20 years of spirited action for justice Youth Event

WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE, October 24, 2021

12-1:30 pm PT / 3-4:30 pm ET / 4-5:30 pm AT

Keynote: Helen Knott, activist, poet, author, social worker, mother and more.

Moderator: Elyse Brazel, Network Coordinator, Faith and the Common Good

Responder: Juan Facundo, Research Assistant, Mount Allison University

Youth are in the streets, the chanting starts, just a few voices at first. “We are unstoppable, another world is possible” is building in a loud, ruckus crescendo. “WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE!”

That is the energy we will bring to this virtual moment of learning and action; building momentum as we join together from coast to coast to coast to:

  • hear from young justice leaders,
  • dig deeper into the Indigenous and climate justice issues we care about,
  • and act together in real time to show how very unstoppable we youth are.

We will begin from a place of gratitude for the gifts of mother earth, then hear from several experienced, trailblazing young activists in Canada and the Global South who have partnered with KAIROS along the way. This is an incredible way to mark KAIROS’ 20th anniversary by discovering the issues these young activists are most passionate about and learning how we can all make a difference, in big and small ways, right now and as we look ahead into the future.

And, by the way, the Youth Poster Contest winners will be announced at the event. We are so excited to share your visions and amplify your voices. All art is welcome – poetry, painting, digital posters and more. Have you made your submission yet?

See you there!

Meeting the moment: Living with purpose and preparing for the call 

Helen Knott is an activist, poet, social worker, mother and more. She is Dane Zaa and Nehiyawak from the Prophet River First Nation in British Columbia. A published author In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience and gifted communicator, Helen’s involvement with KAIROS began as a youth in 2012. Her next book – Becoming a Matriarch- will be released in the Spring of 2023.

Helen Knott and Naty Atz Sunuc, Guatemala, 2013.

Photo: Helen Knott and Naty Atz Sunuc, Guatemala, 2013. 

Helen has had a long history with KAIROS since she first participated in a youth delegation to the United Nations to advocate for the rights of First Nations children in 2012. Following a study tour, which highlighted the impacts of Canadian mining companies in Guatemala and El Salvador, she wrote,  

“I asked another participant why she does things like this, this involvement in justice for others. Later, I reflected upon my own situation and realized why I do things like this. I am here because I used to believe I was powerless.…I now know that this is in fact a lie. The truth that I know is that I have power and I will not allow others to encroach upon it. Eventually the fallacy of power held by privilege will break and shatter.” 

To learn more about Helen, visit her website.

Ps. If you want to volunteer to be part of the planning, promotion, or execution of this online youth-led event, please contact connect@kairoscanada.org.

20 years of spirited action for justice