Recent & Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

SJCS SMUFU Information Session


Tuesday, February 7th at 10am in Loyola 178, SMU Faculty Union VP Cathy Conrad & SJCS will hold a SMUFU Student Info. Session on the potential faculty strike at SMU. All students welcome, please join us if you're able & would like to ask questions live about this situation. For more information, contact 


SJCS Migrant Justice Field School in Italy, May 8th - June 19th 2023

NEW SJCS Special Topics 3810 / 4810 Migrant Justice Field School 

The Migrant Justice Field School (MJFS) offers students a 6.0 credit course (3000 or 4000 level), through student-instructor-community collaborative work—in Halifax, and field work in the Pisticci region of Italy—on global to local colonial, racial and capitalist inequities, and resistance, that shape migration, border and citizenship policing, and the exclusion and labour exploitation of migrants. With unique opportunities to develop community-engaged local to transnational understandings, alliances, and advocacy on migrant well-being and rights, and related intersectional inequities, the MJFS will be delivered under the dual Field School umbrella, “Colonialism and Migration: Ancient and Modern,” in partnership with The Metaponto Archaeological Field School.  

Dates: May 8-June 19 (May 8-19 Hybrid Synchronous; May 21-June 4 Italy field work). Prerequisites: SJCS 1211, 2000, and 2100 or permission of instructor.  

Apply for the MJFS here - For more details contact Dr. Val Marie Johnson




Recent Events

What: Conference
When: August 26-27, 2022
Where: Saint Mary's University

What: Online Book Launch
When: August 30, 2022, 6-7:30 pm (PST)
Where: Virtual


Special Offer: Fernwood is offering 20% off on all formats of this book - valid now until Oct 31st 2022. Here is the code: AWRS20 - Order from

What: Online Book Launch
When: April 22, 2022, 1-3pm (AST)
Where: Virtual

What: Race, Space, and Environment Conference
When: April 23, 2022, 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
Where: Virtual- Via Zoom

What: Indigenous Knowledges and Relations
When: Winter 2022, Mondays 4:00- 6:30pm
Who: Dr. Benita Bunjun

For those who missed the pre-book launch webinar Under Siege: Islamophobia & the 9/11 Generation, with Drs. Jasmin Zine & Syedadnan Hussain, moderated and organized by Punam Khosla, the event recording can be accessed here:  Dr. Jasmin Zine_March 23 2022.mp4

What: Online Book Talk& Pre- Launch
When: March 23rd, 4:30- 6:30pm
Where: Virtual Event- Please register on Event Brite

What: Film Screening and Discussion
When: March 21, 2022, 10:30am- 12:30pm
Where: SMU Sobey Unilever Lounge 4th Floor

What: Panel + discussion, Contingency Base Canada
When: Tuesday, January 25, 4:00- 6:00pm AST
Where: Burke Building, theatre B OR Virtual ( registeration required)


What: Land Talks

When: December 4, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Where: Canadian Museum of Immigration @Pier 21

What: panel discussion with contributions

When: November 26, 2021, 6:00- 7:30pm via zoom

Organized by NSPIRG & TRIS

What: Self Advocacy & Tenancy Rights

When: November 12, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm- Zoom


What: Intersectionality: Theories, Methods & Praxis

When: Fall 2021, Tuesdays: 4:00- 6:30p.m.

Who: Dr. Benita Bunjun


The 4th Annual Critical Indigenous, Race and Feminist Studies Student Conference
Precarity of Racialized Students' Labour 

Saturday May 1, 2021 from 1pm to 5:30pm AST
Conference Keynote
Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is the Executive Director of The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association. Walia has been involved in community-based grassroots migrant justice, feminist, anti-racist, Indigenous solidarity, anti-capitalist, Palestinian liberation, and anti-imperialist movements for over a decade. She is formally trained in law, and is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013), and Border and Rule (2021).

CIRFS 2021

Panel: Labour Precarity on Racialized Students' Well-Being (Panelists: Tina Renier, Shreetee Appadu, Fallen Matthews and Sahana Kanabar)
Conference Registration required by April 28 2021:
Unceded Mi'kmaq Territory
Free Conference!
Conference Organizers: Racialized Students Academic Network
Conference Sponsors: Saint Mary's University, Social Justice & Community Studies, Women & Gender Studies, Anthropology, Atlantic Canada Studies, International Development Studies, NSPIRG
For more information:

AWRS Book Launch 


Join us for the Pre-Book Launch (Editor Dr. Benita Bunjun) of the Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students on February 26th 2021 @ 6:30 pm (AST) / 2:30 pm (PST)!!! In collaboration with Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity (R.A.C.E.) Network, Department of Social Justice and Community Studies, and Racialized Students Academic Network. Congratulations to all the students and alumni involved in this powerful book project.

Register here!

What unique contributions to history and community building have African Nova Scotians created in the Maritimes since the 17th century?  Examine these issues in SJCS 4739: The African Nova Scotian Experience, a Winter 2021 course with Dr. Rachel Zellars, Thursdays 4-6 pm.



What: Panel Discussion on Interrogating Whiteness
Who: Dr. Benita Bunjun, Dr. Vincent Simedoh, Patricia Doyle- Bedwell, Tonya Hoddinott, Brad Richards, and moderator Dr. Kevin Hewitt
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5:30-8:00 PM 

What: Solidarity Teach-in
When: September 10, 2020, 2-4 PM

What: Solidarity Teach In For WET'SUWET'EN
Who: Department of Social Justice & Community Studies
When: February 13, 2020, 12:00 noon
Where: Saint Mary's University, Atrium   African Heritage Month 2020

What: A discussion of local history, archival material
Who: Dr. Rachel Zellars, Dr. Lynn Jones
When: February 5, 2020, 6:30- 9:00 p.m.
Where: North Branch Memorial Library (Community Room)
2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Strategies For Dismantling Racial Fragility

What: Public Panel: "Strategies for Dismantling Racial Fragility within Public Institutions"

Who: The Panelists:

  • Ajay Parasram (Chair), Dalhousie University, International Development Studies and MacEachen Institute Fellow
  • Cristina Rojas, Carleton University, Political Science
  • Rachel Zellars, Saint Mary's University, Social Justice and Community Studies
  • Gaynor Watson-Creed, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health

When: Monday January 27th, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: Dalhousie Student Union, Council Chambers, 6136 University Ave, second floor

Luther King Jr 

What: A discussion about what it means to create a space for peace and justice in a time of trouble
Who: Dr. Ashs Jeffers, Dr. Rachel Zellars, Dr. Tari Ajadi
When: Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
Where: DSU Council Chambers, Student Union Building, 2nd floor
             6136 University avenue, Halifax, NS


What: Investigating White Women's Colonizing Care in Residential Schools and the Potential of Community Collaboration

Who: Dr. Val Marie Johnson

When: Friday, November 22, 2019, Noon-1:00 pm.

Where: Room 2016 McCain Building, Dal Housie University 6135 University
K'jipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki 


What: A Discussion of Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity

When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 12- 1pm

Where: Patrick Power Library, Library Classroom (LI 135)

What: Why Diversity, Decolonization and Intersectional Equity Matter in Canadian Universities

Who: Dr. Malinda Smith

When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30- 8:30pm

Where: Burke Theatre B

Saint Mary's University, K'jipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki



What: Book Launch, Darryl's leroux's Distorted Descent

When: Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:30pm

Where: Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

(5440 Spring Garden Rd)

SJCS released its new Department Poster, centering the inspiring work of artist Bria Miller & our students.

SJCS Poster 2019 

March29 SJCS Harris Lecture

What: Where are the Black female faculty?

When: Friday, March 29th, 2019. 2:00pm—3:30pm

Where: Atrium 101

Saint Mary’s University

K’jipuktuk, Halifax

CIRFS 2019

What: International Students in the Universities

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019- 9:00 am.- 4:30 pm

Where: Dalhousie University, Marion McCain, Arts and Social Sciences Building (Auditorium)

Treaty TEACH Flyer

What: Treaty TEACH- IN Mi'Kma'ki

When: Monday, March 11, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Where: Saint Mary's University Sobey Building, Scotiabank, Halifax, K'jipuktuk, Nova Scotia - Mi'kma'ki


Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Where: Saint Mary's University, Scotiabank Theatre (Sobey Building)

What: Film Screening about a group of black students who face racism in their high school


Racial Apartheid & Black Freedom

What: An exhibit of Nova Scotian and South African materials

When: February 4th-28th, 2019

Where: Patrick Power Library, 1st floor

Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie St., Halifax

Film Screening about the People of Kattawapiskak River

When: Monday, October 29, 2018, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Where:Loyola Academic(LA) 186, Saint Mary's University

What: Film Screening about the People of Kattawapiskak River


The CCDA's struggle for land justice in Guatemala


When: Monday, November 5@ 7 p.m.
Where: Weldon Law Building, 204 6061 University Ave. Dalhousie University
What: Indigenous Land in Guatemala Event


CIRFS 2020


What: Call For Abstracts
Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020