Even though most B.C. schools were out on holidays this summer, Check Your Head was still very busy with exciting projects and really cool initiatives and opportunities. The summer gives us the chance to adapt our workshops in fun ways and work with diverse audiences like young workers, participants in youth leadership programs, and aspiring filmmakers and media folks. Using the workshops as a foundation, we were able to really look at different social and environmental justice issues in new and exciting ways (like talking about food justice in an off-the-grid pavillion with a community garden and orchard as a backdrop). We worked with amazing partners at the Environmental Youth Alliance, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, the BC Health Coalition, and others to engage other young folks in new and exciting ways.
Some of our amazing summer activities included:
- Participating along with the Environmental Youth Alliance, Reel Youth, and Pull Focus Film School in SUSTAIN: Media Arts & Environmental Education Intensive. We facilitated discussions with a dynamic and diverse group of youth on income inequality, media awareness, and more while also supporting visioning and team-building activities. After over a week of Check Your Head workshops, the group worked with the other organizations to create short films about an environmental issue of their choosing. The movies will be making their premiere on November 3rd and we can’t wait to see the productions that this amazing group put together! Check out http://www.eya.ca/sustain.html for more information.
- Facilitating a Food Justice workshop as part of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition’s Power Summer 2011 at Camp Byng on the Sunshine Coast. Camp Byng provided an incredible backdrop to discuss issues like animal rights, labour rights, and gender as they connect under the heading of food justice. The campers – who were part of a three-day training on grassroots organizing – were active and eager to discuss, and sometimes even act out, the food web and food justice solutions.
- Walking with the BC Health Coalition in the Pride Parade. The Vancouver Pride Parade is Western Canada’s largest celebration of the queer community, bringing well over 600,000 people to Vancouver’s West End. This year, the BC Health Coalition participated in the parade with their red umbrellas, hospital gowns, and a reminder that Medicare has “got us covered”. We were proud to walk with the coalition, sharing the importance of universal public health care with thousands of Vancouverites and visitors from around the world.
- Dialoguing about Globalization with CUPE Young Workers in Naramata. In July, we brought our newly revised Globalization workshop to the Okanagan to facilitate workshops with nearly 100 Canadian Union of Public Employees young workers from all over British Columbia. We heard inspiring conversations about the role of solidarity movements, the linkages between labour rights and globalization, and local actions that we can take to work towards more equitable global trade.