ASI Opens Dialogue on Democracy for 150th Celebrations

On an important anniversary year for Canadian democracy, the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) is turning its focus on democratic renewal. This year’s theme, Renewing Democracy through Social Justice: Adding New Voices, brings attention to inclusion, fair representation and leadership during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference in 1864. The program runs from August 19-22 at Holland College.

The Atlantic Summer Institute is a bilingual conference and learning institute held in Charlottetown bi-annually. It seeks to create positive social change in Atlantic Canada and attracts participants from across the Atlantic region to learn and work together to build communities that are safe, resilient and sustainable.  Engaging men and women, Francophone, Anglophone and Aboriginal communities, the ASI supports collaboration across sectors and regions, and between cultures and generations.

The ASI 2014 theme, Renewing Democracy through Social Justice: Adding New Voices, will resonate with emerging and established leaders as well as those committed to social justice in Atlantic communities.  With a program designed to encourage dialogue about the evolution of democracy and social justice in Canada, ASI 2014 will serve as a forum for the voices of those historically under-represented in democratic institutions in Canada, including women, Aboriginal peoples, francophone people, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, and young people.

Although ASI takes place mid-August, the early bird registration price is only in effect until June 16. Subsidies to cover registration and travel costs for participants are also available to those who apply by June 10. Interested participants can register at

Two curriculum workshops are featured this year: “Gender, Diversity and Community Leadership” and “Building and Using Evidence for Social Justice”. Program highlights also include a keynote speech on democratic renewal, a plenary on indigenous governance, a social circus, as well as a storytelling circle on advocacy and social justice.

The ASI provides its participants with valuable opportunities to learn, make connections, and increase engagement in their communities. The ASI welcomes individuals and organizations working with creative, collaborative practices, as well as those who are looking to learn and be inspired to action! To learn more about this event, email or visit

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