Salvadoran Solidarity & Stories Events | Sept. 19-25, 2018

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For one week this September, SCIC is thrilled to be hosting our Educators for Solidarity Initiative partners from El Salvador. César Antonio Hernandez Gamez and Brenda René Hubbard are sexual and reproductive health rights educators representing Commitee Against AIDS/Asociación Comité Contra El Sida Cabañas Asoc Cocosi, based in El Zapote, El Salvador.

Highlights of their visit include:

  • Facilitating sessions at SCIC’s Educating Global Citizens: Stories and Strategies conference Sept 22;
  • Speaking at the Talkin’ About School & Society community forum Sept 21; and
  • Socials in both Regina (Sept 19) and Saskatoon (Sept 25) to welcome and get to know our special guests.

While in Saskatchewan, César and Brenda will also be meeting with and learning from local groups and organizations particularly around shared concerns and work in LGBTQ+ rights, HIV/AIDS advocacy, and learning about Indigenous perspectives and experiences here in the Treaty 4 & Treaty 6 area. César and Brenda are traveling to Canada for this special Saskatchewan learning tour before heading off to Toronto to present to our other program partners at the annual PWRDF Conference.

There are four special opportunities to for members and the public to meet with and learn from our special guests. All events are FREE!  


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 @ 5:30 – 8:30 PM
REGINA, The Artesian on 13th, 2627 13th Avenue

Come give a warm reception to our international guests, be together in community, and share in delicious snacks and lively music from local favourites Andino Suns. A casual evening featuring short remarks and stories from our El Salvadoran partners. Come learn about CoCoSI’s crucial grassroots level work in the rural Cabañas region of El Salvador in HIV/AIDS prevention and education, accompaniment and mitigation, and social and political advocacy. Learn how this connects to community challenges here in Saskatchewan, and most of all, come to celebrate our togetherness and show our guests a good time!

About CoCoSI:

Asociación Comité Contra El Sida Cabañas (CoCoSI) [Committee Against AIDS]

CoCoSI is a youth-run organization based in rural El Salvador working with parents, schools, prisons, and the general public to raise awareness of AIDS, prevent the spread of the disease, address gender-based violence, and support people living with AIDS in the region. Their work is rooted in a human-rights based approach, and is focused in three areas: prevention and education, accompaniment and mitigation, and social and political advocacy.

CoCoSI is the only group in the rural Cabañas region of El Salvador carrying out such work, delivering workshops with women’s and men’s groups, in schools with teachers, students and parents, with health professionals, and in prisons. In 2010, CoCoSI was one of 25 community-based groups from around the world recognized by the United Nations HIV/AIDS Program with the Red Ribbon Award for their work in HIV/AIDS education, prevention and advocacy. For more information about CoCoSI visit:

About Andino Suns:

“Regina-based Andino Suns’ culturally hyphenated music combines the sizzling Andean sun with the expanses of the Canadian prairies. Their genre-defying sound is steeped in their cherished Chilean heritage, combining Andean instrumentation with modern Latin grooves to produce an eclectic sound that’s identifiably their own.”


FRIDAY, SEPT 21 @ 7:00 – 9:00 PM
REGINA, The Artesian on 13th, 2627 13th Avenue

Format: Join our knowledgeable presenters/provocateurs in an engaging conversation about issues facing our schools. What does it mean to educate our students as “global citizens”? How can we support engagement in complex, interconnected issues? What is the role of solidarity, human rights, and decolonization? What can we learn from the experiences of those working on the front lines around the globe? Share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas in an informal atmosphere.


  • Lynette Shultz – Co-Director of the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research, University of Alberta [Edmonton, Canada)
  • César Antonio Hernandez Gamez, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Educator, Committee Against AIDS (CoCoSI) [Santa Marta, El Salvador]
  • Brenda René Hubbard, Director, Committee Against AIDS (CoCoSI) [Santa Marta, El Salvador]


SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 @ 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
REGINA, University of Regina
FREE, Lunch included. Registration Required.

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Join us for a unique one-day conference exploring (and complicating) experiential learning, charity, and solidarity in our classrooms. You won’t find training like this anywhere else this year, and definitely not for free! Through story-based sessions, as well as break-out sessions on theory and practice, participants will explore global citizenship, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist education.

Featuring case studies, stories and workshops led by international partners, participants, educators, and advisors of the first ever Educators for Solidarity Initiative which took place between Saskatchewan and El Salvador.


TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 @ 4:00 – 6:00 PM
SASKATOON, The Stand Community Organizing Centre, 615 Main Street

Come give a warm Saskatoon reception to our international guests, be together in community, and share in delicious snacks in this great community space. César and Brenda are very interested to meet and hear from our members, supporters and those in the wider global justice community in the Treaty 6 area. This will be a great casual evening to do so.

Afterwards, you may wish to head over to McNally Robinson at 3130 8th Street East for the book launch for Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.