Economic and Community Development; Education; Training and Employment


Guiding Principle: Individuals and communities have access to develop their own capacity to set and reach their goals through education, training and employment, and participation in their community.

This sector is a priority in the 2007-2008 Work Plan. The City of Winnipeg has the largest Aboriginal population of any urban centre in Canada. One in three entering the work force is Aboriginal. The objectives in this sector will assist in the development of a comprehensive economic strategy specific to the needs of the Aboriginal community. The goal of ACW is a self sufficient and self-determining urban Aboriginal community. Education will play a significant role in the success of an economic development strategy. The Council will support CAHRD in the establishment of an Aboriginal college. The college will be responsible to educate and prepare the Aboriginal community for active participation in the workforce.

The objectives in this sector will ensure the Council's involvement and consultation in the development of new or amending existing policy for Aboriginal people. The activities in the 2007-2008 work Plan provide for an effective mechanism for the Aboriginal community's active participation in the developed/amended programs and services which are more responsive to the needs of the Aboriginal community of Winnipeg. Some of the issues currently facing the Aboriginal community are as the result of policy, programs and services available to the urban Aboriginal community. In the past, these policies, programs and services did not take into consideration the unique and diverse characteristics of the Aboriginal community, which played a role in the break down of families and culture. The Council will continue to promote and advocate the needs of the urban Aboriginal community through the activities in the 2007-2008 Work Plan.

Technology: ACW acknowledges the importance of bridging the gap by increasing the knowledge and access of technology by Aboriginal people. This will provide the Aboriginal community with the flexibility to change and grow with the rapid changes in technology. The ACW will assist in the development of a comprehensive tourism strategy to be inclusive of the art and culture of the urban Aboriginal community.

Aboriginal School System Steering Committee

The Aboriginal Council has organized an Aboriginal School system Steering Committee as an early step in the possible creation of an Aboriginal focused school system.  Read More...


About ACW

The Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg is a community based, membership driven, Aboriginal organization which serves as a political and advocacy voice that represents the interest of the Aboriginal community of Winnipeg.
The mission of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg is to be a strong political voice working towards a unified and cohesive urban Aboriginal community of Winnipeg.
The ACW's vision is to support a self-sufficient, healthy, vibrant urban Aboriginal community, where families and children are ensured a good quality of life, through equal opportunity and choice so that Aboriginal people are a part of all things - a distinct presence throughout Winnipeg.

Contact Us
Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg Inc.
112 - 181 Higgins Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Tel: (204) 989-6380
Fax: (204) 942-5795