Welcome Next Up Edmonton 9!

We are very pleased to welcome the 14 amazing young people who make up our new cohort, Next Up Edmonton 9!


The new cohort has a wide variety of experiences. Some people are working on climate change and creating a just energy transition, others are organizing around police accountability. Some people work in public health and some people work in schools. Some spend their days writing policy, others organize protests. Some use the arts to create change, others focus on research and hard facts. Some concentrate on local issues and others have done work internationally. Everyone in the cohort is creating progressive change.


We began our year with three days of Orientation. Everyone was very excited to meet each other and get to know one another. We were also joined by some alumni who helped facilitate the weekend - big thanks to Claire Edwards (NUE6), Damien Lechat and Taylor Rubin (NUE7), and Jamie Zarn (NUE8) for joining us!


The cohort spent the weekend talking about ideas of leadership, how we work in groups, and where our comfort zones are. We learned some theories on how change happens and some tools to help us make it happen. We looked at the different roles we all play in social movements and talked about the ways our work supports each other. We shared our stories, talking about where we come from and why we do the work that we do. We also shared a delicious potluck lunch!


It was a powerful weekend that laid a solid foundation for the cohort to learn and grow together over the next seven months. 


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In collaboration with Coalition des Femmes de l'Alberta


We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with Coalition des Femmes de l’Alberta to launch a leadership program for young Francophone and Francophile women committed to social and environmental justice. 


 Application deadline is November 10, 2017. Please email projetscoalition@gmail.com for more details and to apply.



Neeched Up Games - making their pitch Nov. 5, 2017

 Janelle_Pewapsconias_edit.pngJanelle Pewapsconias (2014 alum and 2015 facilitator of NU First Nations & Metis Youth in Action intensive program) and Neeched Up Games will be featured as one of Top Nine Pitchers at the Wilson Centre Pitch Party on November 5th. They'll be pitching their business idea to hundreds of people at "Saskatchewan's largest celebration of Entrepreneurship." Neeched Up Games is a social enterprise that provides board games, card games, apps, and educational resources to empower people and engage people with indigenous knowledge, history, and culture.

 You can buy tickets to the event at this link. And if you want to learn more about Neeched Up Games, games for the resilient, you can watch a short video of Janelle pitching the game here.









Social Change Mentorship & Support Program - NU Sask

Do you have a great idea but aren't sure where to go with it?

Next Up, The Stand Community Organizing Centre, and Strong Roots Consulting are offering personalized coaching and support to individuals or organizations working toward social, environmental or economic justice. If you're needing a sounding board, insight, ideas or advice on strategic planning, evaluation, workshop design, social media, or anything else that will move your ideas to action, we may be able to help.

Contact sask@nextup.ca to start the conversation.


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Volunteer in Saskatoon

SK_open_door_society_logo.pngOn October 18th our friends at Saskatoon Open Door Society [SODS] are holding their biannual Volunteer Fair, where organizations from across the city will be offering exciting volunteer opportunities, ranging from informal drop-in volunteering to longterm committed volunteering.

Next Up will be there too and we'll be hosting a board membership nook, with a collection of current and upcoming vacancies on local organizations' boards for you to consider joining. If your own organization is recruiting board members and you’d like to be included in our collection of boards seeking members, please fill out this brief survey for us. For more info about SODS, check out their website

Admission is free and no need to sign up in advance. If you're a Next Up alumni and want to help us out that day, please contact Tracey Mitchell by email: sask@nextup.ca 

See you at the Fair!

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Where: Saskatoon Police Service, Gymnasium, 76-25th Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3P9 

What time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm



IYIA 2017 Speakers Announced

We are excited to announce our speakers lineup for this year's Indigenous Youth in Action BC. Over four days, we're bringing together some incredible presenters to impart wisdom, share some skills, and inspire. 

This year, we welcome as guests and facilitators:


Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, who is currently serving his 5th 3-year term as President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. He also serves as chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. He served as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band for 14 years. In 2006, the Okanagan Nation presented him the honourable title of Grand Chief in recognition of his lifetime devotion to the defense of Indigenous peoples' title and rights.

sχɬemtəna:t, St’agid Jaad, Audrey Siegl, an independent activist from the unceded lands of the Musqueam. She has been active on grassroots environmental and social justice-political frontline movements. Audrey has worked on raising awareness on MMIW, Downtown Eastside issues including housing, the Fentanyl crisis, and displacement. She has worked to highlight the connections between extractive industry projects and violations of First Nations, land and human rights.  

Shane Pointe, proud member of the Point family and equally proud member of the Coast Salish Nation. As a member of the Musqueam Indian Band, Shane uses his knowledge of language, culture and ceremony to help his family, community and many others from around the world to come to a balance. Shane's motto is "Nutsamaht." (We are one.)

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Alumni Survey Report Back – Here's what we heard

By now, you probably know that Next Up turns 10 this year! The program was started in Vancouver in 2006 with the belief that that we must support young leaders if we are to find solutions to our collective challenges.

We believe in the importance of this mission now, more than ever.

Over the summer, we sent out a short survey to Next Up alumni and asked our grads to reflect on their experience, tell us about their work now, and voice their feedback and input on the program.

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Next Up Begins Regina Program & Pilots New Format in Saskatoon & Regina

Next Up began our very first year of programming in Regina (Treaty 4 territory) on November 5 & 6, 2016, a week after the Saskatoon (Treaty 6 territory) program began its 7th year.

The first ever Next Up Regina cohort poses outside Heritage Community Association where their meetings will be held. 



  In both Regina and Saskatoon, Next Up is trying out a new format for our programming in Saskatchewan this year, which consists of six full weekends of training over the course of the six-month program, in lieu of the weekly evening sessions in our usual programs. We began our orientations with prayers and words from Elder Marjorie Beaucage in Saskatoon and Life Speaker Noel Starblanket in Regina. In both cities, we also participated in a process created by Marjorie Beaucage called A Medicine Wheel for the Indian Act, which consists of learning and sharing about colonial history and our experiences with it. The weekend also consisted of learning about social change theory and building skills for hosting sessions. 

 See our website in December for a photo of our newest Saskatoon cohort. 

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Our Schools/Our Selves meets Next Up

We’re excited to announce the launch of Project: Change, the summer edition of Our Schools/Our Selves, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s quarterly journal on education.

This summer 2016 issue is devoted to Next Up – 26 essays, stories, and creative pieces submitted by our alumni, staff, and advisors. Our goal was to commemorate Next Up’s work for its 10th anniversary, and wow, we’re so pleased with what you’ve created.


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Next Up Winnipeg Wraps Up First Official Full-Year Program

We’ve wrapped up another fantastic year at Next Up Winnipeg- our first official full 7-month program. We had 13 wonderful participants survive- I mean flourish- through the program and I don’t know where the time has gone! Graduation was lovely, with almost 60 guests in attendance, including alumni, presenters, funders, supporting agencies and most importantly- participants’ parents, partners and kids! Start the youth engagement young, I say! We don’t do anything by halves in Winnipeg.

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