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Stephanie is a participatory management consultant with diverse experience in worker, multi-stakeholder and financial cooperatives. She is deeply committed to the development of the cooperative movement both in Canada and abroad. She has exchanged knowledge and supported cooperative business modeling and planning efforts in Cuba, Honduras, Zambia and Mongolia. She is also supporting the development of collectively owned projects in service to precarious laborers of the gig- and contract-oriented economy, including platform cooperatives and a SMart franchise, in Quebec. She is a spokesperson for social impact investments at the Caisse d’économie solidaire and a board member of Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada. Title & Abstract: “A Worker’s Economy on Unceded Land.” In its simplest demographic breakdown, there are four residents of Quebec: one has been on this land before each agglomeration bore the name of a saint, the second blessed everything with a Catholic cross, the third provided a protestant work ethic, the fourth arrived in the “after” and continues to arrive, a foot politely requested to stay in their former land. Quebec’s solidarity economy, encompassing both cooperatives and non-profits, rose out of the second resident’s collective effort to reclaim what they had lost at the hands of the third. It’s the ethos that drives it to this day, some 100 years after the first organizations were first created. Who does even the quietest revolution favor, and who does it refuse to let in? In our few minutes together, I wish to first address the inherent privilege of participating in an economy based on power-with rather than power-over, and suggest how such a privilege may be accessed by all in an “ecosystem” that is heavily supported - and thus regulated - by the government. Second, I will tackle the complexity of aspiring to global collaboration in a context of nationalism and protective identity politics.