This past weekend five hundred youth gathered in Halifax/K'jipuktuk, Mi'kmaq'i Territory for PowerShift Atlantic. The largest climate and social justice summit in Atlantic Canada, PowerShift Atlantic brought together folks from across movements to build momentum and catalyze action. Here's a (short) rundown of what happened this weekend.
Full rundown after the flip.
After Halifax weathered a "double weather bomb" spring storm, participants from as far away as Ontario (including a whole busload from Montreal) arrived in Halifax to kick off PowerShift with an opening keynote on Friday at Halifax's Olympic Centre.
PowerShift Atlantic kicked off on Saturday morning with PowerShift 101, a workshop to ground us all in a shared understanding and vision of climate justice.
The day continued with workshops, trainings, panels and strategy sessions to build our movement and our power.
And closed with one of the most powerful keynote sessions we have ever had at a PowerShift.
Check out interviews with some of our Keynotes: Vanessa Gray
Sunday morning started with a pancake breakfast to nourish our bodies, and more great programming to nourish our minds, spirits and energy.
We kept building momentum and strategies from Saturday, and building some of the amazing projects in our ArtSpace.
We closed Sunday by sharing our learnings, plans for moving forwards and by visualizing the strength of the connections and networks we had just built.
Bright and early PowerShift-ers headed to the streets with the skills and momentum we had built over the weekend and set out to support Mi'kmaq women in disrupting a meeting between the Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and fossil fuel companies. The meeting, where the Minister was set to tout new oil and gas development plans for the region was organized by the Maritime Energy Association.
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