Personal is Political

Day three of our grassroots conference and trade show began with a keynote by Sylvia McAdam, co-founder of a global grassroots Indigenous-led movement “Idle No More”. Idle No More has changed the political and social landscape of Canada as well as reached the global community to defend and protect all lands, waters, and animals.

Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) is from the Treaty 6 lands in what is now called “Canada.”  She is a direct descendant of Treaty peoples and Original peoples of these lands. Sylvia is from the nēhīyaw Nation. She has her Juris Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Justice from the University of Regina.   

Sylvia is also co-founder of the “One House Many Nations” Campaign, which designs off-the-grid sustainable tiny-homes to address and raise awareness about the epidemic unacceptable proportions of homelessness in such a wealthy state as “Canada” especially amongst Indigenous/Original peoples.   

Healing as a Site of Resistance
  • mia amir, Educator, Theatre Artist, Cultural Organizer
  • Rosa Elena Arteaga, Manager, Direct Service and Clinical Practice at BWSS
  • Madeline McCallum, Artist, Survivor, Storyteller  
  • Harsha Walia
  • Jody Jones


Hiring practices around women with lived experiences
  • Lynda Tesky, Peer from SHEro’s
  • June, Peer from SHEro’s
  • Dani, Sister Space
  • Mary Point, Manager, Indigenous Relations at YVR
  • Facilitated by Tara Taylor, Spencer Creo Foundation and Caithlin Scarpelli, Atira Women’s Resource Society 


  • Jen Sungshine, Co-Creative Director and founder of Love Intersections
  • Chrissy Taylor
  • Helen Kennedy
  • Michelle Fortin, Executive Director, Options for Reproductive Health
  • DJ Chamba

The Personal is Political: Centering young women’s leadership

The afternoon of day three was lead by young folks! Emceed by Bridgee K, we had amazing performances and two panels, Why the Personal is Political for Me facilitated by Justice for Girls and Finding My Voice Presented by students from L.A. Matheson Secondary School.

Why the Personal is Political for Me panelists (L-R) Rebecca Hamilton, Vancouver Climate Strike, Savanah Norman, Justice for Girls, Zoe Craig Sparrow, Justice for Girls, Sadea Johnston, Justice for Girls and Morgan Switzer-Rodney, Black Lives Matter Vancouver

Panelists, Jasleen Dodd, Jaspreet Dood, Priya Negi and Minashi Negi.

Performances by Miss Christie Lee, Ndidi Cascade, NaRai and Erica Dee

Watch Day Three

The conference was live streamed each day, you can watch a recording of the full day below. Each keynote and keynote panel will also be available to watch, subscribe to Feminists Deliver YouTube channel to be notified when the videos are live!