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

Photo: Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press

Racism in Winnipeg

January 20, 2016 — 

One year a go Maclean’s magazine published a story claiming that Winnipeg was Canada’s most racist city. Mayor Brian Bowman responded by calling together community leaders, including U of M President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard, to challenge racial divisions in our city.

Since that time steps have been taken to foster a conversation about racism in Winnipeg. An Indigenous Advisory Circle was announced by Bowman in June. Later in the year, the city hosted One: The Mayor’s National Summit on Racial Inclusion.

“Racism is a problem nation-wide and not specific to Winnipeg, and it hurts everyone – Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The elimination of racism occurs only with working, listening and communication with each other,” said David Barnard. “The University of Manitoba is committed to contributing to this dialogue and working in partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.”

After these steps, and with the ongoing conversation about racism, have you noticed a change in Winnipeg?

Have these initiatives and conversations about racism made positive changes in Winnipeg?

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One comment on “Racism in Winnipeg

  1. 13 Fires Winnipeg

    If you’re looking for a way to take action for social inclusion, check out 13 Fires Winnipeg, a grassroots initiative to bring diverse communities together to build relationships, share experiences and initiatives, and for citizens to find their role in working towards racial and social inclusion.

    Our first event is Sat, Jan 23, 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Broadway Disciples United Church, and we will be focusing on poverty. Free event, open to everyone. Childminding and food provided.

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