Investing in the Next Generation of Leaders
Investing in Indigenous youth to thrive and become the next generation of leaders through culture, education, training, employment and leadership development opportunities. Through Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s Indigenous Youth Programs, young people are given the chance they need to learn, grow and share their gifts and strengths. Programs include:
- Changemakers Program: A year round program that offers cultural teachings, sacred ceremonies such as sweats and pipe ceremonies, community medicine picking, as well as teachings about Indigenous culture, traditions and perspectives through the medicines and the Seven Sacred Teachings.
- Hunters and Gatherers (Cubs and Scouts): Bi-weekly structured programming for boys and girls ages 8-13 to learn about the Indigenous cultures, personal development in a fun and safe atmosphere. Outings include tobogganing, corn maze, laser tag, arts and crafts and much more!
- Future is Yours: A program designed for youth ages 14-20 to explore Indigenous cultures while gaining the skills to build a resume, receive volunteer experience, employment skills, receive certified training and interview tips.
- Positive Adolescent Sexuality Support (P.A.S.S): On a request basis, youth are educated on topics such as healthy relationships, teen dating violence, birth control methods, STI/STDs, self esteem and much more. P.A.S.S also incorporates cultural teachings and focuses on the importance of educating Indigenous youth in a positive, comfortable, safe and supportive environment.
- Positive Athletic Cultural Experience (P.A.C.E): Free recreational and cultural programming daily at Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre after-school hours to youth of all ages. Programming may include floor hockey, hip hop clubs, Pow Wow Clubs, drum groups, traditional arts and crafts, Sacred Ceremonies, Indigenous language workshops and much more.
- Rising Sun Pow Wow Club: Operates out of two sites on Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday from 6 pm—8 pm. The Rising Sun Pow Wow Club teaches families the art of Pow Wow dance, song, drum and teachings. Traditional arts and crafts and much more are included in Pow Wow Club. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of age or experience! Healthy snacks are provided following the Pow Wow Club and locations are as follows:
- Tuesday & Wednesday @ Turtle Island Neighborhood Centre – 510 King Street
- Friday @ Win Gardner – 363 McGregor Avenue (Starting in April 2020)
- Sacred 7 Youth Council: Participants in the Youth Programs who work together to act as the voice of community youth and make decisions to better the Ma Mawi Youth Program and community. The Youth Council meets twice a month to discuss important issues, programs and new incentives for participants and families attending Ma Mawi programs.
- Solvent Abuse Prevention Program: Supports partnerships with Rossbrook House, Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club and Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre to promote healthy lifestyles and address solvent abuse.
- Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre: A weekly drop-in program that focuses on providing a safe and cultural environment for youth including teachings, crafts and activities to keep youth engaged and active.
- Youth for Truth and Reconciliation: A partnership between Ma Mawi and the Government of Canada, to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together to discuss reconciliation and the impact for them and the future.
- Canada World Youth: An international non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with opportunities to volunteer and learn about other communities, cultures and people while developing leadership and communications skills. Ma Mawi partnered with CWY to send nine Indigenous youth to Peru in 2019 for a cultural exchange program.