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.

Opportunities – April 2018

It’s April and there’s no better time to come check out what is happening with AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities). Find below opportunities that Indigenous young people and community members are invited to attend. Please see the corresponding Facebook Page or website link for more details.

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Inner City Voices: You can hear the ICV crew on the air 3 times this month! This is a weekly radio show where you get to hear about some inner city events and activities and music and people. We are Mondays on CKUW 95.9fm on the following dates

  • April 9 – Inner City Voices, 5-6pm
  • April 23 – Inner City Voices, 5-6pm
  • April 30 – special episode of ROGUE VOICES,  our semi-regular collaboration with the rogue primates of CKUW!

Speak Cree?: Speak Cree is a weekly inter-generational conversational group that hopes to revitalize the Cree language right here in the city of Winnipeg. We meet Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm at Ralph Brown Community Centre, 460 Andrews. Check out our below poster and feel free to share with anyone interested in learning the language! Happening April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

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Fearless R2W: Manitoba Child Welfare Education and Advocacy group meets every Wednesday at 6pm at Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre at 510 King Street. Find below the topics of the learning circles for April

 

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Meet Me at the Bell Tower: Anti Violence and community building rally, open to inner city residents and anyone else!! Young people are encouraged to share their ideas on how we can address the challenges we face as a community with the rest of the village as their back up. Find below the themes or each Friday in April (its always at 6pm, and always at 470 Selkirk Ave):

 

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AYO Politix – Saturdays at noon! The only planned Brain Storm we have is the YOUTH ENGAGEMENT BRAIN STORM that is happening Saturday April 7th at Boogies Restaurant at 1155 Main Street at 12 noon. Hope to see you there!

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Midnight Medicine Walk – Thunder Bay: On Friday April 27th at 10pm at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario! We will be joining our relatives from the Student Enterprise 2nd year class and residents of the community in smudging along the river of tears. Check out the FB event HERE for up to date info about the route and the official poster!

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Grand Opening of Merchant’s Corner: On April 28th at 11:30am the Merchant’s Corner is having it’s Grand Opening! If you have ever wanted to be a part of what is happening with the revitalization of that former bar/hotel that has transformed into an educational and community hub (with a cafe coming soon). Check out the Merchant’s Corner website for more info!

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Ottawa Fam: We have to give props to the Assembly of 7 Generations and the team in Ottawa, ON who began meeting weekly a month ago and are continuing to build community and celebrate First Nations and Metis culture! Follow their Twitter account here!

 

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Opportunities – March 2018

Do you want to get involved with the AYO team in Winnipeg? Take out your calendar and circle these dates!

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Inner City Voices (radio show): bi-weekly, hour long radio program featuring a panel of real people sharing real stories, discussing real topics and celebrating real music. Listen to old episodes of the show by clocking  HERE.
Monday March 12, 5-6pm on CKUW 95.9fm
Monday March 26, 5-6pm on CKUW 95.9fm

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Speak Cree? (free community language nest): this weekly community space invites Cree/Inninew speakers of all dialects, ages and experience levels to learn and share the language!
Tuesdays: March 6March 13, March 20 & March 27 @ 6:30pm
@ Ralph Brown Community Centre – 460 Andrews St

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Fearless R2W (Child welfare education & advocacy group): We meet weekly and invite parents and community helpers to come build their networks and system literacy.
Wednesdays @ 6:00pm @ Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre
March 7 – Learning Circle with Winnipeg Boldness Project
March 14 – Advocacy & Crafts
March 21 – Topic To Be Determined….
March 28 – Sharing Circle

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Meet Me at the Bell Tower (anti-violence, community building gathering): weekly event for families and youth to encourage healthy living. We also connect members of the community with relevant supports in creative ways.
Fridays @ 6:00pm @ 470 Selkirk – Indigenous Family Centre
March 9 – Restoring Justice
March 16 – Food As Resistance
March 23 / March 30 – Topics To Be Determined….

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AYO Politix (system literacy, self directed learning for Indigenous youth): We meet in local businesses to brain storm topics and plan solutions and actions to support our community and AYO initiatives.
Mental Wellness Brain Storm, Saturday March 17 @ 12:00pm
Newcastle Restaurant – 1010 Main Street 

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Midnight Medicine Walk (cultural walk for those being sexually exploited on the streets): In response to the recent verdicts relating to Tina Fontaine and injustices across the country we will be meeting at
March 19 @ 11:45pm on Alexander & Waterfront

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AYO To Celebrate 8th Birthday: Nothing has been planned yet, but keep your eyes posted to the page or surprise AYO team members with birthday gifts all month!

 

Fire Safety Tips and an Opportunity for Youth

AYO & Meet Me at the Bell Tower have seen far too many of our relatives fall victim to preventable fires and that’s why we hosted the FIRE SAFETY BELL TOWER on Friday February 23rd, 2018. We were pleased to announce our partnership with the Fire ED Community, in an attempt to provide young leaders in our community with mentorship and fire safety skills that we can then offer to schools and youth groups in our communities. We are ready and able to use public education alongside our many partners who want to help give youth a fighting chance to live to our full life’s potential and be positive contributors to society. AYO leaders will be learning new life safety skills to be fire safe and helping all young people in our neighborhood and province to achieve the same positive results.

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At the Bell Tower, we asked our relatives what do we need to do to to prevent fires? Here is what was said:

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Make sure there are working and up to date smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home
  • Keep flammable items away from heat such as lighters, stacks of paper, electronics cords,
  • Use safety locks when small children are around for dangerous items such as lighters, flammable liquids, etc
  • Children should not be handling or using fire
  • Share traditional teachings of fire, and fire keepers so that Indigenous children can have respect and understanding for fire, and learn not not abuse it

QUESTIONS WE STILL HAVE

  • Is there technology available that can detect smoke levels before to much exposure?
  • are there fire proof materials that can be used to build houses? Is this affordable or not affordable?
  • Do all the kids in our neighbourhood know what do in case of a fire? (aka home safety plan, “stop, drop and roll”, etc)

A big THANK YOU to Chris Clacio (Community Safety Facilitator) and the AYO team for facilitating this conversation, and thank you to Charlaine for writing down the notes!

If you or someone you know would like to get involved with this project, we are looking for local partners, and also wanting to connect with schools in Winnipeg’s inner city!

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More about our friends at Fire ED:
The Fire-ED Interactive Community is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and tackling social exclusion. We want to make sure that equality and diversity is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that strong communities are places where people feel safe, where the environment is welcoming, where people feel they are able to take action for the benefit of themselves and their community, where they feel that their concerns are heard and responded to. It’s not about political correctness or box-ticking, but about making sure we provide the kind of services that are needed, in a way that does not exclude anyone. Join the Fire-ED Interactive Movement For Eliminating Preventable Fires on social media @FireEDCommunity

January 2018 Opportunities

 

We’re halfway through January, but it’s not too late to get involved with AYO! in 2018! Check out these opportunities for urban Indigenous youth and community members this month with Fearless R2W, Canadian Roots Exchange Youth Reconciliation Initiative, AYO Politix, Meet Me at the Bell Tower and Inner City Voices!

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The Canadian Roots Exchange National Story Blanket Tour – Winnipeg Stop
Jan. 16 – Jan 18
EVENT: Jan 17 / 6-9pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights – 85 Israel Asper Way

Join the Winnipeg Youth Reconciliation Initiative Team as they welcome the NATIONAL STORY BLANKET to Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights! Stories from youth leaders from across Canada of reconciliation, community and solidarity! There will also be an activity Wed January 17th from 6-9pm at the museum!

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Fearless R2W Mental Health Supports
Thursday, January 18 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Turtle Island Community Centre – 510 King Street

Join the Fearless R2W team as we learn from the WRHA about what types of mental health supports we have available in the city!

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Bell Tower Pipe Ceremony
Friday, January 19 at 6 PM – 8 PM
470 Selkirk Ave

Join us as we sit together in ceremony to pray for a good year with the bell tower family and the whole village! Ninoondawah Richard will be smoking his pipe, but all pipe carriers and drummers are welcome to come sit with us!!

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The Culture Brain Storm
Saturday, January 20 at 12 PM – 1:30 PM
Newcastle Restaurant -1010 Main Street

Urban Indigenous young people are invited to come sit with the AYO leaders and discuss our CULTURE initiatives! We will also welcome any knowledge keepers to share their idea with us on how we can approach reclaiming this important part of our identity as First Nations, Metis and Inuit young people!

What type of cultural opportunities would you like to see? Ceremonies? Language? Elder/Youth activities?

We’ll also discuss the AYO culture initiatives:
– Youth Pipe Ceremonies
– BYOD – Bring Your Own Drum
– Midnight Medicine Walk
– AYO Language (Cree/Ojibwe)

**This is our first time going to Newcastle at 1010 Main Street, come on down and support a local North End restaurant**

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2nd Inner City Voices Show of 2018
Monday, January 22 at 5 PM – 6 PM
CKUW Radio 95.9fm – 515 Portage Ave

New music, guests, and interviews on inner city topics that matter to you! Monday at 5pm on CKUW Radio 95.9fm in Winnipeg! Post in the event shout outs or events you want us to share on air
Listen to CKUW online here: www.CKUW.ca/listen

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Fearless R2W Sharing Circle
Thursday, January 25 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Turtle Island Community Centre – 510 King Street

Monthly sharing circle, come share with us!

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Mental Health Bell Tower #BellLetsTalk
Friday, January 26 at 6 PM – 8 PM
470 Selkirk

This week we discuss Mental Health and also encourage those in attendance to take action in various ways: Participating in the #BellLetsTalk Day Jan 31,2018; supporting one of the BLT Winnipeg organizations; Do one of the 5 simple ways as discussed by bell; or Access supports with the WRHA. We will also have guest speakers Andi Sharma and Shania Pruden in attendance to share their stories with us! What other ways can we share to help people improve their mental wellness? You’re invited to join us and record a message of HOPE we can share via Video on the MM@BT Facebook page!

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Rogue Voices (Inner City Voices)
Monday, January 29 at 5 PM – 6 PM
CKUW Radio 95.9fm – 515 Portage Ave

Sometimes in 2018, there’s a 5th Monday in a month….and on those Mondays we bring you ROGUE VOICES!! Rogue Voices is an hour long episode from 5-6pm combining Inner City Voices and Rogue Primate shows together focusing on topics of ecological importance and how they can relate to inner city living. Tune in to CKUW Radio 95.9fm for this special collaboration! Guests will be announced, but we can reveal one of the voices we’ll be hearing from is Audrey Logan, a local knowledge keeper! 

400 Toys Needed to Make Christmas Brighter for North End Children

Hello Winnipeg!

AYO and Meet Me at the Bell Tower are proud to support our relatives at the North End Family Centre as we work to get as many toys together as we can for their annual Christmas Party. This year we are hoping to get 400 toys to donate, can you help us?

 

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If you want to help, you can get at the AYO team tonight at the Bell Tower or anytime before the December 14th at 6pm at St Johns Cathedral ( the one beside St John’s Park, in the graveyard)! We will be sure to keep you up to date on the AYO/MM@BT Facebook pages!

See you tonight!

6 Years Later: Meet Me at the Bell Tower

This Friday November 17th at 6:00pm, you’re invited to a celebration of community building and peace at the North End Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Ave) as we celebrate our 6th birthday!

Join the #BellTowerFamily as we welcome special guests, live entertainment, bell tower awards, cake and of course prizes to “6 Years Later”, our birthday celebration. Whether you’ve been coming for years or have been meaning to come out for your first time, this is the perfect moment to come out. We will hear from youth leader Kakeka Thundersky about why building community is important to her; Winnipeg’s own Joe Curtis will share his Meet Me at the Bell Tower original song; and of course Cake from Gunn’s Bakery, and our yearly recognition of community the Bell Tower Awards. If you want to help, bring yourself, a friend, a prize to donate, a song to share or words to gift to the community!

All the festivities begin at 6:00pm, volunteers are asked to show up at 5:30pm. If you would like to donate, volunteer or schedule a media interview please email Quinton at Q@ayomovement.com.