PowerShift brings together youth from across the country for a four-day conference with skill building workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, and inspiring keynote speakers. Find full conference details here, and find out why Brigette DePape is excited about PowerShift here.

PowerShift kicks off tonight at the Canadian Museum of Civilization with a Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Melina Laboucan Massimo and Joshua Kahn Russell.  These inspirational activists have first-hand experience in the fight against climate and economic injustice. These speakers will be followed by lively performances by Tricot Machin and Kiera-Dawn Kolson.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is a Quebec student activist and the former spokesperson for the Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE), a coalition of student associations opposed to the university tuition fee hikes in Quebec which were announced by the Charest government. He is an advocate for social justice and is working with different social movements to mobilize the public.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation. She has worked with a range of organizations including Redwire Media Society, the Indigenous Media Arts Group, and the Indigenous Environmental Network. She currently works as a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. 

Joshua Kahn Russell is an organizer working to bridge movements for ecological balance and racial justice. He is a strategy and non-violent direct action trainer with the Ruckus Society, and serves communities directly impacted by fossil fuel extraction.  He is the co-author of Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis and is currently the U.S. actions coordinator with 350.org.

Follow the opening in our live blog below!