Q:What do North End Youth, Jack Layton and First Nation Chiefs all have in common?A: They have all earned a correspondence from the crazy mind of MC!
Apparently I like using my blog to write letters. I wanted to take an opportunity to remind you folks of a few correspondences that you should not miss. These are letters that I share with the world so you know where I stand. I would encourage all of you to write letters to the people that matter to you! :)
BRING IT (An Open Letter to North End Youth)Dear YOUth
Ekosi (Thanks) for reading my letter. I am writing you this letter because I feel like there are some very important things that I need to say to you. I need to say this to you, because you guys inspire me every single day. I get to work with you all the time, when you help me organize and plan an event, when you help me innovate a new idea or program to help people and when you dream with me on how our community can get better. I see you all the time, out my front window, on your bikes, walkin down the street or going to the store. I also see the challenges, when I see you fighting with your boy/girlfriend and using inappropriate language in public. I also see you in the paper and on the news a lot talking about violence and apathy... which is less cool, because that's not what us North End peeps are about. And so, to combat that negativity, I share my perspective with all of you... (READ MORE)
Dear Jack Layton
Dear Jack Layton
The first thing I need to say to you, is thank you; for all of the work you have done in trying to change the way people look at and engage in politics. Thank you for being a leader that was approachable, courageous, and real. Thank you for sharing an example of positive politics, advocating for compassion, and being an example of collaborative leadership. 2 days ago, Jack Layton wrote a letter to Canadians...he knew that he was not well, and left us with these amazing words that bring me to tears... (READ MORE)
True Stories: North Enders DO Care!
We are already winning our battle. I have known, like many of you, that the North End is full of amazing and inspiring people. I happen to be fortunate to come from a community where we are all genuinely giving and caring people that do not believe that violence is the answer. I do believe that we have become fed up with the systems around us, and so for many of us crime and violence have been our only (apparent) option. (READ MORE)
Standing with the Chiefs
Dear WorldMy name is Michael Redhead Champagne. I am 24 years old, grew up in the North End of Winnipeg and am originally from Shamattawa Cree Nation. I am writing you this letter because I will not be silent any longer while the young people, elders and children in our communities continue to die. In my position as a leader in my community, I support Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence in her protest of Minister Duncan’s insulting response to the emergency in her community. The deplorable conditions are all too familiar and have recently been highlighted in communities such as the state of emergency in Attawapiskat, the lack of education in Pikangikum, the youth suicides in Shamattawa the missing and murdered Aboriginal sisters and daughters. (READ MORE)
Please...write a letter. With honesty, with love and with courage. Bring it.
I'm listening :)