July 24, 2013
Toronto, ON—With August fast approaching, youth across Canada are set to gather at the upcoming one-day conference, “Making the Youth Count in Canada’s Future: The Struggle of Young Workers in the Age of Austerity and Neoliberal Globalization.” This conference will be taking place on Saturday, August 3rd at Toronto’s United Steelworkers Hall. With the neoliberal agenda of globalization threatening the lives and conditions of youth and their communities, speakers such as Gabrielle Fayant, who organizes with various indigenous youth, and Krisna Saravanamuttu, National Director of the National Council of Canadian Tamils, will look into the current struggles and resistances that youth from various communities are undertaking.
With the ongoing roll-out of neoliberal policies hammering youth across Canada, it is undeniable that youth from marginalized communities continue to bear the brunt of these long-standing attacks against their communities. As we have witnessed in the struggle of indigenous communities, for instance, issues such as environmental degradation and the right of self-determination, all within the context of the current global economic crisis, are among their key concerns, but it is necessary to see how it impacts everyone on a societal level. Speakers will highlight their community’s continuing resistance by sharing their particular experiences as community organizers. Gabrielle Fayant will share her experiences in organizing with indigenous communities across Canada, particularly the current obstacles and gains made by Indigenous youth to bring their issues to the awareness of the Canadian public and the various initiatives being taken towards making concrete changes. Alongside other panelists, Krisna Saravanamuttu will speak about organizing within the Tamil Canadian community and their struggles in the domestic and international spheres.
In placing the struggles and resistance of marginalized youth to the fore, the conference hopes to combat the uncertainty and instability that all youth are facing by helping build concrete alternatives for genuine change. As the day’s discussions will bring out, there is a need to build solidarity and advance a movement that tackles these common struggles. All are welcome to register.
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“Making the Youth Count in Canada’s Future: The Struggle of Young Workers in the Age of Austerity and Neoliberal Globalization”
August 3, 2013
Registration opens at 9:00 am; conference starts at 10:00 am
United Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street
Registration fee is $15 (includes meals and conference materials)