Democracy Bootcamp BC 2016

More than 100 teachers from across British Columbia will gather in Vancouver today and tomorrow for Democracy Bootcamp BC 2016!

Democracy Bootcamp is a professional development conference for elementary and secondary teachers, designed to improve their own democratic engagement, strengthen their commitment to civic education and enhance their delivery of the Student Vote program.

The very first Democracy Bootcamp in BC was held exactly a year ago to prepare teachers for the 2015 federal election. Analysis of participation statistics demonstrates that Democracy Bootcamp produced committed and enthusiastic teachers that were more likely to register for Student Vote, involve more colleagues at their school, and engage more than 50 per cent more students compared to non-Bootcamp teachers.

Illustrating extraordinary growth and scope, the story of Student Vote participation in British Columbia was one of the highlights of the 2015 federal election. In total, 179,202 students from nearly 1,100 schools across the province cast a Student Vote ballot for their local candidates.


Hosted by CIVIX at SFU at the Harbour Centre and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Democracy Bootcamp BC will facilitate discussions among educators about the successes, challenges and best practices from the recent Student Vote campaign, and conversations about how the program can be improved in advance of the 2017 provincial election.

The schedule for the two-day conference is filled with insightful speakers and special guests. Tonight, teachers will hear from Dave Meslin and Max Cameron on electoral reform and the future of Canada’s democracy.

Friday morning will kick-off with an experienced panel of political strategists offering their analysis on the recent federal election. The panel includes Stockwell Day, Kathleen Monk and Jaime Watt and will be moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Gary Mason.


After lunch, a panel of provincial pundits featuring Keith Baldrey of Global TV, Justine Hunter of The Globe and Mail and Vaughan Palmer of the Vancouver Sun will share their thoughts on the provincial political landscape and expectations in the year leading up to the next election.

Democracy Bootcamp BC 2016 is made possible with the generous support of Elections BC, Elections Canada, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and Vancity.

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