Reconciliation is an important part of the growth and development of Winnipeg’s Indigenous people and creating opportunities to bring people together to have the conversations is vital.

In the spirit of working together to help one another, we look forward to participating in this initiative.

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata is a grandmother in the Winnipeg family of community service providers. She was established in 1984 to reclaim Indigenous people’s inherent role and responsibility as the caregivers for Indigenous children and families in Winnipeg. We are a community mandated, Indigenous directed and supported human service organization, delivering children in care and community based programs and services to Indigenous families. The name Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata translates from Ojibway into the phrase “we all work together to help one another” and our programs and services are developed and operate within a philosophy that is embodied in our name. These words reflect a vision of collective responsibility and reciprocity that drives our leadership in Indigenous community based care in Winnipeg.

July 7, 2017 Submitted to: 

Dr. David T. Barnard
President and Vice-Chancellor (past)
Office of the President
University of Manitoba 

Dear Dr. Barnard,


Please accept this letter on behalf of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc. to express our support for the Circles for Reconciliation funding application to the Government of Canada.