Canadian Youth Converge for Historic Climate Conference in Ottawa, Power Shift Canada - October 23-26

October 22, 2009, 1:42 PM EST

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Power Shift Canada - the largest ever gathering of youth for the climate in Canadian history - will launch tomorrow (Friday October 23) at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa Ontario.

One thousand young Canadians will bring an urgent message to the federal government that immediate action to stop climate change and to help create new, green jobs must be taken.

On the opening day of the conference, keynote speakers will include environmental justice advocate Majora Carter and Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network. The weekend of workshops, network building, and MP meetings is a once in a lifetime event for the youth across the country. 

Weekend at a glance:
*Note: Media are welcome to attend all events
Friday Oct 23, 2009 - 8:00PM-12:00AM - Opening Ceremonies (Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, ON)
Opening Ceremonies with Keynotes:
. Chalo Barrueta, Executive Director of Banyan Youth
. Geoff Green, Executive Director of Students on Ice
. Liette Vasseur, Vice President- Research, Brock University
. Clayton Thomas-Muller, Indigenous Tar Sands Campaigner Indigenous Environmental Network
. Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx

Saturday Oct 24, 2009 - 1:30-3:00 PM - Rally on Parliament Hill
International Day of Action of Climate Action, brought to you by Fill the Hill and 350.orgs Flash Dance and Speaker Stephen Hazell, Sierra Youth Coalition

Sunday Oct 25, 2009 - 12:00-3:00 PM, Ottawa U - Green Jobs Symposium (Jock Turcot University Centre)
Green Jobs Symposium - workshops, speakers

Monday Oct 26, 2009 - 9:30 AM - National Power Shift Press Conference (Charles Lynch Room, Parliamentary Press Gallery)
National Press Conference and MP Meeting Day

"The point has come in history where youth will no longer allow themselves to be ignored, we will stand united and fight for our future - I only hope that our leaders will be brave enough to stand with us." - Amber Church, National Director, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition.

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