About the Summit

Unfortunately, due to space restrictions we will not be able to provide space at the summit for everyone who might want to come. We have a commitment to making the summit a place where a diverse set of organizers, impacted community members, and local community members can be present. We will work our hardest to make sure that as many communities and organizations will be represented as possible, and just because you might not be part of a group does not mean your participation will be declined. Please register for the camp and, if accepted, you will be sent a confirmation note.

International Tar Sands Resistance Summit

Lubrecht Experimental Forest

Nov. 19-22

This summit is meant to provide people who have been impacted by Alberta tar sands development or related infrastructure projects a place to strategize, network and learn from each other. As a guiding principle of the convergence we understand that all our struggles are inherently local, but that to be effective we must work together, combine our efforts, share resources, and grow our movement collectively. This camp and schedule will be designed to provide space for people to learn skills, trade tactics and stories, as well as provide facilitated time for all of us to come together to strategize what the future of this fight might look like. Come to the summit with ideas and stories ready, and spend some time reflecting on what a well organized, well messaged, and well strategized anti-tar sands resistance could look like.

Our Goals

  1. 1. To facilitate a sense of collective resistance to the tar

sands and related infrastructure projects

  1. 2. To facilitate unified media messaging amongst

communities impacted by tar sands development

  1. 3. To prepare communities for a broad range of

actions against infrastructure developments

  1. 4. To work with the understanding that local issues act as the base of our

struggles but we see a specific need to strategize together


The Summit will have four major components. 1. A framing discussion with locally impacted communities on Friday evening (Nov. 19th). 2. Time and space for trainings and workshops. 3. Time and space for the groups to come together to strategize, develop national messaging, and action ideas. 4. Space for the larger western Montana community to participate in what this summit will bring to the area.

Impacted Communities Discussion

On Friday evening there will be a discussion by impacted communities regarding their local struggles, their history, and what they see as a need for future collaborative organizing. This discussion will act as a framing agent for the summit both internally and publicly. Attendees will be asked to schedule their travel to accommodate for this discussion.


The bulk of the summit will be made up of trainings and presentations given by a variety of experienced organizers, impacted community leaders, and community members. We hope to provide diverse styles of trainings and opportunities for learning all the different skills involved in grassroots movement work. Training/workshops will include but are not limited to:

-Pipeline, shipments, Alberta Tar Sands, Utah Tar Sands 101

-Policy work

-Legal overview/litigation options

– Creative resistance and messaging

-Media messaging (local/national/alternative/social networking/)

-Campaign organizing 101

-Strategic campaign development

-Working with impacted communities/how to be a cultural ally

-Organizing around tar sands development in Utah

-Indian sovereignty/cultural preservation

-Organizing in rural communities

-Know your rights

-Role of affinity groups

-Introduction to Nonviolent Civil Disobedience (NVDA)

-Blockades and Lockdowns 101

-Arrest and jail solidarity

-Security culture

-Banner making and visuals workshop

Strategy Sessions

The summit will include space for three facilitated developmental strategy discussions. These discussions will be longer periods of time that summit attendees will strategize together to develop a vision for a stronger anti-tar sands movement. These sessions will be open-ended pieces whose content will be in part designed by participants.

National media development group

-What does a national grassroots media strategy look like? What are the messages?           What does it look like?

National action development group

-Developing local actions that resonate both locally and nationally                                         -How do our actions serve to develop our agenda?

National Strategy development group

-Who are the targets in our respective campaigns? What targets do we share?                     -Who are our allies in our campaigns? What allies do we share?                                               -What policy avenues are open to us?

Public panels/keynote speakers

Organizers of the summit have commitment to trying to include individuals from a variety of communities that are impacted by, or organize against, tar sands development. We are also working in a context in which there is limited space for attendees. To fulfill our goal of providing a space where community member from the area can come and participate in at least one aspect of the summit, we will provide two evening public panels/presentations in Missoula. These events will be free and open to the public.


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