State of Extraction: free conference in Vancouver March 27-29


SFU’s Institute for the Humanities is hosting the upcoming State of Extraction Conference, a Friday-Saturday-Sunday weekend of speakers, film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops.

SFU/UBC students/alumni with the Stop the Institute campaign have organized a hands-on workshop called “Research on extraction: what for and for whom?” to be held 9:00 – 12:00 on Saturday morning at SFU’s Harbour Centre, and we invite you all to participate!

This workshop will draw on the experience and expertise of all participants as we take a deep dive into exploring the terms, ethics, mandate, partner network, and funding mechanisms for academic research on Canadian extractive industries, ultimately creating a document that is both a viable proposal and a constructive alternative to the federally-funded and mandated extractives institute now in place at SFU and UBC.

Following a brief presentation with information and critiques about CIRDI, we will invite participants to break into workgroups to address (a) whose value systems/paradigms should guide extractives research, (b) on which issues/themes the research should center, (c) how a research group should be organized, and (d) with whom partnerships should be made or avoided.

This is a practical workshop, with a constructive objective. Post-conference, the workshop organizers will assemble the recommendations for a participatory report for open publication.

The conference, State of Extraction: corporate imperatives, public knowledge, global struggles will bring together indigenous leaders and land defenders; students and academics; artists and public intellectuals; members of affected communities; campaigners; and those actively addressing and curious about the new face of resource capitalism in Canada.

A summarized schedule for this free-to-attend conference held at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus at 515 West Hastings Street (at the corner of Hastings and Richards) is:


1 pm: Welcome
2 pm: The State of Extraction: Oil, Gas, Coal, and More (panel)
4 pm: The State of Global Community Impacts and Resistance (roundtable)
6 pm: Reception
8 pm: Chris Hedges (keynote address)


9 am: Grassroots Community Workshops
12 pm: Toxic Tour with Mining Justice Alliance
3 pm: Indigenous Rights, Land, and Alternatives (roundtable)
5 pm: Glen Coulthard (keynote address)
8 pm: The Devil Operation (film screening)


9 am: Grassroots Community Workshops
12 pm: Extractivism, the Law, and Human Rights (panel)
2 pm: Aziz Choudry (address)
3 pm: plenary discussion; post-conference strategy; collective statement of purpose
7 pm: Poetry reading

Also mark these upcoming events on your calendar:

A Questionable Proposition of Values (panel discussion)

with Kanahus Manuel + Jen Moore + Alain Deneault + Angelica Choc + Miguel Mijangos
2:30 – 4:30 pm, Thursday 26 March
UBC, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, room 302 (Dodson Room)

The Devil Operation (film screening)

with Stephanie Boyd, Miguel Araoz
5:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday 30 March
UBC, Buchanan A, room 102

…and many more upcoming events.

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