The City of Winnipeg strives to be a vibrant and healthy city which places its highest priority on quality of life for all its citizens.
The Indigenous Relations Division (IRD) was established in March 2013 and is housed in Corporate Support Services; who collaborates to build a skilled, diverse and healthy workforce, to develop innovative technology solutions, and to provide the best services and information for citizens.
IRD will strive to provide leadership and experiences from an Indigenous perspective on civic programs, services and initiatives that support and address the needs of Winnipeg's Indigenous community; now and into the future.
Internally we will work in partnership with departments to create and enhance civic practices and processes to increase access and opportunities for Winnipeg's Indigenous citizens.
Externally we will foster and enhance mutually beneficial relationships with Winnipeg's Indigenous community to strengthen our city.
Literacy and Life Long Learning: To promote, support and encourage participation in lifelong learning opportunities. Examples of services include:
- Indigenous Resource Collections
- "Wii ghoss (Birch Bark Centre)" and Ah kha koo gheesh (Groundhog Place ~ children emerge from learning) cultural learning spaces for children and adults
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit programming
Connect with information about First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples at the library: Winnipeg Public Library Aboriginal Services.
Physical, Culture and Leisure: To ensure opportunities to participate in health and wellness activities that are available and accessible.
Employment and Employment Development: To provide employment based opportunities to participate in the Winnipeg economy, in order to create wealth and build assets.
Community Connections: To develop and maintain a positive connection with the Indigenous community by providing support and assistance required to be informed and engaged.