Past Events

All events held at CommunityWise Resource Centre unless otherwise noted

February 29th, 2020


December 17th, 2019 – WTEP Potluck Social

November 30th, 2019 – Resist the Cuts! Rally

Organized by teachers, public sector workers and others affected by the Kenney government cutbacks.
Rally on Saturday, November 30, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Westin Calgary Airport Hotel, 671 Aero Dr. NE. We are protesting at the AGM of the UCP being held at the hotel. Supported by Labour Council, Public Interest Alberta, ATA, AUPE, CUPE, UNA, HSAA, Friends of Medicare, Support Our Students, etc.

November 19th: WTEP meeting, Central Library

October 23rdWorkshop: Basic Income, U of C, 17 guests

April 24th Workshop: Demystifying Basic Income – 87 guests

March 2nd Forum: Indigenous Youth Under Colonization: Canada and Palestine, The Alex Community Food Centre. We hosted a public forum to share experiences of youth living under colonization in areas of health, education, justice and activism. The day consisted of key note speakers Dr. Mark Ayyash and Evans Yellow Old Woman, breakout sessions, a delicious lunch, and a cultural celebration. Organized by Justice for Palestinians Calgary and friends from Indigenous communities.


July 17thPotluck Social and Land Acknowledgement Presentation by Michelle Robinson – 41 guests

May 26thBottle Drive Fundraiser

April 22nd Bottle Drive Fundraiser

March 8thSpeech at the International Women’s Day March, City Hall

January 26th Conversations on Racism, Misogyny and Classism in Alberta – 40 guests


September 24th Garden Party Fundraiser

April Housing as a Human Right Follow-up, Kerby Centre

March 12thWorkshop: Housing as a Human Right, Sunalta Community Centre

February 28th Workshop: Gender Diversity: Skills and Respect. WTEP is a working group who have defined ourselves historically as women who want to educate and empower ourselves and others to end the causes of poverty rooted in capitalist and patriarchal systems of exploitation. How do we define ourselves and others, especially in terms of gender? WTEP felt the need to explore these questions further.

We decided to educate ourselves more about how gender is expressed, with the goal to become more aware as individuals of variations that exist, so that we can welcome people that want to work in solidarity with the goals of WTEP.  We were very excited to have Brett Mason from Calgary Outlink working with us to facilitate and guide the process. Attendance was open to everyone.




September 6th Bottle Drive Fundraiser, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church





Inequality workshop


February 28th: Workshop: Guaranteed Annual Income with Kelly Ernst, Senior Program Director, Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, and Co-Chair of the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress. Information sheet:


October 28thStand together for Social Justice in Solidarity with Occupy Calgary, Olympic Plaza, Calgary. WTEP members attended this rally and one member delivered a speech.

June 24th “All Our Sisters” Conference Report Back, Women’s Centre; 20 women gathered to hear stories from this conference. A member from WTEP attended

June 8thWorkshop: Taking Action on Artificial Austerity in Alberta, Wed. Knox United Church. This workshop was a follow-up to an earlier forum entitled: Artificial Austerity: The Oilpatch and Poverty in Alberta. We began with a brief recap of points made in the first workshop, and then we engaged in an interactive and participatory process that generated creative ideas for moving to action. The goal is to challenge Conservative government policy that allows for excess oil profits while many Albertans continue to live in poverty, and our health and education systems suffer.

April 27thWorkshop on Consensus, Women’s Centre. This workshop explored the concept of consensus, and discussed the pros and cons of a consensus model for making decisions versus the traditional “majority votes” model and brainstormed what WTEP needs to put in place for a consensus model to be effective.

March 8thWTEP Petition Launch – International Women’s Day Rally, Federal Building. Petition campaign ongoing: one for the Federal government and one to the provincial government – both involve extensive outreach. Speech:

February 16thPublic Forum on Artificial Austerity: The Oilpatch and Poverty in Alberta. Speaker: Regan Boychuk from Parkland Institute, U of A Centre organized by WTEP and the Parkland Institute, Calgary

January 8thBottle Drive Fundraiser, the Women’s Centre


October 4th, September 27thWorkshop: When Racism and Poverty Keep Women Poor. Using interactive exercises this two part workshop engaged participants in an exploration and understanding of the factors that hinder diversity and integration in our anti-poverty work. The Women’s Centre

July 7thPresentation at City of Calgary Candidates Forum, Knox United Church

June 23rdSubmission to The Minimum Wage Policy Review, Carriage House Inn *pdf

June 15thWorkshop: Understanding the Economic Crisis Using a short video and participatory exercises, this workshop broadened our understanding of the root causes of economic crises

May 1stSpeech at May Day Rally, MacDougall Centre *pdf

March 12thSpeech at International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, City Hall *pdf

March 8thRally and Speech International Women’s Day, Carpenter’s Hall *IWD2010statement-2.pdf

February 18thWorkshop: Why you don’t have a job. Using a short video and participatory exercises, this workshop broadened our understanding of the root causes of the current economic crisis and provided a forum for discussing alternatives. The Women’s Centre

January 9th Bottle Drive Fundraiser, The Women’s Centre


November 7thWTEP at Public Health Care Rally at Tory Convention, Red Deer

October 24thSpeech at Olympic Plaza Health Care Rally

October 14thCalgary Residential Tenants Meeting, Eau Claire Market Community Meeting Room. This event, organized by WTEP, saw the establishment of the Residential Tenants’ Association of Calgary. For more information about the association contact

September 26thBottle Drive Fundraiser, The Women’s Centre

September 24th and 17thEconomics 4 Everyone, The Women’s Centre. We completed our first set of Economic Literacy Workshops.

June 20thWorkshop: Tenants’ Rights, Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Hall. Participants were eager to develop an organization that could bring tenants together, educate, and advocate to improve tenants rights.

February 19thCreation of Artwork for and Participation in U of C Homelessness Conference, University of Calgary

June 13th Affordable Housing Workshop and Film, Old Y Common Room (now CommunityWise)


May 1stSpeech at May Day Rally