Dear Social Justice Supporter!
The CERB was essential when the pandemic first hit. We would argue that it should have continued longer if not until this day. Too many are still facing too many challenges!
Manitoba is the province with the highest rates of child poverty in Canada. More than 88,000 kids and their families live in poverty. Please join us in calling on the federal government to implement an income tested CERB Amnesty: Sign the petition!
PETITION CLOSES April 23rd, 2021
You may be someone who received CERB during the worst of the panic caused by the pandemic. If you would like to share your story, please do so here.
If you are able to work though, we did want to share a number of opportunities from some of our community partners. Please check out the links on our Employment Opportunities page.
New data shows child poverty in Manitoba is on the rise, a situation worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with Campaign 2000 and Make Poverty History Manitoba, we are releasing this new polling research showing Manitobans strongly support increased funding to help people living in poverty, ahead of Manitoba’s Budget 2021. Read the full report below:
Watch Report Launch event: Pre-Budget Poverty Panel – April 6, 2021
Additional links you may find helpful: Resources – Pre-Budget Poverty Panel
Manitoba Report Card Update – December 2020 Manitoba: Poverty Central is an update to Broken Promise Stolen Futures. Both are based on the T1 Family File, with poverty status derived from income returns. Please see Definition and Measurement for our … Continue reading →
SPCW is part of the People 4 PILC coalition. We have been PILC’s client on Stadler v. Director, St. Boniface, St. Vital 2020 MBCA 46 and are currently part of another coalition that PILC will represent when the Madut Inquiry begins. Mr. Madut, a newcomer to Canada, was killed by police while reportedly in a mental health crisis.
The current government has signaled, through a commissioned report and a mandate letter to the previous Minister of Justice, a desire to change how PILC is funded and governed. People 4 PILC is concerned that the proposed changes will make PILC less effective in holding governments to account on a variety of issues affecting Manitobans from human rights to the environment.
Why is it important right now? The government is proposing 19 pieces of legislation on March 3rd but they have not released the texts, just the titles. Some of the proposed Bills could include changes that could destabilize PILC.
If you would like to join the growing coalition, now at 74 community organizations and people, please contact Oke at email@example.com
The Public Interest Law Centre has played a critically important role within Legal Aid Manitoba for almost 40 years as an apolitical, independent, evidence-based team acting in the best interests of Manitobans. It:
- Advocates for the most historically disadvantaged in our community who face systemic barriers: those who are living in poverty, those who have disabilities, and those who are most likely to face discrimination including newcomers, seniors, Indigenous people and LGBTQ2S+ people. They have a place to turn for help, free of charge, where their voices are amplified and discriminatory policies or practices are challenged on their behalf.
- Advances the human rights of individuals, communities and nations experiencing systemic barriers to inclusion and by taking on test cases to challenge and amend unfair laws and practices.
- Holds crown corporations, government departments and other public authorities accountable, ensuring processes and decisions are fair and transparent.
- Helps to advance reconciliation and respect for First Nations Laws by collaborating with Knowledge Keepers and First Nations in Manitoba.
- Represents consumers, and especially low-income and consumers, at public hearings that impact hydro, vehicle insurance and payday loan rates.
- Strengthens our democracy and social equality. PILC clients have garnered significant legal, human rights and consumer victories, positively impacting the quality of life for thousands of Manitobans.
- Promotes the protection of the environment and sustainability. PILC clients have halted the development of a $10.5billion Conawapa hydro-electric generating station, pushed for the reform of water-power governance, and modernized our environmental laws to make them more inclusive for Indigenous people and the broader community.
Our goal is to keep PILC’s independence and its ability to serve all Manitobans for decades to come. There is no other service like it in the province. For more information on PILC’s most recent successes please see their Impact Report.
The two most encompassing arguments against destabilizing PILC are:
- PILC’s long history of holding successive governments to account on systemic injustices.
- Public interest law must remain publicly funded through our tax system implemented by democratically elected officials.
Our democracy’s robustness can only be maintained if it is routinely exercised through challenge. For that to happen, our justice system, too often the last defense for members of marginalized communities, must be accessible.
True access to justice must include quality public interest services that are affordable and free of charge when possible. This can only be achieved through a service that:
- Achieves a diverse portfolio reflecting the needs and aspirations of individuals, communities and nations in addressing historic and ongoing systemic barriers to inclusion and sustainability;
- Has an open application process with case selection criteria that are merit-based and responsive to evolving community needs and issues;
- Has a planning process that regularly engages low-income individuals, communities and nations facing systemic barriers;
- Is independent from government, political and donor influence;
- Is financially stable, viable and resilient; and
- Respects Indigenous and Euro-Canadian legal traditions and recognizes that they are separate and distinct.
Without such a service, justice is denied to too many, too often.
Take Action! Find out the different things you can do to support and promote racial justice henceforth. To paraphrase Angela Davis, it’s not enough to *not* be racist — you need to be anti-racist. First of all, What is Anti-Racism? Be … Continue reading →
Be Informed! What is happening today and why? Below you can find out what the current issues are about. Police brutality continually treated like a ‘one-off’ in Canada Thousands rally in Toronto against anti-black racism after woman falls from balcony … Continue reading →
Reflect! Learn about the history and get background information on racism in Canada What is Anti-Racism? Canada’s slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement The tragic story of Africville: a part of a much larger story of Black … Continue reading →
For anyone who still believes we do not have systemic racism in Canada, please look at these statistics. If your takeaway is that the people of colour are somehow inferior and that is why they are not succeeding, then you are a racist. If you understand the reasons why so many are left behind is because the barriers they face are simply too insurmountable for far too many, then please have a look at the resources we have gathered so you can take some actions.
One last note on numbers, when we released the Broken Promise, Stolen Futures: Child and Family Poverty in Manitoba report card, we highlighted that child poverty in Manitoba and all across Canada is both gendered and racialized. Please have a look at this graph for the evidence:
To paraphrase Angela Davis, it’s not enough to *not* be racist — you need to be anti-racist.
May 13th, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Reality Check: Marginalized Manitobans face far more serious obstacles than the size of their dreams To mark the 150th anniversary of Manitoba joining Confederation, Premier Brian Pallister chose to make a statement that while … Continue reading →
“We have public health issues that we are now looking at, so I think we’re working with an eye to make sure everybody who is in, is in to protect the public,” the prosecutor said. “If they are supposed to … Continue reading →
- Kids Crisis Text Line – Need help now? Text CONNECT to 686868. Check out the link to volunteer as a crisis responder if you are interested and able. Volunteers are needed currently.
- Join the Social Distance Pow Wow Facebook group to connect with Indigenous Peoples online for community support and to share ideas for navigating this shut-down period.
- Help Next Door MB: If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you.
- CareMongering Facebook group: If you need someone to help you or you want to help someone in your community, please check out this group.
- Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood residents: The staff at Charleswood 55+ Centre is available via phone (204-897-5263) from 10 am to 2pm, Mon – Fri, to help seniors who are unable to leave their home and need essentials including food or medication