Ariel Martz-Oberlander on Treaty Rights & the Site C Dam, May 8

The Langara Faculty Association Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee presents:

Respect Treaty Rights: Stop the Site C Dam

Monday May 8, 12:30 PM
Room A136a, Langara College   
Speaker: Ariel Martz-Oberlander

Construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam will hurt everyone in BC. Hydro rates will increase dramatically to pay for electricity that we don't need on a project that is expected to go way over its $9 billion budget. The dam is being built with non-union labour, driving down wages and living standards. Valuable farm land will be flooded. And, most importantly, it will destroy lands belonging to the Treaty 8 First Nations. These lands, along 107 km of the Peace river, are important hunting, fishing and gathering sites.

Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a local theatre artist, teacher and activist here on Coast Salish lands. A long time community organizer, she specializes in using creative direct actions to draw attention to issues of Indigenous sovereignty, feminism and climate justice. She has been working on the issue of Site C for over a year, hosting events and fundraisers, training canvassers, and teaching workshops in high schools, among other things. She was also one of the founding members of the Peace Camp that existed outside BC Hydro offices for three months last spring.

Organized by The Langara Faculty Association Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee.

For more information, please contact Bradley Hughes,

Open Letter: LFA Gives the BC Government a Failing Grade

March 6, 2017
Vancouver, BC

An Open Letter to the Honorable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education

Dear Minister Wilkinson,

If the BC government were a student, it would earn a failing grade for the analysis you offered to Global News on February 20 regarding post-secondary education in BC. As educators, we would like to offer the BC government some constructive feedback to improve the quality and accuracy of its statements to the public.

Open the Doors messages from students and faculty

LFA Kicks Off Transit Ad Campaign

Starting on Monday, February 20 and continuing till Sunday, April 9, the LFA will be running transit ads to pressure BC's political parties to restore funding to public colleges and universities and to inspire voters to cast their ballot in the provincial election of May 9.

To kick off the ad campaign, there will be a special launch at the College, in the foyer of A-building, on Monday, February 20 from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Faculty are asked to announce this event in class and to encourage students to drop by to share their opinion or their story of struggle in financing their education.

Students may share their message in various ways: by making a short video, by writing a message on our white board, or by taking a photo or selfie featuring one of our ads. We also urge them to share their messages on social media and to tag the Liberals and the NDP.

Last but not least, free chocolate will be available at Monday's launch!

For further information about the event, please contact Janet Douglas (

LFA Open the Doors Committee

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:30 to 14:30

Funding Crisis on Campuses Across BC: Langara Faculty Launch Transit Ad Campaign

Langara Faculty are worried about their students. Our students are in debt. They are exhausted. They are stressed. They are forced to spend too much time working and as a result have too little time to study. The financial stress on students is so great that Langara College is starting a food bank on campus.

It was not always like this. When many of us faculty got our degrees, the government covered 70-80% of costs, allowing us to focus on our studies. In the last 15 years, provincial funding per student has dropped by 20% at Langara College (and similar amounts at institutions across the province). Without a change in direction, where will this trend end?