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The G8 meeting on June 26 & 27 of this year in Kananaskis, Alberta presents a challenge to social movements around the world.
This summit of the dominant economies of the world strives to present the G8 vision of the world as one of development and democracy. In fact, it represents an agenda of corporate globalization, which results in the social exclusion of growing millions of people, systemic global poverty, and the degradation of the natural environment, supported by escalating international militarism.
Civil society in Alberta is mobilizing to confront the G8 and present an alternative vision to corporate globalization. We invite people across the country and around the world to join with us in building a festival of resistance to the G8 in Kananaskis.
Solidarity Village will be a microcosm of the possible - a place where we can strategize, tell stories, share regional issues; build long-term coalitions; demonstrate living alternatives to capitalism and teach each other new ways to manifest dissent. Solidarity Village will provide a setting for education, teach-ins, and workshops, and celebrate art, music, and drama as an integral part of building a global popular movement. It will provide a space for convergence, medical and legal aid, independent media, and other support to individuals and groups participating in direct action. It will strive to create a collective, inclusive and diverse space that respects human safety, the environment, and the First Nations people, who have invited us to their land.
Solidarity Village will grow out of the foothills near the summit site of Kananaskis Village. Workshops and training will begin on summer solstice, June 21, and the camp will build to its height the days of the G8 Summit, June 26 and 27.
The Village will be a collective vision, and we call on individuals and groups to participate in the camp by organizing workshops, co-ordinating tents, creating art and music, providing resources, assisting with logistics, or by mobilizing your community to come to Alberta to challenge the G8 with Albertans. We also call on people to act in solidarity with us in Kananaskis by resisting the G8 in their communities, their regions, and their countries.
Basis of Unity
In addition to the Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis Country contains the largest remaining sample of the Foothills region to be found in the southern Rocky Mountains. The Foothills, a significant ecological feature in Alberta, act as ecological transition zones between the Alpine, the Prairies, and the Boreal Forests. Different regions of Kananaskis Country fulfill important roles as wildlife habitat and corridors, watershed protection, recreational opportunities, and contribute to the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative.
Kananaskis is an ecologically diverse region containing bull trout, deer, elk, moose, big horn sheep, mountain goats, black and grizzly bears, wolves and wolverines, and the densest population of cougars found anywhere in North America.
To learn more about the Kananaskis area, please visit www.kananaskisg8.net, where this information comes from.
The Village will run from Summer Solstice (Friday, June 21st) until Friday June 28. The main portion of the Village and the bulk of activities will occur from June 25-27, the day before and the two days of the G8 Summit in Kananaskis Village. From the 21-25, the Village site will be used for training and workshops and the size and nature of events of the Village at this time will depend entirely on the support and involvement of the wider activist community.
Timelines for speakers, musicians and other events will be posted as
they are confirmed.
What is the point of the Solidarity Village?
When is it happening?
Where's it going to be?
Who is organizing the Solidarity Village?
Who are the organizations involved?
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Alberta Federation of Labour Co-Motion Collective EcoCity Environmental Educational Society, Edmonton Council of Canadians Edmonton G8 Planning Collective Calgary G8 Planning Collective Alberta Council for Global Cooperation Calgary District Labour Council
Will it cost me anything to come to Solidarity Village?
Do I need to register in advance / R.S.V.P.?
How do I get there?
What's the weather like in Kananaskis?
What else is going on in Alberta for the G8?