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

Fire Safety Tips and an Opportunity for Youth

AYO & Meet Me at the Bell Tower have seen far too many of our relatives fall victim to preventable fires and that’s why we hosted the FIRE SAFETY BELL TOWER on Friday February 23rd, 2018. We were pleased to announce our partnership with the Fire ED Community, in an attempt to provide young leaders in our community with mentorship and fire safety skills that we can then offer to schools and youth groups in our communities. We are ready and able to use public education alongside our many partners who want to help give youth a fighting chance to live to our full life’s potential and be positive contributors to society. AYO leaders will be learning new life safety skills to be fire safe and helping all young people in our neighborhood and province to achieve the same positive results.

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At the Bell Tower, we asked our relatives what do we need to do to to prevent fires? Here is what was said:

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Make sure there are working and up to date smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home
  • Keep flammable items away from heat such as lighters, stacks of paper, electronics cords,
  • Use safety locks when small children are around for dangerous items such as lighters, flammable liquids, etc
  • Children should not be handling or using fire
  • Share traditional teachings of fire, and fire keepers so that Indigenous children can have respect and understanding for fire, and learn not not abuse it

QUESTIONS WE STILL HAVE

  • Is there technology available that can detect smoke levels before to much exposure?
  • are there fire proof materials that can be used to build houses? Is this affordable or not affordable?
  • Do all the kids in our neighbourhood know what do in case of a fire? (aka home safety plan, “stop, drop and roll”, etc)

A big THANK YOU to Chris Clacio (Community Safety Facilitator) and the AYO team for facilitating this conversation, and thank you to Charlaine for writing down the notes!

If you or someone you know would like to get involved with this project, we are looking for local partners, and also wanting to connect with schools in Winnipeg’s inner city!

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More about our friends at Fire ED:
The Fire-ED Interactive Community is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and tackling social exclusion. We want to make sure that equality and diversity is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that strong communities are places where people feel safe, where the environment is welcoming, where people feel they are able to take action for the benefit of themselves and their community, where they feel that their concerns are heard and responded to. It’s not about political correctness or box-ticking, but about making sure we provide the kind of services that are needed, in a way that does not exclude anyone. Join the Fire-ED Interactive Movement For Eliminating Preventable Fires on social media @FireEDCommunity

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


NO MORE EASY TARGETS #MMIW Benefit Concert for Ndinawe

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH @ THE PYRAMID CABERET

#OURMISSINGPEACE & THE SOCIAL PLANNING COUNCIL OF WINNIPEG PRESENT

– NO MORE EASY TARGETS-
AN ARTISTIC SHOW CASE FEATURING TALENT FROM ACROSS NORTH AMERICA.

MUSIC, ART AND EDUCATION ALL IN ONE SPACE!!! TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW MORNING. $20 PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THIS EVENT. IT’S TIME FOR US TO STAND TOGETHER AND BRING AWARENESS TO THE ISSUE OF #MMIW 100% OF THE MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO NDINAWE YOUTH RESOURCE CENTRE. EVEN IF YOU CANT MAKE IT BUY A TICKET AND HELP US RAISE SOME MONEY FOR AN AMAZING CAUSE! IF YOU’RE OUT OF TOWN AND  WISH TO MAKE A DONATION, BUY TICKETS OR BID ON THE ARTWORK YOU CAN EMAIL CHARLIEFETTAH@GMAIL.COM PLEASE REPOST AND SHARE THIS.

FACEBOOK EVENT – CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/721409331263803/

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.
http://ncc-cnc.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/NCCCNC14

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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 www.ncc-cnc.ca. The deadline to apply is July 15th.

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

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

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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”

FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/326624944151836/

PROPOSAL FROM DARRYL BUCK:

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