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The largest political protest in BC’s history.

In 1983, labour and activist organizations alike across the province, including unions, environmental, religious, social justice and women’s rights groups, came together over the course of several weeks through escalating actions in what would effectively become the largest political protest in BC’s history. It was in response to the most sweeping assault on rights in Canadian history by the newly re-elected Social Credit government. This project explores the diverse experiences and recollections of workers involved in this moment in history through archival photos, videos, objects, and oral history interviews, to help us learn from the past and work towards the future.

Upcoming Events:

“It Seemed Anything Was Possible”
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7 pm
Anvil Centre, New Westminster
FREE! Register here.

The 1984 video “Common Cause” will be screened, and individuals who are shown in the video will be panelists as we discuss the history of this historic event.  The focus will be on rallies, actions and organization of the Solidarity Coalition.
Moderator: Dr. Bethany Hastie, Assistant Professor, Peter A Allard School of Law, UBC
Hanne Jensen, fired Director of the BC Human Rights Branch
Honourable Peter Leask, spokesperson for the BC Bar on Legal Aid
Gary Steeves, BCGEU staff, Tranquille Occupation
Dr. Larry Kuehn, BCTF President

“A Time to Act”
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 pm
Anvil Centre, New Westminster
FREE! Register here.

This event will focus on the strike action that took place in October and November 1983 and will include archival video footage and current recorded oral histories of participants.
Moderator: Dr. Kendra Strauss, Director, SFU Labour Studies
Cliff Andstein, Chief Negotiator BCGEU
Rod Mickleburgh, Labour Reporter Province Newspaper
Ken Novakowski, BCTF Bargaining Staff
Patsy George, fired BC government Social Worker
The Rev. Margaret Marquardt, Priest, Anglican
Church of Canada

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