Panel Discussion: “Gentrification on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside”

CFLS & the Social Justice Action Network present a collaborative panel discussion:

DISAPPEARING HOMES: Gentrification on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside   

This panel will explore the intersections between gentrification, equality, and the law. This is a particularly interesting topic for Vancouverites, as some of our city’s low-income communities face growing threats to their ability to remain in their neighbourhoods. Come hear from a grassroots organizer, a lawyer, and an urban geographer about the issues, research and reactions surrounding gentrification in Vancouver.

Tuesday, 11 February @ 12:30 PM
Room 122, Allard Hall (1822 East Mall)
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Wendy Pedersen, Grassroots Organizer  

Wendy is a long-time DTES resident and community organizer who has worked as a researcher with the Carnegie Community Action Project, a project of the Carnegie Centre that seeks to keep the DTES a low income friendly community.

DJ Larkin, Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society

DJ was drawn to law by her belief in the law’s power to build a more just society. She currently focuses her practice on litigating and researching the criminalization of homelessness, systems of housing which infringe the human rights and housing rights of low-income renters and housing policies and practices that put women and families at risk.

Lisa Freeman, Post-Doctoral Fellow, SFU Geography

Lisa is an urban legal geographer with roots in anti-poverty activism. Her research interests include municipal governance, single-room occupancy dwellings, gentrification, suburban poverty and public space. She uses feminist research methodologies to explore marginality, inequality and power within urban and suburban spaces.

View the current lecture schedule here.

Lecture: “The Feminization and Racialization of Poverty”

“THE FEMINIZATION AND RACIALIZATION OF POVERTY: Intersecting Legislated Policies of Dispossession”

Drawing on her past work as the Project Coordinator of Vancouver Status of Women’s Feminization and Racialization of Poverty Project, Benita Bunjun re-examines the deepening of poverty as experienced by racialized women (Indigenous women & women of colour) due to present and historical social and economic policies.

She draws on an intersectional critical race feminist analysis to specifically examine how welfare, immigration, and labour policies disproportionately impact racialized women within Canada, a white-settler society. During this era of colonial conservative ideology, systematic barriers faced by women living in poverty are further reinforced and sustained.

Due to limited economic resources, Indigenous women and women of colour remain forced to work precarious underpaid part-time jobs.  Social programs are being dismantled while regressive policies are implemented onto the bodies of dispossessed populations.  The processes of occupation, re/settlement, nation building, slavery, disenfranchisement, labour migration, and employment regulation continue to contribute to the depth of poverty and criminalization experienced by racialized women.  Bunjun will also share lessons learnt while coordinating such a project in regards to the non-profit industrial complex and Indigenous/settler of colour relations.

Dr. Benita Bunjun, UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Benita Bunjun received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC. Her doctoral research entitled “The (Un)Making of Home, Entitlement, and Nation: An Intersectional Organizational Study of Power Relations in Vancouver Status of Women, 1971-2008” examines organizational power relations within feminist organizations with an emphasis on discourses of nation-building.

Dr. Bunjun is a past President of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women where she chaired the Intersectional Feminist Frameworks Working Group. She teaches at UBC and is currently an Advisory Committee member at the Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender & Age (RAGA). She is a Collective Member of Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) and also coordinates the independent Research Project on the Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students.

Tuesday, 4 February @ 12:30 PM
Room 123, Allard Hall (1822 East Mall) 

View the current lecture schedule here.

Human Rights Seminar: Oct 7 at UBC


In Canada, almost 15% of the population is living in poverty, 200,000 people remain visibly homeless, and 3.8 million don’t have access to adequate food. When the United Nations tells Canada it has to take action to solve these problems, how does the Government of Canada respond?

On October 7th join international human rights experts Leilani Farha (Canada Without Poverty) and Margot Young (Housing Justice Project) in a discussion about the United
Nations human rights system, Canada’s international human rights commitments and obligations, and the recent Universal Periodic Review of Canada’s human rights record.

Human Rights Seminar October 7th at UBC

WHEN – Monday, October 7th, 9am – 12pm
WHERE – UBC Campus, Room 335 ALLARD HALL
Faculty of Law, 1822 East Mall

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Megan at Canada Without Poverty by October 4th; seating is limited.

Click here for a pdf of the event poster.