Political and Social Activism Clubs

Political and Social Activism Clubs

Political and Social Activism Clubs

Advocate for the causes you believe in and fight for change with a Political and Social Activism Club!

Conservative Association at McGill University

The Conservative Association at McGill University, also known on campus as Conservative McGill, is the official arm of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) in the McGill community. We are recognized as a Conservative campus organization pursuant to By-Law 2 of the CPC Constitution, and are an active member of the Conservative Party National Campus Network.

Our mission is on campus is:

  1. the advancement of the aims of the CPC
  2. the entrenchment of conservatism more broadly, on and off campus.

Our view of conservatism is guided generally by the following principles:

  1. Limited, constitutional government
  2. Free markets and free enterprise, private ownership and personal responsibility
  3. Equality before the law and a justice system that holds everyone equally accountable, that punishes criminal offenders and that protects the law-abiding
  4. Foreign policy that advances and supports freedom and democracy around the world
  5. Responsible, fact-based stewardship of the environment

Democrats Abroad @ McGill

We are the liaison between McGill students and Democrats Abroad, specifically Montreal chapter, and the United States Democratic Party. We provide non-partisan voter and absentee voter registration assistance along with organizing social events for political broadcasts (Election Night, State of the Union, etc.) We are a safe environment for US political discussion and debate, for all students regardless of citizenship.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of Democrats Abroad @ McGill in their club constitution.

F Word

F WORD is a biannual publication featuring various kinds of original visual and written content that discusses feminism(s). We recognize the many contexts and implications of current-day feminism(s) and aim to productively expand the conversation around these feminism(s). We are a meeting place for ideas and thoughts. F WORD aims to be a resource through which contributors and readers can share ideas, build community, foster empowerment and create connections across varying dimensions of difference.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of F Word in their in their club constitution.

Freethought Association

What is freethought?

Freethought is the philosophical position that one’s views ought not to be held dogmatically on the basis of tradition and authority but rather ought to be formed through the critical application of reason.

What is the Freethought Association?

We are a full-status SSMU (Student’s Society of McGill University) club and a affiliate of the Centre for Inquiry Canada. Our mandate is to promote freethought on campus by combatting pseudoscience, dispelling myths of authority based on religion or tradition and promoting free speech and the exchange of ideas. We aim to do this by providing information to students in the form of guest lectures (often organized jointly with the Centre for Inquiry Montréal), discussion groups, pub nights and debates.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of the Freethought Association in their club constitution.

Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – SSMU

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was created in 1971 by a group of French doctors and journalists. Since then, this pioneering organization has treated over one hundred million patients worldwide. Today, MSF works in over 60 countries and provides emergency aid with complete independence from political, economic and religious influences.

Friends of MSF groups are student societies in various Canadian Universities. Our McGill chapter is an official supporter of MSF. Our goals are to increase awareness for MSF, create fundraising activities and to encourage aspiring humanitarians to consider working with MSF.

HeForShe McGill

HeForShe McGill is a student-run organization inspired by the UN Women Gender Equality Solidarity Movement. We seek to invite men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a visible and united force for gender equality. We aim to take action and create meaningful change in the McGill and greater Montreal community by promoting awareness and creating safe spaces to discuss issues such as toxic masculinity, equal pay, violence between men and against women, and detrimental gender stereotypes.

Herbivore Society for Peace and Justice

The Herbivore Society for Peace and Justice is a non-hierarchical collective that is focused on the environmental and ecological benefits of abstaining or reducing one’s consumption of animal products. We provide opportunities for vegans, vegetarians, and curious meat eaters to exchange information about practicing sustainable veganism. We commit to perpetuating as little harm as possible, working within a framework that is anti-oppressive, anti-colonial, inclusive, and intersectional. Our club recognizes how differences in socio-economic background and health needs can influence one’s ability to participate in a vegan lifestyle, as well as how different cultures have varying relationships to animals which inform one’s engagement with veganism.

As a collective, we do whatever events interest our members the most! Some years have had a heavier focus on environmentalism, while others have focused more on sustainability and health. Past events include potlucks, discussion panels on various ethical topics, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more!

Indigenous Student Alliance

The Indigenous Student Alliance provides integrative support for Indigenous peoples’ attending McGill University to connect and share our unique, authentic Indigenous ways of knowing with each other and with non-Indigenous peoples within the community. Our vision is to develop and maintain on-going networking and partnerships with University student groups and organizations through learning–teaching relationships that foster real and meaningful human development and community solidarity.

Liberal McGill

Liberal McGill is accredited by the Young Liberals of Canada (Quebec) and is a student group of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU).

This page is a means to connect Liberals from across Canada with Liberals at McGill to discuss ideas, get information about our upcoming events, and further theCanadian political dialogue.

Any questions or comments? Contact us by email or Twitter (@LiberalMcGill). Or participate in our discussions on our Facebook group.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of Liberal McGill in their club constitution.

McGill Model Parliament

The McGill Model Parliament is a Student Group of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) which aims to establish a model of Canadian parliamentary process which delegates can participate in.

McGill Students Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

McGill Students Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is a group of students actively engaged in informing their community about human rights issues through media campaigns and other on campus projects.

Throughout the year, we work with numerous volunteers, contributors, journalists, and JHR head office to raise awareness about human rights issues and the power of media to help combat abuses. Our work includes producing Speak! Newspaper, Radio and TV, holding amazing awareness and fundraising events, and working with other groups on campus and in Montréal.

We are dedicated to promoting a unified campus on issues related to human rights and journalism. We are open to working with more clubs on campus and we encourage clubs to utilize our free advertising space in Speak! Magazine. If you are part of a group and would like to work with us, please contact us through email.

McGill Students for Amnesty International

McGill Students for Amnesty International is a club at McGill University that aims to raise awareness on international human rights violence on campus. We host weekly meetings and organise events to promote campaigns by Amnesty International Canada to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.

McGill Students for HanVoice

Originally founded in 2007 by three law students concerned about the lack of Canadian response to one of the worst ongoing human rights tragedies of our era; HanVoice is now the largest Canadian organization that advocates for improved human rights in North Korea. As the McGill student chapter, our central goals are to raise awareness to the North Korean refugee crisis and fundraise for initiatives such as the HanVoice Pioneer Project: which empowers North Koreans themselves to become agents of change within the North Korean human rights movement. Through our events and media outlets, we strive to shed light on this pressing issue that is rarely discussed in mainstream media.

McGill Students for Oxfam-Quebec

Our club is committed to executing Oxfam Canada’s mission which is centered on building lasting solutions to global poverty and injustice. Oxfam Canada works with allies in Canada and around the world to change the policies and practices that perpetuate human suffering. McGill Students for Oxfam-Quebec is committed to raising awareness about, and combating global poverty and social inequality. We organize various projects and events including art galleries, panel discussions, and film screenings. Each year we try to use our events to compliment the annual theme set by Oxfam-Quebec. Overall, we are a group of students who are committed to fighting injustice around the world, one step at a time.

McGill Students for UN Women Canada National Committee

McGill Students for UN Women supports United Nations Women by engaging students through advocacy and fundraising. In support of this goal, our organization raises awareness about gender-based global issues such as violence against women and girls, reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, empowerment programs, and achieving gender equality in democratic governance in a time of peace and conflict. We organize events such as panel discussions on human rights and gender equality, film showings, fundraisers, and discussion groups. We support UN Women in any capacity upon the request from headquarters.

In the September 2010 issue of The Lancet, Stephen Lewis wrote “Educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment available in the developing world.” According to Lewis, investing in the education of women and girls has saved over 4 million lives in the developing world. Unfortunately, the elimination of gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2005, as promised by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, has not yet been fulfilled. There has never been a better time to engage women and girls, as case studies have repeatedly shown that they are the true catalysts to eliminating poverty in the developing world through primary education and education in sanitation and family planning.

McGill Students in Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights

SPHR is a non-profit, student-based non-hierarchical organization that advocates on a strong social justice platform to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people in the face of human rights violations and all forms of racism, discrimination, misinformation and misrepresentation.

New Democratic Party (NDP) McGill

We are a political club that espouses the ideas of the NDP. We are affiliated with The Party and hold events in support of them.

Socialist Fightback Club

Socialist Fightback McGill provides a venue for McGill students to learn about and participate in Marxist political theory and real-world practice.

We are opposed to a world where the richest 1% horde the trillions of dollars in tax havens, subsidize fossil fuel development, and buy the influence of politicians while the rest of us face increasing real cost of living, decreasing quality of life, and impending climate disaster. As Marxists, we know that building a world without hunger, poverty, and catastrophic climate change is possible through instituting public democratic ownership over the main productive forces of the economy.

Our club organizes events about twice a month where we have movie screenings, presentations, and reading groups to discuss Marxist theory, history, and analysis of current events. We are also part of an organization that is regional, national, and international, with activities organized at each level.