Back to top

Local co-operators celebrate vibrant regional co-op economy

Co-op Week is national celebration of the impact co-ops and credit unions have on our local communities and around the world. The annual event falls this year on October 16-22nd, anchored around International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 19th.

On October 18th, from 6-8 p..m., the Upper Columbia Co-op Council will host a unique speaking event:

The Rojava Revolution: Co-operation, Environmentalism and Feminism in North Syria, a presentation by John Restakis, to be held at the WKTEP building at 266 Baker Street in Nelson.

The UCCC is eager to convene local co-operators and the general public with a fascinating look into a little-known co-operative social revolution in Syria. Inspiring developments are taking place in Rojava, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria, whose inhabitants have created a place of security, gender equality, economic co-operation, and a unique direct democracy that has no equivalent elsewhere.

Presenter John Restakis travelled to Syria last November. He is the Executive Director of the Community Evolution Foundation, and the past ED of the BC Co-operative Association. He is the author of Humanizing the Economy-Co-operatives in the Age of Capital, and several other works.

Admission is free and Everybody is welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

Donations of cash or non-perishable food items will be collected for the Nelson Food Cupboard.

For more information on the Co-op Council and our work, please visit www.uccc.coop.