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The Canadian Federation of Student-Nova Scotia is excited to announce that this year’s Skills Development Weekend will be taking place from September 26 to 27 at Mount Saint Vincent University. Skills is an excellent opportunity for those interested in getting more involved in student action to learn the ins and outs of our movement, or for seasoned members to sharpen their skills.

This years weekend include workshops, presentation and panels on the following topics and more:

1. HISTORY OF THE STUDENT MOVEMENT
Students are most effective when we are organized. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the student movement in Canada, and how it’s preparing to fight for the future of post secondary education.

2. THE CAMPAIGNS CYCLE
Running effective campaigns are one of the ways in which we pressure decision makers and build awareness about issues. This workshop introduces delegates to the campaigns cycle, and discusses effective campaigning tactics and strategies.

3. PRINCIPLED ADVOCACY
When we meet with decision makers, it is important that we are always the most prepared people in the room. This workshop will go over the scenarios in which you might be lobbying for a cause, and how to make sure your point gets across.

4. BUILDING INCLUSIVE MOVEMENTS
Our movement will not succeed unless a diversity of voices are represented and valued. This workshop will talk about how to organize events and institutions so that they are more accessible and safer spaces for all.

5. EFFECTIVE MEETINGS
Meetings can be the bread and butter of any organising group, but they can get tiresome if not managed effectively. This workshop will discuss why we have meetings, how or organize them effectively, and different tools we can use to make sure everyone is heard.

6. MEDIA
Talking to the media can be scary, and it’s important that we represent ourselves accurately. This workshop will teach you how to attract and maintain the media’s attention, how to prep for an interview, and make sure to stick to your message.

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For students interested in learning more about the weekend or registering, please email your local student union office:

Students’ Union for NSCAD University– suadmin@nscad.ca

King’s Students’ Union– coordinator@ksu.ca

Mount Saint Vincent University Students’ Union– supres@msvu.ca

L’Association générale des étudiants de l’Université Sainte-Anne– ageusa.interregional@usainteanne.ca

For all other inquiries please email organiser@cfs-ns.ca or call 902-425-4237.

The deadline to register is September 15, 2014.

Nova Scotia Skills Development Weekend 2014