Solutions to Give Hope 24/7 Project Gains Momentum!

solutions to give HOPE



What began on May 31st at Meet Me @ the Bell Tower documenting ways to prevent youth suicide has grown into a vehicle for our community to have their voices heard. Since June 7th, When Romondo Nilles and his circle of supporters launched this project “Solutions to Give Hope” approximately 700 community members have launched their support. This is an initiative intended to keep youth safe 24/7 and create a space in the North End where youth can have access to services in the middle of the night, instead of going to the Manitoba Youth Centre or being put into CFS (Child & Family Services). So far Ross Eadie and Kevin Lamoureux are supportive and we will meet with Kevin Chief this week. We have supporters from Toronto, Wisonson-USA


Check out what some of our community members have been saying about this initiative

  • Our kids need support 24-7. Part of the support includes a safe place that is always available when necessary. It’s a good investment for our kids now and into the future.
  • This is needed very bad

You can sign the PETITION online here!

You can read the Winnipeg Free Press Article About this initiative here – Wed June 18th

The plan moving forward, once we reach our goal of 1,000 signatures, is to sit down with each level of government (Ross Eadie, Kevin Chief & Kevin Lamoureux) and present our case and see if they can help. We will also connect with the Gang Action Inter-Agency Network 24 Hour Working Group to see how we can get involved with other organizations who have been advocating for this same resource for a long time as well.

If you have any suggestions we would love to hear them. Email Romondo at

romando [dot] nilles [at] hotmail [dot] com


Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwaak CAREER WEEKS (Police, Fire & Paramedic)

oshki career weeks

Check out these 2 posters below and share for in for for 2 City of Winnipeg Career Week activities for youth aged 15 to 18! This is presented by Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwaak the Aboriginal Youth Strategy for the C.o.W. !!


FIRE & PARAMEDICE Career Week August 6th – 9th, 2013


POLICE CAREER WEEK – August 26th – 29th 2013


AYO & Nine Circles Help Improve Your Sex Life!


Today, Aboriginal Solidarity Day, you can find Aboriginal Youth Opportunities sprinkled throughout events in Winnipeg.

Thanks to Nine Circles Health Centre, we have been able to acquire many items that cold be of use to people in our community to help them practice safer sex!

AYO! Leaders will have

  • Condoms (of course)
  • post cards for sex questions
  • STI Testing information (sexually transmitted information)
  • Awesome blue t shirts (with some to give away)

Keep posted to our facebook and twitter to keep an eye on where you can find AYO! Leaders throughout the day!

Some of the locations include

  • University of Manitoba Ceremony and Document Signing
  • Indian & Metis Friendship Centre
  • Selkirk & Powers
  • The Forks
  • Idle No More Rally @ 5pm
  • Solidarity Feast @ MM@BT

See you soon!


PS – check out this rant from MC on SOLIDARITY on Aboriginal Day

Positive News Day for AYO!

Check out the Winnipeg Free Press Today as Romondo, Holden, Mariana, Michael & Mark all represent in the Winnipeg Free Press THE TIMES. Thank you to Matt Preprost for helping to share these positive stories of our community



GET INVOLVED: You can CLICK HERE to sign the petition online and share support for this initiative.

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What do you think of all this?



Solutions to Create Hope – MM@BT May 31st, 2013

Solutions to Create Hope - MM@BT May 31st, 2013

Give solutions or some actions to give some hope in some way-MMBT-May 31 2013
1. ? media outlet/FB to make others aware
2. Work with each other as we do on a daily basis
3. Being able to go and see them or go for coffee check a place out with them
4. Alternate place in community to go to?
5. ? Community members available-to go and crash but not sleep there
6. Block parents are still available
7. Donating a space -24 Safe Place
8. Exercise-jumping jacks/dancing/push-ups/laughing/singing tap gently at area on neck that has an indent and breathe in and out
9. “Make the feather feel better”
10. Is anything positive that can be built out of helpless situations???
11. You are loved
12. Why do we have Youth Suicides? Ripple effects of domestic violence and broken families
13. When reacting to suicide it is: Healthy to talk: about feelings-about choices-about bullying-about problems
14. Community safe houses
15. More positive respect from adults
16. Safe place to vent and recoup
17. Community Events help with poverty struck households- trouble feeding themselves-meals are social events which bring many smiles
18. General Communication-people in the city often feel alone in crowds. We are so disconnected from one another on the streets, it’s no wonder sadness is all around us. We are a lonely overpopulated race.
19. Employment
20. Food security
21. Housing
22. Artistic(Self) expression
23. Uplift the human spirit
24. Always let kids/youth feel: WANTED-IMPORTANT-and LOVED
25. Sense of belonging
27. “Natural Helpers”
28. Buddy System-struggling persons should always have a reliable place to go to or person to come see them when they are struggling like a one-sided sponsor system
29. Suicide Stress Line
30. Youth Drop-in Counselling
31. Increase communication between police/social workers/youth
32. Anti-bullying programs
1. Breathe in Breathe Out
2. INFORM about training programs and other resources
3. Go with them to appointments
4. Holiday meals
5. Community Events
6. Communicate with each other so don’t feel as alone or sad
8. Take care of yourself, eat well, exercise, meditate, dance, do something for yourself that makes you happy J J J
9. Help someone else or do a good deed. You are important and valued by other people.
10. Learn how to become Natural Helpers
11. Need for suicide response plans at RB Russell and Ndinawe-bullying response
12. Call parents and family and be sensitive
13. Listen to the younger ones-believe they know too
14. Accept differences in people-anti-bullying
15. Live is good-live stop youth suicide
16. Adapted ASIST Training for Youth 7 week 2 hour training rather than two-days Vince Sangret (WRHA)
17. I can tell everyone to stand up for kids Adults and other like: stand up/tell teacher/ask why they are bullying them
18. Teachers to stand up against bullying when it happens
19. Bully or Bystander-No Difference-NIIWAABAN-Stand Up-Giigidoon SPEAK UP

photo credit: Greg Littlejohn
recorded by: Dee Thomas