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

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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


Youth & Reconciliation : What is it? How do we get involved?


What is it?

Reconciliation is about all of us including Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal children and youth. We believe that reconciliation will happen when all people know about the history, successes and challenges of Aboriginal peoples today, and have peace building and citizen skills to ensure a better future for all people.

How do we get involved?

APPLY

  • YRI recruitment happens every June – July! Send in a resume and cover letter to volunteer@canadianroots.cato be considered.

TRAIN

  • There is a week-long YRI training every August where you’ll be linked with the people and resources for a successful year.

ORGANIZE!

  • From September to April, organize monthly events for youth in your community to discuss what reconciliation means to you.

SHARE

  • Share your learning at our annual conference or at exchanges near you! 

Voices Looking for Volunteers!

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Find below a message from Marie, from Voices: Manitoba’s youth in care Network. Interested? Call the office at 204.982.4956 if you are into it!

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Hello everyone!

September 20th to 22nd is our Voices Network Retreat at Camp Arnes, Gimli, MB.  This is a weekend of learning, laughing, and making connections for youth in and from care across Manitoba, ages 14 to 24.  Participation at our annual retreat has grown over the years, and in order to keep this weekend safe and fun, we need volunteers to serve as adult supports!

Volunteers must be age 24+ (20+ if you are already a registered BGCW volunteer, social work student, or child and youth care student), have their child abuse registry and criminal record checks completed (as of 2013), and be able to commit to spending the entire weekend with us (Friday at 4pm through Sunday at 3pm).  A mandatory volunteer orientation will be held on Monday, September 9th from 5-7pm.

Meals, accommodations, and a ride to and from Camp Arnes from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg head office are provided.

Please call or email by Friday, August 23rd if you are able to volunteer.  If you are a social worker, and you are willing to attend the retreat with a group of youth you work, please let me know!

Thank you, guys, for helping to build an amazing community for youth in and from care in Manitoba.  You are the bees knees :o)

Congratulations! We Reached 1,000 Voices! (Keep Our Youth Safe 24/7)

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS WE DID IT! 1,000 VOICES!

 

You might recall that in the last few months there has been a very energetic young man (Romondo) leading the call from our North End community members that our young people need a safe space where they feel respected and loved 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. This call came in the form of a petition that stated if we reached our goal of 1,000 Supporters by July 31st that we would move forward on the idea that our youth need a safe space 24/7 in the North End.  Special shout out to Jillian Taylor and CBC Manitoba for covering this on the 5 o clock TV and radio news asking the world to support our cause as well. The final tally is still rolling in but we have definitely surpassed our 1,000 person goal. Thank you all!

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Let’s Keep Going

Now that we have made our goal there are a few steps that we must take, together. These are some of the steps we are going to take, but if you are interested in offering an idea or suggestion please CONTACT US – this idea is property of everyone ion the community now and your voice is going to matter all the way through our journey to keep our youth safe 24/7.

Thank You So Much

On behalf of Romondo Nilles, our many youth volunteers and the entire AYO Movement, we are so grateful for your support and vow to follow this initiative and keep you posted on our progress. Let’s keep up the momentum!

Love & Respect

AYO!

Our Time Is Now: A Call To Action

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We the young leaders wish to stand with our Women, Elders and Leaders from across the country. The resilience of our people’s continues in the face of Canadian Ignorance, Misunderstanding and Indifference. We will never forget our responsibility to the grandmothers and grandfathers that are yet to be born.

Erosion of our economies, malicious corporate enterprise and the willful neglect of our natural resources has created an unsustainable future. As a father, brother, nephew, grandson and son the responsibility has never been more clear. Together we must #IdleNoMore!!!

Our sacred agreements that we made in the presence of Gitchi-Manito are being disregarded. Every file in our communities is under attack: Health, Education, Social Welfare, Housing to name a few…

Many politicians will point the finger but we must focus on lasting solutions. We have become stagnant as the divide and conquer strategies become utilized by our own people. The shackles of colonial injustice has taken hold of us, many have forgotten who they are but together we shall prevail is finding lasting, practical solutions…

In good faith, through prayer and in honor of our mother, let our peoples come together once more to take action, in its many shapes and forms!!!!

Join us relatives as we embark on a struggle to continue momentum, raise awareness and coordinate our efforts… OUR TIME IS NOW!!!

PEACE. FRIENDSHIP. RESPECT.

In the pursuit of balance,

Jerry K. Daniels
Ogema-Makwa

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more info at www.idlenomore.com

you can check the Winnipeg facebook event here http://www.facebook.com/events/470785542965282/