Building Alliances for Change: Nonviolent Popular Action

  • April 27, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Presented by Project Ploughshares Calgary.

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When discussing building a sustainable future for Canada, climate change, pipelines and the need for greater environment protection dominate the dialogue. Due to the significance of these concerns, acting on these changes can overwhelm individuals. The purpose of this event is to illustrate how change happens through the power of community.

The workshop will be introduced on Friday night through a screening of the award winning movie, Walk the Line. This film documents the potential impact of The Northern Gateway Pipeline Project and shares the stories and voices of people who will be affected by this proposal. Following this, participants will be given time to continue to learn and share through a question and answer period with the facilitators and presenters of the Saturday workshop.

On Saturday, participants will learn how to campaign and build alliances, facilitated by Ben West and Mike Byerley. Jill Crop Eared Wolf of the Kanaiwa Nation will share the story of her personal activism and experiences related to communities and allies. There will be ample time allotted for participants to discuss their ideas, share their experiences and learn practical campaigning skills.

Join us in creating a space where people can engage with one another in order to bring change to topics important to them. Please bring a notebook and pen with you!


Ben West (Forest Ethics Advocacy)

Ben has explored various avenues to make change for the better ranging from film-making to political organizing. He has just joined ForestEthics Advocacy as their outreach coordinator, where his is building on his many connections and successes from his work as the Healthy Communities Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee. Ben is responsible for organizing campaigns related to fighting climate change and reducing toxic pollution. He combines engagement of social media with traditional "on the ground" grassroots community organizing. In all his work Ben is driven by his passion for environmental justice, and ecological literacy. In his spare time Ben is a juggler, twitter addict (@BenWest) and wannabe stand up comedian.

Jill Crop Eared Wolf (Kainaiwa Nation).

Jill is a proud member of the Kainaiwa Nation and belongs to the Fish Eaters Clan. She is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge and is currently pursuing studies in Social Work. Her activism began at an early age through her own parents’ involvement with Indigenous rights such as attending the anniversary of Cardston blockade (Fall 1990), and maintaining Treaty Rights between the Crown and First Nations for securing funding in pursuit of higher education (1984/84/96). She was involved with contemporary issues during her youth such as Peace Rallies, Hands Across the Border, and Take Back the Night. Recently, her activism has been around oil and gas exploration on the Blood Indian Reserve. She was arrested on September 9, 2011 and charged with Intimidation Section 423 of the Canadian Criminal Code for her participation in preventing Murphy Oil workers from leaving a site on the Blood Reserve. She has since been cleared of the charges for her participation using the Alternative Measures Referral program.

Mike Byerley (Next Up)

After 14 years as a petroleum geologist Mike was unwilling to continue his complicity in the climate and environmental damage driven by the Oil Industry. He is presently the Calgary program coordinator for Next Up, a youth leadership program and national network to support and develop a new generation of progressive social and environmental justice leaders. Mike is also the Community Liaison Coordinator for Amazon Watch, a San Francisco based NGO that supports the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon in defending their rights and environment. As Liaison Mike collaborates with Indigenous people in Canada and the Amazon to develop solidarity and mutual support networks that support Indigenous self-determination and ecological integrity.


Pricing: Early Bird Fee (until March 31st) - $20
After April 1st - $25
Student/Low Income - $15
Friday Evening Only - $10

You may also donate a ticket for someone who really wants to come and can't afford to do so.

You may also register by mail:
Project Ploughshares Calgary
2919 - 8 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1C8
Website: (you can print the application from here)

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