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The State of Extraction Conference – March 27 – 29, 2015 – SFU Downtown

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For full conference details and to register see the State of Extraction website: http://stateofextraction.org/

See facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/457924824325100

The goal of The State of Extraction is to bring together indigenous leadership, academics, artists and public intellectuals from a variety of disciplines, activists engaged in various struggles related to resource extraction (including oil, gas, coal and rare earth metals), representatives of affected communities from the global north and south, and the general public to examine the new face of resource capitalism in Canada and its influence on the world; the (lack of) public debate about such issues and the role of resource capitalism in structuring (and frustrating) such debate; as well as alternative models of economic and social development.

Canada is home to three quarters of the world’s mining companies, and the country also boasts the world’s single largest mining project: the Alberta tar sands. Concerns about whether or not Canada is becoming a “petro state” fold into the reality that it is already the quintessential extraction state. Canadian based companies are perpetually embroiled in disputes related to the social and environmental impacts of their activities in Canada, Latin America, South America, and Africa; meanwhile, concerns over anthropogenic climate change have centered in recent years around the tar sands, various proposed pipelines, the new “fracking” industry, renewed and expanding coal projects, and the current Government’s determination to fully develop and exploit its fossil fuel resources (rather than devote resources to a meaningful consideration of sustainable alternatives). However, the social, economic, and ecological impacts of this situation have received inadequate public attention and debate—despite the fact that the global scientific community is virtually unanimous in its dire warnings about current economic practices and their ecological and social impacts.

Schedule

(preliminary)

Friday March 27

12pm: News Conference

1pm: Welcome 

2pm: Panel: The State of Extraction: Oil, Gas, Coal, and More 

Intro: Stephen Collis & Samir Gandesha (SFU)

Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree FN), Leila Darwish (Council of Canadians), Kevin Washbrook (VTACC), Jen Moore (Mining Watch)

4-6PM Roundtable: The State of Global Community Impacts and Resistance

Eriel Deranger with: Rueben George (Tsleil Waututh FN), Melina Laboucan- Massimo, Angelica Choc (Kekchi Maya / Guatemala), Chandu Claver (Philippines), Jen Moore.

6-8pm: Reception

8pm Keynote: Chris Hedges

Saturday March 28

9am-12pm: Grassroots Community Workshops

(10:30-12 Latin American Struggles)

12pm-3pm: Toxic Tour (Mining Justice Alliance)

3pm Roundtable: Indigenous Rights, Land, and Alternatives

Toghestiy & Freda (Wet’suwet’en/Unist’ot’en Camp), Caleb Behn (Dene FN), Rhoda Quock (Tahltan FN/Klabona Keepers), Kanahus Manuel (Secwepmec Women Warriors)

5pm Keynote: Glen Coulthard (UBC)

8pm: film screening

Sunday March 29

9am-12pm: Grassroots Community workshops

Legal workshop (BCCLA and WCEL)

12pm Panel: Extractivism, the Law, and Human Rights

Caleb Behn (Dene FN) with: Rachel Ariss  (UofO, Aboriginal Law), Cory Wanless  (Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors), Alain Deneault  (author)

2pm Keynote: Aziz Choudry  (McGill)

3pm-5pm: plenary discussion of post-conference strategy and collective statement of purpose

7pm: Poetry Reading : Judith Goldman, Mark Nowak, Jonathan Skinner

Presenters and participants include: Rachel Ariss / Caleb Behn / Angelica Choc / Aziz Choudry / Chandu Claver / Glen Coulthard / Leila Darwish / Alain Deneault / Eriel Deranger / Rueben George / Judith Goldman / Chris Hedges / Freda Huson / Kanahus Manuel / Jennifer Moore / Melina Laboucan Massimo / Mark Nowak / Rhoda Quock / Jonathan Skinner / Toghestiy / Cory Wanless / Kevin Washbrook

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