Althea Balmes is a multidisciplinary visual storyteller and arts educator interested in collaborative creative expression. Her work is informed by Filipino culture, her diasporic experience, and her background in anthropology, international development, and interest in decolonial aesthetics. She takes a self-reflexive, intersectional, and constructivist approach to arts education to help build and bridge communities
Orion Keresztesi is an artist and activist inspired by the history of working people’s struggles—how they have shaped the world we live in and how they can help us to do the same today. He works as a research and policy analyst for the Nova Scotia NDP caucus. He is a member of SEIU Local 2.
Nicole Schabus, Arthur Manuel’s partner in life and work from the local to the international level, continues to teach law in Secwepemc’ulecw. She drafted the first ever Indigenous submissions to international trade tribunals setting out that failure to recognize Aboriginal Title and Rights constitutes a subsidy under international trade law. She also covers international environmental negotiations, with a focus on traditional knowledge. Nicole is passionate about ensuring recognition of Indigenous territorial authority as a way to ensure more environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable development. Nicole has been travelling the globe studying and working with Indigenous peoples in the Americas, Australia ,and Europe. She is grateful for all the teachings that have been shared with her, that have enabled her to navigate the greatest loss in her life and find her path from here.
Hugh Goldring is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario, Algonquin territory. As one half of Petroglyph Studios, he works full time writing comics with social justice themes in partnership with scholars, unions, activists and NGOs. He is part of the Ad Astra Comix publishing collective which published his first graphic novel, The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet. He was active in the Occupy movement and has been involved in several Food Not Bombs chapters. He has spent the last 5 years traveling across the United States, visiting with anti-fascists, migrant rights activists and anti-capitalists, trying vainly to make sense of it all.
Catherine Nolin (BA, MA, PhD in Geography) is professor and chair of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, British Columbia. She is a long-time insurgent researcher and social justice advocate, including more than 25 years grappling with the afterlives of the Guatemalan genocides. Nolin has worked with Grahame Russell of Rights Action for almost 20 years to organize and facilitate field schools to Guatemala for undergraduate and graduate students.
Andy Hanson lives with his wife and two children in Belleville, Ontario. As a member of the consolidated committee of five teachers’ unions, he organized marches and rallies, coordinated picket lines, and allied with community organizations. After the men’s and women’s elementary teachers’ unions amalgamated, he was elected ETFO local vice-president and held that position for 12 years. Hanson received his PhD in Canadian Studies from Trent University in 2013.
Zelda Abramson is an associate professor of sociology at Acadia University. Her areas of teaching and research include methodology, health, and family. As a public sociologist, she strives to combine academic research with social activism. Zelda grew up in Montreal as a child of Holocaust survivors.
Fahim Amir is a Viennese philosopher and author. He has taught at various universities and art academies in Europe and Latin America. His research explores the thresholds of nature, cultures and urbanism; performance and utopia; and colonial historicity and modernism.
Andaiye was a Guyanese social, political, and gender rights activist. She was an early member of the executive of the Working People’s Alliance, a founding member of the women’s development organization Red Thread in Guyana in 1986, and an executive member of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action.
Charlie Angus has served as the NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay since 2004. In 1985 he formed the Juno-nominated alt-country band Grievous Angels. He became involved in politics through his organizing efforts to stop the Adams Mine garbage proposal and numerous plans to import PCBs to Northern Ontario. He is author/co-author of five books on Northern Ontario life and culture including We Lived a Life and Then Some and Mirrors of Stone.
Alisha Nicole Apale coordinates the Aboriginal Health Initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Canada. She has a particular interest in the health issues experienced by vulnerable populations within highly inequitable countries, including in Canada, and the inter-sectoral nature of public health and health systems development.