Upcoming event: Camp to Campus

March 22, 2018

On April 4, 2018 WUSC Regina presents the event: Camp to Campus, which features stories from some of our students who were sponsored through WUSC. We will be putting these stories on display in the Ridell Centre so that our university community can learn more about what our organization does and some of their classmates’ stories.

Facts you may not know:
– a small portion of everyone’s student fees goes towards supporting the students we sponsor (helping to bring them here, supporting living and housing costs for one semester, etc)
– some, but not all of our students, have experience in a refugee camp. And even for those who do, what the “camp” was differs quite a bit depending on the individual’s situation and location

For this event, we will also be offering coffee and raising money for our group on a donation basis.

Here is a sneak peak of one of the stories you can expect to see:

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WUSC Regina presents: Glow Yoga!

 

March 22, 2018

On Wednesday, March 21 WUSC Regina hosted Glow Yoga with all money going towards the Shine-A-Light Campaign which helps to promote girls’ education in refugee camps.

Two sessions were held:
Session 1:
At 12pm by Instructor Joanne Lavoie.
This session was Yin based with deep relaxation and focus on the hips. The theme was “From the passing of the new moon”.

Session 2:
At 1:30pm by Instructor Jacqui Dumont.
This session focused on Gentle Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation.

Our WUSC students and other members from the University of Regina came out to participate in these sessions in order to raise money and awareness for this important cause.

We would like to thank all of you for being a part of this- including our kind instructors, and those who baked goods for the event.

For more information on where these proceeds will go, please visit:
http://www.unhcr.org/herturn/

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Reflection: Blanket Exercise

March 14, 2018

On Saturday, January 28, our WUSC students, friends, and family attended a Blanket Exercise that was hosted by the group “oski-pimohtahtamwak otayisīniwiwaw” (Nehiyawak) or “They are into their new journey to knowledge”(English). We were so lucky and honoured to have these students come to our school and deliver such an impactful exercise.

For those unfamiliar with the term “Blanket Exercise”, as many of us were, my best description would be a virtual reality tour of Canada’s history through an Indigenous lens. The blankets put on the floor represent the land that is Turtle Island and we represent some of the Indigenous peoples who were here prior to colonization. The students led the exercise with a backstory and we each received scrolls from which we took turns reading from. In these scrolls, various Indigenous (and non-Indigenous) voices were featured. Some scrolls instructed us that disease had hurt our people, or that residential schools removed children from our homes. In response, some of us were asked to leave the blankets or their children, symbolized as dolls, were taken away (see attached image). In the meantime you’ll see that the blankets that once stretched across the floor became smaller and smaller.

WUSC Regina is a unique group in that its members come from all over the globe and many were refugee students with unique experiences and stories that parallel some of the ones we heard in the Blanket Exercise. At the end of the exercise, we were each able to reflect on the experience in a talking circle. I think the best word I could think to describe the atmosphere would be solemn. There was something that we each took from the experience and connected to. I was really moved by the passion and dedication to understanding that our group members showed. Nonetheless, I think we also felt empowered knowing that we could make a difference and now had a better understanding of the First Nations’ experience.

When I look back on this experience one message that continues to stand out for me is that as a society, we need to change our dialogue. We will only be able to achieve Truth and Reconciliation when we change the way we talk about Indigenous peoples and the challenges they face. In particular, this means changing our conversations behind closed doors. Yes, some First Nations communities experience high rates of alcoholism and drug abuse and overrepresentation in foster care, but there are many factors that have contributed to this. We can only be successful as a society when all individuals- both indigenous and non-indigenous- have a desire to improve relationships and a willingness to work together to find attainable solutions.

Overall, I would like to thank oski-pimohtahtamwak otayisīniwiwaw once again for visiting us. I hope that they will continue to do this work and will go to elementary schools in the future so that younger generations can also have this experience. It’s much more impactful being able to “get involved” in history than simply reading about it. Once again we are reminded that we are all treaty people.

Belma Kamencic

 

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WUSC Christmas Gift Exchange

On December 22, 2017 WUSC members organized for a meal and gift exchange at India Palace (thanks Ruby!). The most popular gifts were a pair of reindeer antlers and headphones. We had a great time — see for yourself!

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Congratulations!

Big congratulations to Abdullahi Moulid for being nominated from our local committee for the SCIC Global Citizen Award 2018!! Abdullahi has overcome many challenges and obstacles and at the same time, he’s given back to the community through his volunteer work on campus and within the Regina community. Abdullahi is a prime example of a positive role model and we are all very proud of you. We know we can expect great things from you! Keep up the good work!

Other exceptional individuals who were shortlisted for this award from the Regina local committee are:
Tony Southivonesa and Ruby Kaur

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First Meeting of Fall 2017!

Great turnout for our first group meeting of Fall 2017.
Welcome new members!

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Welcome Pauline, Salim, and Qusai!

We were so happy to meet another three new WUSC members at the airport today!
-August 24, 2017

 

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