Standing on Common Ground, Taking Steps Together

The world is faced with a seemingly endless array of issues affecting us both within and outside our borders - including an intensifying refugee and migrant crisis, the threat of climate change and rhetoric undermining civil and human rights. What can Atlantic Canadians engaged in promoting social justice locally and globally do to strengthen our collective capacity towards actionable solutions? The panel will explore how partnerships and movement building can be effective responses to a variety of issues, including support to refugees, environmental action, and protection of indigenous and women’s rights.

Tracy Glynn

Tracy Glynn has been the Conservation Council of New Brunswick's forest campaigner since 2006. Tracy has a keen interest in environmental justice and eradicating Canadian mining abuses overseas and at home, which is rooted in her solidarity work with mine-affected communities in Indonesia, Guatemala and Colombia, and graduate work on mine pollution and the gender impacts of mining. She serves on the board of directors of MiningWatch Canada and the NB Media Co-op. She teaches courses on environmental and social movements at St. Thomas University and is a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. She is active with No One Is Illegal Fredericton and Reproductive Justice NB.

Dr. Dave Thomas

Dr. Dave Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations at Mount Allison University.  His teaching and research interests include the role of Canadian actors in the Global South, international political economy, international development, African politics, and critical pedagogy.  He is currently writing a book on the role of Bombardier abroad, which includes case studies in China/Tibet, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa.  He has recently published articles on Bombardier’s international projects, Canadian mining in Latin America, critical race theory and international experiential learning, and the role of critical pedagogy in exploring the idea of socially responsible investing (SRI). 

Patsy McKinney

Patsy McKinney is Mi’kmaq from northern New Brunswick and is employed as Executive Director of Under One Sky Friendship Center in Fredericton New Brunswick. Patsy holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies. She served as Chair of the National Aboriginal Head Start Council (NAHSC) for 4 years. Currently, she sits on the Executive Committee of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) Atlantic Research Centre, UNB and the UAKN National Network Council. She sits on the Board of the National Association of Friendship Centers (NAFC), is a Life Time Member of the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC) and is a member of the UNB Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre Council of Elders. With over 40 years experience working with & for urban Aboriginal organizations (Provincial & Federal) She brings a strong urban Aboriginal perspective. When she’s not glued to a computer screen, she loves to spend time with family, work on creative projects and get out on the land.