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!

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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.

Crab Bucket by Matthew Shorting

Crab in  the bucket, we may have heard this term and I wonder…why is it so difficult to support those that are successful instead of trying to tear them down?

A lot of people in Winnipeg have difficulty with supporting Indigenous people.  People who have overcome many barriers that have been placed before us throughout history. Don’t believe me check out: Wab Kinew, Robert Falcon Ouellette, Don Burnstick, Adam Beach, Inez, Ashely Callingbull-Burnham, Tanya Tagak.

If we choose to see flaws only, that’s something that needs to be worked on. Paint the whole picture– look for their gifts. Quit trying to use flaws as if there always going remain that way and stop trying to generalize that behavior to their whole being.  At the end of the day, do we even have any knowledge of who they truly are? Hear-say is not truth.

We all have flaws,  so who are we to judge? What you can do is have compassion for their pain that drove them to unhealthy behaviors and talk to them instead of about them. Connection and relationships change people by not being alone, isolated and ridiculed. Shaming doesn’t work. Courage outlasts fear. Love will always conquer hate. 

WE JUST SURVIVED A GENOCIDE! 

Of course we learnt unhealthy unconscious negative behavior. The survival  mechanisms from intergenerational pain is insidious, cunning and powerful. However, that can change gradually by connection and by paying attention to it. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have, with the resources available to them. Know the difference between unintentional and intentional behavior. Quit trying to bring yourself into the light by calling people down – let them have their shine and time. No one’s perfect. No one’s perfect. No one’s Perfect. 

YES we need boundaries and discernment when the person is unwilling or unable to change harmful behaviors. YES we need support each other when everything is trying to divide, separate and conquer us. And NO, this is not an excuse to not grow or be your best every single day. 

HUMILITY Is realizing that no one is above or below another and that all of life matters.

Be like the grass outside. It gets stomped on, burnt and walked allover. Yet when it’s a hot day and we go to the ground, that grass is cool and gentle. That grass is always kind no matter what. No, It doesn’t mean  be a doormat or give of yourself until your hurting yourself and those around you either.

Creators love is Like the sun, it shines on all of us no matter what.

Food As Medicine Notes

On September 8th, 2017, approximately 80 residents of Winnipeg’s inner city came together in a special event featuring the Bell Tower Family, the National Diabetes Association and researchers from the University of Manitoba to discuss FOOD AS MEDICINE. The conversation was highlighted by our usual Food Not Bombs vegetable soup (veggies donated by Food Fare) and some delicious Bannock Pizza from Neechi Commons. The discussion asked community members to identify ways we could use food to improve our health, how to improve services and costs so that all members of our community could access healthy and culturally relevant food.

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Find below a summary of our conversations grouped into the following 7 areas:

FOOD BANKS

  • Easy access food banks for people with a disability, wheelchair or walker
  • More emergency food available in the community
  • More MILK available for seniors AND children at food banks

PHYSICAL WELLNESS

  • Free Gyms
  • Exercise classes for low income people
  • More access to cultural/traditional health activities (example: singing/dancing/pow wow classes)
  • More opportunities in the community for people struggling with addictions

COMMUNITY GARDENS/GREEN HOUSES

  • More community gardens with traditional food (not just flowers)
  • Free herbal tea
  • Teach how to grow herbs and traditional herbs
  • Year round community gardens (including green house and winter activities where applicable)
  • Bring back Indigenous corn

LIVING WITH HEALTH CHALLENGES

  • Diabetes “rehab”
  • eating well with diabetes
  • Foot care if you have been amputated for diabetes reasons
  • Heart care for people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol
  • Increased access to alternative sweeteners (sugar and aspartame are both bad for us)
  • More information about the harms and benefits of alternative sweeteners and sugar
  • Access to appropriate foods for those who are diabetic or lactose intolerant

TRADITIONAL FOODS

  • Increase access to traditional foods on the land
  • How to braid sweetgrass  lessons
  • More berry picking groups (and planting berries in the city and out of the city, when we can provide transportation)
  • Sharing stories about how food can be medicine

ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE/HEALTHY FOOD IN THE INNER CITY

  • More community shuttles to grocery stores
  • Host a community vegetable sale at the end of every month (possibly at the bell tower)
  • Lower prices for healthy, organic food
  • Increased communications and access to farmers markets
  • Increase access to free healthy  family dinners throughout the week (like cooking classes that let you take what you cook home to your family ex. “make and take”)
  • Cheaper prices for local fish

KNOWLEDGE SHARING

  • Opportunities to teach community members how to grow traditional foods (in the city)
  • Cooking and preserving classes (for jams, pickling, etc.)
  • Cook Book/cooking classes with healthy recipes and ho to cook on a budget
  • More opportunities to learn about the teachings behind food (spiritually)
  • Recipe exchange program between community members and nutrition experts
  • Increased information about the dangers of dye food colouring in our foods
  • Increase the marketing of healthy foods locally
  • Art classes – make collages of healthy lifestyles
  • Ban marketing junk food to children
  • Ban free refills of sugary rinks at fast food restaraunts
  • Healthy cooking video series for YouTube/Facebook
  • Fire department could come to the bell tower to teach about first aid
  • Free Seeds / Seed Bank or Library

As you can see, there are various long term and short term initiatives or projects we could be working on as a community to try and improve the health of our relatives living in poverty or those who are already living with chronic illness. We will be sharing the academic report with community members when it is finished and will also be continuing our relationship with the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association to ensure we can do prevention and maintenance for our relatives living with diabetes.

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Natalie & Joyce from the U of MB rang the bell together

ROCKIN’ THE VILLAGE

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A Free Community Concert!

PRESENTED BY: Got BANNOCK? & RBD Management.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

St. John’s Park, Main Street, Winnipeg, MB

Entertainment by:

  • KEITH SECOLA
  • THE CWEED BAND
  • EAGLE & HAWK
  • JADE TURNER
  • RHONDA HEAD
  • THE MOSQUITOZ
  • RESCUED BY DRAGONFLYZ
  • HELLNBACK
  • JESSE BANDURA
  • FRED MITCHELL 
  • GERRY BARRETT
  • LISA MUSWAGON
  • JEVON AND DAWN CHARTRAND
  • STAGGERING HAGGARDS
  • OWEN AND THE PROCRASTINATORS
  • COMEDIAN: PAUL RABILAUSKAS
  • SQUARE DANCERS: GIFFORD SANDERSON (Memorial Dancers & The Sandy Steppers, With Blaine Constant)
  • EMCEE: NCI LIVE SHOW HOSTS, ROSANNA DEERCHILD & SHANEEN ROBINSON

***NCI LIVE ON LOCATION***


Children’s Activities/ Entertainment: 1PM-6PM 

*FACE PAINTING*              *BOUNCY CASTLE*             *GAMES*                         *Community Resource Table*

Concert/Entertainment: 1PM-11PM

Free Lunch @2PM 

Free Supper @8PM


100 Soccer Ball Details!! 


Help us get 100+ soccer balls (& shoes & shorts) to inner city kids!

Campaign Check in is on August 18, 2017 at 6 PM. Located at the Bell Tower @470 Selkirk Avenue.

Family Fun Day is on August 26, 2017 at 12 PM. Located at Health and Recplex @350 Spence Street.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS

  • 445 King Street (Ma Mawi Chi Itata Youth Site) 
  • 95 Ellen Street (IRCOM House) 
  • 580 Main Street (United Way of Winnipeg) 
  • 211 Chancellor Matheson Road (Soccer Manitoba)
  • 1188 Dakota Street (Dakota Community Centre) 
  • LO2 – 1311 Portage Avenue (St Charles Soccer Association) 

Thank you, and we hope to see you out there!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Youth & Reconciliation : What is it? How do we get involved?


What is it?

Reconciliation is about all of us including Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal children and youth. We believe that reconciliation will happen when all people know about the history, successes and challenges of Aboriginal peoples today, and have peace building and citizen skills to ensure a better future for all people.

How do we get involved?

APPLY

  • YRI recruitment happens every June – July! Send in a resume and cover letter to volunteer@canadianroots.cato be considered.

TRAIN

  • There is a week-long YRI training every August where you’ll be linked with the people and resources for a successful year.

ORGANIZE!

  • From September to April, organize monthly events for youth in your community to discuss what reconciliation means to you.

SHARE

  • Share your learning at our annual conference or at exchanges near you!