Why Winnipeg?

Over the past several years, Winnipeg has seen a significant increase in public awareness and interest about human rights issues. Additionally, many of Winnipeg’s inherent qualities make it a human rights hotspot. Winnipeg has become recognized as a Canadian centre for human rights.

There are numerous spaces to learn about human rights.

  • The University of Manitoba houses the Centre for Human Rights Research.
  • The University of Manitoba also hosts the new National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which will incorporate the archives of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the first national museum located outside of our country’s capital, offers extraordinary exhibits and programs to learn about human rights and engage in critical discussions.
  • The University of Winnipeg offers the only Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights in western Canada.

Centre for Human Rights Research

Human Rights Research

We are considered the Indigenous capital of Canada.

  • Our city hosts the largest Aboriginal population in Canada.
  • We have recently elected our city’s first Metis mayor!
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was headquartered in Winnipeg.
  • The University of Manitoba hosts the new National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which will incorporate the archives of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
  • Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is headquartered in Winnipeg, and its national news is broadcast from Winnipeg.
In 2011, 16.7% of Manitoba’s population was Aboriginal, compared to Canada’s national average of 4.3%.
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We are a socially-conscious city.

  • Winnipeg was the first city in North America to sign onto the UN Safe Cities Initiative.
  • The University of Winnipeg was the first university in the world to sign onto this initiative!
  • Winnipeg is presently seeking to become a Fair Trade city.
  • In 2014, Manitoba was the most generous province in donations to registered charities, as well as the percentage of combined income donated to charity!
  • Our province was the first jurisdiction in Canada where women gained the right to vote!
  • We were the first city in North America to have an openly gay mayor.
“Manitobans most charitable Canadians”
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Learn more about Fair Trade in Winnipeg

FairTradeWinnipeg.ca

The UN Safe Cities Global Initiative

Safe Cities

Winnipeg also has a tremendous number of local organizations and civil society groups making huge strides, both locally and internationally. Don’t believe us? Check out the organizations that have created an account with us to see for yourself! In addition, key international NGOs are headquartered in Winnipeg, including:

  • Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development

All of this contributes to the passionate city that we call home.

The Human Rights Hub seeks to be a central space to coordinate and promote the events and activities of the many individuals and groups taking action in Winnipeg. The Hub hopes to foster interaction among Winnipeggers, increase awareness about issues in Winnipeg and spark local community engagement.