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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Fuelling Extractive Populism in Canada: Social Media, Subsidized Publics & Petro-Nationalism

October 5th, 2023 6:30pm - 8:00PM


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Join us for a CHBE Webinar with Shane Gunster, Robert Neubauer and Darren Fleet on extractive populism, petro-nationalism and social media in Canada. Over the past decade, the fossil fuel industry and its advocates have built robust social networks on platforms like Facebook that they have used to cultivate populist visions of extractivism as essential to the well-being of Canadians, under attack by progressive elites and imperative to defend through political mobilization. More recently, such appeals have also come to anchor far-right conspiracy narratives that stoke fear and anger about the prospect of a just transition. In this webinar, we will explore the core features of extractive populism, the use of platforms to build self-contained far-right media ecologies that can propagate industry narratives and mobilize supporters, the intersection between religion and petro-nationalism, and thoughts about developing different narratives about the country’s future.

Shane Gunster is associate professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. His research and teaching focus on news and advocacy communication around the politics of climate and energy, with an emphasis upon how social media platforms and alternative news media outlets engage and mobilize different publics in different ways around the climate crisis. He is the co-author (with Robert Hackett, Susan Forde and Kerrie Foxwell-Norton) of Journalism and Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives (Routledge, 2017).

Robert Neubauer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. His research explores the media strategies of Canadian environmental and pro-resource extraction social movements, with a focus on populist discourse, public mobilization around proposed energy infrastructure, and digital platforms.

Darren Fleet is a limited term lecturer at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His research interests include: advertising, environmental discourse, petroculture, religious social movements, and the cultural politics of fossil fuels in Canada.


Organized by the Centre on Hate, Bias & Extremism (CHBE).

Co-sponsored by Energy Humanities, Petrocultures Research Group and Climate Commons Working Group.