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Grassroots event hopes to share stories, find solutions to racism in Winnipeg

Michael Champagne, who runs Meet me at the Bell Tower will also be helping out at the first 13 Fires event on Saturday.
Michael Champagne, who runs Meet me at the Bell Tower will also be helping out at the first 13 Fires event on Saturday. Global News

WINNIPEG — Grassroots group 13 Fires Winnipeg is hosting their first monthly event of 2016 on Saturday. The focus will be a discussion of first hand experiences with racism, and how it relates to poverty.

“There are a lot of really dynamic ways that one affects the other,” said Lindsay Howes, one of the organizers.  “And it’s a really important ongoing conversation how race impacts all these areas and how all these areas impact race.”

The event, called Poverty Fire will have presentations by people who have stories of experiencing racism at their workplace, and presentations by local organizations that want to help.

People who attend the event will be encouraged to brainstorm productive ways of tackling racism and poverty.

“I think it’s really important that we create a space with open dialogue, that everyone can attend,” Howes said.

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Organizers say that while the contributions of the city and province are important, smaller initiatives are also a big part of what will spark change in the city.

The event on Saturday will be at the Broadway Disciples United Church from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

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