Young people from across Canada head to Ottawa to tackle climate crisis

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 10:20am



Organizers hope to “mobilize the largest voting block in the country— young people”

Hundreds of young people are expected to gather in Ottawa Feb. 14 to Feb. 18 to share stories, their skills and strategies on “catastrophic climate change”.

PowerShift: Young and Rising, for youth ages 18 to 35, will be at uOttawa for evening keynote speakers taking place at the Bronson Centre Theatre, reads a press statement.

Keynote speakers will include Indigenous land defenders, such as Kanahus Manuel from the Secwepemc Tiny House Warriors Movement, and federal and provincial politicians championing climate action and Indigenous rights, including Romeo Saganash, MP-NDP, and Québec Solidaire’s Manon Massé.   

Workshops, panels and PowerShift-organized actions on Sunday and Monday will work to prepare participants to take action for climate justice in many different ways, including by building political power “for a Green New Deal for Canada and by supporting Indigenous-led land defence and frontline resistance to fossil fuels through non-violent direct action and solidarity organizing.”

The event will also include an art space and a performance night.

Organizers hope to “mobilize the largest voting block in the country— young people”—in the lead-up to the Canadian federal election this fall. Their efforts are geared to an “end to fossil fuel extraction and a just transition towards 100 per cent renewable energy in a way that protects workers and upholds Indigenous rights.”

The event will begin at 7 p.m, Thursday, Feb. 14 and runs thru to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. It will be held at the University of Ottawa (in multiple rooms), allsaints event space in Sandy Hill, and the Bronson Centre Theatre.

To learn more or to register for the event, visit