The path to a more compassionate, just society is lit by dialogue. Our shared future moves into focus when people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences come together to talk about it.
Elder Velma Orvis speaks to Red Table participants with the talking stick created by Christine Cyr and gifted to United Way by its Aboriginal Relations Council.
This was the volunteer-driven vision of United Way’s Red Table Dinners this past June, during which more than 600 Winnipeggers came together to break bread in small groups and have a city-wide conversation about how we can make our city better for everyone.
One of many Red Table discussions in progress last June.
Highlights from those conversations were written down, and we are excited to now present the Red Table Dinner: What We Heard report.
Each Red Table group kept a record of their discussion.
The #1 vision and hope expressed for Winnipeg’s future was for a more inclusive city,
The most important issue identified is homelessness, while Red Table diners felt the best thing about living in Winnipeg is its size and sense of community. Increasing community-based programming is by far the way to support and strengthen families, participants reported.
United Way Winnipeg is pleased to work with Winnipeggers towards a better community. We will continue to listen to your voices to learn what is important to you.
Moving towards a more inclusive, kind, and compassionate city for everyone is our shared vision. Thank you to all who took part in Red Tables—your voice is making a difference!