General Assembly launching the Peoples' Social Forum

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 09:00 - Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 17:00

Dear Friends

Due to the very high response to the call-out for the General Assembly launching the Peoples' Social Forum, we have had to move the event to a bigger venue. Please note that the General Assembly will now be held at:  University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Science Building, Hall FSS-2005, 120 University, Ottawa ON K1N 6N5.

We are also very pleased to announce that three of the founders of the IDLE NO MORE movement will be attending the General assembly. We have scheduled an address to the attendees by Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean at 1:30 pm on Saturday January 26th. Their address will be followed by a discussion on the ways and means of supporting this historic movement for Indigenous Peoples' rights that is sweeping the country.

Proposed Agenda

 Saturday January 26th 2013

10am:       The political context in Canada: different initiatives proposing a common fight against the right and neoliberalism

10:30am:  What is a social forum and how does it function? How can it promote collaboration between social movements from Canada, Quebec and Indigenous Peoples? Role and function of the Social Movement Assembly in a Social Forum

12pm lunch break

1:30pm     The Canada-Quebec-Indigenous Peoples' Social Forum

                      - what are some of the main issues: address by the founders of IDLE NO MORE

                      - what regional and cross-Canada processes to lead up to a SF

                      - Timing: what criteria in order to decide when a Forum is held

                      - Venue: what criteria in order to decide upon a venue

                      - What kind of Forum: decentralized, centralized in one location ?

                      - Key structures to set-up: secretariat, program cttee, communications cttee, logistics and finance cttee,

4:30pm       End of first session

6:00 pm    Reception: place to be advised


 Sunday January 27th 2013

9:30am:      Social Movements assembly: coalition and common action proposals (Coalition proposal from Port Elgin, Common Causes, etc…)

12pm:         Lunch break

1:30pm    Setting up the basic structures of the SF: secretariat, program cttee, communications cttee, logistics and finance, etc..

 3:30pm    End of second session

Contacts: Roger Rashi  email:    or Raul Burbano  email:    

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