE Society's Sex-Worker Relief Fund

COVID-19 has an uneven impact on sex workers, especially those who are people of colour, Indigenous, transgender, or disabled. PACE's fund provides direct financial support to those in need. Read more

Volunteer 'Food Runners' needed

Vancouver Food Runners is seeking volunteer drivers to pick up surplus food from food businesses and deliver it to local community organizations. Volunteers can sign up through their website. Read more

Yarrow Society: Volunteer to help Chinatown seniors

Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice 世代同行會 is finding new ways to provide services and outreach to Chinatown seniors during COVID-19. Volunteer intake is happening monthly. Read more


What we're reading...

Black UBC students speak out

Through statements and media interviews, Black UBC students are condemning anti-Black racism on campus and in the wider community, and sharing calls to action:

  • Danni Olusanya, co-president of UBC's Black Student Union, commented in The Tyee on anti-Black racism in B.C.'s K-12 schools and universities. The Black Student Union statement is here
  • In The Ubyssey, Danni Olusanya also shared her experience as the student newspaper's first Black editor. Co-authored by the editorial board, the piece also shares commitments to change at The Ubyssey.
  • The UBC Black Law Students Association shared this statement of solidarity with the Black community. The statement ends with a call to action, resources, and a reading list.

Fighting anti-Black racism in Vancouver and Canada

  • Activists sweeping shifts to the education, policing and legal systems are needed to deal with racism in Canada. This Tyee article features interviews with some of them.
  • Black Lives Matter Vancouver released a statement and call to action last week, with 10 demands to dismantle systems of violence and oppression in Vancouver.
  • Hogan's Alley Society has been waiting more than two years for a response to its call for a community land trust.
  • This Globe and Mail article explores the rise in white and non-Black POC allyship, calling out "performative allyship" on #BlackTuesday.
  • Canada has race-based police violence, but we don't know how much. Some are calling for a national database for police use of force or deaths.
  • Sandy Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, says we must defund the police.

Global battle against anti-Asian racism

In this series, UVic professor emeritus John Price explores activists’ efforts to combat anti-Asian racism, the expanding scope of their campaigns, and Asian activists' support for Black Lives Matter. Read more

Indigenous women, organizations condemn police violence in B.C.

Four B.C. Indigenous organizations released a joint statement condemning police violence in last week's death of Nuu-chah-nulth woman Chantel Moore, while Indigneous women spoke up about their own experiences in B.C.

Overcoming racial bias in philanthropic funding

Racial bias -- both personal and institutional, conscious and unconscious -- creeps into all parts of the philanthropic and grantmaking process. This US article is relevant in Canada's context, too. Read more

Pandemic reporting in Indigenous contexts

Last week, Indigenous journalists Angela Sterritt and Stephanie Wood discussed the responsibilities and challenges of covering the COVID-19 pandemic in Indigenous contexts. Watch the recorded webinar.

Renewed focus for sex-workers rights during COVID-19

UVic researcher Cecilia Benoit says stigma blocks access to supports available during COVID-19. Now she is working with local sex-work organizations on a community-led research project. Read more

The rise of anti-Asian racism during COVID-19

Carol Liao, a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, was interviewed about the rise of anti-Asian racism and what needs to be done to combat the issue. Interview starts at 6-minute mark. Read more

West Coast LEAF: Gender equity report card for B.C.

The 2019/20 report card draws on firsthand community knowledge from dialogues with the PACE Society, Urban Native Youth Association, and the Coalition Against Trans Antagonism. Read more


Announcements and (Online) Events

Free bystander intervention training for anti-Asian racism

Hollaback! is offering free bystander intervention training to stop anti-Asian and xenophobic harassment in the wake of the coronavirus. Sign up for one of the online training sessions this month. Read more

Doors Open Richmond 2020 (June 6-13)

While nothing can replace face-to-face interactions, the 13th annual Doors Open Richmond will move online in 2020 to offer Richmond an opportunity to “come together” during social isolation. Read more

Articulating the value of community engagement (June 10)

This June 10 Campus Compact webinar will explore how to talk about the value of community engagement to senior administrators and articulate the value of being an engaged campus. Read more

#DifferentTogether: Can we make it happen? (June 11)

This UBC forum, inspired by the global anti-racism protests and BC’s #DifferentTogether pledge, brings together leaders at UBC to share thoughts about this time and our collective futures at UBC. Read more

Community-based reseach from a distance (June 11)

Are you experiencing challenges conducting community-based research while working with communities at a distance? This live online discussion will be moderated by CBR Canada on Zoom. Read more

Decolonizing the land and food system (June 11)

The compounded crises of climate change and COVID-19 have widened inequalities in our food system. Join this discussion on Indigenous food sovereignty and resiliency during COVID-19 and after. Register

BC Gender Equity Report Card: An overview (June 15)

Join West Coast LEAF for an overview of the findings of their BC Gender Equality Report Card 2019/2020, which assesses the BC government’s recent progress on gender equity. Register

What's UBC hearing from community partners? (Survey)

UBC Community Engagement would love to know what you're hearing from community partners about their needs and interests in the COVID-19 recovery period. Answer this short internal survey. To join a conversation about coordinating efforts to support community partners, contact kat.cureton@ubc.ca.


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This newsletter is administered by UBC Community Engagement, with contributions from the Centre for Community-Engaged Learning, Indigenous Research Support Initiative, UBC Learning Exchange and St. John's College.

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