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We’re Adding Some Radical Speakers to Our Line-up On Nov 19th

We’ve got some stellar speakers sliding into the Media Democracy Days program as welcome additions at both the start and the end of the day on November 19th.

First thing’s first, our morning panel “Radical Librarians For Media Democracy” will be an introduction to the work of three local people who use their roles as librarians for social equity and political action. Each of them services separate communities and has unique projects in the works:

Melissa Adams is the Librarian and Archivist at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs where she supports the organization’s work advocating for Indigenous interests, rights and title. This includes managing the library collection, as well as providing reference services and training support to both members of Indigenous communities and the wider public.

Stephanie Kripps is head of nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch of Vancouver Public Library (VPL), opening in early 2017. Some of Stephanie’s roles with VPL have included Project Manager for the pilot First Nations Storyteller in Residence Program; Branch Head of Carnegie Library; and Coordinator of Accessible Services.

Vince Tao is the Librarian at 221A, a non-profit gallery and project space, and will be talking with us about his current work involving the restaging the radical and historic Vancouver Women’s Bookstore.

This panel happens at 10:30 AM on November 19th at SFU Harbour Centre. Seats are first come first serve and is kindly sponsored by the BC Library Association.

At the end of the day on Saturday, we’ll gather once more for a session hosted by which will focus on reconciliation journalism, coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation report, and how independent media can incorporate decolonization into its coverage.

Decolonizing the Mind will be our plenary session featuring two incredible speakers.

Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an Associate Professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

Tina House has been a full-time Video Journalist with APTN National News in the BC bureau since July 2007. A proud Métis born in Vancouver, in 2010 she received the Amnesty International Human Rights Journalism Award for Canada for her work on a half-hour APTN Investigates story “Missing Women.”

This session will be an opportunity for skill building for media activists as well as a conversation about how to shift the culture in a settler dominated society. We’ll start seating fifteen minutes before the plenary begins at 5:00 PM on November 19th at SFU Harbour Centre.

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Connecting Activists and Defending Democratic Rights at MDD 2016

Featured here are two events at MDD 2016 to foster community and offer a place to practically discuss the challenges facing activists and those who have joined the opposition to unsustainable developments, pipelines, and tar sand expansion.

Both happening on on November 19th at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus.

How Do We Leap: Collaborative Art Making Workshop

Everyone is welcome at this workshop to explore how we can connect activism with creativity. How can art-making sustain activist movements and catalyze collective transformation?

Participants will collaborate on a found object multi-media art piece, and work together to find ways to use art to communicate policy and collective goals. Hosted by Molly Billows and Kim Villagante, both artists and facilitators with Access to Media Education Society, an organization that integrates arts-based approaches when discussing social and environmental issues with youth as well as Cascadia Deaf Nation an organization committed to empowering Deaf people of colour and their allies.

There’s limited seating for this workshop, so register here to guarantee your space!

Protecting the Right to Protest: Free Speech versus Corporate Power

Join us in the afternoon at MDD for a roundtable discussion on strategies we can take to defend the activists who are on the front lines, and to change the legal framework that allows abuses of power to take place.

Corporations use the courts to intimidate, silence and bankrupt activists involved in protesting against the tar sands, unsustainable development, and mines. The aim of this roundtable discussion is to explore how we can mobilize the media to address the corporate assault on democratic rights and to educate the public for the need to reform the courts to regain citizen rights to free speech and the right to dissent. For this talk we’ll be joined by speakers Alan Dutton from the Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society; Josh Paterson, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association; Linda Solomon Wood, Editor-in-Chief, National Observer; and Micheal Vonn, Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association.

Happening at 3:15 PM on November 19th, right after the Rally and March to Stop Kinder Morgan. Seats to this discussion are first come first serve, in Room 1900 at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus at 515 W Hastings Street.

Take a look at our full program at