Manitoba Introduces New MMIWG2S licence plates

New "specialty"  licence plates will be available this fall for Manitobans who want to support the plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirited people (MMIWG2S). The plates will feature the now emblematic 'Red Dress' or the 'Red Hand Print' and will be available for $70, with $30 going to support all those families that are affected by intersectoral violence against Indigenous woman. Call to Action 41. "We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal organizations, to appoint a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Aboriginal women and…

Reviving the Rocky Cree Language

The key to the survival of the Rocky Cree language may very well reside in the discovery of a 350 year old Rocky Cree womannear present day South Indian Lake. The Rocky Cree communities are the six First Nation communities in Manitoba that live along the "Churchill River". The discovery of this long lost Indigenous woman will now serve as an impetus for reviving the Rocky Cree language. William Dumas, works as the First Nations Language & Culture Facilitator for Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) and he is worried about the survivability of the Rocky Cree language given that it…

2023 North American Indigenous Games

The 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be taking place in Nova Scotia from July 15-23 and will feature 16 different sporting events including 3 Traditional Sports -  "Canoe/Kayak, Lacrosse, and 3D Archery". If you know somebody, or if your kids will be participating at the NAIG 2023, or if you just interested in sports, especially Indigenous sports and you can't make the long trip to Nova Scotia; you're in luck, as you can stream the games from the comfort of your TV, computer, laptop or your phone. Just click HERE and click the blue Live Stream Button.

In the spirit of reconciliation, our organization is hosting a National Indigenous Peoples Day  (NIPD) Community Event at Sergeant Tommy Prince Place, 90 Sinclair Street (North End)

This interactive community event will celebrate NIPD at the centre and further provide education on the name change of the centre. The centre was renamed in 2018 from North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility to Sergeant Tommy Prince Place as part of the City of Winnipeg’s commitment to reconciliation.Sergeant Thomas George Prince was born October 25, 1915 and comes from the Brokenhead First Nation, Manitoba. He became Canada's most decorated war hero having served in WWII and the Korean War. For more info on Sergeant Tommy Prince, please click here.

Inuit

https://youtu.be/fpHo5uC4V1AInuit Throat Singer Nikki KomaksiutiksakNikki is an Inuit woman from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut and the Executive Director of Tunngasugit, Western Canada’s first Inuit Resource Centre, Nikki is an experienced throat singer and a teacher of Inuit history and culture. Nikki has also been selected by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada as the 2023 Inuk Woman of the Year. Nikki has participated in a number of international events, and at such prestigious venues as the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg; always sharing her identity and teaching about her Canadian Inuit Culture. The Inuit of Canada are an integral part of…

CFR at 2023 Vision Quest

Several Circles for Reconciliation staff were at this year's Vision Quest spreading the word on our reconciliation efforts. We were there to invite other organizations to participate in our Sharing Circles. Our team members visited many tables and had a wonderful time speaking to many future partners. The CFR table had invitations and registration forms indicating that we are hosting a National Indigenous Peoples Day Event on June 21st at Sergeant Tommy Prince Place, at the old exhibition grounds, 90 Sinclair St, Winnipeg, Mb.

2023 Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show, May 17 & 18, 2023

If you're planning to go to this year's "sold out"  2023 Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show, please come by our booth and say hello to some of our staff and volunteers! Last year's conference had a record "1300+ participants". A key theme of this conference is to bring an eclectic group of businesses, innovators, and entrepreneurs, to discuss and exchange ideas about community and Indigenous economic development initiatives and activities. You can find more info at this link.

Zach Whitecloud is the first Dakota from the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to join the NHL

Zach Whitecloud has become the first Indigenous hockey player from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to join the ranks of the National Hockey League's (NHL's) Vegas Golden Knights. Whitecloud was born November 28, 1996 in Brandon, Manitoba, and was raised on Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. He went to high school in Brandon. He played with the Virden Oil Kings in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League and junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League. He signed his first contract with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018 and another six-year contract in 2021. Whitecloud was instrumental for putting…

Hear William Prince sing and talk about his trip to Nashville


We  ran a post last month about William Prince, from Peguis First Nation and his Grand Ole Oprey debut, on February 18. Prince recently appeared on Winnipeg's CTV Morning Live. Prince said that new singers to the Grand Ole Oprey stand on a cut out circle from the original Grand ole Oprey. His new record came out on April 14 and you can hear one of his songs at this link. Prince refers to his music as a 'declaration to joy' and I found it very unpretentious cause he sings from the heart. --Rick Demas