We want to keep the conversation going!

The Vital Signs® 2017 report identified four key findings and provides information about our community in 10 categories.

The Winnipeg Foundation will host Vital Conversations throughout the year, providing opportunities to continue the discussions on issues Winnipeggers identified as important to them.


November 29, 2018

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal No. 1 is No Poverty by 2030. Ending poverty is no small task. We must recognize poverty is complex, multi-layered, and interconnected. We can be successful when all citizens can see humanity in the face of poverty.

The Winnipeg Foundation, in partnership with Make Poverty History Manitoba, convened an interactive Vital Conversation about envisioning a city without poverty.


Andrea Burkhart – Executive Director, End Poverty Edmonton


Kirsten Bernas – Make Poverty History Manitoba
Al Wiebe – Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
Jackie Anderson – Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

River City 360

Interviews on River City 360 with Andrea Burkhart, Kirsten Bernas and Al Wiebe, Jackie Anderson, and Make Poverty History Manitoba Chair Michael Barkman.

Facebook Live

Watch the presentations from the four panelists.


September 27, 2018

Richard Florida – author of The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis – was in Winnipeg to talk urban design as part of the Winnipeg Design Festival. The event was sponsored by The Winnipeg Foundation.

According to Mr. Florida, the reshaping of cities began in the 1980s as industrial-type jobs began disappearing and minds became the means of production for a creative economy. The ‘creative class’ is a term coined by Mr. Florida to describe the people that spur economic development and thriving cities replacing the industrial
development of yesterday.

Talent, technology and tolerance are the ingredients needed for a successful city, Mr. Florida says. Technology refers to the availability of high-tech jobs; talent refers to the creative and educated people of a city; and tolerance refers to the acceptance of immigrants, LGBTTQ+, and other marginalized communities. Mr. Florida
states all are needed for a city’s success.

Segueing nicely into his second book, Mr. Florida described how success gives rise to economic and geographic inequalities making people angry and anxious, creating the New Urban Crisis.

Questions from the audience solicited deliberate optimism from Mr. Florida. When asked how anger and anxiety can be remedied, Mr. Florida re-iterated ‘tolerance, acceptance and respect in a divided society is what is needed’, adding that mutual respect and the bond of humanity may be what save us from such anger and anxiety.


May 26, 2018

How walkable are Winnipeg neighbourhoods? Are they accessible by transit? Does that matter? These are some of the questions The Foundation’s Vital Conversation helped answer at last May’s pop-up fundraiser, Table for 1200 More.

See the results of the Vital Conversation survey, download:


April 3, 2018

Belonging was one of the four key findings identified in Winnipeg’s Vital Signs® 2017. In partnership with Storefront MB, we had a evening of learning more about home-grown urban plans and community designs that are breaking down divisions, cultivating belonging and fostering reconciliation and welcomed your ideas on innovations in community design.

Facebook Live

Watch the presentations from the four panelists.


Brent Bellamy – Number TEN Architectural Group
Paul Jordan – The Forks North Portage Partnership
Hijab Mitra – MISTECTURE
Jamil Mahmood – Spence Neighbourhood Association

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Past Vital Conversations

Public input was key to the Vital Signs® 2017 report . One way The Winnipeg Foundation gathered input was by convening a series of public discussions on community priorities. Between January and June 2017, The Foundation held three Vital Conversations.

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