• FAVOURITE PHOTO 2014 
This is the image that stands out for me this year. Not only does it bridge the generations of Canadian veterans, but it reminds me that unless Canada and the world change, Connor may wind up a casualty of war himself one day. September 10, 2014 

Seven-year-old Connor Chaulk checks out names on the rows of veteran graves at Brookside Cemetery candle-light vigil held to mark the anniversary of the start of the Second World War. Connor doesn't have any veteran relatives in Brookside but made a point of remembering his great grandfather, a Second World War veteran buried in Stonewall's cemetery.
  • People have told me over the years that rocker Neil Young disliked having his photo taken. I took this image of Young during his Honour The Treaties tour news conference in January at the Centennial Concert Hall. Young answered a few questions and then paused, stared at the photographers and gave me this one-on-one stare .The four-date tour raised money and awareness for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund to help fight for treaty rights in the development of the Northern Alberta oil sands. 
January 16, 2014
  • September 8, 2014 - Canadian Museum For Human Rights 
(John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Glass negatives by photographer E.J.C. Smith, taken circa 1898. His photo store was located at 276 Smith Street in Winnipeg.

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  • November 6, 2011

    The fortunate few

    For the families whose homes have running water and flush toilets, it's like winning the lottery. But they're still the exception on Manitoba First Nations. The deplorable state of sanitation gained national attention a year ago after a Free Press investigation. Students marched to the legislature. Aboriginal leaders lobbied Ottawa and the Vatican. Politicians, provincially and federally, issued a rallying cry to improve living conditions. Little has changed. Homes still have slop pails, not clean, running water. Photojournalist Joe Bryksa returned to the areas to visit both the fortunate few, and the others whose hope is running dry.

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  • Geordie Rae Jr. hugs his wife Rose and their son Lucas, 3, in their newly-renovated kitchen. The family didn't have running water, a kitchen sink or a proper bathroom before. 
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    Geordie Rae Jr. hugs his wife Rose and their son Lucas, 3, in their newly-renovated kitchen. The family didn't have running water, a kitchen sink or a proper bathroom before. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • July 2010 - Geordie Rae Jr. takes a break in the family home in St.Theresa Point First Nation after hauling water by foot to his family's home. 

August 2011 - Geordie Rae Jr. takes a break while renovating his new bathroom with running water. 

(JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    July 2010 - Geordie Rae Jr. takes a break in the family home in St.Theresa Point First Nation after hauling water by foot to his family's home. August 2011 - Geordie Rae Jr. takes a break while renovating his new bathroom with running water. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • July 2010 - Lucas Rae  plays with the treated water in his home  in St.Theresa Point First Nation. The family gets by with just a few buckets of fresh water a day.

August 2011 - Lucas, 3, turns the taps in his new bathroom under construction.    

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    July 2010 - Lucas Rae plays with the treated water in his home in St.Theresa Point First Nation. The family gets by with just a few buckets of fresh water a day. August 2011 - Lucas, 3, turns the taps in his new bathroom under construction. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • July 2010 - The  family  bathroom in the Harper home in St.Theresa Point First Nation, consisted of a slop pail and bags of dirty laundry. 

August 2011 - Lucas Rae, 3,  gives the thumbs up for his new bathroom being renovating with running water. 

(JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    July 2010 - The family bathroom in the Harper home in St.Theresa Point First Nation, consisted of a slop pail and bags of dirty laundry. August 2011 - Lucas Rae, 3, gives the thumbs up for his new bathroom being renovating with running water. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Wasagamack First Nation- Richard Andrews lives, often with five other adults and his seven or eight grandchildren in what is likely the most squalid home on the reserve with the most pressing sanitation problems in the province. There is no running water to wash clothes, bathe the gaggle of muddy toddlers, do dishes or keep the floors clean. The family shares a slop pail, lined with a garbage bag, in what passes for a bathroom.
(JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Wasagamack First Nation- Richard Andrews lives, often with five other adults and his seven or eight grandchildren in what is likely the most squalid home on the reserve with the most pressing sanitation problems in the province. There is no running water to wash clothes, bathe the gaggle of muddy toddlers, do dishes or keep the floors clean. The family shares a slop pail, lined with a garbage bag, in what passes for a bathroom. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Wasagamack First Nation- Richard Andrews' grandchildren run in and outside their rundown trailer. Up to 13 people are crammed into the home without running water.    
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    Wasagamack First Nation- Richard Andrews' grandchildren run in and outside their rundown trailer. Up to 13 people are crammed into the home without running water. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Standing in the gloom of his sagging trailer, he surveys the muddy floor, the goopy flypaper dangling from the kitchen ceiling, the piles of dirty clothes and the dishes stacked in a sink with no faucet. Graffiti and children's scribbles cover what remains of the walls, around holes that allow pink insulation to peek out. It's freezing in the winter, mouldy when the furnace kicks in and worse than even the slummiest apartment in Winnipeg.

    Standing in the gloom of his sagging trailer, he surveys the muddy floor, the goopy flypaper dangling from the kitchen ceiling, the piles of dirty clothes and the dishes stacked in a sink with no faucet. Graffiti and children's scribbles cover what remains of the walls, around holes that allow pink insulation to peek out. It's freezing in the winter, mouldy when the furnace kicks in and worse than even the slummiest apartment in Winnipeg. "This place should be condemned already," Andrews says with a shrug. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Overcrowding and lack of proper sanitation has rendered Andrews' home a lost cause, yet it is still home to several children and adults who have nowhere else to go.
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    Overcrowding and lack of proper sanitation has rendered Andrews' home a lost cause, yet it is still home to several children and adults who have nowhere else to go. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Filthy floors and rotting walls are a grim reality for the 13 people who call Richard Andrews' rundown trailer home.
(JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Filthy floors and rotting walls are a grim reality for the 13 people who call Richard Andrews' rundown trailer home. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A typical slop pail in Wasagamack First Nation.  
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    A typical slop pail in Wasagamack First Nation. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Kevin Taylor lives with cerebral palsy in St. Theresa Point in Island Lakes. His life is a struggle, made worse by the fact that he doesn't have running water.

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    Kevin Taylor lives with cerebral palsy in St. Theresa Point in Island Lakes. His life is a struggle, made worse by the fact that he doesn't have running water. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Kevin Taylor struggles to dry his hands. His mother Alice has filed a human rights complaint to provide him with proper services on the reserve. 

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    Kevin Taylor struggles to dry his hands. His mother Alice has filed a human rights complaint to provide him with proper services on the reserve. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Taylor makes a tortuous trip out to the biffy. 
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    Taylor makes a tortuous trip out to the biffy. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Positioning his crutches carefully on the sinking wooden palettes that make a path, Taylor inches past the home's garbage pile, where the family dumps their slop pail.

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    Positioning his crutches carefully on the sinking wooden palettes that make a path, Taylor inches past the home's garbage pile, where the family dumps their slop pail. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Rubena Harper meticulously dries every fork, every knife, a ladle and a pizza slicer, wheeling back and forth from the sink to a small table in her kitchen.

    Rubena Harper meticulously dries every fork, every knife, a ladle and a pizza slicer, wheeling back and forth from the sink to a small table in her kitchen. "If you keep the body in motion, it stays in motion," says the 65-year-old. Harper, whose hands are clawed from the same arthritis that keeps her mostly wheelchair-bound, has no running water in her tidy kitchen, so she does her dishes using water hauled from the communal tap or trucked to a water tank. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • July 2010 - Elder  Zach Harper in his  home  in St.Theresa Point First Nation. Harper has become frail from his past fight with tuberculosis. For years, the family has lived with no running water. 

August 2011 - Zach Harper waited 75 years to live in a house with running water. He died a week after his family home at St. Theresa Point First Nation was retrofitted to include running water, a kitchen sink and a proper bathroom in September.

(JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    July 2010 - Elder Zach Harper in his home in St.Theresa Point First Nation. Harper has become frail from his past fight with tuberculosis. For years, the family has lived with no running water. August 2011 - Zach Harper waited 75 years to live in a house with running water. He died a week after his family home at St. Theresa Point First Nation was retrofitted to include running water, a kitchen sink and a proper bathroom in September. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

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