Sunday, December 19, 2010

North End Youth Light Up Selkirk Avenue

On Thursday December 9, 2010 a newsworthy event occurred in Winnipeg’s North End. The 7th Annual “Lighting Up The Avenue” occurred on this night and brought nearly 300 North Enders into the street for eating, singing, gifts and of course, lots of lights. Several local media outlets were in attendance to cover the event. The event was organized by Aboriginal Visioning for the North End and the North End Community Helper’s Network, and supported by Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad, The University of Manitoba, The Indian Family Centre and North End Community Renewal Corporation.

The event has been taking place for the past 7 years and brings out more community members each year. Occurring between the Indian Family Centre (470 Selkirk Ave) and Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre (472 Selkirk Ave), community came together and celebrated the season. Morning Star and Little Butterflies Drum Groups further brightened the festivities by sharing their drum and voices with the community. At approximately 6:00pm, 2 large Christmas trees were lit up by the community, led by Michael Champagne and Shaneen Robinson. After wards, all were able to sit together to share a feast served by the Santa hats (or volunteers).

Driven by Youth

This event was highly volunteer driven, bringing out volunteers of every shape and size, many of the usual suspects and some new helpers as well. Community youth assisted more than in any other year, sporting Santa hats and running errands inside and outside both buildings on the chilly December evening. They truly supported each of the activities acting as Elder helpers, food servers, environment crew and media relations. As in years past, there was plenty of food to eat and many free door prizes to be given away. The children at the event got a surprise when Santa came by to deliver goodie bags full of surprises (and candies and some mittens). A new addition this year, students from the University of Manitoba were on hand to provide folks with traditional aboriginal games. Thank you to Shaneen Robinson for emceeing the event for a second year in a row.

So Proud

Many of the youth commented via various social media sites after the event. They included such statements as "so proud of North End Youth" and "The North End is our Family." Any time young people and community can come together, celebrate and walk away with a sense of pride and especially a sense of community pride should be applauded. Congratulations to the young people that worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the event providing many organizations and businesses up and down Selkirk Avenue with lights to put in their storefront windows. These young people were even involved in the set up and tear down of the event. Congratulations to the staff, organizations and community members for such a successful celebration of what the North End is truly about and why us young people represent!

Although most media outlets chose to cover the story in a positive light, some news sources chose to correlate the event to the violence that occurred earlier this year in Winnipeg’s North End. "Lighting Up The Avenue" is truly an event that achieves the purpose of bringing community together to share, laugh and celebrate and has nothing to do with violence.

Friday, December 3, 2010

AYO! Forever

Sup World

Guess what? It is tOtaLly almost time for me to unveil the Master PlanZ for AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities. I'm so excited I can barely sleep.

MC Update
So I have begun doing speeches again @ United Way Winnipeg which is awesome cuz I got to do a bit of work with Mr Mark Chipman, which is awesomeness. I am still @ my job with SAFE Workers of Tomorrow and am so excited because I NOW HAVE A PLACE TO STAY!!!!! Hooray for Redwall. In other car has bit the bullet and requires a new engine in order to be it really worth is, is it?

We as a group have been gaining momentum since we began this anti-gang journey in the North End of Winnipeg in March of 2010. We are an informal, non-funded network of community youth who will not stand for this anymore. We have an example to set and are sick of people doing things FOR us and AT us. We will decide what we need to heal. Thank you very much. AYO! has a main goal of filling in the gaps that current youth serving agencies in the North End of Winnipeg are failing to address. We'll build it ourselves if we have to. My next post will explain what some of the projects with AYO! are gonna be. We got this you guys, we got this.

Follow me on Twitter if you wanna @northendmc. I have become quite infatuated with this Twitter business...I kinda like it. I am gonna start REPRESENTING with the #AYO hashtag. And while we are on the topic of Social Media, you folks better check me out on Youtube (Michaelp3) and as myself, on Facebook.

Thank You
So much to the organizations and community/city leaders that support the young people in the North End. I would like to specifically shout out to Judy (for Mayor) and Kevin Chief for being local political role models and inspiring the young people to get involved. Fantastical.

Check back soon, more plans with AYO! are on the way!



Friday, October 8, 2010

Workin' SAFE (If I Can!!!)

Sup world

Holy man have things ever been crazy as of late. Well since last time I updated, I have become homeless and have finally gotten a job EH!!!!

Anyway, I have been learning an immense amount in the last few months, life-wise, work-wise, and just in regards to what I can handle.

SAFE Workers of Tomorrow is my new job. I am the Indigenous Liaison and also an occupational health and safety presenter. Its tons of fun, but lots to learn. I am now available to go around and work with the Indigenous youth of our province, delivering info on their worker rights and how to keep themselves safe at work. I love it, check out the website HERE.

These guys are kinda part of our work, but you can win stuff on their website and also check out videos of the "CREEPY GUY" yup, that's the one on the billboards, he's even scarier in live action!!

Next, I am le homeless as it were. It was fun couch surfing for the first like...2 seconds of being homeless, then it was no good anymore. I am looking for a 1 bedroom place thats cheap and in the North End, anyone who can help me with that...lets do it. LOL.

Finally, pride. Very recently, many of the young people that I have worked with have been involved in some ridiculously amazing stuff. I'm talking getting involved in programs/opportunities where they can talk about INTEGRITY and they can talk about their experiences and what made the difference for them. I am so filled with pride when I think of how many great things the young people I work with are doing on a daily basis. I get even more excited thinking of all the young ones that are going to come after us and continue to represent us poor brown kids in an awesomely positive way.

Check out CJOB's Audio Vault on October 8/10 @ 9:00am and LISTEN TO MY KIDS BE AWESOME! (link expired - Nov 2010)

Thanks for readin',



Thursday, July 29, 2010


So, is it just me, or did Hotmail just get way cooler? I was just so impressed by it. and it seems like the competition between Google and Bing is tight (seeing as how Hotmail is affiliated with darling Bing), Google has of course come up with some awesome recent improvements as well.

You are all probably familiar with the updated vertical search bar and the enlarging images via hovering the mouse. But its just so exciting because the internet is becoming so...advanced and cool seeming that I don't know what to do with myself.

Smitten by a love for the internet.... wow.

Oh yeah, the next AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, will be at MICEC (Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre) in PD. It will be awesome muhahaha. And, in the same breath, possibly the same meeting, I need to meet with the NECRC Youth Committee.

Oh yes, Pathways (CEDA) is still recruiting for students entering grade nine in the fall. Check out the poster.

Take care folks


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday's Child: ARROWS

Man do I feel discouraged today. I think a lot of it has to do with trying to feel out the pressures of life. As much as I try to be a pro, I really don't get a lot of the things that happen in this world. There have been many times where I feel super discouraged by the things I see, or disheartened by the way I am treated by others. This can be as easy as watching a couple walking together outside, or watching a young brown kid being treated with discrimination. I take these observations very personally and it effects me, a lot.

What I need to learn how to do is to look at the positive side of things. Learn about what my challenges are and take the adult route and address that issue. If I am not mature enough to address that, then I think that I need to suffer a little bit more, lol. I also need to remember that RELATIONSHIPS are two way streets and that I need to relay on others and ask for help, cuz I might need some help from them and their gifts too.

Now, taking that advice, there ARE a lot of really great things that are happening
  1. its summertime :)
  2. AYO! just had its second event: AYO! Education
  3. I am gonna be training a group of kids for ARROWS today
  4. I got to meet up with some people that really wanna help us young Aboriginal people make positive change.
On another note I made a burnt CD called Children of Ignorance. Its a good time, check out one of the songs on that CD HERE.

Take care everyone, try to stay sunny eh.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Be Safe - North End Violence

There was some crazy stuff going on in the North End

Everyone take a look @ this article. Make sure you guys travel in groups and be safe please. You(th) are too valuable and we need your help to change this damn world.


So again, please be safe and make sure you are looking out for each other.

CPR Day of madnesS


Today was a good day. I had my CPR Training. It got me to thinking about a few things that are so important to us Indigenous folk.

1.) WE NEED TO EAT HEALTHIER - We have to learn more about our physical selves and how we react to different foods. We need to DRINK MORE WATER!!! We need to make sure we get enough fruits and vegetables. The thing that sucks, is not having enough $$$ to purchase healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Which leads me to...

2.) WE NEED TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL OPTIONS - there is a North End Food Security Network (from NECRC) that aims to provide North Enders with tools they need to become self sustaining. Meaning growing veggies in our yards and having grass on our roof! But we need to learn the whole process. NECRC can show us that. Check out their website here!

NEFSN Vision

The North End Food Security’s vision is a community where there is nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate food available for all members of the community, access to local food production, adequate and appropriate knowledge of healthy food choices, and ongoing care and improvement of the environment.

3.) I DON'T EVER WANT TO HAVE TO DO CPR ON A BABY - This one is just personal but it was pretty unsettling to have to do some CPR on a little baby doll. But lemme tell you I payed attention alright. I actually think more people should get their CPR Certificates, The place I went to was pretty cool, I learned.

Anyway, I'm exhausted and have some work to do on a few things. Gonna try and get some prizes for AYO! Or something simlairly exciting. I wanted to put a cool quote in here and talk about it... ah what the heck:

"It's not about you, It's about them"

That quote reminds me of the teaching of HUMILITY. Whenever I get discouraged I remember this, and it helps motivate me through the challenging times. Nawmean?

In other news I walked outside for about an hour today and my poor knees are on fire. Perhaps the Doctor would be in order soon to fix me up. I'm lookin' for work but keepin' myself busy with CPR and AYO! and ARROWS and Project SAM and holy a million acronyms.... But yes, good times being unemployed. Have faith my friends, we are never given more than we can handle. And it's not about us as individuals, it is about the children.

The End

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Here I am

Hello World

I just wanted to start out by saying SUP! And that a blog is a pretty cool idea. I'm quite a fan...and so now have created my own. I am very excited to share my words with the young people I work with and the community at large. Talking is one of my favourite things, and so preserving those crazy things I ramble on about, seems like a pretty good idea. i'm all about respect and positivity. you should be too. i can teach you, cuz i'm also all about education and learning.

The End

Just kidding, Check out one of my favourite quotes:

"Let us put our minds together to see what life we can make for our children" - Sitting Bull

(ok, now its the end for real)

Take care folks


North End MC

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Representin the North End of Winnipeg since 1987. I will share my journey tryna set an example and live a proud Cree life. I'll include my challenges and feelings and progress in terms of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities. You(th) are the reason.