Everyone's Downstream IV— Tar sands production & resistance: developing locally, expanding globally

November 25, 2010 - 7:00am to November 28, 2010 - 7:00am

An international conference on community resistance to the tar sands. This year's themes include:

  • Tar sands go global: Madagascar, Trinidad and more
  • Building accountable movements: ENGOs, secret deals,
  • …and how to build and demand democracy and transparency
  • Ongoing resistance: communities fighting pipelines, refineries, and other tar sands infrastructure

Organized by OilSandsTruth.org


Thursday, November 25

Issue Launch

Beyond Parts Per Million: voices from the frontlines of Climate Justice
6 p.m. University of Alberta, ETLC 1-007

The authors and editors will launch a publication documenting the ways in which climate justice struggles are inextricably connected to struggles for social justice such as gender oppression, migrant justice, or Indigenous sovereignty. Beyond Parts Per Million is published by Climate Justice Montreal and the Provisional Committee for the Formation of a Climate Justice Co-operative. Speakers TBA.

Friday, November 26

Panel Discussion

Environmental NGOs: Secret deals, top down decisionmaking, and building alternatives
6 p.m. University of Alberta, ETLC 1-007

Panelists will discuss recent exercises in funder-driven policymaking -- like the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, Ontario's Far North Act, the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, and the shadowy North American Tar Sands Coalition — and discuss grassroots responses and alternative approaches. Speakers TBA.

Saturday, November 27

Community Reports

Stories from Ground Zeros Near and Far
Full Day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. University of Alberta, ETLC 1-003

Speakers from across Turtle Island and beyond discuss how tar sands are or could be affecting their lives, health, cultures, and their relationships to the land. Indigenous communities from Alberta, BC and the rest of Turtle Island, along with other front line communities who live in the path of one or more of the many tar sands pipeline and refinery paths will report back about their communities' resistance to tar sands developments.

The day will also highlight international solidarity with tar sands resistance such as exists in the United Kingdom, as well as highlighting proposed new tar sands projects that exist in places like Trinidad and Tobago, Madagascar, Jordan, Palestine, Venezuela, and even the state of Utah in the United States.

Sunday, November 28

Discussion & Panels

From Top-down to Bottom-up: The Outlook for Climate Justice Movements in 2011
Full Day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. University of Alberta, ETLC 1-003

How can we build networks and institutions that respect the rights of self-determination of Indigenous and other land-based communities? What would it look like for environmentalists to adopt a policy of "free, prior and informed consent"? Join in an in-depth discussion on why building a democratic, transparent environmental movement is needed, and explore the possibilities for establishing a Climate Justice Co-operative. A day of discussion, planning and frameworks for acting in concert.

More info soon: http://www.everyonesdownstream.org

For any questions, comments, or to get involved, email:
[email protected].


Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC)
University of Alberta (off 116 Street, between 91 & 92 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB