Next Up Saskatchewan rings in the new year!


Next Up Saskatchewan 2014!

Next Up Saskatchewan 2014!

Next Up Saskatchewan has rung in the new year with sessions on Unions 101, LGBTQ activism, Intersectional Feminism, Speciesism, and Food Sovereignty! We have also had a couple of social events outside of sessions, including a progressive potluck where visited six houses in one night, enjoying food, drinks & games at each stop!
We are also hard at work soliciting funds and building an advisory committee for a pilot-project in Saskatoon this July, where a cohort of Indigenous youth will go through a five-day intensive version of Next Up, covering some of Next Up’s core programming. Next Up Sask Grad and U of S Student Union president, Max FineDay, has agreed to co-coordinate this program with NU SK coordinator Tracey Mitchell.

Grads and current participants are hard at work on various events and activities including resistance to the lack of student consultation and regressive cutbacks of the TransformUS process at the University of Saskatchewan, organizing to bring in speakers from Elsipogtog’s anti-fracking blockade, and planning for a session on storytelling and social change organizing with educators from Upstream, Idle No More, The Broadbent Institute and 270 Strategies.


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Next Up gathering at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC 2013

Hello all and happy fall.

I hope that all of you are doing well.  I write this to you from Ottawa, heading a great day working with the group on a new Constellation of Change session. The last couple of months have been awesome – we completed selection and orientation in 5 cities and now have 5 cohorts of awesome across the country.

Our gathering in May was a time when, from the moment the ferry left the dock in Horseshoe Bay, every moment felt like an embodiment of the initial dream that helped to drive the formation of Next Up. One idea that drove our work was thinking that if we were serious about our ideas for social change, we needed to get serious about supporting, training and connecting next generation social change leaders across the country. With a new group in Ottawa and rumblings growing in other cities for programs and new partnerships – this is an amazing journey to be part of.

Where to now? Some neat stuff coming up: we have a 3-year capacity building grant from Vancity – thank you Vancity! This support is going towards a new database system, developing a monthly donor stewardship plan, admin support for the organization, and a few other core, not-terribly-flashy but absolutely essential background functions that will allow us to be better, smarter, faster than we were before.

There’s so much happening now that Next Up alum are involved with across the country, that it’s hard to capture all the amazing in one place – some things to look forward too:

A 5-day intensive Next Up program to be held in late spring in Saskatoon with First Nations, Metis and Inuit young people, promising discussions with folks in Inuvik and Winnipeg, Organize BC: a training partnership with several Environmental groups in BC, and much more.

That’s enough from us – thank you, all of you, for all that you do.

- Kevin Millsip

Thank you

Applications for the 2013/14 programs in BC, Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa are now closed.

Thank you to all who applied!