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Citizen Equity Committee

History & The Ten Commitments

History

2004 UNESCO Paris - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism initiative.

2005 Canadian Commission for UNESCO initiated a Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (the Coalition or CCMARD).

2006 The Canadian Commission for UNESCO sent invitations to mayors of all cities across Canada to join the Coalition.

2007 Winnipeg’s City Council joined the Coalition. The Citizen Equity Committee was tasked with achieving the goals of the CCMARD Ten Common Commitments.

2008 The Citizen Equity Committee established the CMARD working group. The mandate of the working group was to review the CCMARD Ten Commitments and prepare an Action Plan with the goal of achieving specific commitments.

2009 The CMARD working group organized a one day workshop on racism and discrimination in Winnipeg. Citizens were invited to the workshop to participate and present their experiences of racism and discrimination in Winnipeg. Workshop participants identified three of the Ten CCMARD commitments for implementation in Winnipeg.

  1. Increase vigilance against systemic and individual racism and discrimination.
  2. Monitor racism and discrimination in the community more broadly as well as municipal actions taken to address racism and discrimination.
  3. Inform and support individuals who experience racism and discrimination.

2010 The CMARD working group began to prepare an Action Plan to meet the CCMARD commitments.

2011 The CMARD working group submitted an Action Plan titled "Inclusion and Respect for All Winnipeg" to the CEC.

2012 The CMARD working group was renamed "Winnipeg CMARD" to create an identity that would show its connection to the Municipality of Winnipeg and the Canadian Coalition.

  • March 21 - Winnipeg CMARD participated in the tri-level government celebrations for the International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination and gave a presentation on its objectives.
  • April 30 - Winnipeg CMARD hosted a coffee house to celebrate Multiculturalism and connect with organizations currently working on anti-racism and discrimination issues in Winnipeg. The event was an opportunity to meet with potential partners and to talk about the work at hand.

The Ten CCMARD Commitments

The municipality as a guardian of public interest

  1. Increase vigilance against systemic and individual racism and discrimination.
  2. Monitor racism and discrimination in the community more broadly as well as municipal actions taken to address racism and discrimination.
  3. Inform and support individuals who experience racism and discrimination.
  4. Support policing services in their efforts to be exemplary institutions in combating racism and discrimination.

    The municipality as an organization in the fulfilment of Human Rights

  5. Provide equal opportunities as a municipal employer, service provider and contractor.
  6. Support measures to promote equity in the labour market.
  7. Support measures to challenge racism and discrimination and promote diversity and equal opportunity in housing.

    The municipality as a community sharing responsibility for respecting and promoting Human Rights and diversity

  8. Involve citizens by giving them a voice in anti-racism initiatives and decision-making.
  9. Support measures to challenge racism and discrimination and promote diversity and equal opportunity in the education sector and in other forms of learning.
  10. Promote respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and the inclusion of Aboriginal and racialized communities into the cultural fabric of the municipality.
Last update: April 24, 2015
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Main Floor, Susan A. Thompson Building
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Winnipeg, MB R3B 1B9

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