"An emergency like Covid-19 is overcome in the first place by the antibodies of solidarity.”
- Pope Francis

Y4O Advocacy Symposium
Solidarity in a COVID-19 world

October 23-24, 2021

Thank you to all those who attended and shared their stories!

Through solidarity, we can address vaccine inequity, global migration and social and ecological justice issues. Together, we can build a more just world.

The Y4O symposium will allow me to hear from a diverse selection of individuals worldwide and connect with other students who are passionate about social advocacy like myself. I feel the only way to continue my path as a faith-based activist is to hear from marginalized people and ask what I can do to help. Connecting with the youth across Canada will be a great interactive learning experience that future initiatives can spring off from.

- Emma Gonzalez, St Mary's Catholic Secondary School, Pickering

Be part of creating a just future!

  • Learn about the reality faced by people in many parts of the world.
  • Meet and network with other young people with similar interests in social justice.
  • Develop your skills and confidence in advocacy.
  • Connect with grassroots changemakers from the Global South.
  • Ask the deeper questions about inequality, opportunity, justice.
  • Be an agent of change for good in our world.

Main Session Speakers


  11:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT

Katleho Khang

Coordinator of Campus Ministry, Mabathoana High School (Maseru, Lesotho)

Adarsh Rai

Program Coordinator, Hayden Hall

 12:15 – 12:55 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

  1:00 – 2:10 pm EDT

Concurrent workshops - Stream 1:

Fr Charles Chilufya SJ

Coordinator, Africa Task Force of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission

Dr Katrina Plamondon

Co-chair, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research’s University Advisory Council

Lasya Grover

Lasya Grover

St Mary's Catholic Secondary School

Dami Solaja

Dami Solaja

St Mary's Catholic Secondary School

Maraki Zewdu

Maraki Zewdu

St Mary's Catholic Secondary School

 2:10- 2:25 pm EDT
Networking opportunity

 2:30 - 4:30 pm EDT

 4:30 – 4:55 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

  5:00 – 6:10 pm EDT

Concurrent workshops - Stream 2:

 6:30 -7:40 pm EDT

Fr Ismael Moreno SJ (Fr Melo)

Director, Radio Progreso-ERIC (Honduras)

  11:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT

Nolunthando Honono

Postgraduate law student, South Africa

Racheal Angok

Registered Nurse, South Sudan

 12:15 – 12:25 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

  12:30 – 1:40 pm EDT

Concurrent workshops - Stream 3:

Fr Ismael Moreno SJ (Fr Melo)

Director, Radio Progreso-ERIC

Karla Rivas

Coordinator, Jesuit Migrant Network for Central America

 1:45 - 1:55 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

 2:00 - 3:10 pm EDT

Concurrent workshops - Stream 4:

John McCarthy SJ

Ecology Facilitator, Jesuits of Canada

Elizabeth Penashue

Indigenous rights activist and Innu Elder

Danilo Bonifilio Pérez

Niigaan Sinclair

Sarah Fontaine-Sinclair

Brex Arevalo

Advocate for participatory climate action and integral ecology, Ecojesuit

  3:15 – 3:25 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

 3:30 – 4:40 pm EDT

  4:45 – 6:00 pm EDT

Dr Christopher Adams

Rector, St Paul's College

Migrants and refugees
Ecological justice and corporate social responsibility
COVID-19 justice

  6:00 – 7:00 pm EDT

Jean Francky Guerrier SJ

Jesuit Province of Canada and Haiti

The Advocacy Symposium is brought to you by:


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to register to participate in all the sessions and workshops and enjoy all the features of the Y4O Advocacy Symposium Virtual Event.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our symposium. You only need to have access to the Internet.
Yes, all workshops will be recorded and available on the VFairs platform for up to 90 days after the symposium. Afterwards, they will be available from the Canadian Jesuits International website.
Yes, and Yes. You can register as an individual or you can coordinate a group within your school and get a group discount rate. If you are in a secondary school, please coordinate according to your particular school’s policies and procedures.
Upon registration, we will send you the steps that will need to be completed by each participant to access the virtual event and sign up for workshops. Each participant must complete these steps by October 11, 2021.

The video below will demonstrate how you can select your workshops upon logging-in:
To get this information, please email pniemeyer@jesuits.org
The final list of participants need to be submitted by October 11.