At the beginning of 2010, the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) and the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) began a conversation to explore the benefits of collaborative programming for young people in Saskatchewan. The conversation was framed off the synergies between the youth focused education and skills training programming that SCIC has been funded to deliver an experiential learning program that RPIRG has envisioned allocating significant resources to. Together the groups strategized about working together as partners to educate, train, and organize a movement of young leaders working for social and environmental justice!
Generating Momentum: Activist Leadership Training Camp was the result. This four-day, camp-style retreat in the Qu’Appelle was an enthusiastic success, thanks to our amazing participants and countless dynamite facilitators from across Saskatchewan. A sense of community was quickly established amongst the various activist and advocacy groups represented by all of those involved. A few of the broad issues discussed included globalization and trade agreements, food sovereignty, anti-oppression, and citizenship. Primarily, however, much of the camp was spent learning skills and tactics participants can use in the real world. We aimed to create a safe, inclusive, challenging, self-reflective, dynamic, interactive and creative space within which all participants could gain an understanding of ways to fight all forms of oppression. At the end of the three days, we had an inspired crew of passionate, young Saskatchewanians, who are already taking steps to go out and make their worlds a better place.