Bell Tower To Belize: Sounding The Conch Shell

This Summer, AYO! & Meet Me at the Bell Tower are joining the University of Manitoba Community Service Learning for an educational and cultural exchange in Belize!On Friday June 14, join us at the bell tower as we talk about the many adventures we have planned and to share our ideas with Michael, Kakeka & all those attending this exchange from June 19 to July 1, 2019.

Last year we were honoured to host a number of youth leaders from Belize at the bell tower while they were in town for UM Community Service Learning activities. Now, we are excited to send some AYO leaders to meet with Mayan youth in Belize as they develop their own movement they have named “Sounding The Conch Shell”. They shared with uus that they want this movement ro revive culture and stop the violence against the earth. Sounds like we have a lot in common!!

We would like to thank Anny Chen, all the people who have helped us with this opportunity including Pop Entertainment & Management, The Indigenous Family Centre and many more! See below a quote and an article that was written about the coming adventures:

Last March, Roberto Kus, a Maya youth from Belize, took part in a three-week exchange to Winnipeg. Roberto was particularly moved by Meet Me at the Bell Tower, a weekly gathering where he saw Indigenous youth come together to voice their concerns and take action to better their communities.

Roberto returned to Belize excited to work with his peers and create an opportunity for Maya youth to embrace their cultural identity, build their Indigenous leadership and envision a future for their communities. The following article is what Roberto Kus and Seferina Miss, two youth members of the JCS Planning Team, had to share about Sounding of the Conch Shell and the five-day youth camp that they are planning in Belize.

Read the whole article here.

RSVP to this Friday’s Bell Tower event on Facebook here.

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6 Years Later: Meet Me at the Bell Tower

This Friday November 17th at 6:00pm, you’re invited to a celebration of community building and peace at the North End Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Ave) as we celebrate our 6th birthday!

Join the #BellTowerFamily as we welcome special guests, live entertainment, bell tower awards, cake and of course prizes to “6 Years Later”, our birthday celebration. Whether you’ve been coming for years or have been meaning to come out for your first time, this is the perfect moment to come out. We will hear from youth leader Kakeka Thundersky about why building community is important to her; Winnipeg’s own Joe Curtis will share his Meet Me at the Bell Tower original song; and of course Cake from Gunn’s Bakery, and our yearly recognition of community the Bell Tower Awards. If you want to help, bring yourself, a friend, a prize to donate, a song to share or words to gift to the community!

All the festivities begin at 6:00pm, volunteers are asked to show up at 5:30pm. If you would like to donate, volunteer or schedule a media interview please email Quinton at Q@ayomovement.com.

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


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!

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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.

Bell Tower Birthday Wishes

  1. BRING FORMULA FOR WINNIPEG HARVEST
  2. BE POSITIVE AND SHARE YOUR EXAMPLE WITH THE WORLD
  3. SPEAK OUT ABOUT DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, EATING DISORDERS AND SELF HARM
  4. BRING A PRIZE FOR THE GIVE AWAY
  5. SEND US A BIRTHDAY MESSAGE USING THE HASHTAG #BELLTOWERFAMILY

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!

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

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AWASSIS WOONSKA-YOOK (Children’s Wake Up Call) GATHERING !

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This is a call out from the children. We the children that walked across Manitoba for murdered and missing woman. A message was shared with them to call out to the people across the land. This is the time to gather. This is the time reconcile with each other in regards of the challenges that we are facing together.

WE The children are calling for all pipe carriers,gookums, mooshums, parents, youth, children, drummers, dancers, everyone from all four directions to come together at Memorial Park.

This gathering is for all families effected by Murdered and Missing People, Children in Foster Care, Residential school survivors.

The message the children that are gonna bring are to come together. This is the time. To pray and dance and speak and stand beside each other for the injustices that has come to light recently.

Round Dance to follow !

FACEBOOK LINK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/625379180911815/

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/

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.

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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