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 23rd – Workshop: 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 17th – Potluck Social and Land Acknowledgement Presentation by Michelle Robinson – 41 guests
May 26th – Bottle Drive Fundraiser
April 22nd – Bottle Drive Fundraiser
March 8th – Speech 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 12th – Workshop: 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
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 28th – Stand 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 8th – Workshop: 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 27th – Workshop 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 8th – WTEP 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 16th – Public 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 8th – Bottle Drive Fundraiser, the Women’s Centre
October 4th, September 27th – Workshop: 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 7th – Presentation at City of Calgary Candidates Forum, Knox United Church
June 23rd – Submission to The Minimum Wage Policy Review, Carriage House Inn *pdf
June 15th – Workshop: Understanding the Economic Crisis Using a short video and participatory exercises, this workshop broadened our understanding of the root causes of economic crises
May 1st – Speech at May Day Rally, MacDougall Centre *pdf
March 12th – Speech at International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, City Hall *pdf
March 8th – Rally and Speech International Women’s Day, Carpenter’s Hall *IWD2010statement-2.pdf
February 18th – Workshop: 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 7th – WTEP at Public Health Care Rally at Tory Convention, Red Deer
October 24th – Speech at Olympic Plaza Health Care Rally
October 14th – Calgary 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
September 26th – Bottle Drive Fundraiser, The Women’s Centre
September 24th and 17th – Economics 4 Everyone, The Women’s Centre. We completed our first set of Economic Literacy Workshops.
June 20th – Workshop: 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 19th – Creation 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 1st – Speech at May Day Rally