On May 14th, we held the graduation of Calgary's 6th cohort. We met at Moh’kinsstis—the meeting of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, in the traditional land of the of the Blackfoot Confederacy, shared by the Beaver people of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, the Nakota people of the Stoney Nations, and the Metis people. We acknowledge that historical injustices created Treaty 7, and are grateful to be living in a time that our collective good will and works have begun the steps to make reconciliation our basis for sharing these lands.Read more
Next Up Saskatchewan's 2015-16 cohort, the eighth group in six years of programming in Saskatchewan, planned a unique celebration for their graduation on May 16, 2016. The group formed an entertainment committee, a decorating committee, a program committee and a pay-it-forward committee to plan for the amazing and unique event.Read more
It’s hard to believe that September 2016 will be our ten-year anniversary. We started Next Up in Vancouver in 2006 and nine years later our 534 alumni are making waves across the country. I’m proud of what we’ve built together and I'm excited for what’s to come.Read more
Thanks to a fabulous grad committee and volunteers (Julia Dalman, Diane Connors, Aleah Loney), we had an amazing celebratory evening on May 16. The event was held at The Almanac on Whyte Ave, a welcoming, new, cozy venue in Edmonton. Guests included friends and family of the graduating cohort, alumni, Advisory Committee members, funders and supporters, and Next Up presenters. We had 13 leaders graduate this year, presenting each other certificates of completion during a program MC’d by alumni Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.
Next Up BC's first ever Spring Intensive brought together people from across Nanaimo, Victoria, Surrey, Burnaby, and Vancouver for a dose of Next Up's leadership programming. We explored how social change happens and what individual forces drive us into action.
After seven months of sharing, listening, learning and growing, Next Up Vancouver's ninth run has come to a close. Some of the year's highlights include taking a warm and sunny Labour History Walking Tour with Vancouver District Labour Council president Joey Hartman, exploring connections between hip hop and decolonization with Jerilynn Webster, and learning some self-care tools with the Self Care Project's Christine Boyle and Samantha Cheng.Read more
As the Next Up Ottawa program comes to a close, we celebrated a fourth round of graduates in the city!
The fourth round of Next Up in Ottawa is coming to a close, and the 16 participants have teamed up to organize an upcoming community discussion. On Saturday, May 7th, the event titled "Solidarity Against Colonialism: Confronting Gendered Violence" features a conversation with Colleen Cardinal.
This comes on the heels of a successful book launch fundraiser in Ottawa.
Springtime greetings, and welcome to the latest edition of Next Update! We have updates from the six (soon to be seven) cities that our seven-month programs are offered in and news about three new initiatives on offer in 2016.
Next Up just finished it’s second full weekend session of its’ new Alberta-based Climate Leadership Program. The program began in March and will run for another three full weekends, ending in June 2016. We have 26 participants from 7 communities, reaching from Pincher Creek in the south to Saddle Lake in the North. Thus far we’ve met in Kananaskis Country and the Edmonton Federal Building, and will continue to gather at three more locations in central Alberta. Our participants come from a wide cross section of Albertan society that includes folks from First Nations, labour, education, policy, municipalities, the energy industry and regulators.Read more