Past Events

November 9th, 2021

Conversation with Bear Clan Patrol Calgary

September 30th, 2021

University of Calgary/Calgary Public Library events for Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


Orange Shirt Day: Sept. 30 On Sept. 30, 2021, Orange Shirt Day recognizes and raises awareness about the residential school system in Canada, bringing people together in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the experiences of Indigenous peoples. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to explore the impact of residential schools, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous resilience. The date was chosen as it aligns with the time of year when Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their homes to attend residential schools. Many did not return home, many were traumatized for life, and some were brave enough to share their stories. Through the acknowledgement of truth and increased awareness, we aspire to become a country where “Every Child Matters.” Join UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement and the Calgary Public Library for a day of online programming focused on intergenerational trauma and healing through the lens of Indigenous literature and film.

Monkey Beach: Film Screening and Discussion Sept. 30, 2021
6:30 – 9 p.m. MST Online (via Cya.Live)

Monkey Beach is a feature film adapting the novel by Eden Robinson, a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations in B.C. The novel draws the reader deep into a traditional world, a hidden universe of premonition, pain and power during a time when tragedy strikes a West Coast Indigenous community. This story explores the healing journey steeped in intergenerational trauma as the main character discovers deep connections with her ancestral world and spiritual beliefs. Presented by the Calgary Public Library in partnership with UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement, the film will be followed by a discussion with director Loretta Todd and actors Tina Lameman and Nathaniel Arcand. Event hosted by Judy Aldous from CBC’s Alberta at Noon, with opening prayer by Siksika Elder Adrian Wolfleg and reflective remarks from Dr. Michael Hart, UCalgary’s Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement).

August 19th + 26th, 2021

Candidates’ Forum regarding a city through the disability lens, presented by Disability Action Hall

Please share with your networks about two upcoming all city council forums where nearly 25 candidates will be joining us over the course of two sessions to talk about a city using a disability lens. We will also be taking questions from the floor and summarizing the questions for candidates to include in their address at 7:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The webinars will be recorded.

June 24th, 2021

Making Visible our Shared History: The Context for Renaming Institutions

6 – 7:30 pm

Join this workshop with speaker Dr. Crystal Fraser to explore the importance of renaming institutions as a step towards reconciliation.

Dr. Fraser teaches in the History and Classics department, U of A. She is Gwichyà Gwich’in and originally from Inuvik and Dachan Choo Gęhnjik in the Northwest Territories.

This event is organized by the Reconcilation Action Group and co-sponsored by the Women’s Centre, Teach Me (Brentwood Cares), Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, We’re Together Ending Poverty, The Alberta Assembly of Social Workers, and the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Please register through Eventbrite on the Women’s Centre page to get the Zoom link.

Making Visible our Shared History: The Context for Renaming Institutions – Women’s Centre of Calgary – registration link

June 24th, 2021

Fireside Breakfast Chat about Basic Income with Dr Evelyn Forget

8:30 am

Vibrant Communities Calgary’s Policy and Research Specialist, Lee Stevens will lead the discussion along with a Q & A session.
Reserve your spot today! Those who attend will also get an all-access pass to the TedxYYC REIMAGINE event.
If you would like to send us questions to ask Dr Evelyn Forget in our Q & A session, please email

June 28th, 2021

Talking to politicians about basic income – free

5 pm MT

May 27th, 2021

Beyond Surviving: Basic Income in Canada online workshop

  • Introductory presentation on principled basic income, intersectionality and poverty, and myths about basic income
  • Film screening and small group discussions
  • Q&A

Co-sponsored by Alberta Assembly of Social Workers, Alberta Men’s Network, University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work, and Teach Me Brentwood Cares

April 21st, 2021

Thriving Not Just Surviving: Basic Income and Complementary Currency

Description: This is a free event  that is open to all!  Our online interactive workshop includes a brief presentation on Calgary Dollars, the film screening of “The Manitoba Story,” an introduction to Basic Income, small group discussion and Questions and Answers. 

We are excited to have you attend this event and ask only that you do your best to sign in on time as we have a tight schedule.

Date: Wednesday,  April 21st, 6:30-8:00 PM via Zoom.
Organized by We’re Together Ending Poverty and Calgary Dollars

March 24th, 2021

Free Documentary Film! ‘The Manitoba Story: How Basic Income Changed Lives in Dauphin, Manitoba’

6:30 – 8:00 pm via Zoom. The film will be followed by a brief introduction to Basic Income in Canada and a discussion.

by March 31st, 2021

Basic income bill

Sign the federal bill introducing a basic income national strategy and piloting in one or more provinces.

January 26th, 2021

Basic Income Zoom Interactive Workshop for U of C students

We’re Together Ending Poverty: The Case for Basic Income in Canada
Tuesday, January 26th | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Online
Open to University of Calgary students – maximum of 25

Click on the link below to register:

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: We’re Together Ending Poverty: The Case for Basic Income in Canada. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

This interactive workshop hosted by We’re Together Ending Poverty will engage participants in a discussion of: What is Basic Income? Why do we need a basic income programme in Canada? What are the myths surrounding Basic Income? What principles need to guide a Basic Income programme What political opportunities exist to achieve a Basic Income Program in Canada? How to take action on Basic Income? This event is free, online and open to University of Calgary students.

Also, this document will give you more places to stay in touch with our Basic Income actions:

December 15th, 2020

WTEP Meeting, 7 pm via Zoom

November 26th, 2020

October 17, 2020

Poverty Talks: International day to eradicate poverty 2020! Online webinar Saturday Oct 17, 1 to 3 pm.

Basic Income Alberta: sign up to ‘become an advocate’

After being ‘approved’, you can access, toolkits and social media content (graphics, videos) to promote basic income.

March 17, 2020

WTEP meeting, 5:30 pm; Central Library, Room 3 – 10A

February’s WTEP meeting

March 22, 2020



 “Gaza Fights for Freedom”, 1 pm

Community Wise Resource Centre, 223 – 12 Ave. SW, Calgary

 April 19, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Under Colonization: Canada/Palestine – Event 2 

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