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!

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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


7 Ways to Get Involved With AYO! This Summer!

As the weather heats up, so do activities within the AYO! Movement! This summer we will be hosting  these 7 opportunities (there may be more) and will be debuting our first ever AYO Staff position for one lucky summer student!! Find below some upcoming upcoming opportunities for Indigenous youth:

AYO Politix & #PDvotes17 (Saturdays)

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There is a provincial by election to replace MLA Kevin Chief in Point Douglas on June 13th 2017! That means AYO Politix (#politixBS) is meeting with individual candidates, recording Speed Rounds and working with other community groups to have an All Candidates Forum! Stay tuned to the AYO Politix Facebook Page to learn more!  We will be asking the candidates to speak on local economic development, child welfare (See Fearless R2W) and Health (See our TOP 5 Health Policy list). Our festivities began on Sat May 20th, with Green Party’s Sabrina Koehn Binesi! Upcoming Brain Storm dates are below:

Meet Me at the Bell Tower (Fridays)

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The MM@BT movement continues to meet Fridays at 6pm in cooperation with the Indigenous Family Centre and Food Not Bombs (and of course our relatives the Bear Clan gather at 6pm on the same corner). We look forward to welcoming consultations related to The Merchant’s Corner, a bell tower baby first birthday and a chance to explore both mental and community health!

Fearless R2W (Thursdays & 1 Saturday)

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Fearless R2W is moving forward, we are about to release our re-vamped Community and Government Recommendations on our blog! We continue to meet Thursdays at Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre at 510 King Street and are beginning the process for our first ever COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT FORUM. We will also be supporting the AYO Politix Candidate’s Forum and asking questions on child welfare.

Inner City Voices (Mondays)

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Every Monday for the past 5 years, @northendmc has been hanging out on the CKUW airwaves with many of the other rowdies from AYO & the Village including Jenna Liiciious, Markus, Chris, Ninoondawah and many more! MC & Liiciious recently had a blast hosting the 11th Annual Volunteer Awards & Listener Appreciation Party for the CKUW family! We promote local musicians, especially hip hop, and are always looking for interesting and exciting ways to collaborate with inner city residents and groups as well as other shows on CKUW like Rogues Primate.

The Village Walk (Mondays)

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Back by popular demand and now in it’s 3rd year, it’s the Village Walk! Brought to you by SpiritFusion, AYO!, Ma Mawi Chi Itata, Got Bannock? & more – The Village Walk provides a chance each lunch hour, on Mondays, to start your week with a walk around the community where we can explore the neighbourhood and get healthy together.

Youth Pipe Ceremonies (Saturdays)

 

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We’re back for the 2nd year of weekly, summertime, street level youth led ceremony! We’ve already hosted 2 events at the North End Bell Tower and the Merchant’s Hotel. We are looking forward to supporting other events in the community where ceremony, and the streets can come together, in spaces where we can pray for families and express gratitude for the good things we have in our lives.

100 Basketballs (Family Fun Day in August)

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For the past 3 years, #100Basketballs has provided inner city children and youth with free basketballs and a family fun day that featured basketball related give aways, food, entertainment, 3 on 3 basketball tournaments and more! This year, 100 Basketballs will happen in August and for the first time will be in the West End of Winnipeg. More details will be available soon!

  • If you wish to partner, support, donate equipment, shoes, basketballs or help in any other way please contact Lenard Monkman at lenardmonkman@gmail.com
  • Donations can be dropped off with the AYO team Fridays at MM@BT

There you have it! After 7 years of existing it is amazing to see how our volunteers and partner organizations continue to work together to make space in the village for community to be created. We have now shared 7 of our initiatives that you can get involved in this summer either by attending as a participant or getting involved as a helper. See you on the street!

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.

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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/

Opportunity: GUARDIANS OF CONFEDERATION CONFERENCE in Charlottetown

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“The Guardians of Confederation” is a gathering of 2 students from each province/territory, plus 26 Island students, between the ages of 14 – 17 in Charlottetown, this November 20 – 23, to “Re-Imagine Canada.” Together the students will be asking and answering the question, “knowing what we know now, would we do it all over again and become a country called Canada?”

This will piggyback on the conference put on by the Association for Canadian Studies, details for which can be found here: http://www.acs-aec.ca/pdf/events/AEC_ReMakingConf_EN_V11_LR.pdf. There will be some overlap in the program of the two events, i.e., the Symons Medal Lecture with Stephen Lewis. (http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/symons-lecture-series.php) Mentors from UPEI will also be working with the students to guide them in their journey through this experience.

While there is interest from a number of potential students at the moment, only a few are confirmed just yet, so raise your hand if you’re interested, and we can talk details! I can’t promise there will still be a seat in your province or territory left, so if this pulls on the strings of your history loving heart, give us a shout sooner rather than later.

email: guardians@upei.ca

Stranger Danger for PARENTS [Part 3 of 4]

Last week, we met at MM@BT and discussed ways we as kids, parents and community members could keep children in the community safe. Check out the below list of ideas we have for PARENTS so they can keep their children protected from stranger danger:

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STRATEGIES

  • Education from day one (age appropriate) for your kids:
  • Create a ‘safety password’
  • teach children about “safe touch” – what is and is not an OK touch
  • know where your children are always
  • teach our kids to communicate, describe and observe surroundings/people
  • Ensure your children know their own address and phone # and parents’ names
  • teach our kids to trust themselves
  • trust your instincts as a parent when deciding who is and isn’t safe for your child.

HELPFUL LINKS FROM A COMMUNITY MAMA

Thanks to the Bannock Lady for sharing these helpful links with us – as parents we recommend you sit down and check these links out with your relatives and your own children so you can begin the discussion on how to best keep your child safe.

Younger Kids

Older Kids/Tweens

STRANGER DANGER SERIES

  1. ROUGH NOTES
  2. Stranger Danger for KIDS
  3. Stranger Danger for PARENTS (this Post)
  4. Stranger Danger for COMMUNITY

Stranger Danger for KIDS [Part 2 of 4]

We originally asked the kids under 10 at the Bell Tower to work together and draw pictures of how they could be safe from ‘STRANGER DANGER’ and this was the result:

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Naturally, we wanted to create real solutions and recommendations for our KIDS so find below the SAFETY TIPS from Bell Tower

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  •  Don’t take candy/$$$/toys from strangers: If someone comes up to you offering money, or anything, do not accept it unless you have permission from your parents.
  • Call 911: find a pay phone, or use a cell phone, or ask someone to cal 911. OBSERVE the description of the people involved and learn how to recognize different vehicles and
  • Learn Karate/Self Defense: learn how to defend yourself physically. Do not engage in unnecessary fights/yelling with people, especially strangers
  • Run Away: just do it.
  • Yelling (Fire! Fire! Fire!): we practiced YELLING really loudly and also said that if we yelled FIRE FIRE FIRE we are more likely to get attention from people, and that way we can show that we need help.
  • Tell your parents/relatives: tell your family as soon as you can when something happens, so they can tell other parents and neighbours and the authorities. You should always be honest, and again OBSERVE as best you can, write it down if possible
  • Run to A store: businesses have cameras and phones. Again, communicate as clearly as possible.
  • Play where your parents can see you: please.
  • Make  Safety Plan w/your family: talk with your siblings, parents and whoever you live with to make sure you know your address, phone number and names of guardians. Also talk about what to do if strangers approach you, and what would happen if your guardians needed someone else to contact you  (see tips for parents – link coming soon)
  • Check out FouseyTube on YouTube (see below)

VIDEO – FlouseyTube “KIDNAPPING CHILDREN EXPERIMENT”
(recommended by Victoria)

+++CLICK HERE FOR THE HOMELESS CHILD EXPERIMENT+++

STRANGER DANGER SERIES

  1. ROUGH NOTES
  2. Stranger Danger for KIDS (this Post)
  3. Stranger Danger for PARENTS 
  4. Stranger Danger for COMMUNITY