Chris Cavanagh’s involvement with the world of popular education (inspired by the work of Brazilian philosopher of education Paulo Freire) began in the late 70s and has taken him to many countries around the world. He co-founded, based in Montreal, the International Youth for Peace and Justice Tour, a youth leadership program for teenagers who had survived war and various forms of violence to become activists for peace and human rights. He spent many years in the leadership of the anti-apartheid movement and have been an active participant in many different struggles for social justice, human rights, and sovereignty of indigenous peoples. He is one of the co-founders of the popular education worker co-op The Catalyst Centre. For the past 15 years, he has taught graduates and undergraduates at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto.