Welcome Leslie-Ann


My first couple of days working with AYO, I found super positive and uplifting, straight from the start. I’ve already met tons of super positive characters and people who have large roles in the indigenous community. I’ve already been assigned a couple graphic arts assignments that I’m excited to partake in and am looking forward to continue working with the AYO Movement team. I also found that the people I would meet, would introduce themselves with open arms and are very fun to get along with, which is something I’ve never really endured in a workplace before. I’m looking forward to opening more doors and meeting various amounts of new people in the indigenous community and I already love working for AYO Movement!!!


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/

Fearless R2W Page Added to AYO Website

fearless collage

We have added a new page to the AYO website! We have been hard at work over the last few months trying to regroup the way we organize our website and are going to be sharing the updates with all of you.

Fearless R2W is the initiative that we are working on to empower parents and families in the North End of Winnipeg who are working with the child and family services system.

Click here to visit the site!



Downtown Winnipeg – In response to the regrettable removal of Joseph Meconse from Portage Place several weeks ago, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ convened a meeting between Indigenous leaders Lisa Meeches (Manito Ahbee Festival), Joseph Meconse, and Damon Johnston (Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg) with David Stone of Portage Place to connect on a variety of goals to better cultivate an environment of inclusion, welcome, cultural sensitivity, and safety.

Media are invited to attend a press conference outlining these short-term and long-term goals, in addition to a pipe ceremony and round dance with members of the Indigenous and business communities – to begin the process of healing:

When: March 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Portage Place (Edmonton Court) 
10:00 – 11:00 AM Pipe Ceremony
11:00 – 11:30 AM Presentations

·         Representatives of the Aboriginal Community

·         David Stone, Portage Place Shopping Centre, General Manager

·         Ogichidaa Presentation to Joseph Meconse

11:30 – 12:00 PM Drumming and Round Dance Led by Ray Stevenson

 A series of initiatives will be announced by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and its partners, as part of their ongoing strategy to enhance cultural awareness and promote the culture and traditions of our Indigenous community, who are important to the socio-economic fabric of our City.

“This will be the standard of business moving forward at Portage Place,” says David Stone, General Manager of Portage Place. “We are committed to undertaking these goals and actions to ensure a welcoming environment for all.”

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Emily Ormonde, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Phone: (204) 958-4626; Email:emily@downtownwinnipegbiz.com

Precautionary Measures during a Boil Water Advisory

There is a precautionary boil water advisory for the City of Winnipeg. Please take these precautionary measures immediately.


For additional information on water use go to www.manitoba.ca/drinkingwater

Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheets:

Preparing food and beverages

Use boiled water or bottled water to:

  • drink
  • wash all fruits and vegetables,
  • prepare drinks (e.g., coffee, tea, juices)
  • wash food preparation surfaces

Preparing baby formula

  • Prepare baby formula from powder or concentrate with boiled or bottled water, or use ready-to-use baby formula.
  • Wash and sterilize bottles and nipples before use.
  • If you cannot sterilize bottles, try to use single-serve, ready-to-feed bottles.


  • Do not use ice made with tap water from ice trays, ice dispensers, or ice makers.
  • Use ice made with boiled or bottled water.

To boil water

  • Fill a pot with water from the cold water tap.
  • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.
  • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute.
  • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.
  • Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

Note: Kettles with an automatic shutoff feature may not boil the water for one full minute.

Take care to avoid burn injuries from hot water:

  • Keep young children away from boiling water.
  • Place kettles and pots away from counter and stove edges when in use.

Water filters

Most kitchen and other household water filters typically do not remove bacteria or viruses. Boil tap water even if it is filtered.

Washing hands

You can use tap water for washing hands. Follow normal precautions:

  • rub all parts of the hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Brushing teeth

  • Use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water to brush teeth or to clean dentures and other dental appliances (e.g, retainers).

Bathing and showering

  • Adults and older children that are able to avoid swallowing the water can wash, bathe, or shower using tap water.
  • Young children should be sponge bathed, using water that has been boiled and cooled to a safe temperature. If boiling is not feasible, an alternate and safe supply of water should be used (e.g., bottled water).

Other household purposes

It is not necessary to boil tap water for other household purposes (e.g., laundry, washing dishes, flushing toilets).


It is a good idea to give them boiled water that has been cooled or bottled water.

Info gathered from the CITY OF WINNIPEG WEBSITE AT 8PM – JAN 27, 2015

11th Annual Lighting Up the Avenue – Thursday December 4, 2014


With shared passion for the North End of Winnipeg, Aboriginal Vision for the North End & North End Community Helpers Network invite you and yours, to attend the 11th annual Lighting Up The Avenue community celebration!

This year’s event promises to be a spectacular affair, to include:
– Delicious community feast!
– Special guest appearance by SANTA with gifts for children of all ages!
– FREE community raffle for everyone!
– Live entertainment, featuring some of our community’s bright young stars
– Street lighting ceremony!

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or make a donation in support of this event, please do not hesitate to contact Jenna Leskiw or Jean Pelletier at (204) 586-5940.




“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