|Indignez-vous! Hope In Resistance|
|Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:07|
Join us in Montreal for a movement building conference with Québec, First Nations and Canadian organizations
The Council of Canadians and a number of Québec and First Nations organizations, student and labour groups, are holding a major conference in Montréal, October 21-22, 2011. INDIGNEZ-VOUS! HOPE IN RESISTANCE was inspired by the title of Stéphane Hessel’s recent book “Indignez-vous!” Mr. Hessel has been invited to talk about the “Indignant” movement his book has sparked in Europe. The movement is an expression of outrage, particularly on the part of youth, against the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor. People are coming together to defend democratic rights and to protect the environment in the face of the complicity of politicians and the economic elite.
The conference will explore how we can work together as civil society movements in Canada, Québec, and the First Nations to create positive alternatives to a system that makes profits more important than people and the planet.
We hope you can join us for a public forum on Friday evening, October 21, and a full day of plenary panels on Saturday, October 22. The opening panel on Saturday will explore how social movements will work with progressive politicians in Québec and the rest of Canada. Other panels will focus on the protection of our water and environment, strengthening our public health care system, and the threats posed by new trade and security agreements to democracy, public services and civil liberties. The closing panel will feature movement-building campaigns and concrete ways we can work in solidarity.
The conference will be conducted in French and English with simultaneous translation.
We hope to see you there!
MAUDE BARLOW, Chairperson, The Council of Canadians