Democracy Bootcamp: Edmonton

Roughly 130 educators from Edmonton and the surrounding region took part in Democracy Bootcamp at The Alberta Teachers’ Association. 

Democracy Bootcamp: Edmonton was the fifth and final professional conference that CIVIX hosted in 2015 to inspire teachers’ democratic engagement and support their delivery of Student Vote during this fall’s federal election. We have officially trained more than 800 teachers throughout Canada in preparation for the largest Student Vote in the program’s history!


The day began with a panel of high-level political operatives, who gave teachers a glance inside a campaign to explain how they are shaped, won and lost. The panel featured Tom Flanagan, Sally Housser, and Scott Reid and was moderated by The Edmonton Journal’s Graham Thomson.

The afternoon’s agenda included an all-candidate forum on federal politics hosted by Nancy Carlson of Global News Edmonton and a presentation of Student Vote’s new tools and best practices.

Two other Bootcamps – Democracy Bootcamp: Calgary and Democracy Bootcamp: Montreal – were held just last week in their respective cities, and CIVIX organized two other Bootcamps in British Columbia and Ontario earlier this year.


CIVIX has organized Student Vote projects in Alberta during the last four federal and three provincial elections. In the recent provincial election, more than 92,000 Student Vote ballots were cast from 838 schools, representing the province’s best ever participation in the program.

Already in this fall’s federal Student Vote, Alberta has shattered its past participation records. The province has increased its best-ever participation by 31 per cent, with 1186 schools registered – that’s more than half of all schools in the province!

Democracy Bootcamp: Edmonton is made possible with the support of The Alberta Teachers’ Association, Edmonton Catholic School District, Edmonton Public Schools, Elections Alberta, Elections Canada, The Edmonton Community Foundation, The Max Bell Foundation, and Your Canada, Your Constitution.

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