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With 63 First Nations on the books, time for a new chapter

Sep 26, 2016 @ 15:10|

Winnipeg Free Press: WINNIPEG – Karyn Davis told the Free Press in 2009 her dream was to put the Dolly Parton Imagination Library into every First Nation in Manitoba. Mission accomplished. Peguis and Nelson House First Nations signed up in July to become the program’s 62nd and 63rd indigenous communities. SUBMITTED PHOTOHailee Desjarlais, with mom Erin, and [...]

Family members of missing and murdered women and girls react to inquiry

Aug 3, 2016 @ 15:15|

APTN National News: WINNIPEG – It’s an emotional day for family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Details of the national inquiry set to begin in September were announced Wednesday morning. Bernadette Smith, who’s sister Claudette Osborne went missing in 2008, said she’s feeling positive. “I want to have faith in these five [...]

Indigenous youth visiting APTN meet with Prime Minister, sit in on live interview

Jun 3, 2016 @ 15:12|

APTN National News: It’s not every day you get the chance to run into a sitting Prime Minister. But some youth associated with Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre did just that. APTN often gives tours, especially to Indigenous students. The youth from Ma Mawi knew there was a chance they’d get to see [...]

Community advocates to question party candidates on poverty issues

Apr 13, 2016 @ 15:07|

CBC: More Manitoba children live in poverty, per capita, than in any other province (One in every 3.5 kids) When it comes to wages, Manitobans make less per hour than most other Canadians. (Average hourly wage here in $21.01. National average is $22.85) Point Douglas is one of the poorest ridings in the City of [...]

Shoal Lake donation stalled by spring

Mar 8, 2016 @ 16:49|

WINNIPEG SUN: Even though they're desperately needed at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, 30,000 bottles of Activate Vitamin Drinks had to be temporarily stored at the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Tuesday because the reserve is currently inaccessible by road. Unique Foods Canada has donated the bottles because Shoal Lake 40 has been under [...]

The Trafficked: It’s time to end the attitude of entitlement

Feb 18, 2016 @ 14:54|

The Globe and Mail: Diane Redsky is the former project director of the National Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada and now the executive director of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg. Barbara Gosse is executive director of the Canadian Coordination Centre Preventing Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. [...]

‘It takes a nation to stop human trafficking’: Smith

Feb 9, 2016 @ 23:13|

Winnipeg Sun: The Joy Smith Foundation unveiled a public service announcement created to help fight human trafficking at the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre on Tuesday. The PSA, with a hashtag of #ShesNotForSale, depicts a young girl being exploited as a prostitute and is expected to hit TV screens across Canada soon. [...]

Women’s safety in taxis focus of Winnipeg brainstorming meeting

Feb 1, 2016 @ 22:15|

CBC NEWS: Concerns about women's safety in Winnipeg taxi cabs brought about a dozen people together on Monday evening to talk about strategies to address the issue. The meeting at the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre was organized by Bentley Dubois, who said numerous friends have told him they are too afraid to take taxis [...]

Housing money for high-risk youth

Jan 7, 2016 @ 15:18|

Winnipeg SUN: Riely Castel will no longer have to couch-surf once he finally gets a key to his own place next week. “I was living at home with my parents until 2013 when my mother passed, and that’s when my family sort of broke up, and I’ve been couch-surfing since then,” Castel said, after the [...]

Manitoba First Nations act as number of children in care hits 10,000

Dec 20, 2015 @ 15:21|

The Star: Manitoba First Nations step up as number of children in care hits 10,000 WINNIPEG—When Angeline Spence got pregnant at 17, she was determined her child wouldn’t end up being one of Manitoba’s 10,000 kids in care. Spence was taken from her parents when she was eight. She became a permanent ward of Child [...]