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Dear Friends,

This will likely be our last official newsletter until the fall. June is a full month, as we celebrate Pride and Indigenous history! We hope you'll get outside and enjoy the summer weather while also supporting human rights with these upcoming events.
June 25 - Virtual Presentation by Roy Yellin of B'Tselem. Please register to attend this online event, hosted by Amnesty International Edmonton, B'tselem, and the Palestine Solidarity Network. On Saturday, June 25, at 11 AM MST, Roy Yellin will speak on important human rights reporting, live from Tel Aviv!
June 14 - Okîsikow Way Day. Join the Stolen Sisters & Brothers Action movement and their supporters on Tuesday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 PM at 101A Ave and 97 St to honour the spirit and intent of Okîsikow Way, along with a special announcement. Okîsikow is "angel" in Cree. For more information, check out Okîsikow Way Day on Facebook or email
June 17 - Anti-Colonial Pride Rally. Meet at Beaver Hills Park on Friday, June 17. The event goes from 3:30-5:30 PM and is organized by Shades of Colour, a group that exists to advocate for queer and trans Black folks, Indigenous folks, and people of colour.
Poster with text: Anti-Colonial Pride Rally. June 17, 2022. Meeting Time: 3:30PM-5:30PM. Location: Beaver Hills Park. Under the text there are three fists of varied skin tones with nails painted with the colours of LGBTQ2SIA+ pride flags.
June 18 - Edmonton Indigenous Peoples Festival (EIPF). The Canadian Native Friendship Centre is bringing the EIPF to West Edmonton Mall, featuring entertainment from Electric Religious, Kaeley Jade, Colton Bear, and Anishinabe Powwow Dancers. The event takes place on Saturday, June 18, from 2-5:30 PM at WEM Phase IV, near the Lego store. Tawow!
June 25 - Black Trans Lives Matter March and Rally. Hosted by RaricaNow's Stonewall program, this event on Saturday, June 25, starts at 1 PM at Beaver Hills Park and ends at Churchill Square.
A Black activist with long hair raises a fist and speaks into a megaphone above large text that says "Black Trans Lives Matter March and Rally." On the left is a cartoon fist with blue, pink, and white stripes. On the right is a rainbow-coloured cartoon fist.
June 24-25 - Edmonton PrideFest. This event is happening on Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at Churchill Square. Check out their website for more details.
Amnesty Canada is promoting a series of guest essays to celebrate Pride Month and Indigenous History Month. The first, by Benjamin Vandorpe, is titled On Intersectionality, Access to Justice, and Walking Between Worlds
One of our local members, Rob Normey, recently reviewed two books that focus on human rights abuses in Guatemala. Part 2 of Rob's review focuses on the novel Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa. (See also Part 1).
In a hard-fought victory for human rights in Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently ruled that wines produced in Israeli settlement colonies in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories, cannot be labelled “product of Israel.” Activist David Kattenburg, mentioned in the linked article, spoke in Edmonton on this topic five years ago, in a talk organized by Rob Normey.
We are taking a break for the summer, but in September, our local group will resume meeting on the first Monday of every month. For more information, you can always email us at
You can also stay connected with us here: Stay well, and have a great summer!
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