Dialogue on Policing in Multicultural Communities at UWinnipeg

UWinnipeg invites the community to join the Dialogue on Policing in Multicultural Communities, exploring the perspectives and experiences of community members and police officers, on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm, in Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall, The University of Winnipeg. This is part of the Global College Igbo Educational Lecture Series (IELS) on peace-building in a multicultural society.

Participants of the Dialogue on Policing in Multicultural Communities include:

  • Abdikheir Ahmed, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg
  • Assistant Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, RCMP “D” Division Commander
  • Michael Champagne, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities
  • Chief Devon Clunis, Winnipeg Police Service
  • Bilquis Khan, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, RCMP employee
  • Suenita Maharaj-Sandhu, RCMP Commanding Officer’s Committee on Cultural Diversity
  • Florence Okwudili, African Communities of Manitoba Inc., Africa Pavilion
  • Robert-Falcon Oullette, MP for Winnipeg Centre
  • Jon Reyes, Filipino community, and RCMP CO’s Committee on Cultural Diversity
  • Omar Siddiqui, Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute
  • Maggie Yeboah, Ghanaian Union

This event is sponsored by the RCMP “D” Division, Umunna (Igbo) Cultural Association of MB, Inc., The University of Winnipeg Global College and the Winnipeg Police Service.

The Global College “Igbo Educational Lecture Series” (IELS) is organized and run by the Umunna (Igbo) Cultural Association of Manitoba Inc., in collaboration with the UWinnipeg Global College. IELS is an initiative based on the vision of the Honourable Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, founding Director of the Global College, who delivered the inaugural lecture in 2006.

Igbo Cultural Association of Manitoba is a non-profit organization that has been active for more than 20 years in the community. In the Igbo language the term Umunna means ‘members of the same extended family’ who would normally trace their linage to a great (or great)  grandfather.


Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

1 Comment

  • Wade said...

    I was in attendance at this event and thankful for the first opportunity I have had to be in a circle setting with Police and RCMP officers. It was the most level playing field we have ever both stood on together. Still, there were some major issues. Truths were minimized. Reconciliation was not even on the table. The power dynamics inherent in this type of discussion were washed over with the falsehood that we actually were all on the same level. The incomprehensible amount of traumas inflicted by the Winnipeg Police and the RCMP were not taken into account. The traumas and the many and serious triggers in that discussion were not dealt with appropriately. There were no counsellors present to make the opening up of this pandora’s box of Canadian history and colonial legacy a relatively safe space. With all that said, this was an absolutely crucial first step. The opportunity for immigrant and Indigenous people to come together and discuss their concerns with police is groundbreaking. This dialogue needs to be continued. Thank you so much to those who put together this event; I hope we may continue with mindfulness, compassion and growing respect.