The City of Winnipeg is hosting Anti-Racism Week from March 21 to 27, 2021.
Anti-Racism Week has been organized by the City of Winnipeg in partnership with 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, and Black History Manitoba. The theme of Anti-Racism Week is “What would Winnipeg look like without racism?” and will help shape events and conversations during the week.
Anti-Racism Week kicked off with a virtual launch event on Sunday, March 21 to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The event can be viewed in the YouTube video below:
A number of initiatives are being organized, in the hopes of starting a city-wide conversation exploring ways to identify and eliminate systemic racism. We encourage all Winnipeggers to get involved with events offered throughout the week.
The City of Winnipeg has produced lawn signs with messages related to the theme of ‘A City Without Racism’ to allow members of the public to display their support for the week and the vision residents of Winnipeg would like to see in their city. Three different lawn signs have been produced:
- We support a city without racism
- Racism is not welcome here
- I want to live in a city without racism
Lawn signs can be picked up from any Winnipeg Public Library branch, except Cornish Library which is under construction and River Heights Library which is moving, during operating hours beginning Thursday March 18, 2021 while supplies last.
Winnipeg Public Library Resources
The Winnipeg Public Library has compiled several Info Guides on a variety of anti-racism related topics. Each one is put together by a librarian who has selected articles, videos, books, and more about a topic. They are a great place to start – or keep on – learning. Info Guides are living resources that are updated regularly. Find all Info Guides, here.
- Racism and Anti-Racism
- Words Matter: Anti-Oppression Terminologies
- Black History Month 2021
- Residential Schools
- Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-Spirit
- First Nations Communities
- The Métis
Info Guides are living resources that are updated regularly. Find all Info Guides, here.
About Anti-Racism Week
Anti-Racism Week is one part of the Anti-Racism Initiatives Report supported and approved by Council in July 2020. In July of 2020, Council directed the public service to build on the work being done as part of the Newcomer Welcome and Inclusion Policy, specifically asking for all City staff to be provided with training on anti-oppression, anti-racism, and cultural competency. The Public Service will also be launching a two-part Workplace Cultural Assessment to gain a better understanding about perceptions and attitudes of equality, equity, and inclusion in our workforce, by hearing directly from our employees.