First of its kind: New culture, faith-led Winnipeg circle to tackle challenging social issues

Winnipeg’s faith communities come together to offer insights with new model of community collaboration

Why It Matters

Municipalities across Canada are struggling to deal with issues around poverty and homelessness. Winnipeg thinks the city's religious and cultural leaders could play a bigger role in finding solutions.

When Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham asked Sandy Chahal to join his newly formed multi-faith and culture liaison circle earlier this year, she jumped at the opportunity to share the insights and resources of the city’s Sikh community with city hall. “I really think the circle can act as a bridge between the city’s government and diverse communities, but it can also serve as a symbol of the city’s commitment to inclusivity,” says Chahal, a past president of Winnipeg’s Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara who’s also served on several boards, including the India Canada Cultural & Heritage Association.

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