Manitoba - 2016 success stories
The success stories highlighted in this report are just a few examples of how the RCMP demonstrates its commitment to the Government of Canada's Public Service Renewal initiative. Through innovative initiatives and programs, the RCMP works with its partners, connects with communities and supports its people in order to keep Canadians safe.
The Manitoba RCMP wellness workshops
The Manitoba RCMP launched wellness workshops in the past year and a half as a way to promote workplace well-being. Various RCMP provincial units and experts, including Fitness and Lifestyle, Honours and Recognition, Chaplaincy, Health Services, Informal Conflict Management, and Peer-to-Peer advisors travelled to numerous detachments to meet with employees. They discussed their unique roles and responsibilities relating to fitness, recognition, spirituality, peer support and overall wellness. The workshops received positive feedback from the detachments and have since become a yearly commitment of the unit that supports employee-management relations.
The annual UMOJA dinner
For the past four years, Manitoba RCMP has been actively involved with a Winnipeg-based committee called UMOJA (which means unity in Swahilli). Throughout this time, Manitoba RCMP has also partnered with Winnipeg Police Service on various initiatives and activities in support of the UMOJA Committee. These include annual dinners, presentations and workshops for newcomers on police roles and responsibilities, as well as trust-building events between police and newcomers. In 2016, Manitoba RCMP hosted the annual UMOJA dinner at its headquarters building in Winnipeg. Manitoba RCMP, Winnipeg Police Services and youth from a number of newcomer and immigrant communities gathered so that youth and police could interact and dispel any fears or concerns youth from diverse communities may have (police in their home countries may be greatly feared by the public). The gathering also served to encourage diverse youth to consider a future career in policing. Following the dinner, the UMOJA committee asked that Manitoba RCMP host the annual dinner again next year. Planning is already underway, along with a one-day youth conference that will align with other National Diversity Week activities.
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