Canada’s New Social Contract

  • May 10, 2015
  • 4:00 pm
  • Manitoba Hydro Place

From oil pipelines and gold mines to hydro development, activists PR campaigns, crippling protests and even lawsuits have made it clear that Canadians are getting increasingly vocal about wanting a say in how and where businesses operate both at home and abroad. The phrase “social license” made its way to the water cooler.

There is no sector more important to the Canadian economy than the extractive resource sector. With a strong economy comes jobs, food security, government revenues for social infrastructure like hospitals, schools and roads, private philanthropy to support sports and culture.

Yet the impact of the sector on the environment is undeniable and First Nations communities are among the most directly affected. Spur asks, how have different Aboriginal communities been impacted thus far by resource corporation spending, both positively and negatively, and what does the future hold?

Join Dr. Warren Cariou, documentary filmmaker and professor at University of Manitoba, JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and moderator, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair as Spur asks, how have Aboriginal communities been impacted thus far by resource corporation spending, and what does the future hold?

Joshua Whitehead will provide a short performance prior to this event. Closing the event is Antiphony, a Winnipeg ­based, self­ directed a cappella ensemble.

  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10



Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada.

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

Founded in 2013, the festival has already grown from three to five Canadian cities, with plans for further expansion across the country. Produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, Spur prides itself on its community partnerships, cultural connections and a focus on accessibility and diversity.

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