AGSA – 14th January 2009 – MINUTES


  1. AGSA Department Representative Updates

  2. Graduate Student Conference Update

  3. Financial Issues

    1. Conference Travel Funds

    2. Coffee Kiosk

    3. Society Funds

  4. CASCA

  5. Letter to the Faculty Continue reading


Filmmaker SYLVIA HAMILTON in Person with Screenings of her new documentary

FEB 11 – 13, 2009.
Event website:

In celebration of Black History Month, Sylvia Hamilton the acclaimed Nova
Scotian documentary filmmaker, writer and educator will be appearing for a
series of lectures and film screenings. Dr. Hamilton’s pioneering films have
chronicled the rich history and experience of African Canadians
in their struggles to achieve dignity and equality. She has been the
recipient of major awards, including a Gemini, Nova Scotia’s Portia White
Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s Maeda
Prize, the Progress Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture and the
CBC Television Pioneer Award. She is also a Mentor with The Trudeau

The scheduled events will feature screenings of The Little Black School
House, her most recent documentary, a chronicle of Canada’s racially
segregated schools (Simon Fraser University and Pacific Cinémathèque
events), as well as the Gemini-winning Speak It! From the Heart of Black
Nova Scotia, an earlier work on a related theme (Pacific Cinémathèque event
only). Sylvia Hamilton’s visit was made possible through support from Simon
Fraser University’s Human Rights Office, Dean of Applied Science and School
of Communication.

PACIFIC CINÉMATHÈQUE FEB 11 7:30 pm 200–1131 Howe Street
For admission information, call 604.688.8202 or visit

SFU HARBOUR CENTRE FEB 12 12:00 noon HC 1415–515 West Hastings Street

SFU BURNABY FEB 13 12:00 noon Irmacs Theatre, ASB10900
Simon Fraser University events are open to the public and free but seating
is limited
For reservations, call 778.782.7685 or email

For further information contact Jan Marontate (778.782.5449) or Greg Tourino
(778.782.3510).  See Greg Tourino’s African-Canadian Cinema blog for more:

Moving Upstream – report results

Study finds high rates of street involved and marginalized Aboriginal youth in B.C.
Teens and communities call for more services for families, youth

A report released today provides a detailed analysis of the experience of marginalized and street involved Aboriginal youth in B.C.

Called Moving Upstream, the report analyzes the experiences in nine B.C. communities of 410 homeless, inadequately housed, street involved and marginalized Aboriginal youth ages 12 to 18. It also includes the response to these findings from Aboriginal community members, and calls for increased services. Continue reading

AGSA Meeting Wednesday, 14th January 2009, 1-2 pm in the Grad Lounge


1. Department Rep Updates

2. AGSC Meeting update

3. AGSA Funds & Fundraising

– copy cards: the final word

– travel funds

– in place of the coffee kiosk…

4. Anth Grad Conference Update

** if the timing for this meeting conflicts with other courses, please let us know so we can try to reschedule.