Together, we win.

April 13 & 14 on unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Territories

Every year, political, grassroots and labour organizers from across the country meet at CanRoots to learn from each other's victories, to skill up and to get ready to make change in the year ahead. We are at our most powerful when we work together, and progressive change comes only when we follow the lead of those who are most affected.

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Canroots 2019
Event Venue

Gather & Connect

April 13 & 14, 2019

Museum of Vancouver & Space Centre

1100 Chestnut Street Vancouver, BC

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The event organizers would like to acknowledge that this event is being held on unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Territories.

Keynote Speakers

Wisdom & Sharing

Sharmarke Dubow

Sharmarke Dubow

City Councillor, City of Victoria
Unceded territory of the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples‍

Sharmarke Dubow gained Canadian citizenship in July, 2017. He arrived in Canada in 2012 after fleeing civil war in Somalia at the age of 8. Sharmarke was a refugee for 20 years in Kenya, Ethiopia and Egypt until he got resettled to Canada. ‍Sharmarke Dubow cast his first vote in October 20, 2018, and at the same time was elected as a Victoria City Councillor. Sharmarke's passion and commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and his work for immigrant and refugees at the local and national level has earned him a reputation as a respected community leader. Sharmarke is a community connector and social justice activist.

St’agid Jaadl

St’agid Jaadl

sχɬemtəna:t, St’agid Jaadl, an independent activist from the unceded lands of the Musqueam, has been active on grassroots environmental and social justice-political frontline movements.

She has worked on raising awareness on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Downtown Eastside issues including housing, the fentanyl crisis, displacement and the connection between extractive industry projects and violations of First Nations, land & human rights.  

She has been traveling with the medicines with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry since September 2017.

Sophia Zaia

Sophia Zaia

Pennsylvania State Director, Sunrise Movement

Sophia Zaia is the Pennsylvania State Director for the Sunrise Movement. Sunrise is building an army of young people working to fight climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sophia is fighting passionately for Green New Deal (GND), a solution to the climate crisis that will create good, family-sustaining jobs and repair historic injustices to the communities most impacted by climate change. As state director, she coordinates strategy across the state of Pennsylvania to push for GND resolutions at the municipal, state and federal level.

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Workshop Speakers

Learn & Grow

Trainers

Gov't Relations

Tesicca Truong

Civic Engagement for Activism

Gov't Relations

Priscilla Omulo

Civic Engagement for Activism

Inner Work & Change

Jorge Salazar

How White Supremacy Shows Up in the Work We Do

Inner Work & Change

Camille Dumond

How White Supremacy Shows Up in the Work We Do

Social Media

Whitney Brown

Beyond Boosts: Building a Facebook Advertising Strategy on a Budget

Social Media

Troy Pickersgill

Beyond Boosts: Building a Facebook Advertising Strategy on a Budget

Online to Offline

Ash Arden

Digital IRL: Using Digital Tools to Enable Real-world Action

Online to Offline

Tyler Michaels

Digital IRL: Using Digital Tools to Enable Real-world Action

Member Engagement

Emma Pullman & Stefan Avlijas

Solidarity Forever: How We’re Leading Labour's Digital Revolution

Tenant Organizing

Stephanie Langford

Organize Your Building: Meet Your Neighbours & Build Political Power

Tenant Organizing

Vincent Tao

Organize Your Building: Meet Your Neighbours & Build Political Power

Case Studies

Direct Action

Greenpeace

A Beautiful Way to Stop a Tanker

Muslim Communities

Yasmin Ullah

Organizing in Solidarity with Rohingya Muslim Communities

Workplace Organizing

Justice for Janitors

Building Power Out of Precariousness

Workplace Organizing

Hospital Employees' Union

Winning on the Frontlines: Organizing with Workers of Colour

Indigenous Sovereignty

Tiny House Warriors

Tiny Houses, Big Action

Online to Offline

Leadnow

From Snowflake to Big Organizing

Event Schedule

Time & Places

Day 1 Schedule - April 13

09:00 - 09:30

Registration & Coffee

09:30 - 10:40

Opening Plenary

10:40 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Beyond Boosts: Building a Facebook Advertising Strategy on a Budget

11:00 - 12:30

Civic Engagement for Activism

11:00 - 12:30

Solidarity Forever: How We’re Leading Labour's Digital Revolution

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

13:45 - 16:00

Strategy Snacks: Free Advice from Campaign Experts

14:00 - 14:50

From Snowflake to Big Organizing

14:00 - 14:50

Building Power Out of Precariousness

14:50 - 15:10

Break

15:10-16:00

Winning on the Frontlines: Organizing with Workers of Colour

16:20 - 17:15

Keynote: St’agid Jaadl

Day 2 Schedule - April 14

09:00 - 09:30

Registration & Coffee

09:30 - 10:40

Sunrise Movement and the Fight for a Green New Deal

10:40 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Digital IRL: Using Digital Tools to Enable Real-world Action

11:00 - 12:30

Organize Your Building: Meet Your Neighbours & Build Political Power

11:00 - 12:30

How White Supremacy Shows Up in the Work We Do

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 14:50

A Beautiful Way to Stop a Tanker

14:00 - 14:50

Tiny Houses, Big Action

14:00-14:50

Organizing in Solidarity with Rohingya Muslim Communities

14:50 - 15:10

Break

15:10 - 16:30

Winning Together: Pushing for Progressive Change in Victoria

16:30 - 19:30

Closing & CanRoots Social!
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