Concordia University of Edmonton’s ConcordiaTalks initiative aims to raise awareness around hot topics that are pertinent in today’s society. Through information and interaction, ConcordiaTalks will address sensitive and progressive issues, including – but not limited to – mental health, drug use, consent, sexual violence, gender/sexual identity, and issues faced by the LGBTQ community.
Introducing #RethinkTheDrink––a student-focused cross-country talkback tour and national health initiative to combat binge drinking on Canadian campuses. #RethinkTheDrink will facilitate an important conversation on the potentially hazardous relationship students have with binge drinking. This event will include a showing of the documentary Girls' Night Out, followed by an in-depth audience and panel discussion.
An afternoon presentation of The Hunting Ground, a documentary film about the incidence of sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. This film highlights the statistic that one in five women experience sexual assault in university, and will facilitate a conversation about Concordia’s policy on Sexual Violence, how to support survivors, and a call to action to end sexual violence.
—Trigger warning: this film deals with the topic of sexual violence—
Two-day course offering women of all ages and abilities the opportunity to practice easy physical and verbal self-defence techniques. This course is open to CUE students, staff, and faculty.
The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters in conjunction with the Edmonton Eskimos present the Leading Change program. Mike Reilly and J.C. Sherritt of the Edmonton Eskimos speak about respectful relationships, and recognizing and interrupting inappropriate and abusive behavior.
In July 2007, John Boden’s car was hit by a teenaged girl who was texting while driving, and as a result of the accident, John’s life was forever changed. Now a quadriplegic, John speaks about the dangers of distracted driving.
12 hour sexual assault resistance training divided into four 3-hour units, open to all self-identified women currently enrolled at Concordia University of Edmonton.
Fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine, is often mixed into street drugs, such as ecstasy, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and caffeine pills. Fentanyl was linked to 272 deaths last year in Alberta. A member of the Edmonton Police Service and an Emergency Medical Technician will discuss the prevalence of fentanyl in Edmonton, and the risks associated with fentanyl.
The Compass Centre will present on healthy sexuality, including safer sex, birth control, and sexually transmitted infections.
Lindsey, a young man who struggled with addictions and mental health issues, passed away in 2012. Lindsey’s mom, Christine, will share his story, and inspire participants to care for people with addictions and mental health issues.
A festival of short films focusing on Mental Health with discussion following, Art with Impact will empower Concordians to gain a better understanding of mental health on campus, to hear inspiring and empowering stories about mental health, and to learn more about accessing resources on campus and in the community.