From October 25-27, 2016, over a hundred leading thinkers, activists and community leaders from over 23 countries gathered in Montreal for the second Global Symposium on Overcoming Social Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness. The goal of the Symposium was to develop a shared perspective on the importance of social connectedness in community-driven change and development.
From remote regions of Nunavut, to the Masaai homelands of South Africa, participants came together as both teachers and learners to develop relationships and to share insights, experience and strategies to overcome social isolation and accelerate a global movement of unity and inclusiveness.
Based on the principles of respect, reciprocity and recognition, participants engaged in three days of collaborative dialogue which drew together lived experience, traditional Indigenous knowledge, academic research and practice. Perspectives synthesized from Indigenous youth and elders, McGill students, and people within government and civil society came together to connect and support the diverse range of projects and challenges from the communities represented at the Symposium.