Dru Oja Jay, Writer, Community Organizer & Web Developer.
"What If Natives Stop Subsidizing Canada?"
Dru Oja Jay addresses Canadian Club
“What if the natives stopped subsidizing Canada?” Is the title of an address to be given at the Canadian Club of the Yamaska Valley ‘s annual spring luncheon on May 2 at 12 o clock in the Auberge West Brome. Dru Oja Jay is the presenter and his thoughtful answers to this question reflect his broad array of experiences in community organizing. He has worked with solidarity movements in Haiti, indigenous communities in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario and many cooperatives including Mountain Equipment and the Media coop. As well, he has co-initiated campaigns with groups such as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and is currently executive director of Friends of Public Service.
He has published articles on topics including environmental issues, indigenous-settler relations, NGO’s, and fair trade. Along with Nikolas Barry Shaw, he has written a book entitled “Paved with Good intentions: Canada’s development NGO’s from idealism to imperialism”. Included among his other interests is the design of web sites and printed material, good pastry and travel. He holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University, in New Brunswick.
Everyone is welcome. Reservations for the luncheon should be made through Claire Hobbs at 450 295 2349 . Tickets for members are $26 and for non members $35. For the speech only, beginning at 2 pm, non members $10. For more information about the club check the website at www.canadianclub-yamaskavalley.ca.