Links

Alternative Media

OpenMedia.ca
OpenMedia.ca is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada. They strive to make media and telecommunications more transparent, with broader and more representative public participation. Their job is to shine a spotlight on key media policy developments, and provide essential tools and information for citizen engagement.

Pull Focus Films
Pull Focus is a non-profit film school that helps students develop story ideas for compelling, authentic, thought provoking documentary films. Students are taught to write, produce, film and edit, broadcast-quality, 10 minute mini docs to advance the media content of charity organizations.

Reel Youth
Reel Youth is a not-for-profit, media empowerment program supporting youth, adults, organizations and businesses to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most.

Climate Action

Canadian Youth Climate Coalition
The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition is a united front of youth from across Canada tackling the biggest challenge of our generation, the Climate Crisis. Acting locally, provincially, federally, and internationally, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition combines their forces to educate and empower youth. They organize campaigns and actions to create the changes we need to see in the world.

Environmental Youth Alliance
Since 1991, the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) has acted as a catalyst for youth led and centered sustainability programs in Vancouver and in 15 countries internationally. Through these initiatives, EYA has gained expertise in the implementation of community driven projects with a mission to engage youth in the inner city and recognize youth as assets and leaders in building healthy communities.

Corporations

CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides non-profit, investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency. CorpWatch works to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.

The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff amplifies public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitates the growth of The Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Their on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and they partner with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations worldwide to create and distribute our films, curricula and other content.

Democracy

Apathy is Boring
Apathy is Boring is a national non-partisan project. Their mission is to use art & technology to educate youth about democracy. Apathy is Boring aims to meet the following Youth in Democracy Goals: Increase youth voting rates; Increase youth engagement in their communities; Build a sustainable dialogue between youth and elected officials.

BC Civil Liberties Association
BC Civil Liberties Association’s mandate is to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in Canada.

Economic Information & Development

Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.

Fair Trade Resource Network
Founded in 1999, the Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) seeks to build a more just and sustainable world by gathering, developing, and disseminating educational resources about Fair Trade. FTRN is the only non-profit organization in the world focused exclusively on Fair Trade education, helping people to better understand the impact of their buying decisions.

Environment & Water Issues

Indigenous Environmental Network
Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues. IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

Walking the Talk (BC Working Group and Network on Sustainability Education)
The BC Sustainability Education Network (also known as Walking the Talk) is a social network for individuals, organizations and government to collaborate in order to move sustainability education forward in British Columbia. In a world where information and resources about sustainability are abundant and often overwhelming, their goal is to connect and support those groups and individuals.

Food Justice

Farm Folk / City Folk
Farm Folk / City Folk is a not for profit society working to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Their projects provide access to and protection of farmland; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.

Health Care

Alliance for People’s Health
The Alliance for People’s Health is an organization of health workers, grassroots organizers and people committed to the struggle for health for all. They envision healthy communities where everyone has access to health care, housing, education, transportation, childcare, food, and meaningful employment. These basic requirements for health cannot be achieved for all under a system that oppresses and exploits working class people, women, people of color and Aboriginal people.

BC Health Coalition
The BC Health Coalition champions the protection and expansion of a universal public health care system. They are a democratic, inclusive and consensus-based network of individuals and organizations that span the province of British Columbia. They strive to encourage activism on health care, raise public awareness, develop constituencies around our campaigns, build unity through campaigns, and solicit participation in BC Health Coalition activities.

Smile With Dignity Campaign
In 2010, the Alliance for People’s Health launched the Smile With Dignity campaign, advocating for: 1) basic dental care services to be included in our universal health care coverage (BC Medical Services Plan), 2) access to dental care to be determined by need and not ability to pay, and 3) structural issues undermining equality in oral health to be addressed.

Labour Issues

Canadian Labour Congress
The Canadian Labour Congress represents the interests of more than three million affiliated workers in every imaginable occupation from coast to coast to coast. The CLC is the umbrella organization for dozens of affiliated Canadian and international unions, as well as provincial federations of labour and regional labour councils.

Living Wage for Families Campaign
The Living Wage for Families Campaign is guided by an Advisory Committee of representatives from community organizations and other partners and supporters in Metro Vancouver. The Living Wage calls on employers to meet a higher standard for both their direct staff and major contractors – it reflects what people need to support their families based on the actual costs of living in a specific community.

Volunteer Opportunities & Community Involvement

Vancouver Youth
Vancouver Youth is the City of Vancouver’s youth portal. It was created, and is maintained, by youth and staff in the Social Policy Division at the City of Vancouver. They’ve been online since 2003, digitally engaging Vancouver’s young residents in municipal decision-making and in their communities. They work to ensure a strong youth voice in municipal decision-making and to engage Vancouver’s young residents in their City.