The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) is a student-funded and student-directed resource centre dedicated to social and environmental justice. We are based at the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University.
PIRG’s were established across North American campuses in the 1970’s and 80’s as a way for students to advocate for social change. SFPIRG was set-up by students on SFU’s Burnaby campus in 1981 – we recently celebrated our 35th birthday! SFPIRG has done loads of amazing work over the years and has positively impacted the lives of students and the wider community.
Our mission is to engage students in social and environmental justice. Areas of work include education, action, research and community-building. We are non-partisan, which means we are not allied with any particular political party. That being said, we are very political!
SFPIRG brings together a diverse range of people and our work is all centred on a shared set of values. This includes a commitment to inclusive and accessible space, intersectional anti-oppression, decolonization and indigenous sovereignty; self-representation, self-determination, and empowering student and community leadership; accountability, integrity, wholeness and healing; sustainability; and respectful communication.
We believe that social justice and environmental justice are attainable! We also believe everyone has a role to play in this movement. You can learn more about social and environmental justice here on our site, by visiting our Info Hub! You can also find out how to get involved in activism here at SFU, or how to access resources and services.
Welcome to SFPIRG! We hope you’ll join us.