Report on the Winnipeg Workshop
May 4th-8th, 1977.

Peterson, Larry
Publisher:  Urban Core Support Network, Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  30pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX408

This fourth Canada-wide meeting of the Urban Core Support Network focused on the problems and attempted solutions in the Winnipeg core area. Native issues, alternative economic strategies, booze and skid row, women on the skids, and kids in the core were the topics for the work groups, which met for two of the four days of the workshop.

Abstract:  This fourth Canada-wide meeting of the Urban Core Support Network focused on the problems and attempted solutions in the Winnipeg core area. Native issues, alternative economic strategies, booze and skid row, women on the skids, and kids in the core were the topics for the work groups, which met for two of the four days of the workshop. Each work group examined, first hand, the Winnipeg situation and then reflected on it from the perspective of the participants from across Canada. This document includes individual reports from these workgroups giving the major points of their discussion. For example, the economics group looked at eight Winnipeg organizations that have developed an alternative (largely non-profit or co-operative) economic structure. Kinew Housing, Midland Credit Union and I.C.S. (casual labour) were three of the organizations. None are examined in detail but key questions such as their involvement of residents, financial needs and real impact, are briefly examined. Another group moved from examining the lack of services for women on the skids to developing a strategy to establish a "place" for such women in Winnipeg. In the plenary sessions, also recorded in the report, there were discussions of the role of users of services in the services and of how to "hang in" for long term change. The report concludes with evaluations of the workshops and suggestions for future directions for the network. The U.C.S.N. connects and supports those involved in social change efforts in urban core areas across Canada. This workshop was one attempt to accomplish those goals.

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