A Free Community Concert!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

Entertainment by:

  • SQUARE DANCERS: GIFFORD SANDERSON (Memorial Dancers & The Sandy Steppers, With Blaine Constant)


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.


  • 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?


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


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


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


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

Welcome Leslie-Ann


My first couple of days working with AYO, I found super positive and uplifting, straight from the start. I’ve already met tons of super positive characters and people who have large roles in the indigenous community. I’ve already been assigned a couple graphic arts assignments that I’m excited to partake in and am looking forward to continue working with the AYO Movement team. I also found that the people I would meet, would introduce themselves with open arms and are very fun to get along with, which is something I’ve never really endured in a workplace before. I’m looking forward to opening more doors and meeting various amounts of new people in the indigenous community and I already love working for AYO Movement!!!

We’re Hiring A Social Media Rockstar

It’s official, this summer we will be hiring one lucky student to be our first AYO Staff for the position of “Social Media Rockstar”! Deadline to apply by email to info @ AYOmovement . com with cover letter & resume is this Friday!!

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– Assist in updating social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, website etc)
– Attend AYO events/activities to take photo graphs and post photos/updates
– Willing to learn and be mentored by a volunteer team how to do community organizing, youth engagement and online marketing
– Interest and skills in graphic design an asset
– Experience in the inner city an asset
– Experience working with Indigenous youth/people an asset

– must have been a full time high school student in 2016/2017 and must be returning to high school or entering full-time post secondary studies in September 2017
– Eligible to work in Canda (valid Social Insurance Number)

Position will be 40 hours a week beginning Monday June 26th 2017

Special Shout out to Canadian Roots Exchange and Indigenous Family Centre for helping to make this position a reality!

7 Ways to Get Involved With AYO! This Summer!

As the weather heats up, so do activities within the AYO! Movement! This summer we will be hosting  these 7 opportunities (there may be more) and will be debuting our first ever AYO Staff position for one lucky summer student!! Find below some upcoming upcoming opportunities for Indigenous youth:

AYO Politix & #PDvotes17 (Saturdays)

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There is a provincial by election to replace MLA Kevin Chief in Point Douglas on June 13th 2017! That means AYO Politix (#politixBS) is meeting with individual candidates, recording Speed Rounds and working with other community groups to have an All Candidates Forum! Stay tuned to the AYO Politix Facebook Page to learn more!  We will be asking the candidates to speak on local economic development, child welfare (See Fearless R2W) and Health (See our TOP 5 Health Policy list). Our festivities began on Sat May 20th, with Green Party’s Sabrina Koehn Binesi! Upcoming Brain Storm dates are below:

Meet Me at the Bell Tower (Fridays)

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The MM@BT movement continues to meet Fridays at 6pm in cooperation with the Indigenous Family Centre and Food Not Bombs (and of course our relatives the Bear Clan gather at 6pm on the same corner). We look forward to welcoming consultations related to The Merchant’s Corner, a bell tower baby first birthday and a chance to explore both mental and community health!

Fearless R2W (Thursdays & 1 Saturday)

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Fearless R2W is moving forward, we are about to release our re-vamped Community and Government Recommendations on our blog! We continue to meet Thursdays at Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre at 510 King Street and are beginning the process for our first ever COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT FORUM. We will also be supporting the AYO Politix Candidate’s Forum and asking questions on child welfare.

Inner City Voices (Mondays)

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Every Monday for the past 5 years, @northendmc has been hanging out on the CKUW airwaves with many of the other rowdies from AYO & the Village including Jenna Liiciious, Markus, Chris, Ninoondawah and many more! MC & Liiciious recently had a blast hosting the 11th Annual Volunteer Awards & Listener Appreciation Party for the CKUW family! We promote local musicians, especially hip hop, and are always looking for interesting and exciting ways to collaborate with inner city residents and groups as well as other shows on CKUW like Rogues Primate.

The Village Walk (Mondays)

village walk 2017 returns

Back by popular demand and now in it’s 3rd year, it’s the Village Walk! Brought to you by SpiritFusion, AYO!, Ma Mawi Chi Itata, Got Bannock? & more – The Village Walk provides a chance each lunch hour, on Mondays, to start your week with a walk around the community where we can explore the neighbourhood and get healthy together.

Youth Pipe Ceremonies (Saturdays)


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We’re back for the 2nd year of weekly, summertime, street level youth led ceremony! We’ve already hosted 2 events at the North End Bell Tower and the Merchant’s Hotel. We are looking forward to supporting other events in the community where ceremony, and the streets can come together, in spaces where we can pray for families and express gratitude for the good things we have in our lives.

100 Basketballs (Family Fun Day in August)

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For the past 3 years, #100Basketballs has provided inner city children and youth with free basketballs and a family fun day that featured basketball related give aways, food, entertainment, 3 on 3 basketball tournaments and more! This year, 100 Basketballs will happen in August and for the first time will be in the West End of Winnipeg. More details will be available soon!

  • If you wish to partner, support, donate equipment, shoes, basketballs or help in any other way please contact Lenard Monkman at
  • Donations can be dropped off with the AYO team Fridays at MM@BT

There you have it! After 7 years of existing it is amazing to see how our volunteers and partner organizations continue to work together to make space in the village for community to be created. We have now shared 7 of our initiatives that you can get involved in this summer either by attending as a participant or getting involved as a helper. See you on the street!

Where They Meet: Indigenous Activism and City Planning in Winnipeg, MB (Jason Syvixay’s Master’s Thesis)

Hi there!

My name is Jason Syvixay, a Master of City Planning (MCP) graduate student in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture. Recently, I attended Meet Me At The bell Tower and had the distinct pleasure to meet many of the participants involved with this initiative and to introduce my thesis work.

Before proceeding with my research inquiry, I met and discussed with organizers of AYO and Meet Me At The Bell Tower to understand how my research may be supportive and generative for future organizing and mobilizing work.

As part of my research design, secondary source analysis, ethnography/observation, and semi-structured interviews will be employed. With the assistance of Meet Me At The Bell Tower organizers, I will participate in many of the upcoming weekly gatherings to take notes and to meet with prospective interviewees. If you have participated in Meet Me At The Bell Tower in the past and would like to serve as a key informant in my research, I would love to hear from you. For your privacy and confidentiality, before interviews may be scheduled, forms of consent will need to be reviewed and signed. Please get in touch either by contacting Meet Me At The Bell Tower organizers or me by email at Thank you! I am looking forward to hearing from you!


Below is brief project information:

Project Title: Where They Meet: Indigenous Activism and City Planning in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Researcher: Jason Syvixay, Department of City Planning, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba
Research Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman, University of Manitoba
Thesis Committee (Internal/External): Dr. Jino Distasio, University of Winnipeg; Jeff Palmer, Catapult Community Planning

Background: In Winnipeg, Indigenous activists are finding and/or creating new opportunities to meet in public space to discuss civic issues like safety, inclusion, and the right to land. Through physical resistance (i.e. Indigenous activists occupying public space through blockades, protest, and public demonstrations), Indigenous activists have begun to make known their varying political, economic, and social struggles ─ and in many cases, are rallying both public and media support.

This practicum will explore Indigenous activism, leading to lessons for planners and others. Instead of maintaining a critical distance from these demonstrations, which can often create feelings of alienation within the Indigenous community, I assert that planners and others can view these public actions as offering opportunities for feedback, dialogue, and change. Through a case study of Meet Me At The Bell Tower, I hope to demonstrate how Indigenous activism in public spaces may represent an important bottom-up, community-based approach to public engagement.