WINNIPEG, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 – There have been growing concerns and reports in the media on racism, discrimination, and hostility and hate crimes in Winnipeg, with a specific focus on the city’s growing indigenous population. An in-depth article published by Maclean’s Magazine, “Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst”, (January 22, 2015) brought national attention to race-related issues in Winnipeg.
In response, Winnipeg Mayor, Brian Bowman, took a meaningful stand against racism, “Ignorance, hatred, intolerance, racism exists everywhere. Winnipeg has a responsibility right now to turn this ship around and change the way we all relate: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, Canadians alike, from coast to coast to coast.” The Mayor’s commitment and vision serve as an inspiration that resonates across Canada, to address hatred, intolerance and racism.
The City of Winnipeg, in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), is convening A Space For Us All: National Summit on Racial Inclusion, September 18, 2015, at the CMHR, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The summit, occurring one year after the museum’s official opening and eight months following the Mayor’s press conference against racism, will bring Canadians together to brainstorm about how to eradicate racism as a think-tank of compassion and inspiration. The full-day plenary event will build on collective knowledge and understanding, generate new ideas and spark deeper examination of emerging issues and best practices in race relations.
The CRRF’s six-city series, the Urban Agenda, is slated as the culminating session of the summit. “The Urban Agenda: Winnipeg, One with the Strength of Many” highlight the contributions of Winnipeg’s diverse ethnic communities, while asking, "How do people of various cultural, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds live together harmoniously?" This session highlights the collective efforts of all three levels of government and community organizations in furthering pluralism, inclusion and Canadian values, while being realistic about the challenges of managing diversity and race relations in an environment of rapidly evolving demographics.
Registration information will be posted soon.
For more information, contact: Suren Nathan, Project Director, Our Canada.