State of the Inner City Report 2019

Forest for the Trees

Reducing drug and mental health harms in the inner city


Wed Dec 11
11:30 - 1:30
430 Langside St.
Magnus Eliason Rec Centre

Including the presention of the Joseph Zuken Citizen Activist Award 2019 to Roz Usiskin

Lunch served: Please RSVP to [email protected] or
204-927-3200 by December 4th

This year’s State of the Inner City report takes a ‘big picture’ look at mental health and problematic substance use in Winnipeg’s inner city. Many community-based organizations working in the inner city see problematic substance use and mental health issues as a symptom of a larger social crisis created by political decisions and policy. This year’s report explores the issue ‘4 ways’. Using 2016 census data, the first chapter uncovers the inequality of problematic substance use in the inner city and demonstrates how the Province’s drug strategy will likely exacerbate existing inequalities. Two very different styles of media analysis uncover the language of crisis surrounding drug use; one conducted by criminologists, the other by the MHRN peer working group. Two concluding chapters demonstrate the need for a holistic response to meaningfully address the root causes. Recommendations at both the governmental and community level are presented.

Thank you to the funders of this years's State of the Inner City Report:
United Way Winnipeg
Manitoba Research Alliance/ SSHRC
Assiniboine Credit Union
The Jubilee Fund
CCPA Manitoba supporters

Thank you to Kathleen Shellrude for the beautiful art for this year's report. More of Ms. Shellrude's work can be viewed here:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
430 Langside
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2T5