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What would Winnipeg look like without racism?

Anti-Racism Week aims to start a city-wide conversation

March 22, 2021

The Esplanade Riel bridge view during sunset

It can be difficult to imagine a world without racism, but that vision and how to get there, is the focus of the City of Winnipeg’s Anti-Racism Week which runs until March 27, 2021.

“We are proud and honoured to partner with several Indigenous, newcomer, and community organizations during this week on such a meaningful and important initiative,” said Cindy Fernandes, Director of Community Services.

During the week, you have the opportunity to take part in several virtual events on a variety of topics that explore identifying and eliminating systemic racism. The events are put on in partnership with the following organizations:

  • Immigration Partnership Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
  • Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
  • Elmwood Community Resource Centre
  • Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties
  • Human Rights Hub
  • Black History Manitoba

A full list of the event can be found on the Anti-Racism Week website.

Anti-Racism Week kicked off on Sunday to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. You can view the launch event below:

Around a dozen internal training opportunities on topics such as Treaties, busting the myth of reverse racism, anti-racism cafés, and panel discussions are being offered to all employees. All senior management and council members will be taking anti-oppression, anti-racism, and cultural competency training during the week.

Anti-Racism Week is one part of the Anti-Racism Initiatives Report supported and approved by Council in July 2020. This is one of the ways we are building on the work done in our Newcomer Welcome and Inclusion Policy.

A limited number of lawn signs were also produced to show support for Anti-Racism Week. They were available at Winnipeg Public Library branches but were quickly picked up by residents. .
A limited number of lawn signs were also produced to show support for Anti-Racism Week. They were available at Winnipeg Public Library branches but were quickly picked up by residents.

While the week wraps up on March 27, 2021, we are committed to continuing this conversation. Work is underway on several initiatives, including development of an Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Policy and Strategy as well as mandatory training for all employees on anti-oppression, anti-racism, and cultural competency training.


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