The Gathering: Manitoba's 2016 CD/CED Conference

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21 October, 2016

The Gathering: Manitoba's 14th Annual CD & CED Conference

The 2016 Gathering took place:

Friday, October 21, 2016 | 8:00am - 4:30pm

St John's High School, 401 Church Ave

CCEDNet gathering poster '16The theme for the 2016 Gathering was "Include. Act. Transform." It is a clear call to action, encouraging us to collaborate and bridge gaps between different groups within our communities as we work to build a more equitable and sustainable society.

What barriers to participation exist for certain segments of our society? What lessons can be learned from the experience of others? What is our common vision for the future? How do we get there?

Together, we worked to answer these questions as we continue finding ways to tackle poverty, injustice and environmental degradation through community development.

Alongside this theme, and in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's final report, the 2016 Gathering also offered a clear focus on reconciliation and indigenous perspectives.

What does it mean to truly internalize Canada’s colonial past? How can individuals and organizations practice reconciliation in meaningful ways that actually address systemic inequality and lead to meaningful change?

Introducing Keynote Speakers Harsha Walia and Karen Joseph

Harsha Walia

Based in Vancouver, Harsha Walia is best-known for co-founding the city’s chapter of No One Is Illegal, a “grassroots anti-colonial migrant justice group” fighting to protect the rights of migrant workers and visible minorities. Harsha is also the author of the book Undoing Border Imperialism which situates the immigrant rights movement within a conversation about transnational capitalism and settler colonialism.

karen joseph

Karen Joseph

Karen Joseph is the chief executive officer of Reconciliation Canada, an organization working to engage Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Karen is a proud member of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. She brings more than 18 years experience inspiring diverse partners to collaborate towards achieving effective, positive change.  As the eldest daughter of Chief Robert Joseph, Karen founded Reconciliation Canada in 2012 to uphold a dream held by her father to witness thousands of people walking together for renewed relationships. Karen speaks first-hand to the impacts of inter-generational trauma and the current realities of the Indian Residential School legacy.


We booked over 25 workshops for The Gathering.  You can see the full program list of the workshops here.  

Here’s a small sample of the workshops:

Engaging Today's Volunteers
Dawn Bourbonnais, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Volunteer Manitoba
Having skilled, motivated and happy volunteers working for you is a sign of the overall health and strength of your organization. This workshop will explore the needs of your volunteers and what motivates them to be a part of your organization.

Post Growth Climate Solutions
James Magnus-Johnston, Transition Winnipeg,  CMU
Increasing mass consumption won't tackle climate change and it doesn't make societies happier. Is it time to embrace prosperity without growth?

Out of the Shadows: Migrant Farmworkers in MB
Karen Hamilton and Thomas Novak, Migrant Worker Solidarity Network\
Learn about migrant farmworkers in Manitoba as well as successful advocacy strategies undertaken to support them in this interactive workshop.

Moving Classrooms to the Community
Daniel Leonard, University of Winnipeg
Come discuss the merits and dangers of university-community partnerships increasingly promoted by post-secondary institutions.

Playback Theatre: Tools to Build Empathy
Dana Rungay, Bequie Lake and Elena Anciro, Red Threads of Peace
This interactive, on your feet workshop will explore the tools of playback theatre and how it can be used in a community development context to help strengthen community and build empathy. Great for those interested in arts and community development or facilitators of all kinds.  

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You can also find out more and join the conversation on the 2016 Gathering Facebook Event Page.

For more information, contact Joseph Wasylycia-Leis at gathering at

The Gathering is an annual pay-what-you-can event where Manitoba’s community builders connect, learn, and celebrate success. It is open to all from staff of community organizations, to civil servants, funders, students, academics, or anyone interested in community development and community economic development.

Thank you to all our event sponsors and partners:

Event Partner:

Celebrating Sponsor:

Networking Hosts:

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Additional Funding provided by:

Winnipeg Foundation

Manitoba Cooperative Promotions Board

The Gathering is hosted by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network - Manitoba and planned collectively by over fifteen organizations

The 2016 Gathering in Review

Previous Gatherings:

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

The Canadian CED Network
Winnipeg  Manitoba
Poverty Reduction
Social Economy & Social Enterprise