David Barnard at city hall with Mayor Brian Bowman in call to end racism in Winnipeg

David Barnard at city hall with Mayor Brian Bowman in call to end racism in Winnipeg / Photo: Mike Deal, Winnipeg Free Press

Reflecting on the day Winnipeg changed

On January 22, Maclean’s magazine published a story that jolted the nation and even received international press attention: Canada, especially Winnipeg, has a racism problem.

Reacting swiftly, Indigenous and civic leaders, including University of Manitoba President David Barnard, met at city hall and stood with Mayor Brian Bowman [BA/96] to show solidarity and their commitment to enact change – meaningful, robust, permanent change to systems and cultures.

Six days later Maclean’s asked the leaders to reflect on that momentous day and to explain what it meant to them. President Barnard offered the magazine his reflections, which we re-publish here.

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