Landback and Residential Schools – Settler solidarity actions – Cahoots in Quarantine!

1492 Landback Lane

The Canadian public are again learning the truth about the Residential School System, but few are joining the dots to see how supporting Indigenous land defence and sovereignty movements like 1492 Landback Lane is a concrete response to the genocidal violence of the Residential School System – a legacy that all people on these lands called Canada must respond to.

A brief address will outline these facts, specifically looking at the responsibilities of Christian communities, followed by a series of actions. There will then be time to discuss questions that arise. Register here –>

Guiding us through our thinking and action is Peter Haresnape (he/him), member of Christian Peacemaker Teams (Turtle Island Solidarity Network), Cahoots festival organizer, currently a student and pastor of Toronto United Mennonite Church

Peter Haresnape

When you’re hopeful, where do you put it? – Cahoots in Quarantine for kids and youth!

Our beloved friend Jonathon Reed, is heading up a workshop during our Cahoots in Quarantine series geared towards youth. Join him on June 3rd for his workshop titled “When you’re hopeful, where do you put it?” You can register for the workshop at:

Here’s his description:

First priority: Reconnect with the love of the powerful young people of Cahoots, wear silly hats, say hi and share a bit about the past year plus a favourite memory from past Cahoots. Second priority: Talk about hope. Make some meaningful art inspired by the natural world and put it in the MAIL to the grassroots activists at the heart of The Wasteland Plan. Third priority: Learn to teleport.

~ Jonathan Reed

Cahoots in Quarantine!

Cahoots Take Action Series

Hello everyone! As much as we tried and prayed and hoped, we realized that we just couldn’t do an in-person Cahoots Festival this year. But never fear, we are still striving to engage with you, our beloved community.

This year we are embarking on some new online adventures. The one coming soon is our Take Action Series. The first in this series is an online workshop lead by Jesson Reyes called “Migrant Rights During The Pandemic”. Join us on May 27 @ 7pm (est)

The Migrants Rights During the Pandemic is a call to action for migrants who face health and safety risks due to their immigration status. Jesson Reyes, managing director at Migrants Resource Centre Canada, will talk to us about what MRCC and Migrants Rights Network have been doing to put pressure on the government for permanent residency status for so called “temporary foreign workers,” who stay in Canada for years and work for unfair wages in dangerous jobs. Jesson will also be talking about COVID concerns amongst migrants during the pandemic, and the overall structure of why this systemic issue exists. Canada is lucky to have migrant workers, not the other way around. Join us as we advocate for those who farm the foods that end up on our tables, take care of our children, and do more essential jobs. The workshop will contain 15 minutes of speech, 5-10 minutes of Q&A, and 25 minutes of action. 

Thank you!

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest in this newly reconfigured version of Cahoots! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Registration is live…AGAIN!

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Register for free for Cahoots Transfigured on Saturday, May 23rd.  We have four workshop options in the morning, a group gathering in the afternoon, and a remote dance party in the evening.  The free registration closes at midnight on May 21st and we will send you the links to the sessions you have chosen.  See all descriptions here.  (Please note you will need access to Zoom.)

10:00-11:25am EST

Entitlement and Gratitude with Lane Silas Patriquin

Entitlement is one of the most pervasive social and spiritual problems in Western society. But for many marginalized people, it is also essential to self-advocacy and liberation. In this workshop we will explore expressions of entitlement as they can be both healthy and harmful, as well as the healing and connective power of gratitude.

Lane is a Christian anarchist educator whose work centres around transgender liberation, climate justice, grief processing and anti-colonial solidarity.

10:00-11:25am EST

Humans of Basic Income with Jessie Golem

Jessie was a part of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot that was cancelled by the Doug Ford government. She reacted by taking photos of the other BI recipients holding cardboard signs with their handwritten stories on it. Overnight, she went from being a starving artist trying to build a photography career, to political activist fighting for basic income. Jessie has travelled around the world with those photos and has spoken in front of too many audiences to count.

Jessie has been involved in photography, from weddings, to portraits, to events, for almost ten years. Her passion for adventure has led her to a number of exciting and unique photography experiences. Her photos of humans of Basic Income have been featured on CBC, The Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, the Lindsay Advocate, the Moonshot Podcast in Australia, and Kyoto News in Japan. Jessie is also a classical pianist and a writer, with work that is published in the Huffington Post.

10:00-11:25am EST

Subversive Living: Fighting the Cis- Hetero- Patriarchy through Identities with Steph Chandler Burns

In this workshop, we will explore how to live faithful lives that make room for diverse identities. We will talk about the ways that LGBTQIA+ identity makes the world a more beautiful place, discuss what we can learn about living well from LGBTQIA+ wisdom, and prepare for the future by discussing ways to live more fully (whether you identify as cis and straight or queer) by subverting society’s expected norms.

Steph is a bisexual Mennonite pastor who loves to explore topics of feminism, social justice, LGBTQIA+ identity, and how these relate to living lives of faith. She has completed a Master of Theological Studies, where she focused her work on queer theology, specifically questions such as “What can we learn about God through LGBTQIA+ identity?” In asking such questions, Steph hopes to help prepare the church for the future, with a new, more inclusive understanding of who God can be.

10:00-11:25am EST

Tools Beyond Rules (for Radicals) with Isaiah Ritzmann

As we face the future we also face the inadequacies of rules as a tool for moral decision-making. Life is too complex to be easily navigated using rules yet both our faith and activist communities easily fall into “rules talk,” as if clear rules or strong norms are enough to guide us. In the middle age and early modern times theologians recognized the limitation of rules – teaching, for example, that rules are always “generally and for the most part” and that it wasn’t impossible to create a rule that doesn’t admit to some exception. To help those genuinely seeking to live moral lives in confusing situations these theologians invented a method known as Casuistry, a method that helps people discern what the right thing to do in a situation where rules aren’t able to give relief to a perplexed conscience. Together we’ll explore different aspects of Casuistry and what it might mean for us today in our era of ecological, economical, and political turmoil.

Isaiah works in both refugee housing and community education in Kitchener, Ontario. He graduated with a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2015 and is inspired by the Catholic Worker vision of “building a new society within the shell of the old, where it is easier for people to be good.”

11:30am EST

Virtual Ultimate Frisbee (not really) for Youth with Jonathon Reed

One of the most special parts of Cahoots (plus one of the most impactful parts of social justice organizing) is the relationships we form. They’re what bring us back again and again, and they’re something we look forward to throughout the year. There’s no way we can really replicate the wild barefoot mud-sliding youth vibe that comes to Cahoots every year (just like there’s no way we can play ultimate frisbee virtually) but we can sure try. Join the youth session to catch up on each other’s lives, play socially distanced games and have non-socially distanced love in our hearts.

Afternoon Session 1:00-2:30pm EST

Join us for a time of community gathering with music, worship and prayer, and speaker Sarah Mikh, Cahoots founder.

Dance Party7:00pm EST

Keep the Saturday night Cahoots Dance Party alive in your own living room, basement, backyard or balcony!  Hang some bunting and Christmas lights and dress up in your sparkly clothes and kick it to favourites from past Cahoots playlists.

Register Now!

Get Ready!

Hey there friends. Tickets are opening soon for Cahoots Fest 2020! So, save the date in your calendar – May 21-24, AND check back here on February 3rd to grab your tickets for the hottest Faith, Justice & DIY festival Southern Ontario has to offer!

Tickets for Cahoots 2019 are LIVE!!!

We’re very excited that ticket sales are now open for the 2019 Cahoots festival, May 23-26, at Pearce Williams Christian Camp, close to St Thomas, Ontario.

We have 150 tickets available and we’re looking for students and young adults, families with kids and teens, babies, elders and everyone in between! Our tickets are remarkably affordable thanks to the hard work and generosity of our many volunteers:

Early bird prices are in effect until April 1st…

Festival pass – Adult $135 (12 years or older), Child $75 (3-11 years old), Family $400
Day ticket – Adult $75, Child $45

Tickets include all your meals, cabin accommodation, all the sessions and workshops, and support to carpool to and from the site. Book your tickets through this link. If cost is a concern, contact to find out about subsidized tickets.

Contact us to get a copy of the poster or some postcard invites for your church, school, youth group, or parenting circle!

Learn more about Cahoots at our website:
Follow the conversation on the Facebook, and watch as details of sessions become available…
Sign up for the mailing list to get info and reminders of ticket sales.

Call for Submissions – 2019

we want to hear from you

Hey, there one and all! It’s that time of the year when we reach out to you our friends for your wonderful ideas for workshops! Do you have a workshop you’d like to facilitate? Then fill out the form below OR click on the link and fill out the form in a new tab! Do you know someone who would be amazing at facilitating a workshop? Then send them the link to this post (or the link below) and get them to fill it out!

We will be receiving submissions until December 17th, 2018. You have 2 months to get your peachy keen ideas to us!