Animal Advocacy Camp and dialogue series

The struggle for animal rights is a complex problem that requires many people to solve. Building a strong community of activists is vitally important if we hope to succeed. 

These dialogue events are an effort to provide a space for people in the local animal rights community to come together to talk, learn, and plan.

Animal Advocacy Camp 

2013

Animal Advocacy Camp 2013 was held on February 23rd and 24th.  About 100 compassionate and eager animal advocates came to share their expertise and learn from one another. Speakers this year were Liz Marshall, documentary filmmaker and director of Ghosts in Our Machine, Twyla Francois, Director of Investigations with Mercy for Animals Canada, and Dr. Olivier Berreville, Canadian National Contact for the International Network for Humane Education.  

Download notes from Animal Advocacy Camp 2013.  Check out photos here. Video of Dr. Berreville's presentation can be viewed on Youtube.  Other videos will be posted soon!

Participants looking at agenda and deciding which session to attend.

Participants of Animal Advocacy Camp 2013 choosing a discussion session to attend.

 

2012

Animal Advocacy Camp 2012 was held on February 25th and 26th.  With about 100 participants, it was a major success!  As in 2010, AAC 2012 was an open space, attendee-led event.  We also had four accomplished speakers to do opening and closing talks each day: Camille Labchuck, law student and activist, Rob Laidlaw of Zoocheck, Lesley Fox of Fur-Bearer Defenders, and Sarah Kramer, cookbook author and vegan celebrity.  

Photos from Animal Advocacy Camp 2012 can be viewed here.  Videos of our opening and closing speakers can be viewed on our Youtube Channel.

Download notes from Animal Advocacy Camp 2012.

Discussion group at AAC 2012

One of many discussion groups at Animal Advocacy Camp 2012.

2010

Animal Advocacy Camp 2010 brought together 80 Vancouver-area activists to answer the question, "How can we be more effective advocates for animals?" The event was an open space, attendee-led event, where topics and discussions were suggested by the attendees rather than following a pre-set agenda. 

Download the notes from Animal Advocacy Camp 2010.

Participants checking out agenda options.

Checking out the agenda at Animal Advocacy Camp 2010. (Photo: Amanda Daniell)

 

A Powerful Voice Animal Rights Community Dialogue Series

Together we have a powerful voice. These events bring activists together to talk about topics related to animal rights in a smaller and more intimate setting than the Animal Advocacy Camp.

The series began with a discussion about how we can best work together to achieve animal rights. The outcome of this meeting was a list of topics for the upcoming dialogues. 

Download the notes from this event.

The topic of the second event was using fun and entertainment for outreach. Many projects were discussed at this open-space style event, including fundraisers, music, and food events.

The other dialogues were:

  • How can animal rights activists use the internet to create a stronger movement?
  • Educating ourselves: becoming better activists through education and practice

We are discussing whether or not to continue the dialogue series. Did you find it useful? Please email and let us know.