Introducing: Step Up Canada Anti Bullying Initiative

Last week, I went and hung out with some young people at a pre-employment program in my community. We talked about the village schedule and AYO’s SHIT Leadership Model. One day after I presented to this group, 2 of the students got together and created this: STEP UP CANADA – an anti bullying initiative. These young people aim to share their positivity on social media and are even hoping to have an event in the near future. They are in the process of getting feedback from people all across the internet land, all across Winnipeg and Canada about what type of focusses their initiative can have. Feel free to send them a positive word, or a helpful tip!

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Please invite your family and friends to help support these pages
Twitter: @stepupcanada_
Instagram : stepupcanada

Winnipeg Water Wednesdays Return!




Water Wednesdays Returns!
“Water and Love make Bannock”
Bring a donation for The Bannock Lady

5:30pm @ Memorial Park in front of the Legislative Building
All are welcome to come celebrate and protect Water. Share this event far and wide and bring all your friends!



ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD WINNIPEG – Thursday June 12th, 2014


Calling all hand drums, drummers, singers, lead blasters, song makers, dancers, all youth and children, we welcome dignitaries, spectators who just wanna watch and listen. All are welcome! Come join us in full circle with song and dance! Come help us as we bring safety back to the community and we sing for the people in this initiative. We will show you that it is “All Good In The Hood”





Who Walks With the Buffalo Tour for North End Schools


In April of 2014, Adrian Acoby was murdered at the age of 25 in Winnipeg’s inner city in a domestic related dispute. The violence in the North End of Winnipeg in 2014 is affecting young people, and young people are taking action. The “Who Walks With The Buffalo Tour” In Honour of Adrian Acoby is an initiative of young people from the North End, reaching out to our peers in neighbourhood schools, and asking for their help to prevent further violence in the neighbourhood over the summer. From June 9th to 13th we are dedicating all of our North End speaking engagements to Adrian and inviting our community to Meet Me at the Bell Tower on Friday June 13th for a special community gathering.

Our main objective is to empower youth, to use their gifts and abilities to prevent violence and be a positive role model in the North End of Winnipeg

Who is Adrian – Who Walks With the Buffalo?

Adrian Acoby was a young Aboriginal man who was intelligent, funny with a demeanor and sense of humour that put his peers and fellow community members at ease. He was a community helper and was always the first to volunteer when an opportunity presented itself. Like many young people, Adrian was struggling with addictions and homelessness. He even turned his challenges into education for others volunteering in the 2013 CEO Sleepout with the Downtown BIZ alongside AYO!. That night, in 2013, Adrian went home with an AYO! Leadership member and had the feeling of a warm bed in the middle of his addictions and his own struggles with homelessness


Unfortunately, in April 2014 Adrian Acoby became one of 9 murders of the year in Winnipeg. In a year of violence for Aboriginal Youth and Winnipeg as a whole, the inner city was feeling the sting. There were many violent incidents in only the first 6 Months of the year. The most devastating event for us as a group involved Adrian, who at the age of 25, was involved in a domestic assault with another young women, known to us through community involvement, and became a victim of homicide. She is being charged with second degree murder. This trauma has hurt us beyond measure, and when we look back to the first months of 2014 and imagine what is coming this summer and in the next 6 months, we cannot help but remember 2011 the year when Winnipeg was the murder capital of Canada.

That’s why AYO says no more, and wants to invite North End students to share their gifts this summer, engage their friends in creative actions to bring on the peace and ultimately stop the violence. Let’s prevent violence from occurring by being pro active and looking out for each other.  We’re doing this for Adrian and we need your help to make it happen.

MM@BT Facebook page:

Official AYO Bell Tower web page:

For more info or to book a presentation email:

Map of Aboriginal Canada by Aaron Carapella

Aaron Capella asked that we take a look at this awesome map, and AYO wants to ask you where you are from?

The map of Canadian First Nations pre-European contact has only been hanging on Allan Yerxa’s office wall for a few days, but already the response has been “wow.”

“I think (the map) is really important. It helps us with our self-identity. It’s important for the First Nations people to know where they come from, because they’re missing all that right now,” said Yerxa, who serves as lands and resources coordinator for Couchiching First Nation, and as such does a fair amount of historical research.

Yerxa provided mapmaker Aaron Carapella with information of First Nations in the northwest area of Ontario.
– See more at:

News Story:


Youtube story:

-Maps of USA and Mexico First Nations also available. (pdf link for zooming in is on the homepage)

2014 Urban Treaty Payments – Winnipeg

Check out this awesome photo captured by Jenna Liiciious lol! (Read on for treaty payment info thanks to Ozaway Pinesse for sharing)


The 2014 Urban Treaty Payments will be held at the Forks in Winnipeg weekdays from Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, June 26, 2014. Tents will open at 12 Noon and close at 5:00 pm. Please note: individuals will need to present government issued photo identification in order to collect their Treaty payments at the Forks Urban Treaty Payment tents.

If you have any questions, please contact our Treaty Payment Coordinator, Richard Fortier, at (204) 983-2461.


Valerie Ferguson

A/Manager, Indian Registration and Treaty Annuities

Manitoba Region – AANDC