Who We Are
What is Resource Movement?
Resource Movement is a community of young people with wealth and/or class privilege working toward the redistribution of wealth, land, and power.
We educate ourselves about the roots of inequality, encourage each other to take bold action in solidarity with social justice movements, and open space for critical voices within philanthropy, business and public policy sectors.
With Chapters in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, our network includes over 200 young people across Canada who participate in learning opportunities, show up for social justice movements, and engage in campaigns.
Our Vision & Mission
Our mission is to bring together young people with wealth and class privilege to become leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.
Our vision is a world where wealth and power are shared, and Indigenous land rights are respected. A world where all communities can tell their own stories, live well, and shape their own future.
Resource Movement began with a pair of questions: How can young people with class privilege help address the crisis of inequality within Canadian society? How can we be most effective, and what roles are appropriate for us to play?
In 2015, Resource Movement was founded by three people who had been involved in Resource Generation, a US-based organization that’s been grappling with these same questions for 20+ years. The trio wanted to create a similar initiative in Canada.
They surveyed the Canadian landscape, and connected with social justice movement organizers. They began to host workshops, identify allies, and build networks. Seven years later, our network includes over 100 young people with access to wealth and class privilege, and we have organized campaigns resulting in the redistribution of over $1.2M to social justice movement groups.
Resource Movement is a community of young people, aged 18-40, with access to wealth and/or class privilege.
Our constituents’ access to wealth and class varies, but the experience everyone shares is ‘having more than they need’. Generally, members either come from families whose income or assets puts them in the top 20% of income earners or wealth holders; and/or our members’ personal assets or income puts them in the top 20%.
Curious about where you or your family fit within the distribution of income / wealth across Canada? Check out the Income Percentile Calculator to get a snapshot of how your income compares to other Canadians.
Our experiences of class privilege are shaped by many intersecting identities. Our constituents include members include people who identify as Black, disabled, People of Colour, femmes, Trans, queer, and survivors of sexual violence.
In our work, we organize alongside poor, working and middle class allies and social justice movement organizers with varying class backgrounds.
Where We Are
Resource Movement organizes on Turtle Island, within the colonial state known as Canada. We have chapters in Toronto / Tkoronto, Montreal / Tio'tia:ke, and Vancouver.
In Toronto / tkoronto, we organize on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Senecas, the Huron-Wendat, the Petun, and the present-day Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit who carry on stewardship of this land. This territory is governed by the Dish With One Spoon Treaty, an agreement made between the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, committing to care for and share the land around what is now Southern Ontario.
In Montreal / Tio'tia:ke, we organize on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka, who are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tio’tia:ke / Montreal has historically been known as a gathering place for many First Nations including the Anishinaabe peoples; today it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples.
In Vancouver, we organize on the unceded and ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, which has been stewarded by them since time immemorial.