Elders Youth Environment Forum

Hello Youth,

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, 16 November 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)

The Longhouse at the First Nations House of Learning, UBC Campus
1985 W Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2



An intergenerational event.

  • Let’s connect, mentor and motivate elders and younger generations in shared dialogue and action on environmental issues and strategies.
  • Let’s learn about our stories – our public narrative – and how to use those to best engage with others we want to work with.
  • Let’s learn ways to build a stronger youth and elder environmental movement. It’s all about relationships!
  • Let’s get inspired – by each other, by the expertise in the room, by our singers, and the Suzuki Family keynote speakers.


This forum’s focus is on sharing inspiration and strategies that make social movements matter. Youth involved in environmental issues tell us they want to build a stronger movement, elders tell us of their deep concern about the future, and all of us want to get better at collaborating across the generations. We know “the facts” alone are not convincing people about the importance of environmental issues.


What’s your story about why you are called to action? Let’s use that in our community organizing. Michiah Prull, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Director of Communication and Public Engagement, will guide us in building our authentic personal stories – to connect, engage and help us make the ‘ask’ to action.


The day will also include:

  • Music with Ta’Kaiya Blaney, the Raging Grannies
  • Spontaneous activism moments
  • Hands-on learning and practice
  • An innovative program designed to connect youth and elders.
  • Closing keynote with an intergenerational trio for the environment – Dr. David Suzuki, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, Tamo Campos. Be inspired by the stories of Tamo, (David’s grandson), Sarika (David’s daughter) and David (the “family elder”) as they describe their passion for the environment, and why youth and elder energy is critical to moving forward.


Tamo Campos is an activist and co-founder of Beyond Boarding.  Sarika Cullis-Suzuki is a Marine Biology PhD candidate, a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation, and a member of WWF-Canada Oceans Advisory Committee. Dr. David Suzuki is a co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, and an award winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.


  • There is no charge for attendance, which is by pre-registration only.
  • However, all participants will be charged $15 at the door to cover the cost of the vegan sandwich bag lunch (pre-ordered for everyone) and break refreshments. This is payable by cash or cheque.
  • Doors open for registration and refreshments at 8:45.


If you know of other elders/youth involved in the environment movement and would like them to receive an invitation, please send along their name and e-mail by return e-mail to us, and we’ll put them on our Elders/Youth/ Environment Forum invitation list.

For more information contact us at elders@davidsuzuki.org, or leave us a voice message by calling 604-732-4228 extension 1910.

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