If you think racism is a problem in Winnipeg and Manitoba, you’re not alone.
A new poll shows two-thirds of us believe racism is still a serious issue.
Lang McGlip with Insightrix Reasearch says young people feel a little more strongly about it than older Manitobans.
“We do find that the younger people are more likely to acknowledge that, yes, there is a serious problem in both Winnipeg and in the province,” McGlip explains. “There’s really no difference between the answers separating the city from the rest of the province.”
Asked the question, “Do you agree that racism is a serious problem in Manitoba as a whole?”, 64 per cent say yes.
But when it comes to the how we compare with the rest of the country, 76 per cent of Manitobans think we’re as good or better at treating people with different cultural backgrounds equally.
“So on the surface it appears like there might not be much of an issue,” McGlip says. “We’re friendly people, but when you actually add the word ‘racism’ into our next question, I think that’s what triggers the change. There might be more sensitivity to that word in particular.”
The issue of racism in Winnipeg specifically became a much hotter topic after a 2015 Maclean’s article named it the most racist city in Canada, though a year later they published a piece commending how the city has tried to reconcile the problem.