Diversity and inclusion make Winnipeg stronger

United Way Winnipeg believes in promoting and practicing inclusion

Happy Pride! A month of inclusion celebrating LGBTQS2+ people in our community.

Stephanie and Bernard from United Way supporters TD Canada Trust celebrating Pride Month in Old Market Square.

As our city prepares to celebrate Winnipeg’s LGBTQ2S+ communities through Pride and the Indigenous communities in Winnipeg through National Indigenous History Month, it’s wonderful to see so many inclusive efforts.

Winnipeg is a richly diverse city. Each of Winnipeg’s many populations offers unique insights and wisdom that we can all learn and benefit from.

The issues we face as a community touch all of us, and can only be addressed when all parts of our community feel welcome, have a voice, and can contribute.

One of the five key strategies in Moving Forward, the plan that guides our work, is to actively promote and practice inclusion.

Inclusion increases trust, understanding, respect & collaboration

In order to perform at our very best for our city, we work to engage as many diverse populations as possible in all we do: from volunteer roles to opportunities to give, and beyond.

Our community investment volunteers fund, steward and build the capacity of many organizations who have inclusion as a core part of their mandate—organizations like Rainbow Resource Centre, Sexuality Education Resource Centre, and Women’s Health Clinic, who are leaders in the community around creating diversity-positive space for our LGBTQ2S+ communities.

And inclusive organizations like the ten Indigenous-led agencies working to make sure the voices of Indigenous communities are heard, their cultures respected, and their families strong. 

Little powwow participants at a culturally inclusive events.

Little powwow participants at a culturally inclusive event.

And inclusive organizations like Welcome Place, Immigrant Centre, and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, who, along with 18 other newcomer-serving agencies, help welcome and settle our newest community members.

And inclusive organizations like Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, CNIB, ImagineabilityCanadian Mental Health Association, and Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba who advocate for people of all abilities to be able to live full lives.

And a labour program to work with organized labour who bargain for equality, equity and the use of inclusivity language for workers in our communities. Through relationship-building with organized labour, we promote of the value of our diverse communities.

We’re proud to celebrate the wonderful diversity of this city. We are truly richer for it.