Toronto, ON – This month calls for a joyous celebration as the Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance/Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada – Ontario (FCYA/UKPC-ON) enters its 10th year anniversary! Together with our sister organization, the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC-ON), we invite everyone to our panel discussion on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at University of Toronto, St. George campus. Titled “What’s to Be Done? Making the Youth Count in Canada’s Future,” this event will commemorate the history of FCYA-ON, lay out the current situation of the Filipino Canadian youth, and more importantly, assert the need to continuously uphold our revolutionary tasks as youth.
Neoliberal policies, without remorse, are pushing the Filipino Canadian community further into the margins. Despite being the fourth largest visible minority in Canada, our history and contributions as a community are largely unrecognized and our struggles as workers, women, and youth unaddressed. Majority of community members are overrepresented in low wage service sector jobs and about 75% are without citizenship status. For the Filipino Canadian youth ages 15 to 24, 50% are in service sector jobs. Systemic barriers to education persist as a number of public schools close down while some remain overcrowded and neglected. For those in a post-secondary institution, increasing tuition fees in post-secondary education force youth and students into a cycle of debt and poverty as stable, secure and meaningful jobs have become scarce.
In this event, FCYA-ON continue its demands to #MakeTheYouthCount in Canada’s future. As the future of Canada, we say enough with market-oriented, band aid solutions! We welcome everyone to join the discussion on November 18th. This event will go into the FCYA-ON’s rich history of educating, organizing and mobilizing the Filipino Canadian youth. More importantly, it will go beyond history by looking into our present task as revolutionary youth in helping build socialism in Canada.
What’s to be done? Making the youth count in Canada’s future
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2PM – 6PM
Doors open at 1:30PM
E-mail ukpcon [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.
Venue is wheelchair accessible
This event is free