Racism in Winnipeg
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?