GET INVOLVED with the Lake Winnipeg Water Walk 2014 [#LWWW2014]

Join the helpers and planners of the LAKE WINNIPEG WATER WALK 2014 for our third community planning meeting. AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) is proud to work with our friends at the Indigenous Family Centre for offering us space to host!!
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Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Indigenous Family Centre, 470 Selkirk Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba
This meeting is open to everyone! Please come and find out how you can get involved.1. We need a motorhome! 
Over half of the walk is through hundreds of kms without any options for accommodation. We need to rent or borrow a motorhome so the walkers have a place to stay! This is one of our biggest costs!

2. We need walkers, support crew, and community hosts
Walkers: We are looking for people who are willing to walk with the water, for 1 day, for 2 days, for the whole walk, any time commitment at all.
Support Crew: We need drivers, cooks, safety and logistical support to care for our walkers by traveling to assist with food preparation, camp set ups, laundry etc.
Community Hosts: We need contacts in each community to support our walkers through meals, community feasts, home stays.
Check out the route information for dates and location of the walk.
Extra need for walkers from July 12 – 26.

3. We need donations!
Our largest expense (aside from the motorhome) is fuel! Sponsorship information can be found on our website and we have a bank account set up so people can write cheques to “Lake Winnipeg Water Walk”. People can also donate online at
Please share our website through email and Facebook!
Please send any potential sponsorship names to Michelle at 204-223-0510.
Please follow our website for updates and contact us anytime at

Meet Me @ the Bell Tower featured on APTN Investigates “A Look Back Episode” May 2014

Meet Me at the Bell Tower

MM@BT was featured on APTN Investigates “A Look Back” episode on May 9th 2014. Our segment begins at 13:30!

“Michael Champagne is a remarkable young man. He wanted to do something about the violence plaguing his crime-ridden Winnipeg neighbourhood. Instead of leaving it to the government and demanding more cops be hired, he and a bunch of Aboriginal youth did something. Their meetings at a bell tower in Winnipeg’s notorious North End is a youth-led grassroots movement to improve the quality of life. To hear more, here’s Part 1 & Part 2 of their story.”

Thanks to Josh Grummett & Todd Lamirande for putting this story together!

Voices Garbage Bag Fashion Show 2014 – May 20, 2014


AYO invites you to this awesome event by Voices MB’s Youth in Care Network. These awesome young people are putting together this event to raise awareness about young people in CFS and how frequently they have to move with nothing to carry their belongings with other than a garbage bag. Turning this moment of darkness into a chance to celebrate resilience, Voices has hosts this garbage bag themed situation into a super hero event so youth can discover their super powers too! Check out the official details below:


Location: 109 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Graffiti Art Programming)

Date: May 20th, 2014

Time: 7-8:30pm


Youth in Care are future Super Heroes, complete with back stories that make you wonder ‘how in the world did they become the fabulous people they are today?’ Join us for a fun-tastic evening of creativity and honesty. Celebrate two awards recently bestowed upon the Network. Enjoy great food and people. Mostly- recognize the dignity of all youth in and from care.

See you there,


All Nations Medicine Walk: Caring & Nurturing May 25


On May 25, 2014 there will be a Medicine Walk taking place at the Thunderbird House in Winnipeg, Mb. We understand that medicines are used to cleanse and heal our bodies, mind, emotions and spirit. They are also used to purify and bless sacred grounds. There are a lot of issues that effect our communities and by smudging we understand that it will nurture, strengthen, protect and heal our communities. 

12:00 – Doors open
1:00 – 1:15 Opening Prayer – 
Myra Laramee
1:15 – 2:00 Community Speakers – Kevin Settee
Ivana Yellowback
Al Liiciious
Riel Dubois
Raven Boulanger
2:00-2:30 – Pipe Ceremony:
2:30-2:30 – Medicine Walk Begins – CALLING ALL SINGERS & DRUM CARRIERS
3:30-4:30 – Community Feast – Made by The Bannock Lady
5:00-6:00 – Clean Up

During the walk, we are requesting that all individuals bring their medicines from home (Sage, Cedar and Sweetgrass) in action to cleanse and smudge the streets while we all walk together.

We are encouraging and asking all nations and cultures to take part in the Medicine Walk because this issue effects every race and every walk of life

There will be vehicles available for elders during the walk.

If anybody would like posters to promote the walk you can write on the wall

If there are any suggestions or questions you can contact
Ivana Yellowback or Kevin Settee by sending a message through Facebook

Here is the Facebook event:

Event: 5km Walk So Kids Can Talk presented by BMO (this Sunday!) #BeAHero


This Sunday MC & AYO help participate in the 2014 Walk So Kids Can Talk presented by BMO!

The Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO (#BeAHero) is a fun and inspirational 5K walk where thousands of kids, adults, families, schools, community organizations, and corporations across Canada join together to support kids’ potential by raising funds for Kids Help Phone. It’s a terrific way to build community and enjoy a great experience outdoors while supporting an important cause: young people’s well-being.

Registration opens at 8:30am with OPENING CEREMONIES at 9:30am. The official 5k walk begins at the University of Winnipeg @ 10am, zigzagging around the downtown  and returning to the Duckworth Centre for the Boston Pizza After party!


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You can follow along for the day with the hashtag #BeAHero on your various social media sites & find official info at the below link.