Community coalition creates vision for North End

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NORTH END

A coalition of community-based organizations has a vision for the North End.

Indigenous Vision for the North End (509 Selkirk Ave.) operates as a program of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre to create safe spaces in which residents of the North End can meet, connect, grow and support leadership development and capacity building while promoting the participation of Indigenous community members.

Indigenous Vision for the North End (509 Selkirk Ave.) operates as a program of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre to create safe spaces in which residents of the North End can meet, connect, grow and support leadership development and capacity building while promoting the participation of Indigenous community members.

Indigenous Vision for the North End community facilitator Shelley Anderson, 25, says the organization focuses primarily on promoting community volunteerism and engagement.

“Our four pillars are ‘connect’, ‘community’, ‘culture’ and ‘relationships’,” she added. “When the organization started, we wanted to be visible, support the community with resources and coming up with different programming to make the North End better.”

The organization has several different programs, but recently launched a North End Connect community computer program, which will focus on the “digital divide” in the North End based on access, reliability and cost.

“We’re doing community surveys and research with community members and organizations,” Anderson said, noting the program is a partnership with the Internet Society of Manitoba. “We also do refurbished computer giveaways to community members who have a North End address. That’s done with Computers for Schools Manitoba.”

Indigenous Vision for the North End operates with a steering committee of leadership from 11 North End non-profit organizations: Bear Clan Patrol, Community Education Development Association, Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Mount Carmel Clinic, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad, North End Community Renewal Corporation, North End Women’s Centre, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre, Urban Circle Training Centre and Wahbung Abinoonjiiag.

The coalition is funded by the Government of Manitoba and United Way Winnipeg.

“Right now, we also have the Make It Work fund, which is for North End community members who are either living, working or accessing services or programs in the community and were recently hired for employment,” Anderson said. “They receive bus tickets, a snack pack and a $20 gift card to the North End Women’s Resource Centre’s UpShoppe thrift store. It’s about addressing those barriers in starting a new job.”

Indigenous Vision for the North End also maintains an active presence in the community. The organization supports its steering community organizations, so Anderson frequently attends Mama Bear Clan patrol walks. Indigenous Vision for the North End has also hosted community block parties and smudges during the four solstices.

“My role as community facilitator is being out there in the community being visible and supporting community members,” she said. “We do get asked a lot of questions and for resources. I think we are getting more recognized, and I think we do have a pretty good recognition when we’re out and about. Residents appreciate the services and it’s so heartwarming to hear their feedback when they do access our resources.”

For more information, visit www.indigenousvision.com or email info@indigenousvision.com

Indigenous Vision for the North End is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kelsey James

Kelsey James
Community Journalist

Kelsey James is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She graduated from Red River College’s creative communications program in 2018 as a journalism major and holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric, writing and communications from the University of Winnipeg. A lifelong Winnipegger who grew up in southwest Winnipeg, Kelsey is thrilled to be covering the neighbourhoods she still calls “home.”

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