Urban Development and Poverty Reduction Laboratory in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada): International Laboratory on Urban Development and Poverty Reduction

On May 6th, the Province of Manitoba and a network of Winnipeg institutional and community partners signed an agreement with the KIP International School to establish an International Laboratory on Urban Development and Poverty Reduction in Winnipeg as part of an network of laboratories of the KIP International School through its Universitas Programme. The signing ceremony took place at the Thunderbird House Circle of Life in the heart of Winnipeg’s inner city.

Signatories were Premier Greg Selinger for the Province of Manitoba, Dr. David Barnard, President of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Shauna MacKinnon, Director of  the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Manitoba), Mr. Brendan Reimer, Coordinator of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network – Manitoba, Ms. Diane Roussin, Executive Director of Ma Mawi Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. and Ms. Kathy Mallett, Executive Director of the Community Education Development Association. For the KIP International School, Dr. Luciano Carrino, President, and Ms. Sara Swartz, Director of the Universitas Programme.

Urban poverty, often concentrated in the inner city of major urban centres, affects cities in diverse developmental and cultural contexts. Traditional strategies have done little to eradicate poverty or to address the growing imbalances between poverty and wealth even in the same city. Yet at the same time, in many countries around the world and in many cities, innovative alternative approaches are being experimented with great success. The challenge is to build on these individual success stories to identify more comprehensive solutions to the multi-dimensions of urban poverty and its structural causes.

Winnipeg's inner-city is characterized by racialized and spacialized poverty, with high rates of unemployment, street-gang  and sex trade activity, violence and inadequate housing. Winnipeg also has the largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada, which is disproportionately concentrated in the Inner City, is disproportionately poor, and is very adversely affected by poverty.  Winnipeg’s inner city is also the destination of growing numbers of poor refugees and immigrants who face major economic, social and cultural challenges. Their presence increases the complexity of inner-city problems.

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Reconciliation Lives Here: State of the Inner City Report 2016

This year’s State of the Inner City Report tackles arguably the most important issue of our time: healing and reconciling Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. A year and a half after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) 94 Calls to Action were released, this research documents community-based efforts in the inner city to implement these recommendations and break cycles of racism and colonization.

Authors: Niigaan Sinclair, Tamara Margaret Dicks, Timothy Maton.

To see the report, click here.

Manitoba government announces more supports for employment-focused social enterprises

Here you can find and article writte by Darcy Penner on social enterprises in Manitoba. The Manitoba government has committed to supporting employment-focused social enterprises through the development of a $10 M loan fund, as well as developing a government-wide social impact procurement strategy. 

To see the article, click here.

Fast Facts: Fight food insecurity with income

Here you can find an article written by Molly McCracken, the director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba, related to food security and the experience of "Food Matters", also presented in the KIP Pavilion "Attractive Territories for a Sustainable World" in EXPO Milan 2015.

To see the article, click here.


Poverty in Winnipeg’s Inner City. A CCPA Report

This year’s State of the Inner City Report by CCPA-Manitoba, launched in December at Circle of Life Thunderbird House, shows that gains have been made in poverty rates in the past 15 years in the poorest neighbourhoods of Winnipeg ... more

New connections through the International Laboratory on Urban Development and Poverty Reduction in Winnipeg

Group discussion at Canadian CED Network’s meeting

In Winnipeg, the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) – Manitoba and Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, both part of the
Laboratory, are starting a partnership to promote alternative economic models with students in the Masters of Business Administration. Marci Elliott, Executive Director of the Asper MBA Program, and Sarah Leeson-Klym, Manitoba Regional Director at CCEDNet, emphasise the importance of the partnership.

To see more information, click here. To learn more about the Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy, click here.

Winnipeg Study Tour

Between October 21-25th, 2013, visitors from Albania, El Salvador, Italy and Mexico and students from the University of Manitoba’s Asper Business School Master in Business Administration explored ... more

The View From Here 2015

Given that the policy landscape has changed since 2009, and that the province will be required by legislation to update its strategy in 2017, community advocates believe that now is the time to renew The View from Here 2009 ... more

Innovative Practices of Inclusive Urban Development: Winnipeg and the World

Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) is becoming an intergenerational education hub in one of the poorest communities in Canada - a "North End Campus" - that provides opportunities for individuals ... more

Fast Facts: World Urban Forum 7 – Policy Lessons from Colombia

Take a look at this article of the CCPA Manitoba blog entitled "Fast Facts: World Urban Forum 7 – Policy Lessons from Colombia" on the experience and the contribution of the KIP International School at the World Urban Forum of Medellin and on the Urban Development and Poverty Reduction Laboratory of Winnipeg. To see the article, click here.

Manitoba Research Alliance Student Colloquium

As part of the Manitoba Research Alliance, a student colloquim is being held to showcase student research related to community-based solutions to Aboriginal and inner-city poverty, focusing on housing, justice, community economic development, and education.

To see the invite, click here. To see the agenda, click here.

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