Community-based planning for a Just Inner-City Winnipeg COVID Recovery

Winnipeg’s inner city is home to low-income Indigenous, Black and people of colour communities that have long struggled with homelessness, poverty and the ongoing impacts of colonialism (CCPA-MB and CCEDNet, 2015; Silver, 2016). These challenges are now compounded by high COVID-19 rates and COVID-19-related barriers to accessing basic needs (CCPA-MB, 2020). Community-based organizations in the inner city have identified the inclusion of the needs and priorities of inner-city residents and communities as central to the social and economic recovery from the pandemic.

Walking With Elders: Resistance and Development in Winnipeg’s Inner City 1960-2000

This is the second phase of a oral history project. Interns will assist in coding and analyzing over 100 hours of recorded interviews (transcribed) with more than 30 Indigenous Elder activists. In addition, they will conduct and record additional interviews in areas where knowledge gaps have been determined. They will work with project team to begin produce thematic digital materials for education purposes. The partner organization will benefit from having additional support to complete this research project that has been several years in the making.

Frontline organizations and emergency planning in the COVID-19 pandemic

Emergencies in inner-city neighbourhoods come in many forms—illness, fire, violence, homelessness. The COVID-19 pandemic is a different kind of emergency. It is a global crisis, and requires unprecedented changes to everyday life to protect all members of society. COVID-19 has highlighted many long-standing gaps in access to basic needs and has expanded understandings of basic necessities for survival. While frontline organizations are well-placed to address local emergencies, the all-encompassing nature of the pandemic requires new strategies.

Unions and the Macro-Economy

This research proposes to examine the relationship between unionization in Canada and Canadian rates of employment, unemployment, and the distribution of earned income. Particular attention will be paid to the institutional environment in which unions and collective bargaining exist. The problem to be explored is the way in which the institutional environment (such as laws governing collective bargaining rights) has shaped the effect of unionization on the Canadian macro-economy and consequently affected the employment and income opportunities of working Canadians.

The use of Social Media to promote grassroots advocacy for the Living Wage

This project will engage a graduate student in communications to conduct research on usage patterns directed at social advocacy initiatives with the goal of conceptualizing how social media can be utilized to raise public knowledge and spur discourse about the living wage issue.