National forum

The rise of precarious work in the Millennial generation is a growing crisis. We need to understand the problem and find solutions. That's why NDP MP Niki Ashton organized "The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back", a forum that brought young Canadians together on October 26 2016 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Watch the forum to learn more about the important ways that the federal government can work to tackle the rise of precarious work in Canada.


Opening Remarks: Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski, NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development, and forum host

Keynote: Nora Loreto, Canadian Freelance Union member, writer and precarious worker

Our keynote address comes from Nora Loreto, member of the Canadian Freelance Union, writer and precarious worker. Nora is speaking about the current crisis of precarious work and what happened to get us to where we are today. 

Panel: the Kids Aren't Alright

PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Our PechaKucha is dedicated to talking about the unaffordability of being young.

Speakers: Bilan Arte (Canadian Federation of Students), Gilary Massa (Childcare Activist), Chuk Plante (McGill University, University of Saskatchewan), Nil Sendil (Workers Action Centre), Jacob Schweda (Canadian Interns Association), Jennifer Glassco and Lina Holguin (OXFAM-Quebec).

Art as Resistance: a performance by Heryka and Luis

We were thrilled to have artist Heryka Miranda and Storyteller Juan Luis Mendoza de la Cruz perform "The Sunflower Man". They tell the story of a temporary foreign worker working on a Canadian farm in St. Catharines, ON. 

Panel: #WorkWorkWork

This panel is focusing on how work is exploited, outsourced and undervalued.

Speakers: Emily Norgang (Canadian Labour Congress), Zenee May Maceda (United Food and Commercial Workers), Tasha Spillet (Winnipeg Indigenous Activist), Gabriel Enxuga (Baristas Rise Up), Samantha Peters and Naomi Sayers (Between the Lines Public Legal Education Initiative), Lauren Baert (Public Service Alliance of Canada)

Panel: Millennials Fight Back

The panel is focused on how grassroots social movements, advocacy, unionization, legislative approaches and political leadership have challenged the status quo. 

Speakers: Hashim Yussuf (Black Lives Matter-Toronto), Stephanie Nakitsas (Urban Worker Project, Reakash Walters (Alberta Union of Public of Public Employees), Eric Nordal (Retail Action Network), Michael Connolly (Alberta NDP MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood), Alyse Stuart (Common Front NL)

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