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This article was published 19/02/2021 (711 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Fantasy hair honoured

A koi fish-inspired design brought a top place award from an international competition for a Tuxedo hair salon owner.

Ken Hiebert, owner of the Kenneth Michael Hair Studio, took first place in the ladies’ fantasy style category at the OMC Hairworld World Championship. The competition was virtual this year due to the pandemic, and Hiebert also had to do his work on a mannequin rather than a model.

Sou'wester Ken Hiebert with the winning entry in an international hair competition.

For more, see facebook.com/kennethmichaelhairstudio and omchairworld.com 

Indigenous COVID app launched

University of Manitoba researchers recently launched an app designed to support Indigenous communities around the world as they act on their own health and well-being during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Indigenous app is designed to be easily adapted to the diverse needs and priorities of individual communities while adhering to the principles of data sovereignty and community ownership, control, access and possession of information, according to a press release. No one outside of any given community will have access to the data without their express permission. 

“We know that one-size-fits-all does not work for Indigenous communities,” Dr. Myrle Ballard, a University of Manitoba researcher from Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba, said. Ballard is one of the co-leads on the COVID-19 Indigenous app initiative.

The web and mobile apps were designed to maximize community control at every phase of the process so that local health workers can decide what are the important questions to ask.

The information gathered through the questionnaires on the COVID-19 Indigenous app will help local health directors and leadership in rolling out effective programming for their communities, including COVID-19 vaccination programs if they so desire.

The app also provides a way for community members to stay connected while staying safe by allowing users to share and celebrate their stories of hope and resilience in the culture and resilience subsections of the app.

“Lots of times in Indigenous communities, many members feel that they’re alone,” Evan Chamakese of Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan, and the Digital Health Outreach Coordinator for the digital app initiative, said. “The app gives the community members a voice in times of isolation.”

The COVID-19 Indigenous app is one of a number of initiatives undertaken in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic by the larger research project named Kitatipithitamak Mithwayawinin; loosely translated from Cree to “hold ownership and control over the health and well-being of our own.” The larger project is conducted in partnership with 11 First Nations communities and organizations in Manitoba and Ontario.

Ethnic music concerts online

From Latin pop-rock to punk-flavoured Irish trad, there’s a lot on the musical menu this month as UMulticultural presents the Ethnic Music Concert Series Live online.

Starting with Sarau Carioca on Feb. 24 and running through to the Dr. Henry Band on March 17, the 10 online concerts feature folk songs and world rhythms, made possible by a Safe at Home Manitoba grant.

U Multicultural is an ethnocultural TV and Radio broadcaster that is part of the Shaw Multicultural cable TV programming in Manitoba and across Canada.

According to a press release, “U Multicultural strives to serve diverse communities and contribute to the dynamic multicultural identity of Canada. Safe at Home Manitoba allows us the opportunity to highlight the many talented musicians that live in Manitoba and provide them with an outlet where they can showcase their cultures and stories through music. With the ongoing pandemic, the number of activities available to people is minimal. The concert series is a chance to distract one’s mind and allow performers to showcase their works.”

See u-channel.ca/ethnic-concert-series/ for backgrounds on performers and concert schedules.

Zoo Lights up

Assiniboine Park Zoo started its annual Zoo Lights event last weekend, and will see the pretty lights run over the course of 32 evenings to March 28.

Zoo Lights features a visually stunning array of light installations, from traditional tree wrapping to the latest technology in outdoor lighting and projection. Displays are spread out along pathways on a 2 km loop and feature close to 1.5 million lights.

Modifications have been made to the Zoo Lights experience to comply with public health orders and ensure that all in attendance can follow public health guidelines and advice. This includes the elimination of live music and other programming that may encourage guests to gather. In addition, this year, the experience is almost entirely outdoors. Guests are encouraged to embrace winter and dress for the weather. Food and beverage service will be available at the Zoo’s Tundra Grill Restaurant and Winston’s concession.

“A lot of time and effort went into preparing for Zoo Lights and, while the timing has changed, we are thrilled to be in a position to invite visitors to enjoy these stunning light displays,” Bruce Keats, chief operations officer, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, said. “This has been a challenging year for the Zoo and our community. We are so grateful for the support we have received and are optimistic that people will embrace this opportunity to enjoy the Zoo Lights experience.”

Tickets are date and time specific and must be purchased in advance, preferably online. All guests, regardless of age, require a ticket. Tickets for infants and toddlers 2 years of age and under are free. Tickets for all other guests are $12.50 + GST. Tickets are on sale now and quantities are limited.

See zoolightswpg.ca for more information.

New building downtown to focus on arts and culture 
The federal government is allocating $4 million from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to construct a facility on the former Public Safety Building site (151 Princess St.) to support the arts and culture community in Winnipeg, according to a news release issued on Feb. 16.
The Market Lands project will include eight floors of apartments above a two-storey creative hub. The hub will span 20,000 square-feet and will feature spaces for three artist-run centres, a sector council for creative industries, and multi-use shared spaces.
CentreVenture Development Corporation is leading the project which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024. 
Demolition of the Public Safety Building — the old police headquarters — began in spring of 2020 and was completed in late fall.

New building downtown to focus on arts and culture

The federal government is allocating $4 million from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to construct a facility on the former Public Safety Building site (151 Princess St.) to support the arts and culture community in Winnipeg, according to a news release issued on Feb. 16.

The Market Lands project will include eight floors of apartments above a two-storey creative hub. The hub will span 20,000 square-feet and will feature spaces for three artist-run centres, a sector council for creative industries, and multi-use shared spaces.

CentreVenture Development Corporation is leading the project which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024. Demolition of the Public Safety Building — the old police headquarters — began in spring of 2020 and was completed in late fall.

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