silence is violence poster

They say the violence is back. Our children are learning how to use their voices, let’s share our examples and raise our voices. Silence is violence – Meet Me @ the Bell Tower. 

Bring Your: Hand Drums, Medicines (Sage, sweetgrass, etc), Megaphones, Noise Makers, Pots & Pans!!

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VIDEO: Aboriginal Gangs in Winnipeg (VICE)

The following is a VICE video released on July 10, 2014 describing the issue of Aboriginal street gangs in our city. We have one thing to say about that “stop the violence”.

Video Description from YouTube

Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, Canada — and for 16 of the past 33 years, it has also been the country’s murder capital. The prairie city is home to just under 800,000 people, about 10 percent of whom are Aboriginal, meaning Winnipeg boasts the largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada. Largely impoverished and facing continual discrimination, the community has given rise to violent Aboriginal street gangs. VICE News went to Winnipeg to spend time with gang members and find out why they’re linked to the majority of the city’s murders.

Read more on VICE News: Why Canada’s Inclusiveness Doesn’t Include Its Aboriginal Population:


Thanks to Stefan Richard for sharing this with us!

OPPORTUNITY: New Canada Conference

ATTENTION All Youth Between 19-24! If you’re passionate about this country and connecting with other Canadians, then we want to hear from you.10413359_1563144650579025_8760324535562719628_n

This is a conference for dreamers and for doers — for people who are ready to stretch themselves, ROLL UP their sleeves and plunge ahead. We don’t care about your resume or your transcript. Instead we want to know how you think about your country — the things you believe need fixing, building, and understanding — and what you will bring to the conversation. To APPLY, you need to be between the ages of 19-24 as of September 1, 2014, and you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. There is no cost to participate. All travel and conference costs are paid by PEI 2014, with the generous support of the Government of Canada.


PEI 2014 is calling on 100 young Canadians to tell us the story of Canada’s tomorrow!
The New Canada Conference is a flagship event from PEI 2014 to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. To celebrate, we’re calling on the next generation of Canadians to come together for three exciting days in Charlottetown to reimagine Canada’s future. Between August 31st and September 3rd, we’re bringing 100 19-24 year olds to hear from leading Canadians, share perspectives from across the county and work in eight teams — each with their own theme— to produce an Idea Book concerning the choices, forces, and ideas that will shape Canada in the next 150 years.

To be eligible, delegates must be between the ages of 19-24 and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident on September 1st, 2014. For successful applicants, all expenses will be covered. We will contact successful delegates no later than July 25th. 

This is a conference for doers and dreamers. We aren’t concerned with transcripts orresumes. We’re looking for creative thinkers who are passionate about Canada’s future. We want to know how delegates think about their country — the things they believe need fixing, building, and understanding— and what they will bring to the conversation. 
Applying to be a delegate to the New Canada Conference is easy. Just fill out the form, provide two references, and either record a 150 second video explaining “Your Story of Canada” or write us “Your Story of Canada” in 450 words or less. Just make it honest, memorable and something that will give us a sense of the things you care about.

Applications and additional information can be found at The deadline to apply is July 15th.

(special thanks to DALE for sharing this with AYO!)