Minka: A Social Justice Conference
Minka is a Quechua word that represents the tradition of collective work on a project that benefits an entire community. It is a call to action where community members work side-by-side, bringing the expertise they have from their daily lives and placing it alongside the expertise of another. It is a culminating event where, in solidarity, people are empowered to create changes that have lasting impact on the lives they build together. During a Minka, the needs of the community are placed over the needs of the individual; everything stops when someone calls a Minka.
On October 2nd, 2015, The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and the Office of Student Experience at St. Jerome’s University is creating an opportunity where all of our community members can put their daily tasks aside and come together to learn, grow, and work towards a common purpose. It will be an opportunity to collaborate with members in our local and international communities while focusing on the social justice themes that connect us all. This year’s theme will be the Power of Community in Action. We are bringing people together to share their stories on how community plays a powerful role in addressing social justice causes around the world.
The Minka will be followed by our annual Hunger Banquet - an event where participants get to share a meal, discuss the realities of food scarcity, celebrate cuisine, and hopefully leave with a new understanding of the food we consume.
For ten years, we at St. Jerome’s have been building relationships around the world. This Minka will provide a unique opportunity to reflect with our international partners and local community groups upon our common efforts to build stronger, more viable human communities.
- Dr. Myroslaw Tataryn, Director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship