Thursday, 3 May 2012
On our short trip through Manitoba we had the pleasure of spending a few days in Winnipeg. The city if home to over 740,000 culturally diverse people. With musical talents like Neil Young, Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, and Chantal Kreviazuk growing up in the city and the world's first national aboriginal television network APTN it's no wonder why Winnipeg was named Canada's cultural capital in 2010.
We spent the morning at an interesting cafe called Mondragon (inspired by the Spanish area of the same name who was previously known for it's collectives and workers co-operatives). Mondragon is a political bookstore, vegan cafe and home to an organic grocery. It is located in Winnipeg's historical Exchange District, named one of Canada's Heritage Sites. It is a worker's collective where there is no hierarchy and everyone earns the same wage. As of a year ago, the entire building is now also owned and maintained by the people who work in Mondragon and the other progressive collectives inside. We were sad to leave as the following day (May Day) they were holding a discussion and question period over Skype with Noam Chomsky!
We also stopped at the century-old Assiniboine Park which was filled with nature, sculptures, wildlife and artistic/historic pieces like this one.