On February 27th and 28th, Next Up Saskatchewan hosted a thought-provoking and invigorating conference on “Building Skills for Social and Environmental Justice” on Treaty 4 territory (Regina). Supported by the keynote address, on the LEAP Manifesto, from Seth Klein - Next Up co-founder and Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC office - the weekend’s events fostered great interest from the public. As Next Up prepares to launch its program in Regina in the fall of 2016, the conference and keynote provided a dynamic opportunity for local communities to learn more about Next Up.Read more
Next Up Ottawa teamed up with local researcher, professor, and author, Jacqueline Kennelly, to launch the paperback version of her book Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era.
The launch will be April 18, 2016, find out more here.
Next Up Saskatchewan Presents: Reconciliation, Redress, Remembering and Resilience: Individual and Collective Stories of Injustice and How We Respond to It
Our 2016 Human Library provides an exciting opportunity for the public to connect with diverse narratives and worldviews. Instead of taking books off the shelves, “readers” listen to human “books” and learn new perspectives, histories, and lived realities.
Topics storytellers may share with community “readers” at this particular event include, but are not limited to:
Indigenous stories of injustice, healing, or apologies regarding residential schools, Sixties Scoop, and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (Occurring in Canada, nation to nation, and internationally – e.g., Guatemala, South Africa, Argentina, Nepal, etc.)
Histories and legacies of the Chinese head tax and Japanese Canadian Internment and other human rights atrocities in Canada
Stories of Compulsory Sterilization in Canada of Indigenous peoples, people living with mental illness, etc
The CBC called us up earlier this week, interested to know more about the new Climate Leadership Program that is starting in Alberta in March of this year.
Click below to hear Portia Clark interview Calgary Program Coordinator Mike Byerley on CBC Edmonton's Radio Active.
We are pleased to announce that Next Up Leadership is launching a new Climate Leadership Program (CLP) in Alberta. It is intended to develop climate leadership in sectors outside of the traditional climate movement while exploring and driving low carbon activities across Alberta.
Check in from Kevin
This year’s participants have been working on an array of exciting projects. A Next Up contingent joined 25,000 others for the 100% Possible March for Climate Change in November to say that renewable energy and substantial climate justice are 100% possible.
From hosting movie nights, to leading “Apartheid 101” workshops, Charana Jayatilaka, Braydon Dunn, and Nazneen Khan have been showing solidarity with Palestine through Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA). In an effort to combat the increase in hate crimes directed at Muslim communities and individuals in Canada, Samiha Rayeda has been organizing and co-facilitating anti-Islamophobia workshops for Ottawa folks. The workshops help participants understand the root of Islamophobia, how it manifests, and how to prevent it.Read more
Next Up Saskatchewan has Sweet New Friends at Emmanuel Church
by Rissy Hantke
Saskatoon's 2015-16 Next Up cohort are the grateful recipients of a generous donation from Emmanuel Anglican Church who will provide snacks for the program throughout this year! At the October 31st orientation, the cohort was surprised by Shelly Hawes, a volunteer from the church who showed up in her Halloween costume to deliver an interesting snack disguised as a litter box complete with toffee turds and a litter scoop to serve the treat.Read more
Next Up Saskatchewan is happy to have new funding commitments this year including from Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union, which has previously given but recently committed to a larger annualized contribution.Read more
On November 14, 2015, Janelle Pewapsconias won the 2015 Multicultural Youth Leadership award at the Multicultural Honours event held by Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan in Regina. Janelle is an alumnus of the 2014 Next Up: First Nation and Métis Youth in Action program and facilitator of the program in 2015.