Manitoba’s environment has always informed the people who inhabit its lands. The lakes and plains first shaped the lives of indigenous peoples, the fur trade brought together Europeans and First Nations and the natural—and human-built—environment continues to inspire its artists. Over the past 150 years, agriculture, energy and a diversified economy have led to an increasingly urban reality. Between the earth and human ambitions remains the need for environmental and economic sustainability. How can the past and the future be reconciled?
Spur is Canada’s first national festival of of politics, art and ideas, to be launched in April 2013 by Diaspora Dialogues and the Literary Review of Canada.
Spur will be an annual festival designed to engage Canadians in a feisty, nation-wide search for ways forward on the most current of issues. It is multi-partisan, forward-looking and solutions-oriented—spurring ideas into action.