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Police Chief Danny Smyth Promises to Work with Indigenous Female Leaders

Nov 9, 2016 @ 16:01|

CBC NEWS Winnipeg's new police chief Danny Smyth is promising improved relationships between police and female Indigenous leaders. Smyth was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony led by Mayor Brian Bowman, Chief Judge Margaret Wiebe, Police Board Chair Jeff Browaty, and other dignitaries at city hall. During his speech, Smyth told the audience he has come to admire groups led [...]

Winnipeg Police Board Indigenous Council

Nov 8, 2016 @ 14:59|

Jackie Anderson has accepted the nomination to join the Winnipeg Police Service's Indigenous Advisory Council for a two year term. Jackie has been employed with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre for a total of 16 years and she currently works as the Children in Care Coordinator.  She is passionate about her work with children [...]

Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case

Oct 20, 2016 @ 16:31|

Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case In 1929, after two years of legal debate, Canada's highest court of appeal declared that the word "person" included both women and men. The decision was made by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain and made it possible for women to serve in [...]

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. [...]