Feeling you belong is vital to ensuring a meaningful life. It’s about how much we believe we fit in a group or place – and how much that place or group welcomes or includes us. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. However one finds their sense of belonging, it is a key element to happiness and well-being.
What Vital Signs told us about our sense of belonging:
Winnipeggers find their connections in a variety of places, whether it’s at a community or cultural centre, in the arts or through social media, it differs for everyone. What is key, are the meeting places and the opportunities to share common interests and experiences.
Multiculturalism is part of our national identity. Winnipeggers are proud of the cultural diversity of our city. But if you’re Indigenous or new to our country or city, chances are you don’t feel as welcomed or connected to the community.