“The Symposium exposed me to many different pro-life networks in Canada. It enabled me to connect with other pro-life students across Canada, sharing ideas and strategies for future work.” – Student Feedback 2011
This January, Canada marked a shameful anniversary: the 25th anniversary of the R. v. Morgentaler Supreme Court decision that struck down all abortion laws in our country, allowing abortion for any reason or no reason, and at any stage of pregnancy. Since this time, no restrictions and no legislation has ever been enacted to remedy this destructive status quo.
Henry Morgentaler, whose Supreme Court case forever changed Canada, passed away this spring at 90 years of age. Much discussion has followed on what his legacy was. The history of abortion is much broader than the life of one iconic abortionist, but we can see that in the quarter century since the R. v. Morgentaler decision, a quarter of our generation has been wiped out. Our family, neighbours, siblings and our own children have lost their lives to abortion.
We are the survivors and we have the opportunity and the obligation to speak up for them and spare the next generation from the same fate that ours suffered.
It starts with you. It starts with your campus.
Ending Abortion, the NCLN Symposium
If we want to end abortion in Canada, we need to start by transforming our own campuses. It is our peers who belong to the age demographic that undergoes the most abortions and it is our peers who are and will be the leaders of our nation. But transforming our campuses for life is no easy task. There are many obstacles and barriers to contend with, both in the classroom and out.
The Symposium equips and empowers students to be leaders for life on their campuses. The Symposium is much more than a conference. This annual gathering of pro-life student leaders from across Canada is a weekend of learning, skill development; networking and motivation; a potent combination of taking in the knowledge of experts in the Pro-Life Movement and learning practical skills and strategies in order to have an impact on campus. More information on this year’s speakers can be found here.
For many students, the Symposium is a key moment in their pro-life journeys. As one student commented, “The Symposium changed the way I approached pro-life campus activism. It was a pivotal moment.” A number of Pro-Life leaders in Canada have told us the Symposium was an important moment that spurred them to take on leadership roles within the movement.
This year our Symposium focuses in on the anniversary of the Morgentaler decision and what it has meant for our country, but, more importantly, how we, as students, can emerge out of the shadows to secure a brighter future for our country.
If you are a post-secondary student (university or college) who is involved with a pro-life campus club or interested in becoming involved, this is the training event for you!
For regular updates, check out our Facebook event.
Location: Toronto, ON
Date: Friday September 27 , 2:30pm – Sunday September 29th, 1:00pm
Registration opens: July 2nd, 2013
The weekend includes overnight accommodations for Friday and Saturday night as well as meals.