Luminance.co Releases AYO Documentary

In August of 2018, members of AYO! welcomed some film makers into our circle as we went about our work. They were invited in to our Meet Me at the Bell Tower, our Politix Brain Storm & all the preparation that goes into a Midnight Medicine Walk. This 12 minute, Max Latimer directed film also features voices overs and interviews with Lauren Chopek, Jenna “Liiciious” Wirch & Michael Redhead Champagne. You can watch the full video by clicking the below image (or these words)

Max has shared the documentary on YouTube so it an be accessed here! The following blurb is how Luminance.co described our documentary when they originally posted it:

Can we equip Indigenous youth to give them the chance to create the life they want? That’s what AYO has been doing in the Winnipeg area for over a decade now, through the unique force of openness, collaboration and dedication.

The movement brings together the talents and resources of all members of the community to give a voice to Aboriginal youth, materialize their ideas and give them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams !

If you’re like us, you thought the music was very moving, take a look/click at the artists and tracks that appeared in the documentary!

Please take a look at the videos on the Luminance.co Facebook page to see more documentaries aimed at highlighting social movements.

13 Moons Harm Reduction is Hiring

Are you passionate about harm reduction? Do you want to support culture based programming for people who use drugs? Come join our team! We are currently hiring for the following positions:

We want to give a big shout out to Kani Kanichihk for all their help in hosting the employees in 13 Moons and for the partnership with White Wolf Speaking for the FT Coordinator position! A big thank you to the Executive Circle & Peer Advisory Team for helping with the hiring process. Deadline to apply is July 30th @ 4:30pm

  • Youth Harm Reduction Worker: Marcia Anderson, Co-chair, Executive Circle, manderson5@wrha.mb.ca
  • Harm Reduction Coordinators: Fiorina Pasquarelli, Human Resource Administrator, Ka Ni Kanichihk mail, HR@kanikanichihk.ca

AYO (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) is a youth movement from Winnipeg’s North End that is committed to breaking stereotypes and creating an opportunity for urban Indigenous young people. AYO develops relationships with organizations, media, government, and businesses in order to empower each other. This group is led by young people volunteering and sharing their gifts with others. We are currently hiring Indigenous youth to work with our 13 Moons Harm Reduction initiative, a culture based program to reduce harms for people who use drugs.

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. is a non-profit, community based; Indigenous led human services organization that provides a range of Indigenous identified programs and services that focus on wholeness and wellness and that builds on the strengths and resilience of Indigenous Peoples.

Ka Ni Kanichihk is committed to achieving employment equity; therefore candidates are encouraged to indicate in their covering letter if they are of Indigenous ancestry.

Youth Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
Part-Time (20-40 hours per week)

Term: ASAP to March 31, 2019, with potential renewal
Hourly Rate: $18.50

About the Role

AYO is the lead on implementing the 13 Moons Project, which is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Ka Ni Kanichihk is providing organizational support and financial management and is part of the Executive Circle along with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Population Public Health and Manitoba Harm Reduction Network. Employees of the project report to the Executive Circle.

AYO requires two (2) experienced, knowledgeable, and motivated Outreach Workers to connect with people aged 11-35 who are currently using drugs.

Using a harm reduction, healing centered, anti-racist, and culturally grounded approach, the successful candidate will:

● Support the project’s People Who Use Drugs Advisory Council:
o Maintain and support communications with members
o Support training and capacity building opportunities for members
o Ensure activities support the deliverables outlined in the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) work plan
● Responsible for carrying out day to day operations according to the work plan
o Identifying opportunities to connect with people who use drugs
o Independently carry out overall day to day activities in alignment with the work plan
o Delivering a 13-week program on healthy sexuality and harm reduction
o Coordinating social media presence
o Contribute to necessary documents for the Executive Circle
o Responsible for ensuring that necessary materials & equipment for activities are in stock
o Identify, develop, and/or participate in appropriate networks and coalitions
o Assist with event planning, including conferences
o Completing reports and tracking data on outreach activities
● Participate in evaluation activities according towork plan
● Follow all policies and procedures of the employing and funding organizations
● Other duties as delegated by the Executive Circle

What You Bring
• A high school diploma, or an acceptable equivalent.
• 2-3 years of experience working in their community on community events, campaigns, coalition building, etc.
• Strong community connections, in particular with communities that are affected by harmful substance use and those not traditionally well served by systems.
• Lived experience with substance use.
• Previous roles, volunteer or employment, with inner-city organizations.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Ability to organize and coordinate meetings.
• Works using a decolonizing and anti-racist approach.
• A commitment to working from a harm reduction oriented, healing centered, and culturally grounded perspective.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Indigenous people.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Must be able to work flexible hours according to the activities required of the job position.
• Comfortable working as part of a team and independently.
• Experienced in software programs for data management, word processing and basic design (eg. Office, social media).

To Apply

Applications for this position will be received up to July 30, 2019, at 4:30pm. Please write APPLICATIONS in the subject line.
Please send the following in on attachment: Resume, Cover Letter, and three work-related references to:

Marcia Anderson
Co-Chair Executive Circle
manderson5@wrha.mb.ca

***Thanks to all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.***

Harm Reduction Coordinator
Full-time Position (40 hours per week)

Term: ASAP to March 31, 2019, with potential renewal
Hourly Rate: to be determined

About the Role
We are seeking a Harm Reduction Coordinator that will be responsible for the White Wolf Speaking program which offers Indigenous-led and culturally-based workshops on sexual health and reproductive justice.
The Coordinator’s responsibilities include the development, implementation, and facilitation of culturally-based educational sessions for the Indigenous community, service providers, and partner agencies with the purpose of promoting and enhancing access to information, services, and supports on sexuality and reproductive health and justice. The Coordinator will also play an integral role in supervising the Peer Outreach workers of the 13 Moons Harm Reduction Project, ensuring deliverables are being met and reporting on the project outcomes.

13 Moons Harm Reduction is an Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO) initiative that is a culturally grounded, peer to peer harm reduction model supporting Urban Indigenous youth (age 11-35) living in Winnipeg who use drugs, or who have used drugs and are facing obstacles.

What You Bring
• You are supportive of Ka Ni Kanichihk’s values and beliefs;
• University Degree in a related field and three (3) years’ experience working in the Indigenous community, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
• Experience in program development, delivery, and evaluation;
• Knowledge of sexuality and reproductive justice issues;
• Knowledge and understanding of anti-oppressive frameworks;
• Excellent group facilitation, problem-solving, and team-building skills;
• Computer literacy in current/relevant software;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Highly effective prioritization, multi-tasking, and time management skills;
• Knowledge of community resources;
• Demonstrated cultural competence and commitment to cultural reclamation;
• Knowledge of adult and youth education principles an asset;
• Experience working in the field of community health and/or social services;
• Demonstrated ability working in harm reduction, trauma-informed, anti-racist, and
• decolonizing environments;
• Experience in the provision and maintenance of budgets and financial management;
• Demonstrated ability to lead, train, and supervise team members.
Candidates are required to provide a current Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Registry Self-Check, valid driver’s license, a driver’s abstract, have access to a vehicle.

Cover Letter and Resume for this position will be received up to Wednesday, July 30, 2019 at 4pm.

Please forward to:
Fiorina Pasquarelli
Human Resource Administrator
Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.
455 McDermot Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3A 0B5
Fax # (204)953-5824
Email: HR@kanikanichihk.ca

***Ka Ni Kanichihk thanks all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.***

Bell Tower To Belize: Sounding The Conch Shell

This Summer, AYO! & Meet Me at the Bell Tower are joining the University of Manitoba Community Service Learning for an educational and cultural exchange in Belize!On Friday June 14, join us at the bell tower as we talk about the many adventures we have planned and to share our ideas with Michael, Kakeka & all those attending this exchange from June 19 to July 1, 2019.

Last year we were honoured to host a number of youth leaders from Belize at the bell tower while they were in town for UM Community Service Learning activities. Now, we are excited to send some AYO leaders to meet with Mayan youth in Belize as they develop their own movement they have named “Sounding The Conch Shell”. They shared with uus that they want this movement ro revive culture and stop the violence against the earth. Sounds like we have a lot in common!!

We would like to thank Anny Chen, all the people who have helped us with this opportunity including Pop Entertainment & Management, The Indigenous Family Centre and many more! See below a quote and an article that was written about the coming adventures:

Last March, Roberto Kus, a Maya youth from Belize, took part in a three-week exchange to Winnipeg. Roberto was particularly moved by Meet Me at the Bell Tower, a weekly gathering where he saw Indigenous youth come together to voice their concerns and take action to better their communities.

Roberto returned to Belize excited to work with his peers and create an opportunity for Maya youth to embrace their cultural identity, build their Indigenous leadership and envision a future for their communities. The following article is what Roberto Kus and Seferina Miss, two youth members of the JCS Planning Team, had to share about Sounding of the Conch Shell and the five-day youth camp that they are planning in Belize.

Read the whole article here.

RSVP to this Friday’s Bell Tower event on Facebook here.

Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care in Winnipeg

“Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care in Winnipeg” has been announced as one of twelve projects being funded from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation as part of the National Housing Strategy.

This is a one year project, with HTFC Planning & Design as the main proponent, recieving $122,666 from CMHC to do this solutions lab featuring partnerships with Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO), HTFC Planning & Design; Ready to Shift and Scale (RSS); Nigaanii Wabiski Mikanak Ogichidaa (NWMO) so far!! We are also grateful to have suppport from the University of Manitoba, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences throughout this initiative. AYO hosted a Meet Me at the Bell Tower Gathering last week on this topic and also hosted the first of their leadership lab team gatherings to kick off the project. Future gatherings and identifying additional partners will happen throughout the duration of the project.

“I am beyond excited to be a part in project because I know first hand how inconsistent and challenging navigating the systems are before and after you even ahead out. I am vet happy the project uses Indigenous youth voices, like mine, that know from experience what’s not working, and what is.” – Kakeka ThunderSky

More about our project “Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care in Winnipeg”:

Our Solutions Lab will address the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness that Indigenous youth in care in Winnipeg face when they age out of the child welfare system at age 18.

Our project leverages the processes and methodologies of Solutions Labs to collaboratively explore the specific needs of Indigenous youth in Winnipeg who have grown up in the care of Manitoba’s child welfare system and who are at the point where their institutional supports are removed.

Many child welfare advocates and organizations have identified this pivotal point in the experience of a youth in care, a point at which they face a high probability of entering into a cycle of poverty and housing insecurity or homelessness.

We will approach this issue from different perspectives and worldviews, including those of people who:

  • are or were in the system (young people who have aged out or are aging out of care);
  • are working in the system (caregivers, child welfare caseworkers or administrators, policymakers, etc.); or
  • are “around” the system (as advocates or community organizers, or those who work for organizations involved with housing, including the CMHC).

In doing so, we aim to build bridges of empathy and provide advocates and policymakers with a more complete picture of the issue.

Our hope is that the solutions that are co-developed in this process will be taken up by decision makers to close the gaps and further reduce the number of young people facing homelessness year over year.

Anyone wanting to get involved in, support the development of or speak to someone about this initiative please see details below:

Zoe Mager, HTFC
Email: zmager@htfc.mb.ca

Kakeka ThunderSky, Nigaanii Wabiski Mikanak Ogichidaa
Email: 2braidz@ayomovement.com

Michael Redhead Champagne, AYO
Email: mc@ayomovement.com

Happy 9th Birthday AYO!

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Happy Birthday! It was 9 years ago that a group of community members came together at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and started the movement that is AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities). You’re invited to join us at the bell tower and celebrate with us! There will be food, cake, activities and goodie bags! We will be sharing updates here on our blog, as well as on our Facebook event page! We will also be sharing an update of our current initiatives and some important dates for you to save.

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We never imagined that one event could turn into all the work we do in leadership, health, systems/education, arts & culture, media, recreation and safety. Find below a little image of the initiatives that we have been involved in. We have not included everything and each item listed could and does have its own “web” just like this. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, we are very excited to re-launch our website and announce other exciting events and initiatives that will empower Indigenous young people everywhere.

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I Heart the North End: Notes & Next Steps

Notes from North End Community Conversation at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre March 01, 2019

Asking the community for feedback on how to move forward after the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre was vandalized on many different occasions.

Community concerns:

Many community centres in the neighbourhood are closing or struggling to stay open.

There are many services missing/needed in the community;

  1. Healthy baby, Healthy child
  2. Pow-wows/ pow wow programs and large gathering spaces
  3. Aboriginal Head Start
  4. Halloween and Christmas celebrations
  5. Bingo and craft programs
  6. Drop- in for youth
  7. Community computers
  8. Elders programs
  9. Kitchen space
  10. Support for men/cultural teachings
  11. Healing for men at NPDWC
  12. North End wide newsletter to create more communication between the community
  13. Residents coalition
  14. Harm reduction space
  15. Volunteer and employment opportunities
  16. settlement/ transition services for Indigenous people
  17. Food security/ healthy food sources
  18. Creating more green spaces, such as community gardens
  19. Leadership training and capacity building
  20. The community celebrating holidays together and work towards uniting community
  21. Intergenerational connections
  22. Create safe spaces
  23. Meeting people’s basic needs (food, shelter, safety etc.)
  24. Teach newcomers about the North End and create a welcoming environment
  25. The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre needs good board members with integrity

What is going well in the North End Community

  1. Neechi co-op is re-emerging says Russ, treasurer
  2. Bear Clan has opened space @ 586 Selkirk Ave
  3. New community space at David Livingstone is beginning fundraising with Alexa & other helpers
  4. Merchant’s Corner is new (541 Selkirk Ave)
  5. North Point Douglas Women’s Centre is doing well, and welcomes men too  
  6. The North End community is kind, caring and a friendly neighbourhood
  7. The Ukrainian Labour Temple is expanding
  8. Strong community groups building solidarity (Bell Tower)
  9. Lord Selkirk Park Family Centre is a great community resource
  10. North End Community Helpers Network (NECHN) provides opportunities
  11. Ma Wawi’s presence in the community is a big help/support
  12. Wider society wants to help and engage in Winnipeg
  13. CEDA Pathways
  14. Tina’s Safe Haven & Ndinawe’s 24 Hour services for youth
  15. Education over poverty, providing more opportunities for St John’s students
  16. Science and supper, drop-in providing food, sharing stories and growing knowledge
  17. COTE and NIJI Mahkwa providing Indigenous education
  18. Hands of Hope, providing furniture and other household items in the community. Training and education program
  19. North End Arts are thriving

Next Steps in the North End

  1. Work towards keeping staff in the community
  2. Positive media coverage about the North End (i.e. using social media)
  3. Creating a positive narrative with youth leading
  4. Work towards rebuilding the North End and collaborating better
  5. Create universal housing
  6. Create strategic planning to rebuild infrastructure (like supporting Neechi Commons and Friendship Centre)
  7. Create more community consultations/conversations
  8. North Ender’s need to work together and with allies
  9. Be more realistic on what is possible
  10.  Possible involvement with court in serious cases like the Friendship Centre
  11. Invite Business to community conversations
  12. Additional administrative and coordination needed

The group decided we would call ourselves I Heart North End and I hope that anyone reading this who also hearts the North End will join us on Friday March 15th from 6-8pm at the Merchant’s Corner (541 Selkirk Ave) to keep the momentum going. (You can also read the @northendmc version here) 

I the North End

 

13 Moons is Hiring 2 Youth Harm Reduction Workers

AYO’s 13 Moons Harm Reduction initiative is hiring 2 Part Time Youth Harm Reduction Workers! Please share with any youth leaders you know who want to help us support the healing of our relatives who use drugs!

POSITION: Youth Peer Harm Reduction Worker

LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB

Term: ASAP- March 31, 2019 with potential renewal April 1, 2019 –March 31 2020

Hours: 20-40 hours a week

Hourly Rate: $18.50/hour

AYO (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) is a youth movement from Winnipeg’s North End that is committed to breaking stereotypes and creating opportunity for urban Indigenous young people. We develop relationships with organizations, media, government and businesses in order to empower each other. This group is led by young people volunteering and sharing their gifts with others. We are currently hiring Indigenous youth to work with our 13 Moons Harm Reduction initiative, a culture based program to reduce harms for people who use drugs.

PROJECT GOVERNANCE

AYO is the lead on implementing the 13 Moons Project, which is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Ka Ni Kanichihk is providing organizational support and financial management, and is part of the Executive Circle along with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Population Public Health and Manitoba Harm Reduction Network. Employees of the project report to the Executive Circle.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

AYO requires 2 experienced, knowledgeable, and motivated Outreach Workers to connect with people aged 11-35 who are currently using drugs.

Using a harm reduction, healing centered, anti-racist, and culturally grounded approach, the successful candidate will:

> Support the project’s PWUD Advisory Council:

  • Maintain and support communications with members
  • Support training and capacity building opportunities for members
  • Ensure activities support the deliverables outlined in the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) work plan
  • Responsible for carrying out day to day operations according to the work plan
  • Finding opportunities to connect with people who use drugs
  • Independently carry out overall day to day activities in alignment with the work plan
  • Deliver a 13 week program on healthy sexuality and harm reduction
  • Coordinate social media
  • Attend monthly Executive Circle meetings
  • Contribute to necessary documents and reports for the Executive Circle
  • Responsible for ensuring that necessary materials & equipment for activities are in stock
  • Identify, develop, and/or participate in appropriate networks and coalitions
  • Assist with event planning, including conferences
  • Participate in evaluation activities according to work plan

> Follow all policies and procedures of the employing and funding organizations
> Other duties as delegated by the Executive Circle

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A high school diploma
  • 2-3 years of experience working in their community on community events, campaigns, coalition building etc.
  • Strong community connections, in particular with communities that are affected by harmful substance use and those not traditionally well served by systems.
  • Lived experience with substance use.
  • Previous roles, volunteer or employment, with inner city organizations.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate meetings.
  • Works using a decolonizing and anti-racist approach.
  • A commitment to working from a harm reduction oriented, healing centered, and culturally grounded perspective.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Indigenous people.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours according to the activities required of the job position.
  • Comfortable working as part of a team and independently.
  • Experienced in software programs for data management, word processing and basic design (eg. Office, social media).

HOW TO APPLY

Before 4pm on November 30 please submit resume and cover letter highlighting how you meet the qualifications by email. Please write APPLICATION in the subject line.

Please submit applications to:

Name: Marcia Anderson
Position: Co-Chair Executive Circle
Email: manderson5@wrha.mb.ca

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.