Divided No More

It’s all too easy to think of Canada as a beautiful quilt of diversity but pull back the cover and you’ll find race relations burning up the seams. From the numerous murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada to Maclean’s branding Winnipeg Canada’s most racist city to the northward spread of protests and civic outrage that exploded after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

On May 9th, American activist and public intellectual Dr. Cornel West, along with Shahina Siddiqui, founder and executive director of Islamic Social Services Association and Clayton Thomas Muller of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, long-time facilitator and activist for indigenous self-determination and environmental justice, discussed today’s racialized communities with nuance, truth and insight. Host of CBC’s Unreserved Rosanna Deerchild moderates a candid and thought-provoking conversation.

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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