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Activism at the grassroutes: Working for change with migrant agricultural labourers in Canada




Maya Shapiro


Over the course of the four decades that the Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Program has operated as an international labour recruitment initiative for Canadian farmers, a variety of community groups, churches, and non-profit organizations have mobilized around the causes of the Mexican and Caribbean migrant workers who call rural Canada their temporary home. This paper explores and analyzes the activities of one urban-based social justice collective dedicated to building a politicized movement that is driven by migrant workers themselves, and that brings together individuals from various sending countries. From internal ideological struggles to large-scale structural barriers, the collective as a whole and its individual members must grapple with a range of challenges. These challenges and the strategies employed to overcome them demonstrate the complexities of civil society organizing and political activism in the context of one of Canada's most infamous managed migration programs.


York University (Canada)

Lugar ng publikasyon



Pang-ekonomiyang sektor

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Mga Uri ng Nilalaman

Suporta ng mga hakbangin

Target na mga grupo

NGO / komunidad group / network ng pagkakaisa

Geographical kaugnayan

Estados Unidos, Iba pang mga Lalawigan, Timog Amerika, Colombia, Ekwador, Peru, and Regional relevance