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 single young person is a change maker in their everyday lives, and is meaningfully involved and included at every level of democracy.
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, our goal is to educate all Canadian youth about democracy. What does it mean to be non-partisan? It means 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.
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.