Apathy is Boring was founded in 2004, when a choreographer, a filmmaker, and a fashion photographer met at a party. Troubled by how few of their friends were actively participating in Canada's democracy, they started an online campaign to mobilize youth to vote during the 2004 federal election.
Today, we work year round to support and educate youth to become active and contributing citizens in Canada's democracy.
Our vision is a Canada where every young Canadian is an active citizen, and youth are meaningfully engaged in all aspects of the democratic process.
This is more than just voting. It is about setting up youth to take charge of the conditions they live in.
As a non-partisan organization, Apathy is Boring doesn't support or oppose any given party, candidate, political campaign, or policy. When we discuss political topics, we stick to the facts.
We approach all our work with a strong commitment to the values embedded in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We recognize the complex social, economic, and political forces that bear on the lives of youth, particularly young people who struggle with the impacts of homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism and poverty. We recognize the legacy of settler-colonialism here in Canada and the impact it continues to have on Indigenous people on this land. Given the structural inequalities that permeate Canadian society, Apathy is Boring works to support young people to take charge of the conditions they live in by becoming active and engaged in their communities.
Apathy is Boring does not consider issues of human rights to be partisan. Canada’s history and current socio-political system has excluded certain voices from being heard, and that is why we believe that having more inclusive participation in our democracy is one way to have a more equitable society.
Youth as Decision Makers
We create space for youth in decision making roles. We support and encourage governments and institutions to do the same.
We are accountable to young Canadians. We remain authentic, open to debate and discussion. We are transparent about our successes and failures.
Reaching The Unengaged
We do the hard work to reach and activate unengaged youth. We recognize that systems of oppression affect youth’s ability to engage in democracy in different ways and don’t assume universal experiences. We believe that having more inclusive participation in our democracy is one way to have a more equitable society.
We provide low risk entry points. We go to where young people are and don’t expect them to come to us. We consider how our activities and resources support broad participation, where possible breaking down physical, linguistic or visual barriers.
We provide information in an accessible way to educate and inform young people. We don’t believe in preaching, we value non-partisanship. We provide road maps, showing how the process works
We value intergenerational relationships, and seek out support from elders and community leaders.