The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back

Wednesday, October 26th, 9:00am

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The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back

National Forum in Ottawa

Wednesday October 26th, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Main Ballroom of the John A. MacDonald Building
144 Wellington St
Ottawa, Ontario K1A0A6

Dear Friends,

As you know, the rise of precarious work in the Millennial generation is a growing crisis. We need to understand the problem and find solutions. That's why I would like to invite you to a Forum we are hosting entitled "The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back" that will be taking place Wednesday, October 26th on Parliament Hill.

We’re proud to have Nora Loreto, a Quebec City activist and musician, as our keynote speaker for the upcoming event. She’ll be joined by amazing advocates, organizers, academics, and people with lived experience to understand what millennials experience across the country when it comes to working.

Artist Heryka Miranda, from St. Catharines, ON and Juan Luis Mendoza de la Cruz will be performing “The Sunflower Man” – about Juan’s journey as a migrant farm worker from Mexico. We’re excited they can share their story with us.

There’s opportunity in the crisis millennials are facing to propose a bold and progressive agenda – I hope you can join us in this important work.

In Solidarity, 

Niki Ashton

Member of Parliament

Churchill-Keewatinook Aski



9:00am - 9:30am: Welcome to The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back

Opening remarks. 


9:30am - 10:15am:  How Did We Get Here?

Keynote address understanding the current crisis of precarious work. 

KEYNOTE: Nora Loreto, Canadian Freelance Union, writer, precarious worker


10:15am - 10:30am: BREAK


10:30am - 12:15am: The Kids Aren’t Alright

Panel on the unaffordability of being young. Includes breakout discussion.

10:30am - 11:15am: PechaKucha 


  • Bilan Arte (Canadian Federation of Students)
  • Gilary Massa (Childcare activist)
  • Chuk Plante (McGill University, University of Saskatchewan)
  • Nil Sendil (Workers Action Centre)
  • Jacob Schweda (Canadian Interns Association)
  • Jennifer Glassco & Lina Holguin (OXFAM-Quebec)

11:15am - 12:15Breakout discussions


12:15pm – 1pm: Lunch


1pm-1:30pm: Art as Resistance

Artist Heryka Miranda and Storyteller Juan Luis Mendoza de la Cruz will perform “The Sunflower Man”. They tell the story of a temporary foreign worker working on a Canadian farm in St. Catharines, ON.


1:30pm - 2:45pm:  #WORKWORKWORK 

Panel on how work is exploited and the work being done to challenge it.

1:30pm - 2:05pm: Panel


  • Emily Norgang (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Zenee May Maceda (United Food and Commerical Workers)
  • Tasha Spillet (Winnipeg Indigenous Activist)
  • Gabriel Enxuga (Baristas Rise Up)
  • Lauren Baert (Public Service Alliance of Canada)

2:05pm - 2:35pm: Q&A


2:45pm – 3pm: BREAK


3:00pm - 5:00pm: Millennials Fight Back

Panel on how grassroots social movements, advocacy, unionization, legislative approaches, and political leadership have challenged the status quo. Includes breakout discussion.

3:00pm – 3:50pm: Panel


  • Hashim Yussuf (Black Lives Matter – Toronto)
  • Stephanie Nakitsas (Urban Workers Project)
  • Eric Nordal (Retail Action Network)
  • Michael Connolly (NDP MLA Calgary – Hawkwood)
  • Alyse Stuart (Common Front NL)
  • Reakash Walters (Cofounder of Bread and Roses)

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Breakout discussions


5:00pm – 5:10pm: Closing Statements