Lord Selkirk Park Housing Development, a unique community located in the Point Douglas district of Winnipeg’s North End, is Manitoba’s largest social housing complex, with 178 townhouse units and 126 single apartments. Like many public housing complexes, Lord Selkirk Park is a historically disadvantaged community with high rates of unemployment and social assistance usage. However, collaboration between the community, local agencies and organizations, and the Government of Manitoba has led to investments in housing, education and social services, resulting in positive changes for those living and working in the community – truly a community of change!
In the 1990s, Lord Selkirk Park was half-empty with many of the housing units boarded up; there was a substantial gang presence and many residents did not feel safe in the community.
In 2005, the North End Community Renewal Corporation, a local community development corporation, received funding through a Province of Manitoba initiative to lead community consultations and work towards reducing crime and violence in the housing development. Since then, through continued consultation with community leaders and academics, the Manitoba Government has provided further funding to invest in various renewable initiatives in Lord Selkirk Park; these investments have fostered the growth of a more stable community for families and children (Selkirk, 2016).
In the following video, Carolyn Young, Executive Director of Manidoo Gi-Miini Gonaan, explains how the community started to change. While they still experience many of the challenges that are commonly found in vulnerable communities, there is a renewed sense of hope in Lord Selkirk Park.
Listen as Elder Madeline Mousseau describes her role in the community, her involvement at Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre and her hopes for the community.
In the next video, Carly Sass, the home visitor for Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre, discusses her experience of working in this community.
Ian Mauro and Jim Silver, of the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg, produced a video in 2017 describing the transformation of the Lord Selkirk Park community. Watch below as community members share their experiences and hopes for the community that they now call "a good place to live".
More information about the history of the Lord Selkirk Park Housing Development can be found here:
North End Winnipeg’s Lord Selkirk Park Housing Development: History, Comparative Context, Prospects by Jim Silver