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3,100 Manitoba wildfire evacuees getting support from Indigenous Services – CBC

Jul 28, 2021

York Factory, Red Sucker Lake residents preparing to go home; 4 other First Nations still evacuated

Four separate fires in eastern Manitoba have merged to become one of the largest single fires on record, a spokesperson for the provincial government said Wednesday.

The fire, near Bloodvein First Nation on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, is now nearly 80,000 hectares in size.

This comes after three fires near Berens River combined to form one single fire on Tuesday.

Hubert Boyd is the fire co-ordinator for the First Nation in charge of evacuations. He remained in Berens River, which is about 276 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-wildfire-evacuations-update-tuesday-1.6120945

Master’s Studentship Competition supports emerging researchers

July 28, 2021

When Research Manitoba and partners announced $1.37M in research funding and the recipients of the 2021 Grants and Awards competition Emma Traynor and Janelle Poiron were thrilled to be on the list.

The University of Winnipeg students will each receive $12,000 as part of Research Manitoba’s annual Master’s Studentship Competition.

The annual competition recognizes 32 Master’s Studentships, seven PhD Studentships, two Postdoctoral Fellowships, and eight New Investigator Operating Grants in Manitoba in health, social sciences and humanities, and natural sciences and engineering.

To support these emerging researchers, Research Manitoba invested $993,905 and their partners – CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Manitoba Lung Association, and University of Manitoba WM Ross Scholarship – provided an additional $373,100 for the Trainee Awards.

Congratulations to all recipients, including:

Emma Traynor, MSc in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy, Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of Winnipeg, ‘Exploring Carbon dioxide responses within the Salmonidae family’

Janelle Poiron, MDP in Indigenous Development, Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of Winnipeg, ‘Determining Community Indigenous Epidemiologist Needs and Priorities’

“I’d like to congratulate all of the recipients on their world-class research projects and thank our partners, including the Province of Manitoba, for their commitment to innovation and research excellence.” said Karen Dunlop, CEO, Research Manitoba. “Supporting local talent, contributing to the economy, and creating a heathy future for Manitobans are just a few of the positive impacts of the research being funded through our programs and partnerships.”

The recipients of the 2021 Grants and Awards Competition are highly qualified Trainees and New Investigators in Manitoba. These awards enable recipients to prepare and train for their careers as independent researchers in industry or within the provincial research enterprise, establish independent research programs, and achieve the skills necessary to compete on a national level.

“On behalf of the province of Manitoba, I wish to extend my congratulations to the award recipients as they begin their careers,” said Economic Development and Jobs Minister Jon Reyes. “The Manitoba government is pleased to support Research Manitoba to ensure our province continues to be a leader in conducting high-quality, innovative research that benefits people in Manitoba and beyond.”

Learn more about this year’s Research Manitoba award recipients (Link to release)

Research Manitoba promotes, supports, and coordinates the funding of research excellence and innovation in health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba. Research Manitoba supports local talent development by providing research support to early career researchers and graduate students, along with fostering strategic partnerships to strengthen research and innovation.

Media Contact

Jennifer Cox, Communications Lead
The University of Winnipeg
[email protected]
tel:204.988.7671

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COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #110

July 28, 2021

Newcomers to Manitoba, immigrants, disenfranchised or homeless individuals are reminded they can get immunized despite not having a Manitoba health card. A vaccination can be administered at a super site, at one of the numerous community-led clinics or at a mobile van, which are all currently operating. The pre-vaccination process will involve a verbal conversation with clinical staff on site, followed by immunization.

Workforce

As the vaccine campaign evolves, the demand on super sites and clinics is changing. Focus will now progressively shift from volume to access and increased community outreach. Part of that shift will involve adjusting the days and hours of operation in super sites across the province, effective Aug. 1. For up-to-date information on locations and hours, visit https://protectmb.ca/.

This shift will result in changes for staff including an adjustment in hours for some. Staff have been notified and Shared Health is working with them in this transition. There is no reduction in positions.

Eligibility

All people aged 12 and up are now eligible for their first or second dose.  The date of the second appointment must be at least 28 days after the first vaccination. For more information, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#second-dose.

Vaccine Administration

A total of 1,759,911 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

Appointments and Walk-ins

Thousands of Moderna and Pfizer appointments are open and available to book as early as today. Of note, the Selkirk super site will be offering both Moderna and Pfizer walk-in services today from
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The province is working with regional health authorities and Indigenous partners to ensure vaccines are available to individuals who have been evacuated due to wildfires and wish to get the vaccine.

Fifteen medical clinics and pharmacies are regional hubs for AstraZeneca vaccinations. Individuals can use the online vaccine finder at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html to find a location with available doses.

A complete listing and searchable map of all vaccine sites, including urban Indigenous clinics and pop-up clinics, is available online at https://protectmb.ca/. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Vaccine Supply and Distribution

To date, 2,309,360 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:
• 1,408,680 doses of the Pfizer vaccine;
• 808,920 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and
• 91,760 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Additional Information

Until the end of the month, the RBC Convention Centre super site will offer walk-in immunizations every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pfizer and Moderna vaccine will both be available.

Eligible Manitobans must have their first immunization on or before Aug. 2 to be eligible to win scholarships or cash prizes in Manitoba’s first ever ‘Vax to Win Lottery’.

Currently, more than 78 per cent of Manitobans are eligible for the first draw.

Applications are still being accepted for the ProtectMB Community Outreach and Incentive Grants. Up to $20,000 is available to organizations, businesses, schools and other groups with a connection to a community with lower vaccine uptake. More information can be found at:
https://protectmb.ca/grant-applications/.

To be considered fully immunized, individuals require two doses of vaccine. These can be the same or different brands of vaccine. Individuals who need to update any missing or inaccurate information on their immunization records or apply for an immunization card can use the e-form at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/covid-immunization-record-request/ or call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) and follow the prompts.

More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca/.

All data in this bulletin is current as of July 27 unless noted otherwise.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-290-5374.

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Finalists announced for Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s 2021 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award

(Toronto, ON – July 27, 2021) – Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada announced today the finalists for the 2021 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award, which recognizes extraordinary Canadians whose efforts are making a positive difference in the lives of children and youth involved in the child welfare system.

“This award shows us how the actions of one individual can make significant change in the lives of young people who have experienced or at risk of abuse and neglect,” says Valerie McMurtry, President & CEO, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, the country’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system.

The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award winner and finalists will direct a total of $75,000 in grants from Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to child welfare, child rights or child- and youth-serving organizations. The national award winner will be announced at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s virtual Stand Up for Kids Night presented by CIBC on September 9, 2021.

The 2021 finalists and award winner are selected by The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Committee, chaired by Robert Sedran, along with an esteemed group of community and business leaders recognized for their passion and dedication to making a difference in the lives of kids in the child welfare system.

“The finalists selected are advocates for Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth,” says Robert Sedran, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Strategy, Planning & Corporate Development, CIBC. “They are not only focused on addressing the current needs of children and youth who are at-risk but also on improving outcomes for children and youth in care and those transitioning out of the child welfare system.”

The 2021 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award finalists are:

• Mary Birdsell, Executive Director, Justice for Children and Youth (Toronto, ON)
Mary Birdsell is the Executive Director at Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY), where she is dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal and human rights of children and youth. She is recognized as a leading voice for children’s rights and youth justice in Canada, spending 25 years supporting young people who are facing significant adversity – advocating for their rights in pursuit of educational success, access to supports, resolution of conflict and ultimately safety, dignity and wellbeing. Mary is also a tireless advocate for systemic change, arguing many leading youth justice cases at all levels of court and appearing at legislative hearings and policy discussions. She is currently the Chair of the Child and Youth Law section of the Canadian Bar Association, is on the Board of A Way Home Canada and is a former board member of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. Mary is the co-author of Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook, 2nd ed. 2019.

• Dr. Jean M. Clinton, Clinical Professor McMaster University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences (Hamilton, ON)
Dr. Jean M. Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital and is an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Sick Kids. She is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, as well as a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013. Jean has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for over 30 years. Jean is a nationally and internationally renowned advocate for children’s issues. Her interest lies in the crucial role relationships and connectedness play in brain development. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring the needs and voices of children and youth are heard and respected. Jean has also authored her first book, Love Builds Brains.

• Kelly Holmes, Executive Director, Resource Assistance for Youth (Winnipeg, MB)
Kelly Holmes is a leader and innovator in Winnipeg’s youth homelessness sector as one of the founders of Resource Assistance for Youth where she is currently Executive Director. Her focus has been on the design and delivery of a responsive, youth-centered, street-level program that meets the unique and individual needs of youth in Winnipeg. Nationally, she has been involved in the creation of A Way Home Canada, the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, and is currently an active board member on the Catherine Donnelly Foundation. Locally, Kelly was a catalyst in the development of Here and Now: The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness. In 2019 she was invited to participate on Manitoba’s Illicit Drug Task Force, advocating for youth-oriented solutions to Winnipeg’s Methamphetamine crisis. Kelly is a proud Cree-Icelandic Metis, her spirit name is Yellow Thunderbird Woman. She is committed to creating and holding space for young people to find their own identities and personal power.

• Heather O’Keefe, Executive Director, StepStones for Youth (Toronto, ON)
Heather O’Keefe is the founder and Executive Director of StepStones for Youth, a thriving Toronto charity that creates transformative outcomes in the lives of young people involved in Ontario’s Child Protection Services. StepStones’ innovative programming significantly increases educational attainment, long-term housing, and strong support networks while reducing homelessness, criminal involvement, and isolation for these children and youth. With extensive work experience in child protection, personal experience as a foster parent, and her work at StepStones for Youth, Heather is a respected and leading visionary in the field of child welfare. She has developed unique and highly effective methods of addressing the unmet needs of young people in and transitioning out of the child welfare system. Heather also provides consultation and support for developing charities in the areas of strategic planning, program development, research, and productivity increase.

• Sam Pothier, AYA Case Manager, Futures Forward (Winnipeg, MB)
Sam Pothier brings a lifetime of personal experience and years of professional experience to the government care community. Their work has included education, transition support, and leadership development. Sam previously worked at the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks and Adoptive Families Association of BC and was the lead on developing the Premier’s Award nominated website AgedOut.com. Sam has been on the board for the International Foster Care Organization and the National Youth in Care Networks. Currently, Sam is the AYA (Agreements with Young Adults program) Case Manager for the Futures Forward program and provides all students receiving a youth from care tuition waiver with the support and connections they need to be successful in achieving their academic dreams. Sam has also presented at conferences about best practices in the child welfare system. Sam cares deeply about their peers – young people in and from care – and helps them to feel valued and respected, encouraging them to follow their dreams.

• Kelly Tallon Franklin Chief Executive Director, Courage for Freedom (St. Thomas, ON)
Kelly Tallon Franklin is the founder and Chief Executive Director of Courage for Freedom, which focuses on caring for minor aged victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation while increasing Ontarians’ awareness. She has provided care for children and youth since 2007 and has mentored and trained thousands of professionals in human trafficking and sexual exploitation prevention and intervention strategies. Kelly’s work has created national awareness movements and developed support for victim survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation that include equine therapy, as well as revolutionary trauma-informed and person-centric care approaches. She has been acknowledged and awarded accolades globally as a survivor, advocate and activist champion of minor aged children and youth in care. Today, she is sought after to mentor and train agencies and workers in solutions-based, self-directed care modules to activate youth empowerment and amplify their voices for systemic, institutional, and legislative change in protection. Kelly is also a best-selling author and award-winning speaker.

Established in 2018, the award is named in honour of Lynn Factor, C.M., O.Ont, MSW, RSW, LL.D., a long-standing Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada volunteer and a past Board Chair. A social worker by profession, Lynn has served for over 35 years on the frontlines of child welfare and has seen the damaging impact on children living under the weight of abuse, neglect and trauma. In recognition of Lynn’s extraordinary commitment to Canada’s most vulnerable children, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and Lynn’s husband, Sheldon Inwentash, named the Stand Up for Kids National Award in her honour.

The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award is part of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids national campaign for child welfare, which is uniting Canadians in a shared mission to change the lives of our country’s most at-risk kids – those who have experienced abuse and neglect.

About Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is our country’s leading charity dedicated to standing up for children and families involved in the child welfare system and standing alongside youth with lived experience. We raise and grant funds and deliver a wide range of high-impact programs and services in partnership with 104 child-and youth-serving agencies across the country. Last year, we supported over 46,500 children and youth and 12,300 families. Find out more at cafdn.org

For more information:
Lisa Lipkin
Lisa Lipkin Communications for Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
[email protected]; 416-988-4189

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SCO Statement on RCMP Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Abuse at Fort Alexander Residential School

ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) wholly supports the RCMP’s large-scale investigation into the many allegations of sexual abuse at the former Fort Alexander Residential School, located in Sagkeeng First Nation.

“First, I want to offer my most heartfelt prayers for all those who suffered abuse at the Fort Alexander Residential School. SCO is in full support of the RCMP’s investigation into the abuse suffered by many of our Relatives when they were forced to attend the Fort Alexander Residential School,” said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “We expect it to be a thorough investigation, and at the end, for those guilty of horrendous crimes against children to be brought to justice using the full extent of the law. We’ve waited more than long enough for these criminals be held fully accountable.”

The Manitoba RCMP’s Major Crime Services began the investigation in February 2010 following decades of allegations made publicly and privately of sexual abuse occurring at the former residential school. Dr. Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was the first to bravely speak out publically several decades ago about the abuse he suffered during the time he was forced to attend the former residential school.

RCMP Officers have spoken to or interacted with more than 700 people across Turtle Island and have obtained 75 witness and victim statements so far, and their work continues. The Commanding Officer at the RCMP and the investigative staff reached out to SCO as well as other First Nation leaders and organizations earlier this month to give a full debrief on the investigation.

At this time, SCO asks for everyone to respect the privacy rights of all those involved in the ongoing investigation.

“Privacy is essential for the ongoing investigation and also for those who suffered abuse,” concluded Grand Chief Daniels. “The last thing that anyone needs is to be further traumatized during such an important investigation. We fully support Chief Henderson’s call for the respect of the citizens of Sagkeeng and their need for privacy at this time.”

SCO would like to remind everyone that an Indian Residential Schools Help Line 1-866-925-4419 is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.

More information on supports for Survivors can be found on our website.

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The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 80,000 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

For Media Inquiries:

Caitlin Reid, Manager of Communications, Southern Chiefs’ Organization

Winnipeg Sub-Office: (204) 557-2399 | Email: [email protected]

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Canada and Manitoba partner with City of Brandon to create affordable housing

July 28, 2021

The federal and provincial governments are collaborating with the City of Brandon to develop affordable housing for the community with a 48-unit complex at the site of the former Fleming School.

The affordable housing complex will include 42 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units. Eight of the units on the main floor will be accessible for persons with disabilities or mobility issues. Manitoba Families Minister Rochelle Squires noted that rents at the new complex must remain affordable for 20 years.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $1.56 million over two years for the $11-million project, with a potential for future investments as it progresses.

The $1.56 million investment is made possible through the National Housing Strategy bilateral agreement, which was signed by the governments of Canada and Manitoba in 2019 to ensure families, Indigenous communities and vulnerable Canadians can count on long-term funding for community housing in Manitoba.

The City of Brandon is contributing $1.56 million from provincial grant funding to ensure the rental housing project is 100 per cent affordable. The city will also provide the proponent with a 20-year offsetting grant equal to 50 per cent of the municipal tax payable, and is providing the land valued at more than $1 million.

The project will be led by private developer Kirk Brugger. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2022.

Quotes:

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Our investments through the National Housing Strategy will go a long way to effectively support those who need it most, both in Brandon and across the country. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”

— The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. It is with great pleasure that our government, through the National Housing Strategy, is supporting initiatives like this affordable housing project in Brandon. Our government is working collaboratively with the government of Manitoba to build strong communities where Canadian families can prosper and thrive, now and for the future.”

— Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“Our government will always be there to help those in need, which is why we are investing in this important project. Under our government’s National Housing Strategy, we are working with our partners to build safe and affordable homes here in Brandon, and across the province. I want to thank everyone involved as together we are building a generation of new, permanent housing that we can all be proud of.”

— Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South

“Our government continues to make important investments in affordable housing, so that all families in Manitoba, including those with lower incomes, can have a safe place to call home. Affordable housing creates benefits that last a lifetime and strengthen our communities and province as a whole. We are pleased to collaborate with our partners on this important project.”

— The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Manitoba Minister of Families

“The City of Brandon has partnered with the Province of Manitoba and other participating partners on a number of recent projects that support affordable housing in our community,” said Mayor Rick Chrest, City of Brandon. “I am pleased to note that today’s announcement brings the total number of provincially partnered new housing units to 129 affordable units and 15 market units.”

— Rick Chrest, Mayor, City of Brandon

“This project is very close to my heart, and we are excited to work with the governments of Canada, Manitoba and Brandon to create affordable housing for families in Brandon. My dad was my hero and he taught me about community and philanthropy. Ten years ago this summer we lost our daughter Kayleigh and her boyfriend Paul in an accident. Kayleigh volunteered to teach English to immigrant children, and Paul came from a hard-working immigrant family that still calls Brandon home. We dedicate this project in their memory.”

— Kirk Brugger, developer and project lead

Quick facts:

  • Since 2016, the Manitoba government has supported the creation of 743 new affordable and social housing rental units. As well, the province has supported home ownership for more than 220 households through partnerships with municipalities, non-profit organizations and other agencies. The province will continue to protect and support vulnerable Manitobans through the development of affordable housing.
  • In addition to this investment, the Manitoba government has invested more than $5.2 million to develop 96 new rental, co-operative or single-family homes for low-income to moderate-income families in Brandon since 2018, and provided more than $4.1 million in municipal grant funding to the City of Brandon in March 2021.
  • The National Housing Strategy (NHS) is the Government of Canada’s 10-year, $70+ billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home — this includes more than $13 billion committed through the 2020 Fall Economic Statement.
  • The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians. The province will continue to protect and support vulnerable Manitobans through the development of affordable housing.

Associated links:

As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.

Information on this news release:

Mikaela Harrison
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
[email protected]

Leonard Catling
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
604-737-4029
[email protected]

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Dallas Stars draft Indigenous Winnipegger – News 1130

Conner Roulette, an Indigenous Winnipegger drafted by the Dallas Stars in this year’s NHL draft says he couldn’t have made it to such a high level without his family, and his Indigenous role models. He tells Mike Albanese, he’s hoping to break into the NHL, and be a role model for the next generation.

Read More: https://www.citynews1130.com/video/2021/07/27/dallas-stars-draft-indigenous-winnipegger/

MACY: Youth Ambassador Advisory Squad unveils The Re-Right Project, with first of 42 murals dedicated to children’s rights

WINNIPEG, TREATY ONE TERRITORY, HOME OF THE METIS NATION – The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth’s Youth Ambassador Advisory Squad (YAAS!) has revealed the first of 42 planned murals dedicated to children’s rights, all of which will be located throughout Manitoba.

For more than a year, YAAS! has been hard at work developing The Re-Right Project. This youth-led initiative will see 42 murals go up around the province, with each mural depicting a specific child’s right as laid out under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). YAAS! hopes the project will lead to more public awareness about child and youth rights.

“I think a mural catches your eye quicker. You’re choosing to look at it because it’s pretty and it’ll educate anyone who looks at it,” said Sophia Stang, who co-led the project for YAAS!.

YAAS! is a group of youth ages 14-22, who were brought together through the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth office. The group aims to amplify youth voices in the province and ensure youth perspectives are being heard at decision-making tables. The Re-Right Project was an idea brought forward by a young artist, who participated in YAAS!.

“It’s important for youth to lead their own projects and have a say in what they’re doing because, after all, it’s more rewarding and gives us experience,” said Rose Fontaine, one of the YAAS! project co-leads.

The first mural is located on the building at Neecheewam Inc. (591 Sherbrook St.) and illustrates UNCRC Article 31: Children and youth have the right to play, rest and enjoy their lives. On the mural, children and youth are seen playing around a carnival scene, which was inspired by a trip to the Red River Exhibition. YAAS! also included details that pay tribute to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and the 215 children whose remains were found buried near a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. this year.

Acting Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Ainsley Krone shared one reason why Article 31 was chosen as the first to be depicted.

“Sometimes, as adults, we forget that children can just be children,” Krone said. “We’re always training them for the future, prepping them for their adulthood. Article 31 of the UNCRC is about children just being children and having the opportunity to just be kids, to not worry about the future and just have fun today.”

YAAS! and the Manitoba Advocate are excited to see this long-term project get underway with initial support from Neecheewam. They also thank Take Pride Winnipeg and artist Annie Bergen for their support in developing the first mural, with assistance from the West End BIZ and Herc Rentals.

YAAS! and MACY are looking forward to collaborating with other youth-serving organizations and partners across the province to create murals in as many communities as possible. For others interested in developing a mural or getting involved, please reach out to the Manitoba Advocate office by phone (1-800-263-7146) or email ([email protected]).

To see a video about The Re-Right Project made by Enjoy Creative, please visit: https://youtu.be/OduhPH23xgw

About MACY: The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is an independent, non-partisan office of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. It represents the rights, interests, and viewpoints of children, youth, and young adults throughout Manitoba who are receiving or entitled to public services, including child and family, adoption, disability, mental health, addictions, education, victim supports, or youth justice. The office does this by advocating directly with children and youth, or on their behalf with caregivers and other stakeholders. Advocacy also involves reviewing public services after the death of any young person when that young person or their family was involved with a reviewable service as defined in The Advocate for Children and Youth Act (the ACYA). Additionally, the Manitoba Advocate is empowered under provincial law to make recommendations to government and other public bodies, conduct child-centred research, disseminate findings, and educate the public on children’s rights and any other matter under the ACYA.

About YAAS!: The Youth Ambassador Advisory Squad (YAAS!) is an initiative of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth that works to create change and improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of services provided to children and youth in Manitoba. YAAS! does this through its regular squad meetings where they provide feedback and opinions on issues, reports, projects, and the many activities underway at MACY. YAAS! is made up of youth ages 14-22 from across Manitoba who have current and past lived experience in the service areas for which MACY has responsibilities. YAAS! is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Seven Teachings, their own experiences, and the experiences of their peers.

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City of Brandon Celebrates Manitoba 150

Brandon, MB – City of Brandon Parks & Recreation Services is excited to announce that the city is hosting several events to mark the official celebration of Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the city is hosting a week-long celebration from September 19th to 25th, in partnership with Manitoba 150. Events include a drive-thru pancake breakfast, scavenger hunts, and a drive-in movie!

Celebrate 150 Free Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast
Date: September 19th
Time: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (or while supplies last)
Location: TBD

Celebrate 150 Scavenger Hunts
Date: September 19th – 25th
Time: Dawn to Dusk
Location: TBD

Celebrate 150 Drive-In Movie
Date: September 25th
Time: Dusk
Movie: The Journey Home
Location: Keystone Centre Parking Lot

Celebrate 150 Pop-Up Performances
In addition to this week-long celebration, the city is also thrilled to present an exciting, spur-of-the-moment pop-up performance series. These performances will take place at various locations around the city, featuring local talent from the Brandon and Westman region.

Watch for these short events in parks, green spaces, and bustling corners around the city throughout July, August and September.

For more information on these events, please visit https://www.brandon.ca/mb150

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About Manitoba 150

In 1870, Manitoba became Canada’s fifth province – the only to enter Confederation under Indigenous Leadership. The Manitoba 150 Host Committee Inc. (Manitoba 150) is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Manitoba 150 exists to shine a light on all that makes Manitoba amazing and unique – our beauty, people, cultures, and history.

Manitoba is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dakota, Ininew, Anishininiw, Dene, and Inuit, and is the homeland of the Métis. Its ongoing existence is thanks to these ancestors and their present-day relatives, who continue to love and care for the land.

As Manitoba reflects on 150 years as a province and looks forward to a new year, it is an opportunity to come together in spirit, to share stories, and to build even stronger connections to each other and the land. Our anniversary continues to inspire us to explore our past and leave legacies for the future.

We encourage you to discover your Manitoba all over again, and find a new reason to fall in love with our amazing province.

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Manitoba RCMP acknowledge decade-long investigation into sexual abuse at former residential school – Global News

July 27, 2021

Manitoba RCMP acknowledged Tuesday they’ve been investigating allegations of sexual abuse at the former Fort Alexander Residential School on Sagkeeng First Nation for the past decade.

Information-gathering about historical allegations began in February 2010, police said, and involved investigators reviewing archival records both in Manitoba and Ottawa.

After going through thousands of documents, the RCMP said its investigators began canvassing the more than 700 people across North America mentioned in their research, followed by launching a criminal investigation in 2011 and taking 75 formal witness and victim statements.

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