This year, the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is proud to be honouring Leslie Spillett during their annual fundraising brunch, which takes place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, at the Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Place, in Winnipeg.

Leslie Spillett is a Cree and Métis community kohkum and organizer who has been involved in many labour, grassroots social justice movements over several decades. She was an organizer for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union for over a decade and, during that time, worked to eliminate the exploitative piecework system by negotiating livable base hourly wages, equal pay for equal work, and paid overtime.

This brunch will also feature Niigaan Sinclair as the keynote speaker. Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and a professor at the University of Manitoba, where he holds the Faculty of Arts Professorship in Indigenous Knowledge and Aesthetics in the Department of Indigenous Studies. Niigaan is also an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was recently named to the “Power List” by Maclean’s magazine as one of the most influential individuals in Canada. In 2018, he won Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press and is a featured member of the Friday Power Panel on CBC’s Power & Politics. His keynote is on Reconciliation in an Age of Austerity and Inflation.

To purchase tickets for the CCPA’s Errol Black Chair Brunch, which are available for both in-person and virtual attendance, please visit this link.