Faculty of Arts


May 2014 - New cohort of Beginning University Students (BUS) Program starts

Today’s the first day of class for fifteen students, most of whom didn’t always have post-secondary education on their radar. They are students in the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, Beginning University Successfully (BUS) Program. Designed for students who don’t have their grade 12, the BUS Program is an access program through which these students can achieve Mature Student status by taking, and getting a C or better, in two courses, i.e., "Introduction to University" and "Academic Writing." To continue, click here.

New cohort of BUS students, their teachers and mentors

March 5, 2014 - "Strong Woman Song: Aboriginal Women and Community Development"

Join us when we feature Darlene Klyne, Director of the Pathways Winnipeg Program, Diane Roussin, Project Director for the Winnipeg Boldness Project, and Dilly Knol, Executive Director of the Andrews Street Family Centre, in a panel discussion of their journeys and how the community can mentor young Aboriginal women toward leadership roles.

Wednesday March 5, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies
Downstairs at 527 Selkirk Street

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the event, please contact Laurel Cassels at 204.988.7183.

For a poster for the event, click here.

February 6, 2014 - A Brief History of the Supreme Court Decision on the Métis Land Claim Case with Aboriginal-rights lawyer and former Justice of the BC Supreme Court, Thomas Berger

Thursday, February 6, 2014
10:00 AM

In 1977, Thomas Berger recommended that the Canadian Government place more value on Aboriginal rights and environmental protection than on economic development. His reputation as a voice for justice and his place in the realm of great Canadians were sealed.

Widely considered an authority on Northern development and Aboriginal policy, Thomas Berger has had remarkable success in promoting justice for Canada's indigenous population. Meet him and find out how.

To read more, click here to go to a poster for the event.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

Student consultation on the new space in the Merchant's Hotel - Fall 2013

The Merchant’s Hotel has been purchased. Plans are underway to replace it with a larger structure that will accommodate retail space, educational programs, and housing for students and their families. The Department of Urban and Inner-CityStudies will relocate to this space, along with CEDA-Pathways, a North End high school support program.

Project architect, Hijab Mitra (centre first row) of Winnipeg’s Mistecture Architure and Interiors, Inc.wanted input from students and offered them a reallesson in urban planning and participatory architecture.Colleen Sklar (far left), also of Mistecture, took the lead in animating the process. The students were completely engaged and provided really good ideas about the space. Though mostly intro students, they were able to express insight into our philosophy and articulate the differences in the approach taken at UIC. A terrific event!

Book launch for "Indians Wear Red: Colonialism, Resistance, and Aboriginal Street Gangs"

"Indians Wear Red: Colonialism, Resistance, and Aboriginal Street Gangs" is by University of Winnipeg professors, Jim Silver (pictured left) and Larry Morrissette, and University of Manitoba professors, Elizabeth Comack and Lawrence Deane. Jim Silver is Chair of UWinnipeg's Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies and Larry Morrissette is a Contract Faculty Member in the Department.

The book locates Aboriginal street gangs in the context of racialized poverty in the city's North End, and in the ongoing impacts of colonization, and draws upon extensive interviews with members of Aboriginal street gangs. The book title, "Indians Wear Red," refers to a quote from one of the individuals interviewed in the book.

The book launch will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at McNally-Robinson in Grant Park at 7:00 PM.

 "Moving Forward, Giving Back:" A new book edited by Dr. Jim Silver

Moving Forward, Giving Back looks at the positive effects innovative educational initiatives can have on the lives of Aboriginal people who want to further their education as adults. All too often their efforts are confounded by ongoing challenges that are due to the long term consequences of colonialism and racialized poverty. These programs are shown to have the power to be successful and to have transformative effects on the lives of these men and women, their families and the community.

Dr. Silver, book editor, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies. His research and publishing are focused on inner-city, poverty-related and community development issues. He is a past recipient of UWinnipeg’s Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Atchison Award for Community Service, the Joe Zuken Citizen Activist Award, and was the 2007 recipient of the Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research. 

For more information on the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, please click here.

Presentations for your information:

Jim Silver & Shauna MacKinnon in Nov. 2012

  •  "Doing Research with Inner-City Residents," Jim Silver, Chair of the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, and Shauna MacKinnon, Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives: a presentation through the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg, Nov. 2012

    Diane Roussin, Executive Director of the Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre (Ma Mawi)

  • "What's Happening with the Merchant's Hotel," Diane Roussin, Executive Director of the Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre (Ma Mawi): a presentation at the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, Oct. 2012

Where Community Matters: The Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies

From left: Linda Beardy, Karen Linklater, Claude Michell, Andrea Guimond, graduates of the Beginning University Successfully program

As a part of the community, working with the community to make opportunities for community members, it’s clear that community matters to the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies. To read more, click here.


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