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COVID-19 Anti-Racism Campaign

Due to the increasing acts of racism, discrimination, and xenophobia experienced by Asian community members, other racialized groups, and newcomers in Manitoba, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg has launched the campaign "Manitobans: COVID-19 Doesn't Discriminate. Nor Should You!" (Manitoban(e)s, La COVID-19 ne discrimine pas. Vous non plus !) in partnership with many organizations (see complete list of partners below).


* The campaign was developed through the leadership of IPW’s Civic Engagement and Inclusion Sector Table.


The three key objectives of our campaign include:

  1. Bring awareness of the racism, discrimination and xenophobia experienced by Asian community members, other racialized groups and newcomers due to COVID-19, while condemning the association of COVID-19 with any ethnic or racial group;

  2. Provide information and tools for these community groups and the general public to stay safe and respond to acts of racism, discrimination and xenophobia; and

  3. Highlight the key role many of these community members play in Manitoba’s response to COVID-19 as essential workers.

Our campaign is inspired by, and developed in partnership with, the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations (IRERR), and Concordia Student Union Montreal-based campaign “COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate. Neither Should You!” (in French, “La COVID-19 ne discrimine pas. Vous non plus !”). We stand united with these organizations across the country in our fight against racism! We are all in this together.

Our Campaign Actions

  • Poster Campaign: We are encouraging Manitoba businesses and organizations to support our campaign by putting up our campaign posters (available in English or French). If you would like a poster, please fill out this form, and we will deliver the posters (for free) to you!

  • Resource Development: We are developing and sharing resources for responding to racism and discrimination for both those who experience it and those who witness it.

  • Educational Events: Hosting events and related COVID-19 and racism.

  • Social Media Challenge: our #EssentialinMB social media campaign highlights newcomers/immigrants/refugees who are front-line workers and essential to Manitoba’s response to COVID-19.

Anti-Racism Resources

Campaign Events

As part of our COVID-19 Anti-Racism Campaign, we have some upcoming summer events. We are running a series of lunch and learns over the summer to share community members lived experiences and discuss ways to address racism. Below are details about each event and more information can be found on our Facebook event page. Please feel free to share widely.

NOTE: People must register before each event (maximum 50 people per event other than August 26). A light lunch or snack will be provided for the lunch and learn series but please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. If it rains, the Lunch and Learn for the day will be delivered through zoom. 


Past Events:

DETAILS: This is an introductory training to provide participants with a basic understanding of anti-racism. Topics will include: understanding racism, root causes of racism, how racism manifests, how to address racism, how to talk to your children about racism and other resource tips

RECORDING: View the edited webinar recording here.

Download the PowerPoint Presentation


DETAILS: This is an introductory training to provide participants with a basic understanding of how to be an effective ally. Topics will include: types of racism, how/when to stand up against racism, intersectionality, privilege, advocacy tips and calls to action.

RECORDING: View the edited training recording here.

Download the PowerPoint Presentation

​The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, in partnership with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg’s COVID-19 Anti-Racism Campaign, is pleased to announce the next installment of the Ethics Café series: COVID-19 and racism.

DETAILS: The session will use engaging and interactive facilitation to provide newcomer service providers and ethno-cultural community leaders with an understanding of how to identify racism and practical tools to be able to support community members who have experienced racism. This session is hosted by MANSO, IPW and Strangers in New Homelands Conference Planning Committee. See PDF poster attached. 

Training Materials: 
An edited video recording of the training can be viewed here, and attached are the following documents from the training:
1)    Dr. Kathy Hogarth’s Presentation: Racism in Canada eh!
2)    Dr. Buster Ogbuagu’s Presentation: Professional Support for Victims of Racism and Intolerance

3)    Role Play Scenarios: including the instructions for the breakout room activity


DETAILS: The organizers of Circles for Reconciliation will share what reconciliation means, how it is interconnected to anti-racism, and share more information about Circles for Reconciliation.

DETAILS: There have been increasing incidents of overt racism, discrimination and xenophobia since the start of COVID-19, especially targeting as Asian community members, racialized communities and newcomers. Presenters will share some of these lived experiences.

DETAILS: Presenters will provide a facilitated discussion on how to evaluate situations as bystanders, how to respond to racism in a safe and positive way, and discuss the importance of reflecting on our own intentions and actions.


  • The Voices of Black Muslim Women: On Intersectionality, Racism and Islamophobia (Friday, October 30, 2020 from 11am - 12:30pm via zoom)


DETAILS: This was a virtual event featuring three Black, Muslim Women - Taiseer Shareif, Warda Ahmed, and Umulkheir Aden - who shared their personal experiences of racism and islamophobia and their hopes for change

This event was hosted by Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, Strangers in New Homelands Conference Planning Committee, Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO), Canadian Muslim Women Institute (CMWI), Bilal Community and Family Centre, and Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA). October is Islamic History Month, and this year’s theme is "Resilience and Achievements of Black Muslims." This event is being held in partnership with Islamic History Month Canada.

View the Event Recording Here: : 

Race and Ethnicity COVID-19 Data

Immigration Partnership Winnipeg in partnership with 40 other community organizations send a letter to the Minister of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery and the Minister of Health and Seniors Care on February 18th, 2021 calling for the release the COVID-19 disaggregated data related to the equity indicators, including race and ethnicity identifiers, while emphasizing that the release of this data must be done in a manner that minimizes the stigmatization of racialized communities affected by COVID-19. Read the full letter here.

On March 1st the Province of Manitoba released disaggregated COVID-19 race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity data showing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Filipino, South Asian, African, Latin American, and other racialized communities. Read the full Provincial Report Here: COVID-19 Infections in Manitoba: Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity

In response to the release of the data, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg Released a Statement. Our immediate calls to action are as follows:

  • We call on the Provincial Government, decision makers, and health care systems to openly and vigorously address the underlying causes of these inequalities and effectively allocate resources to the communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Public health information, economic support, healthcare services, and the Province’s immunization plan must be equitably developed and delivered to address the disproportionate impact on First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Black, and racialized communities.

  • We call on the Provincial Government, and all Manitobans, to ensure that the release of this data does not lead to further stigmatization and racism.

  • We call on the Provincial Government to sincerely listen, meaningfully engage, and act on the guidance of impacted communities in addressing these inequalities.

  • We call on the Provincial Government to continue to share this data on an ongoing basis and share further data on the severity of COVID-19 illness as it relates to racialized communities. 


All Campaign Partnering Organizations:

  • Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

  • Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations

  • Pembina Valley Local Immigration Partnership

  • Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba- Stronger Together

  • Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba

  • Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties

  • CUPE Manitoba

  • Portage Community Revitalization Corporation

  • Brandon Renewal Corporation

  • Eastman Region Immigration Partnership

  • Eastman Immigrant Services

  • Regional Connections

  • Portage la Prairie Immigration Partnership

  • Immigrant Centre Manitoba Inc.

  • SEED Winnipeg

  • Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute

  • Success Skills Centre

  • NEEDS Centre

  • New Journey Housing

  • The Salvation Army

  • Islamic Social Services Association

  • S.H.A.D.E. (Safe Housing And Directed Empowerment) Inc.

  • West Central Women’s Resource Centre

  • Manitoba Possible

  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)

  • Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba

  • English Online

  • Manitoba Public Health Association

  • Bioscience Association of Manitoba

  • Neepawa and Area Immigrant Settlement Services

  • Oyate Tipi Cumini Yape Inc.

  • Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network

  • Westman Immigrant Services

  • Sexuality Education Resource Centre

  • Eriko Tsuchi

  • Knox United Church

  • Circles of Reconciliation


  • Eastern Manitoba Broad Alliance for Cultural Enrichment (EMBrACE)

  • Family Dynamics

  • Russell & District Chamber of Commerce

  • Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (Welcome Place)

  • Opportunities for Employment (OFE)

  • A & O: Support Services for Older Adults

  • The Hive Climbing and Fitness

  • Aulneau Renewal Centre

  • Athletics Manitoba

  • Roots Hub 

  • Archwood 55 Plus Inc.

  • Healthy Aging Resource Team

  • Rainbow Resource Centre

  • Garden City Community Centre/Seven Oaks Arena

  • Norwest Youth Hub

  • U Multicultural


*If your organization would like to sign on as a supporting organization, please email Jessica Praznik at

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