2019 Convention + AGM

*Open to All*

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Tenant Convention Features:
☆ Tenant organizers from across the province and the USA
☆ Discussions & Educational workshops
☆ Snacks and coffee available in the morning and lunch served at noon.

Our Annual General Meeting starts at 12:45 PM and is *open to members of the VTU*.
☆ Steering Committee and working group reports
☆ Election of the VTU Steering Committee

All members encouraged to attend and help us shape the next year of tenant power! Only members in "good standing" who have joined the VTU for at least 65 days with their dues paid can vote.

Organized on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations.

The Vancouver Tenants Union is volunteer led and membership supported. We are only as strong as our membership is active.

Venue is wheelchair accessible with gender neutral washrooms.
Let us know by email if you require ASL interpretation, childcare or have any other accessibility needs.
**please try to keep this a scent reduced space
**if you're a member travelling from outside of Vancouver and $$ is a barrier, please get in touch

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Members will be emailed an agenda prior to event

Find a downloadable schedule here

Workshop Descriptions:

Opening Panel Session: Tenant Organizing Across Territories - A Conversation with Tenant Organizers from Victoria, Kelowna, and New Westminster.

Panelists from Renters United Kelowna, Victoria Tenant Action Group and New Westminster Tenants Union will discuss key issues and challenges faced by tenants in their cities and province-wide.
Renoviction: Know Your Rights
This informative session shows you what to expect, how to prepare and how to file eviction disputes with the Residential Tenancy Branch.  Basic legal framework for renovictions and demovictions will be covered.
Building Tenant Power Through Storytelling (Part 1)
Focusing on our own personal experiences of renting, participants will learn about how storytelling can be used to inform and inspire political change.
Organize Your Building: Doorknocking 101
Learn how easy and empowering it can be to open up a line of communication with your neighbours.  This workshop goes through the essentials of tenant organizing, with practical steps that you can apply to your own building.
Organize Your Neighbourhood: Local Chapters
Continuing on the lessons learned in the workshop "Organize Your Building: Doorknocking 101," this session takes a broader look at community organizing.  We will explore what it takes to make a successful chapter, and the value of tenant organizing at the neighbourhood level.
Building Tenant Power Through Digital Media Storytelling (Part 2)
Facilitators will give an overview of some of the VTU's digital storytelling tools and participants will be given an opportunity to get involved in the VTU Communications Working Group and the VTU Datatools Working Group.
Become Your Building's Tenant Advocate
Is your building under risk of renoviction?  Learn the basics of how to approach the dispute resolution process as the lead tenant in a group proceeding.
Building Political Power To Affect Legislative Change
The majority of Vancouver's residents are renters.  How can we leverage this to bring about legislation that would actually benefit tenants in a meaningful way?  What have we accomplished so far, and what's next?
A Conversation About What We Learned & Next Steps in Tenant Organizing
A moderator will lead a lively and dynamic discussion with audience and panel about what was learned during the day and what next steps must be taken to win housing justice for renters.