Work in the West: Implications for Land and Labour (October 18-20, Regina)

This conference centers on the future of work and labour in the West with the primary goal of examining i) changing dimensions of workplaces in a range of industries throughout the region, ii) changing characteristics and locations of labour markets and their interface with public policy, and iii) institutional responses to globalization of both labour and commodity markets defining this region. Our second goal is to generate a sustainable network of scholars across Western Canada working in these thematic areas. The geographic focal point is important for two reasons: the economic basis of Western Canada is different from central and Eastern Canada, and offers unique perspectives on political economic, social, and business research themes that are often on the periphery of many national academic conferences. Yet, from a practitioner and academic perspective, it has been the home to critical developments shaping labour policy and the world of work in Canada. From landmark Supreme Court of Canada cases to oil-industry induced changes to the country’s migrant labour regime, Western Canadian provinces have spurred important discussions. The conference has a community focus specific to building capacity in our region and includes one morning dedicated to engaging local stakeholders on the issues and themes of the conference. The conference also addresses internationalization and the role of Indigenous peoples in terms of labour market participation and on broader issues related to land, traditions, and indigenous-settler relations.

Travel bursaries are available for students and the underemployed.

Papers are encouraged on the following potential topics, or other topics areas that relate to the general conference theme:

- Fight for $15
- An examination of automation in the resource extraction economy
- Corporate mapping and metropoles in the resource sector
- Indigenous rights and the law
- Immigration policy, rights, and the global division of migrant labour across Canada
- Pipeline resistance
- Sustainable development and “just transition”
- The impact of court decisions on strikes and collective bargaining, and the framework of industrial relations
- Occupational health and safety
- Labour history in the resource sector
- Case studies in community unionism
- Case studies in Indigenous economic development
- Developments in care work
- Law of (the) Land
- Indigenous-union solidarity
- Gender and agriculture
- Attempts at regulating “platform” capitalism at the provincial and municipal levels
- Sustainability and energy production
- Training, skills development, and regional labour markets
- Economics, indigenous rights, and municipal regulation of land use
- Financialization of agriculture