People can't get along much anywhere in the world. When they do it is temporary. In some parts of Canada the underdogs are the natives, in others the Chinese, others the blacks, the Jews, the English in Quebec etc. In Australia the Mauri's, in Northern Ireland the southern Irish, In England it is the cockney's, and on and on.North and south populations also seem to have problems - India, Korea, China, the US etc.Winnipeg is a fine city to grow up in and stay in; but folks, let's admit, although there's OK jobs availability and it's a good place to raise kids, it's terrible city to move to.
What Winnipeg has going for it:
1) 2/3 of the native residents own or have access to a cabin in the lovely Whiteshell to the East, or
on Lake Winnipeg to the north. They get away to their cabins all summer long with lifelong friends and family.
2)Every winter, all winter long they play and watch ice hockey and curling with their lifelong friends.
3) There is social hierarchy here, but there isn't an overwhelming social hierarchy based fundamentally on inclusion in or exclusion from the financial capitalist class. You can be working class or middle class and feel that you're not a failure, you're living the good life. That's less stressful for a lot of people.
Things that are soul-crushing in Winnipeg, primarily for Outsiders:
1) Every native-born Manitoban has a chip on his or her shoulder the size of the moon and the weight of a neutron star. They cannot, cannot accept that it is hard and depressing to live in a place that is flat, surrounded by corporate export-oriented agriculture and very polluted rivers, extremely cold and snow and ice ridden for 60% of each year, with terrible concrete infrastructure constantly assaulted by the terrible climate, and all thereby causing people to be generally cold, uninterested in the outside, relentlessly mannered and/or thuggish, and profoundly unsympathetic. Their fallback move is neurotic laughter and quick accusations that you are flawed (if you 'too often'(ever) wish you could see stars and feel fresh, warm air, go for a hike out your door, etc).
2) Winnipeggers are really smooth at the 30 second greeting; after that, their social skills collapse. It is only possible for "outsiders" to make friends in Winnipeg with people who are not from Manitoba--and there aren't that many; and even the folks who moved here and managed, by marrying in, with extremely hard work, and by exploiting every last ounce of their extroversion, to create a social network--they can't afford to be too cuddly to outsiders. You're an outsider? You're alone. For years on end.
3) If you ever imagined that Canadians were not racist/classist, move to Winnipeg. They think and treat poor First Nations people as if they were polluting lepers. It constrains possibilities for everything, from building decent relations to building decent infrastructure and amenities. In that way, like North Dakota, Winnipeg's kind of a conservative utopia--everyone's an individual, a 'family' member, or a nationalist. But a cross-class/race sense of community is a rarity, though that's what you'd need to build a better town. Well, they don't need it. They've got Jets tickets and their cabins.
Having spent a lot of time in other major cities I have to say that I almost never saw stars in them either - it is about all of the light generated in the city and diffusion. Some of us have winter sports like cross country skiing which also meets our need for something like a hike. Most of us do yearn for warmth at the end of a winter like this one.
If the adjustment is too difficult either change your approaches or do the sane thing.....