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Fighting for the Future: Youth Organizing for Climate Justice
For more than two decades, Dogwood has organized people-powered campaigns to transform our democracy, uphold Indigenous rights, and defend the climate, land and water that sustain life in B.C. Since 2016, Dogwood has devoted special attention to supporting youth-led campaigns for climate justice and voting rights.

This February, join youth leaders in conversation with Dogwood staff about their organizing successes, along with hard-hitting political analysis on what it takes to win a better world for and as young people. These sessions are geared toward Canadian youth who want to organize for climate justice in their communities; and non-profit organizations that are looking to deepen their work with youth organizers. Each session will include critical analysis, real-world examples of success and failure, and time for Q&A.

Session 1 -- Power Analysis: The Truth about Youth 
February 10, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
Cost: FREE

This session will provide a ‘real talk’ perspective on the world as it is in 2022, with reflections from youth organizers in B.C. on how they develop theories of change and design campaigns that meet this moment.

* Kai Nagata
* Alison Gu
* Mira Blakely 

Session 2 - Building Youth Power: Tactics to Win
February 17, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
Cost: FREE

This session digs into the strategies & tactics that young people have used to build power, from relational organizing and direct action to political pressure.

* Alexandra Woodsworth
* Ishmam Bhuiyan 
* Sam Lin 
* Emily Lowan

Session 3 - In It for the Long Haul: Climate Grief and Sustainable Organizing
February 24, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
Cost: FREE

Youth organizers will share their own perspectives on climate grief, structural challenges (racism, sexism, ageism), and imposter syndrome – as well as the hope, connection & purpose they’ve gained from being part of organizing communities.

* Paige Gorsak
* Naisha Khan 
* Gabrielle Gelderman
Feb 10, 2022 07:00 PM
Feb 17, 2022 07:00 PM
Feb 24, 2022 07:00 PM
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Kai Nagata
Communications Director @Dogwood
Kai Nagata is the communications director for Dogwood, based in Gitxsan territory in Northern B.C. He's a big believer in young people having the tools and collective power to shape their own future.
Alison Gu
City Councillor @City of Burnaby, B.C.
Alison Gu is a second-generation Chinese settler living on the unceded and unsurrendered lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish First Nations. Alison is the youngest ever Burnaby City Councillor, elected on the mandate of climate, housing, and racial justice, and in 2017, she cycled from Ottawa to Burnaby against the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline while fundraising for the legal fees of the First Nations fighting the project in court.
Mira Blakely
Organizer @Victoria, B.C.
Mira Blakely is a Victoria-based organizer who’s been campaigning to lower the voting age in B.C. since she was 14 years old. In 2018, she helped found Vote16BC, a campaign with thousands of supporters and endorsements from political parties, municipalities, unions across the province.
Alexandra Woodsworth
Campaign Manager @Dogwood
Alexandra Woodsworth lives on unceded Sechelt and Squamish territory on the Sunshine Coast with her family, and leads Dogwood's climate campaigns, currently focused on ending fossil fuel subsidies, stopping Trans Mountain and moving B.C. Beyond Gas.
Ishmam Bhuiyan
Medical Student @UBC
Ishmam Bhuiyan is a medical student at UBC, who began organizing in support of a contentious modular housing project near his high school when he was in twelfth grade. He then went on to organize with the UBC Social Justice Centre, COVID-19 Coming Together, and various housing justice organizations in Vancouver.
Sam Lin
Climate justice organizer
Sam Lin is a youth climate justice organizer from Vancouver who is currently attending Queen’s University. She organizes with groups such as Kingston Youth Climate Action and Banking on a Better Future.
Emily Lowan
Climate justice organizer, campaign strategist & consultant
Emily Lowan is a climate justice organizer, campaign strategist and consultant who has worked with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Corporate Mapping Project, and led Divest UVic's successful campaign through 2020 and 2021. Emily is finishing her degree in political science and environmental studies at UVic on unceded lək ̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories, and is passionate about supply-side fossil fuel policy and organizing for a just future.
Paige Gorsak
Organizing coordinator @Dogwood
Paige Gorsak is Dogwood’s organizing coordinator and a queer white settler based on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory in Vancouver. She is passionate about bringing art and creativity into climate organizing and supporting the participation of young people in the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Naisha Khan
Climate and racial justice organizer
Naisha Khan is an 18-year-old second-generation Bangladeshi settler on unceded Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo territory. She is a UBC student and has been a climate and racial justice organizer for the past two years with organizations including Banking on a Better Future (which she co-founded), Sustainabiliteens, Climate Strike Canada and Climate Justice UBC.
Gabrielle Gelderman
Community organizer and chaplain
Gabrielle Gelderman is a settler on Treaty 6 territory in amiskwaciwâskahikan / Edmonton. She works as a community organizer and a chaplain in both hospitals and the organizing community, where she supports the healing and spiritual well-being of people working in social movements.