FTGU Schedule
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Please note that translation equipment will be available for all the activities.



18h00 PM Art performance, Dinner, Film and Discussion: Fighting for the Right to Housing at BÂTIMENT 7
19h00 PM
20h00 PM
21h00 PM


9h00 AM     Annual meeting of the Canadian network of community land trusts  

Community initiatives bus tour 9:15 am – 12 noon

10h00 AM Protec-terre AGM Promoting Democratic Economies through the Commons
11h00 AM Women and Housing: Issues and Solutions 10:30 am – 12 noon Acquisition of municipal land
12h00 PM
12h15 PM Lunch
13h00 PM Opening Statement, Lorena Zarate (HIC, Mexico), and Saki Hall (Cooperation Jackson, USA)
14h00 PM Panel: The Right to Housing and the Community Control of Land
15h00 PM Break + snack
15h15 PM The Cooperative Movement Co-op Housing Participation in Community Land Trusts in Canada. Real Estate Empires of the Left Agricultural Community Land Trusts
15h30 PM
15h45 PM
16h00 PM
16h30 PM
16h45 PM Break + snack
17h00 PM Open Space Discussions BY NEIGHBOURHOOD
17h30 PM
18h00 PM
18h5 PM
18h30 PM Supper
19h00 PM Card Game of Political Collaboration for Social Change Film screening and discussion “Cities Held Hostage” Negotiating Community Benefits Agreements
20h45 PM  
21h00 PM  


9h Legal Structures and Tools for the Common Good Beyond Growth: Alternative Forms of Economic Exchange Managing Collective Properties Financing Challenges
10h30 Pause + collation
10h45 Community Housing for Resilient Communities What is Future of the Cooperative Housing Movement? Funding the Movement: Round Table with Funders Squatting for the Right to Housing: Stories and lessons to be learned
12h15 Lunch Drafting of the Declaration of the conference
13h Panel: Communities Transforming the Economy
14h15 Radical Municipalism and Citizen Democracy Homelessness and Indigenous-led Solutions to Displacement Collaboration Between Municipalities and Communities Self-Directed Senior Housing Love and Caring in Grassroots Organisations
15h45 Break + snack Collective Living in Montreal
16h Open Space Discussions BY THEME
17h Closing plenary: Going Forward and the Montreal Declaration “From the Ground Up”



Friday 18h-21h30 Bâtiment 7  FR/EN

An Evening of Art, Dinner, Film and Discussion at Bâtiment 7:
The Right to Housing, the Right to the City. Housing Struggles in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto

18h00: Free dinner and the artistic performance
“Reuse at Protest — A Mass Printer”, with ART CRUSH Ensemble led by visual artist Avery Zhao, with performers Mélanie Binette and Ariana Pirela Sanchez
19h00: Film screenings and discussion with housing activists
This is Parkdale (Submedia) is about the largest rent strike in Canadian history (in Parkdale, Toronto, in 2017). We will also show a short film about the largest mass eviction in Canadian history (Herongate, Ottawa, 2018-19). Following the screenings will be a discussion with:
Josh Hawley (Herongate Tenant Coalition),
Olivier Prud’homme-Richard (POPIR, Montreal)
Activists from the Parkdale neighbourhood


Opening statement and Plenary: Transforming Cities from the Ground Up

Welcoming ceremony, introduction of From The Ground Up, and presentations with Saki Hall from Cooperation Jackson, Mississippi, and Lorena Zarate, from Habitat International Coalition, Mexico. Dimitri Roussopoulos (Milton Parc Citizens’ Committee) will make an opening statement and Alanna Dow (the Milton Parc Community, CMP) will briefly present the history and functioning of the CMP.
Lorena Zarate is the President of the Habitat International Coalition, a global and independent network for rights related to habitat. She will speak about community-led housing justice in Latin America.
Saki Hall is the Founding Member of Cooperation Jackson, an African-American led organization in Jackson, Mississippi, promoting economic democracy, community ownership, and ecology through a network of cooperatives and citizen assemblies.


Panel: The Right to Housing through the Community Control of Land

Stéphan Corriveau (RQOH), Joshua Barndt (PNLT, Toronto), and Thomas Armstrong (BC CLT, CHF BC, Vancouver).
Josh Barndt is the Executive Director of the Parkdale Neighborhood Land Trust, a community-based organization that acquires land for affordable housing, supportive housing, urban agriculture, and community economic development in Parkdale, Toronto. Josh Barndt will speak about the advancements and innovations in the community land trust movement across Canada.
Stéphan Corriveau has a long history as an activist in international solidarity and social development. He is the Director General of the Quebec federation of non-profit housing organizations (RQOH), with 1 200 member groups, which collectively provide 50 000 housing units.
Thom Armstrong is the executive director of The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC and the land trust BC CLT which is currently constructing  2 000 units of housing on land donated by the City of Vancouver.


Panel: Communities Transforming the Economy

Discussion with Emily Kawano (USA), Yvon Poirier (QC), Athena Bernkopf (USA), and Anna Kruzynski (QC).
Emily Kawano (Massachusetts, USA) is the Co-Director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, which is building a network of worker owned cooperatives in underserved communities in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is a co-founder and Board member of the United States Solidarity Economy Network, and served for several years on the RIPESS Board.
Yvon Poirier (Quebec City) has been involved in community economic development and local development for over 20 years and is a member of many associations and cooperatives. After working as a teacher and CSN activst, he has since been involved in local and international networks like the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNET) and the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS).
Athena Bernkopf (East Harlem–El Barrio Community Land Trust, NYC, USA), is a cross-pollinator flexing at the intersections of healing justice, land sovereignty, and black and queer liberation. They have worked as a facilitator and organizer in cop watch, community safety training Watch; tenant rights and anti-displacement advocate at the Legal Aid Society; and is the project coordinator at the East Harlem–El Barrio Community Land Trust.

Moderated by Anna Kruzynski is the director of the Community Economy Development program at Concordia University. For the past 20 years she has been involved in many different types of social movements: the student movement, health and feminist community organisations in Pointe-Saint-Charles (Montreal), anti-globalisation direct action, and busy work with neighbours and anarchist comrades to set-up local economic and political initiatives inspired by a post-capitalist policy.


Closing plenary: Going Forward and the Final Presentation of the Montreal Declaration “From the Ground Up”

Feedback from thematic open space forums, discussion about next steps, and final presentation of the Montreal Declaration “À nous les quartiers // From the Ground Up”.

Saturday10am–12pmSalon du Fondateur EN, with translation

Commons Organising: Local and Global

To transition to a new economy that is both just and sustainable, we will need innovation at the local level as well as building alliances of support at the global level.
With Susan Witt (Global Land Commons Alliance and Schumacher Center for a New Economics), Dru Oja Ojay (SEIZE, Transition NDG, and DemocracyXChange).

Saturday10h45–12h15Petit salonFR, with translation

Women and Housing: Issues and Solutions

What can we do about the housing challenges that Montreal women face? The workshop addresses key issues affecting the living conditions of Montreal women, including sexual assault on housing, female homelessness, and the needs and challenges of social and community housing. Each issue will be addressed by the current political context, qualitative and quantitative data as well as innovative community initiatives. Based on these elements, we want to start a discussion about prospects for action to ensure safe, healthy, adapted and affordable housing for women.
Marie-Eve Desroches (Administrator of the Réseau habitation femmes and the Housing Committee of the Table des groupes de femmes in Montreal) et Sandrine Belley (POPIR).

Saturday11h00–12h30Petit salonFR/ENG

Unlocking City-Owned Land (Advanced Community of Practice Workshop)

In this community of practice workshop, community developers will share about their experiences, successes and challenges.
Participants include:
Thomas Armstrong (CHF BC, BC CLT)
Marie-Josée Dupuis, member of the steering committee which is planning the redevelopment of the Louvain site, a 8 hectares municipal pound  in Ahuntsic, a Montreal borough. 
– Other examples are welcome too. 
Activity developed by the Canadian network of community land trusts.


How Can Cooperatives Transform the World? Introduction to the Cooperative Movement

How can Cooperatives Transform Society?
In this workshop we will be exploring the history of the cooperative movement, the different functions of the cooperative model, its presence in the world and in Quebec as well as its philosophical and practical pertinence in the anti-capitalist struggle.
Speakers: Louise Constantin (Advisor to associative and potilitical affaires,  Federation of Housing cooperatives in Montreal (FECHIMM)), Erika Gaudreault (Réseau COOP, fédération des coopératives gérées par les travailleurs) and Jonathan Thisselmagan Schuld (researcher).

Saturday15h15–16h45Grand SalonFR/EN

Co-op Housing Participation in Community Land Trusts in Canada

Housing co-operatives and their member associations seem to be deeply embedded in the Community Land Trust movement in Canada. With only about 25 land trusts in Canada today, the majority include some type of co-op housing participation.
We will introduce a couple of Canadian community land trusts at various stages of their life-cycle.
Let’s explore the synergy and differences between the models. How can your co-op begin to pool resources through community land trusts in your neighbourhood, city or province? What are some advantages to housing co-operatives in participating in a land trust? We’d like to hear your perspectives.
Expect this session to be interactive!
Speakers: Melissa Estable (CHF Canada), Daniel Trudeau (Milton Parc Community), Céline Carrière (CHASEO)

Saturday15h15–16h45Petit Salon
FR, with translation

Real Estate Empires of the Left: A sharing of experiences of two of Montreal’s non-profit real estate developers

Presentation of two social economy organizations that develop community housing while prioritizing social diversity, combating poverty, and social exclusion.
Together, Inter-loge and SHAPEM own close to 2 500 units of housing. It is a real estate housing stock that would make any private real estate developer jealous with desire! But, if these organizations purchase apartment buildings with the same determination as a private developer, they have a very different objective: remove this housing from the speculative market.
The history of these two non-profit real estate developers in Montreal is an exciting and inspiring entrepreneurial story. Let’s go back to the Montreal of the 1980s when some young idealists took big risks and played with big money to give us a collective inheritance which we can be proud of.
Jean-Pierre Racette is the Director of La Société d’habitation populaire de l’Est de Montréal (SHAPEM)
Louis Bériau is the co-founder of Inter-Loge.
Facilitator: Marie-Sophie Banville (Vivacité, Société immobilière solidaire)

Saturday15h15–16h45Salon du FondateurFR, with translation

Agricultural Community Land Trusts (ACLT)

1. Catherine Avard Protec-terre
– Vision of Protec-terre
– Presentation of Agricultural CLT (ACLT) model
2. Testimonials of agricultural entrepreneurs operating a ACLT:
– Anne Roussel (ACLT des blés dansants)
– Pierre Provencher (future ACLT Talanoa)
3. Workshop for ACLT set-up with participants
Agricultural entrepreneurs, alone or as a team, will present their project to Protec-terre’s experts as well to other ACLT project promoters for advice.
Hubert Lavallée (Protec-terre’s president)
Anne Roussel (Cadet Roussel Farm ACLT)
Pierre Provencher (ACLT Talanoa)

Saturday19h00-20h30Petit SalonFR/ENG

Negotiating Community Benefits Agreements
(Community of practice workshop, Advanced)

This workshop is for practitioners to share about their successes, challenges and ideas around negotiating community benefits agreements. Non-profit developers, community groups, citizen activists and municipal representatives are invited to share their experiences.
For questions, please contact:
Presentations from Josh Barndt and Teresa Portillo (Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust), Action Gardien (the network of community groups in Pointe-St-Charles) and others…


Sunday09h00–10h30Petit SalonFR, with translation 

Beyond Growth: Alternative Forms of Economic Exchange

1. Panel with stakeholders involved in Quebec-based Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS):
Yves-Marie Abraham, Associate Professor, HEC Montreal Economic Sociology
Luc Parent, President, L’Accorderie Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Michel Gaudreault, Founder and President, Becs (Banque d’échanges communautaires de services)
André Ouellette, le Jeu (Jardin d’Échange Universel)
2. Presentation about the limits of today’s economic model, and the founding principles of tomorrow’s economy.

Sunday9h00–10h30Salon du fondateurFR, with translation

Managing Collective Properties: Successes and Lessons to Learn

Panel with managers of buildings owned by not for profit organizations or by cooperatives.
What are the different collective property ownership models, their advantages and their limits?
What are the issues and challenges pertaining to collective property?
What lessons can we learn?
Jean Soublière, General Manager, Metropolitan Montreal House of Cooperation
Judith Cayer, Development Coordinator, Bâtiment 7, Montreal
Josée Duplessis, General Manager, House of Sustainable Development, Montreal
Moderator : Pierre-Alain Cotnoir, Member of the Board of FECHIMM (Montreal Metro area Federation of housing coops)

Sunday09h00–10h30 Salon de théFR/EN

Safe Space for Fuck-Up Stories:
Co-Development Workshop on Financing Challenges

Developers of non-speculative housing projects share on their financing challenges and support one another with advice. Activity developed by the Canadian network of community land trusts. This is an invitation only event. Please register with Claude:
Discussion organised by: Vivacité, Brique par brique and Habitat Multi Générations

Sunday10h45–12h15 Grand Salon FR/ENG

Community Housing for Resilient Communities:
Montreal and Vancouver

With the housing crisis, there is a growing sense of dis-empowerment of the way our cities are built and financed. However, many city and community builders are experimenting with new ideas to build community equity as a way to re-enforce local connection with housing and enhance the sense of belonging of the local residents.
Community Housing for Resilient Communities is a project of dialogue that captures stories from diverse individuals and organizations from Vancouver and Montreal’s community housing sectors who share their own stories of how they got involved with the sector, how they learn and act with innovation and how they hope for the future with the work they do. Through their stories, we hear a collective narrative of community organizing in Canada that acts to increase local control of urban land development to ensure our communities remain inclusive, diverse and resilient through developing housing as community-owned assets.
The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) and community partners are leading a neighbourhood-wide strategy to preserve and protect affordable rental housing that is risk of loss and upscaling due to real estate speculation and gentrification. This strategy includes both tenant organizing as well as the acquisition of at-risk private properties by the land trust. PNLT will discuss how Community Action Research and Community Planning were instrumental in developing this action strategy. The land trust will also share stories of its successes and failures working to purchase private rental housing in Toronto’s hot real estate market.
The workshop will be followed by a video of David Eddy (Vancouver Native Housing Society).
Jessica Chen (a former urban planner with Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, 1999-2010)
Gabrielle Neamtan-Lapalme (assistant director of SHAPEM)
Josh Barndt and Teresa Portillo (Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust)

Sunday10h45–12h15 Petit Salon FR/ENG

What is Future of the Cooperative Housing Movement?

How can housing cooperatives develop links with each other and build a collaboration with the broader cooperative movement and socio-political struggles to transform society?
Josh Hawley (co-editor of Villages in Cities: Community Land Ownership, Cooperative Housing, and the Milton Parc Story (Black Rose Books, 2019), MA researcher at Queens’ University)
A presentation of a concrete local initiative under development throughout the City of Montreal. The cooperative movement in housing is organized to be dynamic locally and a social movement of importance.
François Dansereau-Laberge (Intercoop Verdun, President of the Parc Therrien housing coop )
The current state of play (where do we stand after nearly 50 years of cooperative development?), challenges that focus as much on the preservation of built heritage as on social issues related to living together and perspectives for the future. 
Louise Constantin, Advisor to the associative and political affairs, Federation of housing cooperatives in metropolitan Montreal, FECHIMM

Sunday10h45–12h15Salon du FondateurFR/ENG

Funding the Movement: Round Table with Funders of Social Housing and Social Economy Projects

1. Presentation of a synthesis of the workshop “Safe space for fuck up stories”.
2. Panelists, representatives of social housing and social economy funds, present their programs.
3. Presentation of the US ecosystem for financing social housing and social economy.
4. Debate:
a) Do the offers of the Quebec funds suit the needs of the solidarity estate promoters?
b) Are there any financial needs unsatisfied?
c) What could be a vision of a financial offer which would suit better the financial needs of the solidarity estate promoters?
Isabelle Thérien, Specialist in Affordable Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Béatrice Alain, Director General, Chantier de l’Économie sociale
Hubert Lavallée, Fiducie pour le foncier solidaire
Moderated by Jason Prince, PME Montréal and Concordia University.

Sunday 10h45–12h15 Salon de thé  FR/ENG

Squatting for the Right to Housing: Stories and lessons to be learned

A workshop for activists on urban squatting as a political tool.
1) Short presentation of Freetown Christiania, the 35 hectare area occupied since 1971 by 1 000 people on a former disused military camp in the heart of the city of Copenhagen. It was legislatively normalized in 2013 after 40 years of business with the Danish state.
By François Bellemare,  who lived and worked in Freetown Christiania for 5 years.
2) Short presentation of Préfontaine’s squat experience in Montreal in 2001. This experience ended after a few months, when the City overturned its decision and expelled the occupants.
By Valérie Belleau, who participated in 2001.
Participants will then be invited to put into perspective these two experiences with Montreal in 2019.


Sunday 14h15–15h45 Auditorium  FR/ENG

Radical Municipalism and Citizen Democracy: Past, Present, and Future

Many people have lost faith in traditional vertical democractic structures. Citizens are increasingly excluded from decision-making processes and are left feeling powerless to bring meaningful change to their communities. However, in Montreal and around the world, both in the past and present, there are many inspiring attempts at citizen-led decision-making that is democratic, decentralized, and concentrated in local neighborhoods. While some contemporary grassroots movements have had local success, we need a cohesive, large-scale strategy to change the larger system.
This panel will present on movements for direct democracy, their history in Montreal, their growth around the world, and their future in North America.
Panel with:
Donald Cuccioletta (UQAM) (course lecturer in Literary Studies)
Jonathan Durand Folco (Saint Paul University, author of A nous la ville !)
Simone Chen (Symbiosis Montreal)
Moderated by Sean Devine (Symbiosis Montreal)

Sunday14h15–15h45pmGrand Salon  ENG, with translation

Indigenous-led Solutions to Forced Displacement in Montreal and the Story of Homelessness in Toronto

With :
Nakuset. She is the executive director of the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter (MNWS) and was an invited speaker at Real Talk on Race, a TV series on CBC. She will present on the processes of forced displacement and solutions to support indigenous populations, in particular with Cabot Square Project and the Native Women’s Shelter project to provide social housing to indigenous women and their children.
Bob Rose (PNLT, Toronto) is a very long-term resident, local historian and activist social worker in Parkdale. His presentation, Inside or Outside: Toronto’s Homeless and Housing Displacement Crisis will discuss how the City of Toronto is experiencing the largest homeless crisis in its history with 9000 people exposed to the risks of street engaged homelessness.

Sunday 14h15–15h45 Petit Salon  FR, with translation

Collaboration Between Municipalities and Communities in the Development of Neighborhoods

Collaboration between municipalities and communities in the development of neighborhoods
1. Lachine-East, the rebirth of an industrial neighbourhood (FR)
With more than 4 000 housing units planned on 60 hectares, the Lachine-East project constitutes one of the most important redevelopment project in the Montreal area. Both for the community and for the borough it is imperative to aim for development that will meet the challenges of the 21st century, particularly in the fight against and adaptation to climate change.
It is in this perspective that 200 people gathered on March 9 for the East Lachine Summit, a conference inaugurated by Alain Jund, elected official from Strasbourg and president of the French Eco-Neighborhood Commission. The presentation will describe Lachine East’s approach and close collaboration with the community, aiming to create a real Eco-Neighborhood model.
Maja Vodanovic, Lachine (Montreal) borough mayor, Member of the Environment Commission of the Montreal Metropolitan area, Member of the executive committee of the Montreal Metropolitan area, Member of the National Council for Zero Waste.
Jean-François Lefebvre, president of Imagine Lachine-East and lecturer in Urban Studies at UQAM.
2. Louvain site: citizen mobilization and an innovative community-municipal partnership for a new neighborhood based on values of inclusion and solidarity.
In March 2019, the City of Montreal, the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough, and neighborhood network of community groups, Solidarité Ahuntsic, announced an innovative partnership in order to develop the Louvain site. This eight hectares municipal site has seen an important citizen mobilization for more than 10 years for it to be developed with a sense of social innovation and to give priority to social and community housing. The site belongs to Domaine Saint-Sulpice in Ahuntsic, which was one of the pioneers of the cooperative and solidarity development in the 1960’s and 1980’s. The presentation will review the history of mobilization around the Louvain site, describe the collaborative municipal-community project recently established and will discuss the guidelines for the planned development.
Emilie Thuillier, mayor of Ahuntsic-Cartierville
Claude Beaulac, project manager, citizen on the steering committee of the Louvain site.

Sunday 14h15–15h30 Salon du Fondateur  FR/ENG

Pas de chicane dans ma cabane: Self-Directed Senior Housing

A moderated discussion among enthusiastic community organizers with visions of growing older together in a positive, active, and connected manner. Speakers will present their respective self-directed senior housing projects and answer questions about co-care, financing, multi-generational possibilities, conflict resolution, and design, to name a few!
With La Maison des RebElles, a solidarity (non-profit) housing project for aging lesbians and their allies, and Radical Resthomes, an alternative model of housing headed for the senior housing sector.
Janet Torge is a documentary producer and freelancer. 30 years ago, she and her friends decided they wanted to avoid senior residences like the plague when they were old… and Radical Resthomes was born. The vision has changed and Janet has aged, but she never lost sight of the idea that self-directed housing projects was a better future.
Cheryl Gladu, MBA, an interdisciplinary PhD Candidate at Concordia University, is currently researching collaborative design and the creation of communities that encourage long-term sustainable behavior change. Cheryl co-created and managed an award-winning green real estate development company responsible for some of the first green residential buildings in Canada.
Isabelle Duclaud is a long-standing activist for women’s and lesbian rights, La Maison des RebElles is the project close to her heart: to age in an active way within her community, to challenge disease and isolation, to help one another, to laugh, sing, and dance together…
Vouli Mamfredis is an architect with over 33 years of experience and commitment to sustainability. Studio MMA’s portfolio includes cutting edge green projects and collaborations with non-profits including La Rue des Femmes and Habitat for Humanity. Vouli is personally and professionally preoccupied by urban housing affordability especially as it affects seniors, women and lesbians.
Moderator: Laura Wenzel is a veteran of multigenerational collective living. Mother, social worker, program manager, community organizer, and enthusiastic about the potential for intentional communities to support people of all ages in their personal development and to ease the societal transition to an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Laura co-organized Montreal Intentional Communities Day in 2018.

SUNDAY15h30-17hSalon du fondateurFR/EN 

Collective Living in Montreal

Co-living cooperatives still don’t exist in Montreal. However, many citizens have naturally organized themselves to rent private spaces and internally function as cooperatives. We will have a panel of representatives from 5 different intentional communities from Montreal who will share the unique and surprising ways they function, their challenges and their discoveries. This panel will reveal tools for anyone interested in either starting a formal co-living cooperative or an informal intentional community.


SUNDAY  14h15-15h45  EN 

Love and Caring in Grassroots Organising

We begin with the premise that systems of exploitation, extraction and entitlement become anchored at the emotional/affective level. To disentangle from the intersections of white supremacy and heteropatriarchy requires an affective analysis that understands the ways taken for granted knowledge and systems of labour are made ‘real’ (appear fixed) at the level of the body, at spiritual and affective registers. The body is the primary economic unit and is produced in a context of emotional and spiritual pathologies. Franz Fanon (1952) famously argues that the kernel of colonial capitalism is brutal force and a deep-seated insecurity that makes ‘being’ impossible. How can an affective politics shift materiality at the level of the body? Can this re-member-ing form the basis of communal alternative local economies?
This participatory workshop is intended to create a space to speak about the role of love in our work as organizers. We will reflect on more problematic organizing practices that can often work to extract wealth, in the form of radical theory and practice, from systemically disenfranchised communities, in particular indigenous, black and non-white women and their communities. We will ask about the organizers’ role and positionality? In the face of a growing white supremacist nationalist populism that gains it’s force from stirring up feelings of fear, insecurity and mediocrity in the form of moral panics, islamophobia and zenophobia, we will ask about the force of love to dismantle and disentangle from this politics of violent commodification and dehumanization. We will ask about a ‘populism of the left’ that revolves around relationship building and finding one’s place in an affective political community.

Saturday9h15-12h00 Leave from Milton Parc
EN, with translation

Bus tour of community initiatives in Montreal neighbourhoods

Led by local community organizers, this bus tour will discover the past and present of community-led social justice initiatives in the neighbourhoods Milton Parc, Centre-Sud, St Henri, and Pointe-St-Charles. Come and discover citizen initiatives in housing justice, the social and solidarity economy, community planning, urban ecology, and food justice.
LOCATION: Meet in Milton Parc at 09h15, outside Alternatives, 3720 Ave du Parc. The bus leaves at 09h30 sharp. We will drop participants directly at the CCA for lunchtime (12h15) for the rest of the activities.

Saturday10h00-12h00Grand salonFR, with translation

Protec-terre AGM

Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Protec-terre, a NGO which helps farmers create community land trusts for organic agriculture. The AGM is open to all. Only members can vote.

Saturday09h00–11h00Petit SalonFR/EN

Annual meeting of the Canadian network of community land trusts

1. Introductions and update (successes to share) (20 minutes)
2. Updates on what was proposed from last year (10 minutes)
3. Challenges and opportunities: what can we do together as a network to advance CLTs in Canada? (two ideas so far for discussion)
– How to ensure the transfer of publicly owned land to community control and not onto private market? (Federal funding)
– Can we lobby together to get federal legislative changes to help CLTs? (Ex.: Capital gains tax)
4. Other issues
Registered participants:
– BC CLT, CHF BC (Vancouver, BC)
– Communauté Milton Parc (Montreal, QC)
– Hamilton CLT (Hamilton, Ont.)
– CHF Canada (Toronto, Ont.)
– Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (Toronto, Ont.)
– Kensington Market CLT (Toronto, Ont.)
– Coop Housing Association of South Eastern Ontario (CHASEO)
– Vivacité – foncier solidaire (Montreal, Qc)
– Fiducie foncière régionale de l’Estrie (Sherbrooke, QC)
– North End Land Trust (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
To participate in person or via conference call, please contact the meeting coordinator Dominique Russell:


Open Space Discussions by Neighbourhood

45 mins of discussion by neighbourhood groups (current situation, ongoing projects and activities, etc…)
45 mins in plenary format for each neighbourhood to summarise their situation.

Saturday19h00-21h00 FR/EN

Card Game of Political Collaboration for Social Change: “C@rds in Commune”

Come and deepen your understanding the Commons and social change through the card game “C@rds in Common”!
This is a game of political collaboration where 2 to 5 players work together to mobilize civil society in order to defend citizens’ freedoms and collective goods.
More than 50 participants have collaborated so far to produce more than 250 cards on these themes during the World Social Forum in 2016.
A selection of these cards represents the first version of this game, which we are especially proud of.
Come play, discuss and discover communal initiatives from around the world and find new ways to apply this knowledge in your own community-based projects.
Will you succeed in preventing the erosion of the Commons or will you let private interests seize everything?
For more information, visit
Developed and animated by Matthieu Rheaume, the game creator.

Saturday19h00-21h30Auditorium  FR/ENG

Film screening and discussion: Cities Held Hostage

Join us for a screening of the eye opening 2018 documentary about the insidious corporations that own Montreal’s development and construction industries.
Directed by Martin Frigon and inspired by Henry Aubin’s 1970s ground-breaking book City for Sale, about the insidious corporations that control Montreal’s development and construction industries, this film is a must see for all Montrealers.
Free dinner served at 18h15

Sunday12h00-13h00 Petit Salon  FR/EN

Discussion of the draft of the common declaration “From the Group Up”

Declaration for the closing of the conference. The ideas, strategies and the solutions discussed and presented during the week-end will be written as a declaration ; the guiding principles and claims which foster the community control of land, housing and the economy. 
Organised by Dimitri Roussopoulos and Josh Hawley.

Sunday16h00-17h00 FR/EN – Auditorium: Housing
Grand Salon: Economy

Open Space Discussions by Theme

Do you have an issue or question you want to discuss? An affinity group you would like to gather? A campaign you want to launch?
The open space is your chance to define the conversations you need to have right now, and then get to talking!
Other rooms available for different themes.