Community plays important role in poverty reduction

By Shauna MacKinnon Appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press December 4th, 2015. I teach in the department of Urban and Inner City Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Our program is located on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg’s North …

Making a case for a Labour Market Intermediary

By Kirsten Bernas and Shauna MacKinnon There is a growing opportunity in Manitoba to bridge the economic and social divide between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. First of all, Manitoba employers are looking for skilled workers. Second of all, …

About the divide: It’s complicated

By Shauna MacKinnon Winnipeg’s divide is far more complex than Bartley Kives suggests in his article “High hopes for first indigenous Winnipeg mayor” (Winnipeg Free Press Saturday October 25). Having a self-identified Métis mayor will undoubtedly dispel many …

Fixing our Divided City: Lessons from Youth and Elders

By Shauna MacKinnon The Winnipeg Free Press headline “A City Divided” (Oct 7, 2014) and the revelation that “75 percent of Winnipeggers believe the division between the aboriginal and non- aboriginal communities is a serious issue” doesn’t come …

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

By Lynne Fernandez, Shauna MacKinnon and Sara Swartz For one week in early April, Sara Swartz (Universitas Programme of the KIP International School), Shauna MacKinnon (Manitoba Research Alliance [MRA] and University of Winnipeg [UW]) and Lynne Fernandez (MRA …

Honouring the memory of Phoenix Sinclair: Our collective responsibility

By Shauna MacKinnon “The social and economic conditions that render children vulnerable to abuse and neglect are well beyond the scope of the child welfare system” (Hon. Ted Hughes, Commissioner, The Legacy of Phoenix Sinclair: Achieving the Best …

First Nations Poverty and the Canadian Economy: Aligning What Works

PDF version by Shauna Mackinnon A recent CCPA study showing the extent of First Nations poverty in Canada provides yet more evidence that Canada is failing Aboriginal people. Fully 50 percent of status First Nations children in Canada …

Policy and Poverty in Manitoba – Budget 2013

PDF version by Kirsten Bernas and Shauna MacKinnon It was a welcome change to hear politicians of all stripes talking about poverty in the lead up to the 2013 provincial budget and in the analysis that followed. Unfortunately …

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

PDF version This year’s State of the Inner City report will be launched on December 12, 2012, at 11:30am at Thunderbird House. For more information, please see here. by Shauna MacKinnon The 2012 State of the Inner City …

Playing politics with poverty in Manitoba

PDF version by Shauna MacKinnon It’s been a bad week for advocates working to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Recent child poverty statistics continue to show high rates for Manitoba and Monday’s throne speech gave …