Manitoba Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)
Year Published: 1982
Organization profile published 1982
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2569
Abstract: Initiated by students and faculty at the University of Winnipeg, the MANITOBA PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP was formally established in January, 1982. MPIRG is a university-based non-partisan, non-profit organization which aims to stimulate public interest research in Manitoba. By establishing bases at each of the three Manitoba university campuses. MPIRG hopes to bridge the gap between the academic world and the community at large. Modelled on the work of Ralph Nadar in the United States and similar interest groups in Canada, MPIRG intends to collect reliable, scholarly research on a range of socially relevant topics including job creation and the conserver society, peaceful conversion of war industries, human rights, workplace health and safety, appropriate technology, agriculture and food and energy use and the environment. It is also building up a resource library and a directory of professionals, community groups, and other universities which are able to provide information along these lines.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.
Co-operative relationships are being established with Ontario's OPIRG, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and a full range of environmental, labour, human rights, and church organizations.
Students participating in MPIRG are encourgaed to arrange to obtain academic credit for their research.
To date, MPIRG has approximatgely forty members from the university community, and community groups off campus.