Each year, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba publishes its State of the Inner City Report. This year’s report, Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, speaks to concerns raised by community-based organizations – such as the Right to Housing Coalition – the impact that some Government decisions (and indecisions) can have on vulnerable people. The report provides policy makers with recommendations for working more collaboratively with community.
Through this report, we continue to seek ways to address the racialized, spatialized poverty in the inner city that is causing a deep divide in Winnipeg. CCPA-MB conducted a series of workshops and interviews with Aboriginal Elders, Aboriginal youth from the CEDA Pathways to Education program and youth who live outside of the inner city including students from College Beliveau and Grant Park High School. Together they discussed the perceptions of inner-city, poverty and racism in Winnipeg, and how the community can work together to resolve these issues.