What Will Winnipeg Look Like in Seven Years?

The Spur festival is coming to Winnipeg from March 20 to 23. To get the conversation started early, we asked some folks on the street how they feel about their city, and how they think it can get even better in the next seven years.

We loved hearing everyone’s hopes for the future of their city, and we’ve got some ideas of our own! To that end, we are hosting a handful of compelling conversations in Winnipeg this weekend, about both the future of the city, and the role the city will play in the future.

The conversation begins with Our Nations in Seven Years. What is the future of the dynamic between First Nations and the Government of Canada? What will this relationship look like in 2021? Moderator Sheila North Wilson (reporter, CTV Winnipeg) is joined by Jamie Wilson (Commissioner, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba), Arlen Dumas (Chief, Mathias Colomb Cree Nation) and Leah Gazan (University of Winnipeg) for a lively discussion about Our Nations in Seven Years.

A few days later, Ismaila Alfa moderates Winnipeg: This City in Seven Years, a look at what the city should do with its historic buildings.  Do we tear them down and rebuild as the MTS Centre (Scott Stephanson) has done? Build atop them, as Sotirios Kotoulas proposes to do with the James Avenue Pump Station? Or use their facade, as Brent Bellamy did for Red River College? Or should we re-imagine their use? Bill Millar did so with Knox United and its role in the Central Park redevelopment. Marianne Cerelli would like to, with Sherbrook Pool. Finally, Jaqueline McLeod Rogers imagines the role the University will play, and how students will affect change over the next seven years.

To wrap up the festival, we approach the city with a global lens. In The North: The World in Seven Years, we’ll hear from James Raffan about the North as a place, and the North as a culture. This highly decorated writer of 16 books, speaker, community activist and explorer be taking a look at the role this area will play in the future of access to food, water and land. Moderated by Peter Kulchyski of the University of Manitoba.

To find out how you can be part of these conversations, and find out what else we’ll be talking about in Winnipeg this weekend, check out our detailed events listing and ticket information.

We look forward to seeing you!


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