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SFU Students & Allies Contest the Goldcorp Donation outside the Board of Governors Meeting

by Tami Starlight

SAGG tabling at SFU Burnaby Campus
Alejandra enjoying her creativity with the banner
Melanie (fabulous community artist & activist) chats up Ivan as they work on the banner
Alejandra connects with SFU student and hands her information
Ivan & Nicolas sharing ideas
Banner takes shape (hearts being washed into gold bars)
SAGG poster image
SAGG poster

On Thursday, November 25, members of SFU Against Goldcorp and Gentrification (SAGG) together with community members converged at Simon Fraser University (SFU)  Burnaby campus to discuss Goldcorp's $10 million donation to SFU with SFU's board of govenors.

The Board of Governors ended up posting notice of the meeting being cancelled and held a private conference call with only a few members in attendance.

SAGG and community members took to the halls of SFU, began painting their banner and set up an info table on a busy walkway to engage students, sign petitions and pass out leaflets.

The donation has raised concerns among groups working on a wide variety of issues, including, but not limited to, Canadian mining abuses, academic freedom, gentrification of the downtown east side, and the erosion of public education.

In response to this donation, which among other things meant a renaming of the centre which houses the School of Contemporary Arts at SFU, a group of students, faculty and activists came together to form a group called SAGG SFU Against Goldcorp and Gentrification

If you were or are an SFU student, know someone who is, or know people who would like to be involved in this important issue, please pass this information on, including the website, join the facebook group and contact: antigoldcorp@gmail.com .

Tami Starlight - VMC.

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