Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care in Winnipeg

“Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care in Winnipeg” has been announced as one of twelve projects being funded from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation as part of the National Housing Strategy.

This is a one year project, with HTFC Planning & Design as the main proponent, recieving $122,666 from CMHC to do this solutions lab featuring partnerships with Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO), HTFC Planning & Design; Ready to Shift and Scale (RSS); Nigaanii Wabiski Mikanak Ogichidaa (NWMO) so far!! We are also grateful to have suppport from the University of Manitoba, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences throughout this initiative. AYO hosted a Meet Me at the Bell Tower Gathering last week on this topic and also hosted the first of their leadership lab team gatherings to kick off the project. Future gatherings and identifying additional partners will happen throughout the duration of the project.

“I am beyond excited to be a part in project because I know first hand how inconsistent and challenging navigating the systems are before and after you even ahead out. I am vet happy the project uses Indigenous youth voices, like mine, that know from experience what’s not working, and what is.” – Kakeka ThunderSky

More about our project “Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care in Winnipeg”:

Our Solutions Lab will address the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness that Indigenous youth in care in Winnipeg face when they age out of the child welfare system at age 18.

Our project leverages the processes and methodologies of Solutions Labs to collaboratively explore the specific needs of Indigenous youth in Winnipeg who have grown up in the care of Manitoba’s child welfare system and who are at the point where their institutional supports are removed.

Many child welfare advocates and organizations have identified this pivotal point in the experience of a youth in care, a point at which they face a high probability of entering into a cycle of poverty and housing insecurity or homelessness.

We will approach this issue from different perspectives and worldviews, including those of people who:

  • are or were in the system (young people who have aged out or are aging out of care);
  • are working in the system (caregivers, child welfare caseworkers or administrators, policymakers, etc.); or
  • are “around” the system (as advocates or community organizers, or those who work for organizations involved with housing, including the CMHC).

In doing so, we aim to build bridges of empathy and provide advocates and policymakers with a more complete picture of the issue.

Our hope is that the solutions that are co-developed in this process will be taken up by decision makers to close the gaps and further reduce the number of young people facing homelessness year over year.

Anyone wanting to get involved in, support the development of or speak to someone about this initiative please see details below:

Zoe Mager, HTFC
Email: zmager@htfc.mb.ca

Kakeka ThunderSky, Nigaanii Wabiski Mikanak Ogichidaa
Email: 2braidz@ayomovement.com

Michael Redhead Champagne, AYO
Email: mc@ayomovement.com

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Opportunities – March 2018

Do you want to get involved with the AYO team in Winnipeg? Take out your calendar and circle these dates!

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Inner City Voices (radio show): bi-weekly, hour long radio program featuring a panel of real people sharing real stories, discussing real topics and celebrating real music. Listen to old episodes of the show by clocking  HERE.
Monday March 12, 5-6pm on CKUW 95.9fm
Monday March 26, 5-6pm on CKUW 95.9fm

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Speak Cree? (free community language nest): this weekly community space invites Cree/Inninew speakers of all dialects, ages and experience levels to learn and share the language!
Tuesdays: March 6March 13, March 20 & March 27 @ 6:30pm
@ Ralph Brown Community Centre – 460 Andrews St

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Fearless R2W (Child welfare education & advocacy group): We meet weekly and invite parents and community helpers to come build their networks and system literacy.
Wednesdays @ 6:00pm @ Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre
March 7 – Learning Circle with Winnipeg Boldness Project
March 14 – Advocacy & Crafts
March 21 – Topic To Be Determined….
March 28 – Sharing Circle

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Meet Me at the Bell Tower (anti-violence, community building gathering): weekly event for families and youth to encourage healthy living. We also connect members of the community with relevant supports in creative ways.
Fridays @ 6:00pm @ 470 Selkirk – Indigenous Family Centre
March 9 – Restoring Justice
March 16 – Food As Resistance
March 23 / March 30 – Topics To Be Determined….

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AYO Politix (system literacy, self directed learning for Indigenous youth): We meet in local businesses to brain storm topics and plan solutions and actions to support our community and AYO initiatives.
Mental Wellness Brain Storm, Saturday March 17 @ 12:00pm
Newcastle Restaurant – 1010 Main Street 

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Midnight Medicine Walk (cultural walk for those being sexually exploited on the streets): In response to the recent verdicts relating to Tina Fontaine and injustices across the country we will be meeting at
March 19 @ 11:45pm on Alexander & Waterfront

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AYO To Celebrate 8th Birthday: Nothing has been planned yet, but keep your eyes posted to the page or surprise AYO team members with birthday gifts all month!

 

January 2018 Opportunities

 

We’re halfway through January, but it’s not too late to get involved with AYO! in 2018! Check out these opportunities for urban Indigenous youth and community members this month with Fearless R2W, Canadian Roots Exchange Youth Reconciliation Initiative, AYO Politix, Meet Me at the Bell Tower and Inner City Voices!

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The Canadian Roots Exchange National Story Blanket Tour – Winnipeg Stop
Jan. 16 – Jan 18
EVENT: Jan 17 / 6-9pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights – 85 Israel Asper Way

Join the Winnipeg Youth Reconciliation Initiative Team as they welcome the NATIONAL STORY BLANKET to Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights! Stories from youth leaders from across Canada of reconciliation, community and solidarity! There will also be an activity Wed January 17th from 6-9pm at the museum!

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Fearless R2W Mental Health Supports
Thursday, January 18 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Turtle Island Community Centre – 510 King Street

Join the Fearless R2W team as we learn from the WRHA about what types of mental health supports we have available in the city!

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Bell Tower Pipe Ceremony
Friday, January 19 at 6 PM – 8 PM
470 Selkirk Ave

Join us as we sit together in ceremony to pray for a good year with the bell tower family and the whole village! Ninoondawah Richard will be smoking his pipe, but all pipe carriers and drummers are welcome to come sit with us!!

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The Culture Brain Storm
Saturday, January 20 at 12 PM – 1:30 PM
Newcastle Restaurant -1010 Main Street

Urban Indigenous young people are invited to come sit with the AYO leaders and discuss our CULTURE initiatives! We will also welcome any knowledge keepers to share their idea with us on how we can approach reclaiming this important part of our identity as First Nations, Metis and Inuit young people!

What type of cultural opportunities would you like to see? Ceremonies? Language? Elder/Youth activities?

We’ll also discuss the AYO culture initiatives:
– Youth Pipe Ceremonies
– BYOD – Bring Your Own Drum
– Midnight Medicine Walk
– AYO Language (Cree/Ojibwe)

**This is our first time going to Newcastle at 1010 Main Street, come on down and support a local North End restaurant**

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2nd Inner City Voices Show of 2018
Monday, January 22 at 5 PM – 6 PM
CKUW Radio 95.9fm – 515 Portage Ave

New music, guests, and interviews on inner city topics that matter to you! Monday at 5pm on CKUW Radio 95.9fm in Winnipeg! Post in the event shout outs or events you want us to share on air
Listen to CKUW online here: www.CKUW.ca/listen

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Fearless R2W Sharing Circle
Thursday, January 25 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Turtle Island Community Centre – 510 King Street

Monthly sharing circle, come share with us!

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Mental Health Bell Tower #BellLetsTalk
Friday, January 26 at 6 PM – 8 PM
470 Selkirk

This week we discuss Mental Health and also encourage those in attendance to take action in various ways: Participating in the #BellLetsTalk Day Jan 31,2018; supporting one of the BLT Winnipeg organizations; Do one of the 5 simple ways as discussed by bell; or Access supports with the WRHA. We will also have guest speakers Andi Sharma and Shania Pruden in attendance to share their stories with us! What other ways can we share to help people improve their mental wellness? You’re invited to join us and record a message of HOPE we can share via Video on the MM@BT Facebook page!

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Rogue Voices (Inner City Voices)
Monday, January 29 at 5 PM – 6 PM
CKUW Radio 95.9fm – 515 Portage Ave

Sometimes in 2018, there’s a 5th Monday in a month….and on those Mondays we bring you ROGUE VOICES!! Rogue Voices is an hour long episode from 5-6pm combining Inner City Voices and Rogue Primate shows together focusing on topics of ecological importance and how they can relate to inner city living. Tune in to CKUW Radio 95.9fm for this special collaboration! Guests will be announced, but we can reveal one of the voices we’ll be hearing from is Audrey Logan, a local knowledge keeper! 

400 Toys Needed to Make Christmas Brighter for North End Children

Hello Winnipeg!

AYO and Meet Me at the Bell Tower are proud to support our relatives at the North End Family Centre as we work to get as many toys together as we can for their annual Christmas Party. This year we are hoping to get 400 toys to donate, can you help us?

 

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If you want to help, you can get at the AYO team tonight at the Bell Tower or anytime before the December 14th at 6pm at St Johns Cathedral ( the one beside St John’s Park, in the graveyard)! We will be sure to keep you up to date on the AYO/MM@BT Facebook pages!

See you tonight!

ROCKIN’ THE VILLAGE

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A Free Community Concert!

PRESENTED BY: Got BANNOCK? & RBD Management.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

St. John’s Park, Main Street, Winnipeg, MB

Entertainment by:

  • KEITH SECOLA
  • THE CWEED BAND
  • EAGLE & HAWK
  • JADE TURNER
  • RHONDA HEAD
  • THE MOSQUITOZ
  • RESCUED BY DRAGONFLYZ
  • HELLNBACK
  • JESSE BANDURA
  • FRED MITCHELL 
  • GERRY BARRETT
  • LISA MUSWAGON
  • JEVON AND DAWN CHARTRAND
  • STAGGERING HAGGARDS
  • OWEN AND THE PROCRASTINATORS
  • COMEDIAN: PAUL RABILAUSKAS
  • SQUARE DANCERS: GIFFORD SANDERSON (Memorial Dancers & The Sandy Steppers, With Blaine Constant)
  • EMCEE: NCI LIVE SHOW HOSTS, ROSANNA DEERCHILD & SHANEEN ROBINSON

***NCI LIVE ON LOCATION***


Children’s Activities/ Entertainment: 1PM-6PM 

*FACE PAINTING*              *BOUNCY CASTLE*             *GAMES*                         *Community Resource Table*

Concert/Entertainment: 1PM-11PM

Free Lunch @2PM 

Free Supper @8PM


Closing the Gaps in Urban Indigenous Health (with WRHA)

Announcing a partnership between AYO & the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Population & Public Health Branch to understand the challenges and identify ways forward to improve health for urban indigenous peoples, especially our youth.  Over the next several weeks, a variety of activities and initiatives will be undertaken to solicit feedback from urban indigenous community members as well as the creation of reports that focus on 3 areas:

  1. gaps in service
  2. recommended solutions &
  3. commercial tobacco reduction

CLOSING THE GAPS IN URBAN INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Our first endeavour is to host 2 events to introduce the project and begin working with the community on documenting our feedback. The first set of consultations and report will focus on identifying the gaps in urban indigenous health from a youth and community perspective.

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Friday January 29th 2016
Closing the Gaps Bell Tower – Community Event
6pm – 470 Selkirk Ave
Open to all community members
CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK EVENT:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1523322877961641/

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Saturday January 30th 2016
Closing the Gaps Brain Storm – Urban Indigenous Youth Event
12 noon –  865 Main St
Open to urban indigenous youth
CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK EVENT:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1058269267557016/

AYO Honoured at #VAD2014

Thanks to Ko’ona, WCDanyting,  Greg, Nona, Ramona, Shaunna, Toussaint for helping honour AYO! Leadership at the 2014 North End Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on March 25th 2014. Special shout out to the organizing committee and the entire North End Community Helpers Network for pulling off such a classy event – we feel honoured!

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AYO Leaders Honoured
– Magnus Bane (Siobhan Cochrane)
– Romondo Nilles
– Riel Dubois
– Ninoondawah Richard
– Mark D Head
– Grace Scott
– Jenna Liiciious Wirch
– Michael Champagne
– Kale Bonham