Next Up Saskatchewan held the first ever Next Up Human Library public event on Monday, February 9. Over 100 people turned out on a cold Saskatoon evening to listen to 18 peoples' stories about the history of women and transgender people organizing for change in Saskatchewan. With book titles ranging from "Joy is My Guide" to "Law as a Tool for Change?" participants were able to visit six books over the course of the evening. The event focused on the stories of women, transgender and non-binary people since those stories are less often told when social change history is discussed. The books shared personal and political stories from the last four decades of social change work in Saskatchewan. Congrats to co-hosts Carolyn Doi, Lauren Russell and the rest of the NU Sask 2014-15 cohort on a very successful event!
Graduates of Next Up Saskatchewan are part of pushing for a poverty reduction strategy for the province through a campaign called Poverty Costs.Read more
Aboriginal youth learn to lead change at camp: NextUp leadership program pilots aboriginal youth camp in Saskatoon
Kevin Millsip is co-founder of Next Up, which now operates in five cities across the country. He wants to mentor the next generation of grassroots leaders in the social and environmental justice movements.Read more
Over the past 18 months students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens have been voicing our concerns regarding austerity measures, formally known as TransformUS, and leadership issues at the University of Saskatchewan. There were many actions throughout the regular academic school year. However, tensions flared on campus on May 14th, when Robert Buckingham, Dean of the School of Public Health, was fired for speaking out against TransformUS. This led to immediate national coverage and student leaders were quick to seize the opportunity to defeat TransformUS.Read more
A new Advisory Committee made up primarily of Indigenous leaders has been created in Saskatchewan to help plan the first ever intensive Next Up program - a model that covers some of the core content of Next Up in a five day period. In addition to core sessions like organizing & campaigning, purpose and storytelling, the participants will learn about anti-racism skills, environmental justice, housing & homelessness, and more sessions chosen by the New Advisory.Read more
Feminist Summer Camp began on May 26th in Saskatoon. It is a ten-week initiative bringing together feminist participants who want to deepen their understanding of gender issues, develop a network of fellow feminist activists, and grow their skills around creating feminist narratives.Read more