In order to reinforce the capacity of Canadian Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs) and educators, Spur Change seeks to convene annually 50 representatives of SMOs as well as 50 educators from coast-to-coast-to-coast to learn from experts, and share expertise, approaches and good practices for inclusive, gender transformative, sustainable development; to identify and form partnerships; and strengthen the sector’s collective work to more effectively engage all Canadians as global citizens.

The theme of each annual conference over the next five years will be tied to one of the six Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) action areas, with Action area 1 : Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls will be cross-cutting for all five years of the program.

SMOs should expect to:

  • Learn about innovative development practices, including feminist approaches, and the Sustainable Development Goals framework, and ways to integrate them into their practice;
  • Share expertise, best practices and resources on human dignity;
  • Identify and initiate potential partnerships and synergies;
  • Share experience and knowledge on effectively pivoting and adapting to the changing context;
  • Communicate and celebrate successes;
  • Collaborate on finding solutions to identified challenges;
  • Collaborate with educators and school communities to explore partnerships to better engage youths as global citizens.


Educators should expect to:

  • Learn about the latest trends on and responses to global issues from sector leaders, experts from the Global South, and practicing civil society organizations;
  • Engage and share in peer learning and sharing of resources, practices and experiences from across Canada;
  • Facilitate connections and dialogue between civil society organizations eager to learn from and work with schools and educators;
  • Participate in learning opportunities in collaboration with pedagogical experts on how to teach and inspire youth to engage with global issues;
  • Collaborate with and support civil society organizations in creating classroom-relevant resources to better engage youths as global citizens.

  • Human Dignity Now and Beyond the Pandemic
  • Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism
  • Opportunities and Adaptation to the New Normal
  • Just and Green Recovery

... and more.

Help us make this conference an inspiring and forward-thinking learning opportunity for all. We invite you to identify and nominate unconventional speakers and thought leaders in their communities who can speak to the conference theme of Human Dignity and Gender Equality, and subthemes. Anyone in mind? Form coming soon.

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