The Gathering Sneak Peek: This Year’s THEME and KEYNOTE!

September 9, 2015

Sneak Peek: This Year’s THEME and KEYNOTE!

  October 23rd
Beginning at 8am
Garden City Collegiate
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The 2015 Gathering will take place Friday October 23rd at Garden City Collegiate, and the theme for the day is “Connecting the Dots” – encouraging people to see the connections between various social challenges and solutions to deepen their understanding of community renewal and social justice.

We have just confirmed one of our keynote speakers!

Please welcome Clayton Thomas-Muller:

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, Clayton is an organizer with, the Co-Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign of the Polaris Institute and a founder and organizer with Defenders of the Land. Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement globally for energy and climate justice. He serves on the boards of Black Mesa Water Coalition, the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Bioneers. He is also a steering committee member of the Tar Sands Solutions Network.

Clayton has been recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a “Climate Hero 2009” by Yes Magazine. For the last twelve years he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of grassroots Indigenous Peoples to defend against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry. This has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands. Clayton is an organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on environmental and economic justice.

Visit the Gathering page on the CCEDNet website for updates and information on previous Gatherings, including a video of last year’s keynote. Tweet us at #gath2015.

Registration opens September 14th!

For more information, contact Molly Dunbar at gathering at

The Gathering is an annual pay-what-you-can event designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities for staff of community organizations, civil servants, representatives of funding organizations, active community members, students, academics and anyone interested in community development and community economic development.

Hosted by the Canadian CED Network – Manitoba and planned collectively by over 15 organizations.

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