Harsha Walia

We Are the Changemakers Speaker Bio

I am a Changemaker because I want to break down the current dominant paradigm predicated on commodification, oppression, violence and isolation. I believe social change is inevitable because revolutionary possibilities are being birthed every day amongst communities around the world. No change is possible solely as individuals; we fulfill our yearnings for a life that is not synonymous with capital or consumption by collectively enacting our desires for connection to one another and the earth.
— Harsha Walia

About Harsha

Harsha Walia is Project Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Women's Center and the author of award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism. Formally trained in law, she has been involved in community-based grassroots movements for 15 years. Harsha is currently involved in No One Is Illegal, Feb 14th Women's Memorial March Committee, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, and Defenders of the Land network.

Harsha has been named one of the most influential South Asians in BC by the Vancouver Sun and one of the ten most popular left-wing journalists by the Georgia Straight in 2010. She is the winner of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives “Power of Youth” award and Westender Best of the City Activist Award for several years.  Naomi Klein has called Harsha “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective political organizers.”