The last survey showed that there are more people who see the problem in the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents of the city.
In addition, more than 80% of city residents are concerned about the situation. The last time polls on this topic were conducted in 2014. As we can see the situation has worsened during the last four years.
The chair of Indigenous studies at the University of Winnipeg, Jacqueline Romanow, also expressed her worries on this issue. Manitoba is the province with the highest number of the Indigenous residents, but unfortunately, it is rather isolated compared to the rest of the city’s inhabitants.
Romanow added that internalized racism, discrimination, misunderstanding and mistrust are still present in the life of the Indigenous people. For 150 years, the Indigenous population has experienced all possible inconveniences and unfair treatment, and just by saying, let's be friends, this situation cannot be changed.
The study showed that 88% of people under the age of 35 and 75% of people over the age of 35 agree that it is necessary to erase the boundaries between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of the province.
Also, there was a survey on the upcoming mayoral election. It showed that most people intend to vote for Brian Bowman because he became the first Métis mayor in Winnipeg. In people’s opinion, this fact is of great importance for the future equality of all people in the city.
Romanow noted that in order to make Winnipeg a modern, vibrant, economically and socially developed city, it is necessary to involve all categories of people.