Motivated by the idea of taking action against the frenzied gentrification trend that is affecting Montreal’s neighborhoods head on, young and old Montrealers had the idea of coming together in the collective From the Ground Up.
We initiated our movement on November 3rd 2018, when as a group of young volunteers conscient of the housing challenges Montreal is facing, we organized a very successful one day conference that focused on the community control of land, housing, and economy. The conference lit a spark among the approximately 150 participants who came from all over Montreal.
We then organized a series of 5 preparatory popular education workshops on the same themes, in the lead up to a broader conference that would take place at the Canadian Center of Architecture on April 12-13-14, 2019. The preparatory as well as 3-day conference had unprecedented success on the themes of community control of housing, land and economy.