Housing Matters Youth Media Project 2012 Housing Justice Dialogues and Speakers Series

This informal speakers series is designed to address housing justice issues that are identified as of key concern to the youth participating in the Housing Matters Media Project and other concerned youth.

Location: Purple Thistle Arts and Activism Centre/ Vancouver, B.C. / 
Coast Salish Territory (unless otherwise noted)


October 18th, 2012 – 7:00 – 8:00pm
Dr. Penny Gurstein, UBC and Dr. Margot Young
Penny and Margot will introduce the three tiers of the Housing Justice Research: Policy change, legal action, and public engagement. They will discuss the, crucial need for media narratives illustrating the current housing crisis impact on youth.


Friday, October 19th – 4:00-6:00pm.
Interurban Gallery (1 E. Hastings, V6A 1M9)
The Housing Matters Media Project participants are invited to attend a discussion hosted by our project partners, The Housing Justice Canada project at UBC. This discussion will be led by Bruce Porter and Leilani Farha focusing on domestic housing rights. Bruce and Leilana are accomplished advocates for housing rights both nationally and internationally. They will be discussing a current Right to Housing challenge in Ontario under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


October 25th, 2012 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Matt Hern

Matt will facilitate a discussion about housing theory and practise, especially considering routes to non-market possibilities.

UPDATE: Full audio from Matt’s talk is available here:

Matt Hern: Part 1

Matt Hern: Part 2


November 8, 2012 – 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Spencer Lindsay – What does colonialism have to do with the current housing crisis in Vancouver?

Spencer will be drawing on his own lived experience and research to share his insights on this topic by touching on issues of urban Aboriginal identity, self-determination, and inter-cultural understanding.


November 15, 2012. 7pm – 8:30 pm

Arelyn Weissman

Aerlyn will be speaking about her personal experience of fighting a corporate landlord over “renovictions.” She’ll talk about what she has learned about housing issues in Vancouver and some possible solutions to the current crisis.

UPDATE: A full podcast of Arelyn’s talk is available here: Arelyn Weissman workshop