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Winnipeg group 13 Fires kicks off panel to discuss racism and housing

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WINNIPEG — A local group dedicated to combating racism in the city is holding a panel to address how race affects people’s ability to find housing.

On Saturday, 13 Fires Winnipeg is holding a gathering to focus on how race, class and gender create dangerous and difficult situation for many Winnipeggers, according to the organization’s media release.

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The event starts at 2 p.m. at Winnipeg Harvest. It will includes “people of colour, Indigenous people and non-racialized people” pairing off to talk about their experiences finding and maintaining homes in Winnipeg.

Participants will write down situations they have heard from landlords, managers and caretakers, and then the 13 Fires Winnipeg  will tweet them out.

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“The right to shelter is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and yet Winnipeg Street Census documented at least 1,400 people experiencing either “absolute homelessness” or “concealed homelessness” on the night of Oct. 25, 2015,” according to the 13 Fires Winnipeg working report.

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