Winnipeg's Vital Signs® 2017

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ISSUES WE FACE “ MY ETHNICITY NEEDS TO REFLECTED BACK TO ME AT THE BANK, HOSPITAL, SERVICE PROVIDERS, POLICE, ETC. PRESENTLY IT IS NOT: MANY SECTORS ARE STILL VERY HOMOGENOUS EVEN THOUGH OUR POPULATION IS BECOMING VERY DIVERSE.” “ I think it is a real challenge for families to afford sports activities. This becomes especially difficult for families with more than two children.” “ We should celebrate that we are able to live on treaty land, despite the fact treaties have been broken by Non-Indigenous peoples. But few businesses, social contracts, and daily interactions respect Indigenous cultures.” “ For the middle and upper class, I think we have the most affordable housing… in Canada – and things are even pretty decent for those that can genuinely afford some sort of housing. It’s the bottom end where we have a crisis.” “ …Winnipeg really does need more access to family supports and community services. I know we have a few services but it is not enough, there are so many people affected by mental illness but don’t want to be associated to it because of the fear of stigma.” “ We are educating ourselves about the green economy and becoming more understanding that we have to look after the future of our planet.” “ There are multiple reasons for poverty or homelessness: lack of education, racism, trauma, etc. Poverty is a cycle that is very hard to break.” “ There are many accessible programs and spaces in Winnipeg. But then you turn a corner and in some cases, literally run into a wall.” “ Winnipeg is the only major city in Canada that doesn’t have a decent public transit system. We should celebrate our bus manufacturing and increase the demand for the electric bus.”

Pan Am Place residents and staff.

“ Winnipeg is so segmented – people identify with the area they live in first and then the city. Not sure how to solve this geographic distinction.”