AYO Politix #PDbyELXN17 Brain Storm Schedule

Kevin Chief, MLA for Point Douglas, has resigned. This means that in the next few months a by-election will be called and we at AYO Politix are going to be busy. As far as we can tell, the provincial riding of Point Douglas will be the only riding in the province to participate in the coming by election. The boundaries are  roughly Church Ave / The Red River / CP Tracks / Sinclair + South Point Douglas and has a population of approx 20,000 according to Elections Manitoba website.


Provincial Riding of Point Douglas (Elections Manitoba Website)

Recently, the AYO Politix crew was able to gather and determine what topics we were hoping to focus on in the coming by election. These topics will inform the speed round questions we form and will help urban Indigenous young people who are interested in this process, to ask informed and focused questions of provincial jurisdiction. We will also be hosting each of the candidates at their own brain storm as well as an all candidates forum, open to the public on local economic development. All of our events will be hosted inside of locally owned businesses or at indigenous led community organizations. Our Schedule of topics is below, with the guests and locations are to be determined.

AYO Politix #PDbyELXN17 Brain Storm Schedule

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Jan 28 / Economic Development & Job Creation
Feb 4 / Child Welfare
Feb 11 / 24/7 Services
Feb 18 / Health & Wellness
Feb 25 / Housing & Safety
Mar 4 / Justice
Mar 11 / Education
Mar 18 / “Reconciliation”
Mar 25 / Urban Sustainability

All urban Indigenous young people are invited to attend our events in an environment where questions can be asked and solutions proposed. Our brain storms are open to community, but we ask attendees to be aware of creating space for urban Indigenous young people. We look forward to the coming election and working with all candidates to ensure the citizens of Point Douglas are afforded every opportunity to be informed about the candidates, their parties, their platforms and their commitments to our neighbourhood, win or lose.

You can find the details and locations of all our Brain Storms on our publicly view-able Facebook Events Page.

Bell Tower Fifth Anniversary Highlights Young Leaders This Friday

On Friday November 18th 2016 at 6:00pm at the corner of Selkirk Avenue & Powers Street, Meet Me at the Bell Tower will be celebrating five years of weekly anti violence community building and highlighting the examples of some of our amazing young leaders!


We will be meeting at the Bell Tower, hearing from the youth, ringing the bell and going for a march around the community. We will hear from Shania Pruden, fresh off the We Day stage, Atticus McIlraith who is kicking off his Winnipeg Harvest Baby Formula Drive and Ramona Harper, a youth leader in the Bell Tower Family since we began in 2011 will share what bell tower means to me.

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Support…So Far

So far many people are supporting us! We will be doing a media interview on Global TV on Friday morning, POP Entertainment and Management are helping us get our decorations and certificates, volunteers will be doing face-painting and there will be food! We also have a very special cake and 200 cupcakes on the menu. If you have any way you would like to support in some way please let us know via social media or email us at info [at] ayomovement [dot] com. Feel free to RSVP on Facebook and share our poster with your networks!


But wait! There’s more! Check out this poster from Atticus on the Baby Formula drive he is launching at our birthday!


Welcome Back Bell Tower (Oct 14th)

Join the Meet Me at the Bell Tower Family as we come together on Friday October 14th and once more connect with our relatives from the Newcomer and Muslim communities with our WELCOME BACK event.


Last year we worked together with many groups and agencies and will be once more connecting with the several organizations within both the Muslim and newcomer community to celebrate all that we have in common. Please save the date and time of October 14th from 6pm to 8pm at the North End Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Avenue – the Indigenous Family Centre) and keep an eye on our facebook page for more announcements!

Link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1085882861508137/

Opportunities with AYO – Saturday August 27th 2016

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This Saturday is going to be a busy day for the AYO crew! there are 3 events in the village that are happening focusing on community building, reviving traditional ceremony and addressing systemic racism in our food situations locally and abroad. We are sharing this information because some of the events have overlapping time (so you may have to be in more than one place at a time). Find below 3 opportunities in Winnipeg, this Saturday


We Are One & Community BBQ in Elmwood (10am-3:30pm)

Join us along with the Elmwood Community Resource Centre, Manitoba Islamic Association, Chalmers NEighbourhood Renewal Corportatipon and Together- In-Elmwood Parent Child Coalition as we celebrate the diversity in Elmwood and surrounding communities. We are inviting individuals and families to join the conversations on important topics of unity and inclusion. Topics discussed will include strengthening relationships, cross cultural understanding and community building. Activities for kids, child minding is provided and a chance to register for a sweat lodge will be available. No need to register, just show up from 10am to 3:30pm at 180 Poplar Ave. Call 204-982-1720 (ext 203) for more information!


Youth Pipe Ceremony (3pm to 4:30pm)

Join us as we pray in the Turtle Island field with our community  for hope and for our young people. Led by pipe carrier Ninoondawah Richard, all pipe carriers and community members are invited to sit with us as we bring ceremony to the street – or in this case the field. We will be IN THE FIELD between Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre (510 King St) and David Livingstone Elementary School on Flora. We are encouraging community members who are able to bring food so we can feast after the ceremony.


THE FOOD FIRE: 13 Fires Winnipeg feat Nor’West Community Co-op (2 – 6:30pm)

13 Fires Winnipeg brings community together to talk about the impacts of racism on different areas of our lives and, more importantly, how we can work towards greater racial inclusion and social inclusion. This is the 9th of our thirteen gatherings in 2016 and will focus on food and food security. Do you have any ideas on how we can address food deserts in Winnipeg? How can we respect indigenous food sovereignty? Come on down to 61 Tyndall Avenue unit 103 from 2pm to 6:30pm.

Stopping Violence in Person


Bell Tower Art by John Luis Valentim (2012)

You are walking down the street. You hear a commotion around the corner and when you get there, you see 2 full grown adults engaged in a  fight.One person on the ground, the other on top feeding them punches. There are about 15 other adults watching and encouraging the fight to continue.

What would you do?

A) Do nothing, not your fight

B) Tell them to stop fighting, at least you said something, or

C) Walk up to them cautiously, separate the 2 fighting, create a barrier of 4 helpers in between the offending parties, and begin to de-escalate the conflict with conversation on both sides

Guess which one we did today?

That’s right option C. Was it the safest option? No. Was it the smartest option? No. Was it the only thing we as citizens could do in that moment to stop the violence while adults encouraged it in an area where children frequent? Yes. We share this with all of you to ask this question:

What would you do?

Youth Pipe Ceremony – This Saturday July 30th

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Dear Village,

You are invited to join us on the corner of Selkirk and Salter this upcoming Saturday July 30th at 2pm for a Youth Led Pipe Ceremony. Ninoondawah Richard of AYO/Bear Clan/COTE) is inviting all pipe carriers, and all youth, and all community members who are interested in creating hope for our youth to attend

Here is the official poster, you can also share the event on Facebook


Meegwetch for your support

Bell Tower Challenge 2016


Dear Winnipeg,

You are invited by meet me at the Bell Tower to build community in your neighborhood. We are seeking at least 13 different community group who come from 13 of the different neighborhoods in Winnipeg. These groups must be volunteers and you must be willing to undertake what we are calling the bell tower challenge:

1.) Work cooperatively with residents of your neighborhood to identify a shared challenge (AYO & North Enders identified violence as a challenge)

2.) Identify an outdoor and indoor space where small and large community Gatherings can happen on a weekly basis. (We meet at the Bell Tower on Selkirk & Powers and the Indigenous Family Centre shares their space with us at 470 Selkirk Ave)

3.) Commit to meeting every single week as a group to discuss the shared challenge and to identify shared Solutions (We first met Friday November 18, 2011 and have met every Friday since)

4.) Understand that over time your language and purpose for gathering may evolve, however you must never forget the main challenge that you all initially came together to address (We began as a rally, but continue as a community gathering with the support of Bear Clan Patrol, Food Not Bombs and many other groups in the city)

Bell Tower City

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This Friday July 29th 2016 at 6pm at the Bell Tower we will be announcing which groups and neighbourhoods have accepted the challenge to build community. We will also be releasing a simple document to assist volunteer organizers with their initiatives. You can RSVP on the FB Page and share your ideas with our hashtag #BellTowerFamily.