Vancouver's Emma Pullman (SumOfUs) and Jamie Biggar (Leadnow) joined activist Brigette DePape and Ben Powless onstage in Toronto for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2012 David Lewis Lecture, a series that examines the future of democracy in Canada.
They outlined the threats to our environment, especially due to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tar sands. They stood firm for Aboriginal peoples' rights and were critical of the suppression of dissent occurring in Canada.
Amid these concerns, they also instilled the audience with a sense of hope, giving real examples of how youth are making a difference and fighting for a better future. They encouraged all Canadians to engage in their own democracy to help change the direction in which Canada is headed.
Jamie Biggar is the founding executive director of Leadnow.ca who coordinates national campaigns designed to get more Canadians engaged in their own democracy.
Emma Pullman is a freelance writer and campaigner with sumofus.org and research director with Leadnow.ca.