Lawrence Deane

University of Manitoba

Lawrence Deane is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches in the Inner City Social Work Program. Lawrie has worked in community development for over twenty years, first in India, then in Winnipeg’s inner city, and more recently in China. He is the author of Under One Roof: Community Economic Development and Housing in the Inner City

(Fernwood 2006).

  • “Indians Wear Red”

    Colonialism, Resistance, and Aboriginal Street Gangs

    By Elizabeth Comack, Lawrence Deane, Larry Morrissette and Jim Silver     August 2013

    “Indians Wear Red” locates Aboriginal street gangs in the context of the racialized poverty that has become entrenched in the colonized space of Winnipeg’s North End. Drawing upon extensive interviews with Aboriginal street gang members as well as with Aboriginal women and elders, the authors develop an understanding from “inside” the inner city and through the voices of Aboriginal people – especially street gang members themselves.

  • Under One Roof

    Community Economic Development and Housing in the Inner City

    By Lawrence Deane     January 2006

    Under One Roof is a case study of an innovative and alternative model of community economic development, one quite at odds with the conventional “export/free market model” of CED. Using the North End Housing Project in Winnipeg as his focus, Lawrence Deane assesses the strategy of housing as the centrepiece for CED. The people in William Whyte neighbourhood founded and ran NEHP to buy, renovate, rent and sell housing to residents in one of the lowest-income locales in the city. Their efforts provided adequate, affordable shelter and increased the surrounding housing values. In addition, the project was a catalyst for jobs for the unemployed, for developing the economic structure for the area and for building social capital in the neighbourhood. The project also included a strong Aboriginal focus. The lessons learned at NEHP will be valuable to anyone concerned with community development that works.