Maude Barlow: envisioning economic justice

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Maude Barlow - Envisioning Economic Justice. Image Credit: Artwork by Jack Pearpont – Event Artist for TDI. Used with permission of TDI, photo by Victoria Fenner.

Envisioning Economic Justice was the theme of this year's The Tommy Douglas Institute, a one day event held in May of each year at George Brown College, organized by The Centre for Community Services and Childhood, The Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies and The Community Worker Program. is a media sponsor, and has been for several years.

One of the notable things about the Tommy Douglas Institute is that it's an event that acknowledges that these are very scary times but it's framed in a way that also shows us lots of reasons to hope and to keep working for change.

Most of you need no introduction to keynote speaker Maude Barlow. For those of you who are hearing her for the first time, Maude is one of Canada's best known workers for social justice. She is the honorary chairperson of The Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She has received many awards for her work including 12 honorary doctorates. She is an inspiration to Canadians and activists in the international community alike. She always reminds us that it is possible to confront our demons while still being hopeful and maintain our sense that life on this planet and in our country is still good, worth living, and worth fighting for.

This recording, and the Tommy Douglas Institute, took place on is the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Image Credit: Artwork by Jack Pearpont – Event Artist for TDI. Used with permission of TDI, photo by Victoria Fenner.

Recording by Victoria Fenner

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