Macgregor, Toronto, Saskatchewan & Calgary

AYO!

The summer looks like its gonna be filled with excitement. Interest is building across Turtle Island in the innovative work that is happening right here in the North End of Winnipeg. There are various opportunities, events and conferences upcoming that will continue to bring together leaders and churn out community led solutions. My usual message with young people is a simple one – if we work together and share our gifts we can prevent violence and do more than create hope; we can create opportunities for action.

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Check out the “Where Am I?” page to see where our friends from across Turtle Island can hear MC stories in the flesh. If you want to arrange a booking, you can contact Angie Lamirande, one of my partners in awesome.

WHERE WILL MC STRIKE NEXT?

  • MacGregor, Manitoba – This upcoming Thursday MC will be visiting this rural town in Manitoba to share words of optimism with student leaders!
  • Toronto, Ontario – You saw the CMI team in action in Winnipeg, now MC travels to the Count Me In home turf of Toronto with the North End Megaphone and 3,000 students.
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba – There is this awesome initiative called MB ALIVE [A Leadership Initiative in Volunteer Efforts] I was a part of in Grade 11….well it still happens. It builds capacities in young leaders to be empathetic and effective in their volunteering. I am happy to return.
  • Humbolt, Saskatchewan – This is my 2nd ever school division speaking tour, where I will travel to several communities in the Horizon School Division hoping to talk about how we can bridge community and classroom.
  • Calgary, Alberta – My friends at the Canadian Safe Schools Network are presenting for the first time in Alberta featuring Amanda Todd’s mother Carol Todd, Olympic silver medalist Dave Calder and me as well!

Sounds like the summer is gonna be pretty fun eh? Stay up to date by checking out the MC on social media.

Excited :)

MC

Adventure in Bodacious Baudette

Woooooooo!

Yesterday, was a day to remember. It was my first time travelling internationally to help deliver a speech. Thanks to Shane Feldman of Count Me In fame, I was part of a group of Winnipeg people heading out to Baudette, Minnesota for a Mini We Day Follow Your Dreams Student Empowerment Event.10003588_685414234853632_4447439859661262978_o

After we crossed the border, which as an adventure of its own, it was only a short distance to our destination: Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette, MN. It was awesome because this student run event was planned by students from a Canadian school (over the bridge, I believe) called Rainy River school as well as LOW students. The bright NEON t shirts helped us as soon as we arrived, but not before we took a selfie with our road trip team MC, Shane, and POP Stars Angie and Riele!

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There were many amazing things about the event. It provided the first opportunity for me to hear a keynote presentation from my friend Shane Feldman, who did a great job giving some tips and tricks to these students on getting started on their own initiatives too. Make sure you follow this guy on twitter, to stay up to date with @ShaneFeldman! We also ran into a group of more Winnipeg awesomeness with Flo (@flosoul) and her Hateless Team (Chelsea & Duncan) who were also there to pump up the kids.

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I was a big fan of the obnoxiously coloured t shirts, and it felt like the students did a great job at organizing this (I believe it was a first of its kind) event for their peers. There were also performances by these folks called STREET CIRCUS….that might have to be a post with videos all on its own. I am very excited to see what happens with these schools in the future as a result of this event!

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Also, it was the first time I was able to co-present a little workshop with my homie Shane. his Count Me In Movement, and the Aboriginal Youth Opportunities Movement share A LOT of similarities. I am excited and looking forward to heading out to Toronto at the end of April to speak on the Count Me In Toronto stage in front of 3,000 TO Students.

Canada/USA, Rainy River/Lake of the Woods, CMI/AYO; The future looks brighter when we work together

Love

MC

PS – my favourite pic from the adventure was when Shane and I were presenting together, taken with love from Angie’s Instagram
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The Greatest Strength Of Our Community

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This Pic was also shared when the Q was asked!

Once upon a Facebook Status, I asked my social network a question.
I simply left a statement unfinished, allowing individuals to complete the sentence as they saw fit. It was a deliberately vague statement that could be left open to interpretations…I referenced ‘our’ community and when I said our I was referring to the community of helpers and people shared between myself and the person reading the status. This is a beautiful list that illustrates the meant strengths we have on our community!
The greatest strength of our community is
  • Love
  • Each Other
  • Unity 
  • Is us together sharing our hopes and dreams for each other.
  • Ability heart
  • Michael Champagne
  • A sovereign Woman creates a sovereign Family, a sovereign Family creates a sovereign Community. A sovereign Community creates sovereign Youth.
  • One another
  • Creation, Forgiveness,Gifts, Fellowship, Respect, Humility, Love, Bravery, Honesty, Truth and Wisdom… <3 Loving one another no judgement.
  • The <3
  • The mothers
  • The community itself.
  • belief
  • working together
  • LOVE
  • Our CHILDREN
  • solidarity.
  • Relationships. Strong connections between people that allow them to love and support one another, and to work together.
  • Working together!
  • Our resiliency. Our refusal to be labelled. Our pride.
  • Each other
  • Never lose hope.
  • Our Children and Youth such as all of you…
  • Resilience and pride.
  • love and understanding.
  • History and culture
  • ARROWS
  • more then one strength.
  • vision for the future.
  • our seven teachings; Love, Courage, Wisdom, Humility, Truth, Honesty and Respect !
  • Experience
  • bright and strong and caring natural leaders who bring the members of community together to stand up for what is right….like you Michael!
  • People before profit.
  • common goal
  • I was going to answer people, but I then wasn’t sure what community in particular you meant and if I was part of it. I still think it would be people, either way.
  • Help one another and be kind
  • Hope !
  • I am sharing this status with my FN community
  • Heart!
  • all the youth that are making a difference !
  • young people, bicycles, young people on bicycles. Pretty much in that order :)

Cool eh?

MC

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Is Reconciliation Possible?

Q (CBC): Is Reconciliation Possible?
A (MC): Reconciliation is not possible until our women and children are safe. The amount of indigenous children being taken (still) by Child and Family Services departments across Canada is an indicator that the challenges being faced during the Indian residential school (IRS) era of Canadian history is still upon us. The lack of response and communication from authorities into the disappearance and murder of indigenous women is another reminder that we as indigenous nations (and even as Canadians) have a long way to go to get to

So last week was RECONCILIATION Week – which was really difficult. It makes me remember that my own birth mother was in residential schools and that I am very fortunate to have been raised and continue to be loved by the Champagne’s, especially my parents Sharron and Ron. It makes me so grateful for the childhood experiences with my family. I am heart broken knowing that most kids in IRS as well as kids today apprehended by CFS do not get that same opportunity to feel love by their own families. I even attended a special event called RIGHT HER FUTURE that talked about Canada’s connection to sexual violence in the Congo – where women and the land are violently raped and there are a brave group of people trying to support those women we were all there in support of. The main item I hope people understand about inter-generational effects of residential schools, from my perspective as someone considered an inter-generational survivor – there will be no reconciliation until our women and children are safe.

CBC THE CURRENT (PANEL DISCUSSION)

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/03/27/has-canadas-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-achieved-what-it-set-out-to-do/

MC Answers Qs on RECONCILIATION (MC Opinion on CBC Aboriginal)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/missing-indigenous-women-key-to-reconciliation-says-champagne-1.2587644

Generations of Abuse Against Aboriginal Children (MC Comments on Al Jazeera America)
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/31/generations-of-abuseagainstaboriginalchildrenrecountedincanada.html

50 Terrible, Quick Jokes That’ll Get You A Laugh On Demand

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“My friend recently got crushed by a pile of books, but he’s only got his shelf to blame.”

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

50 Terrible, Short Jokes That'll Get You A Laugh On Demand

As many of you know, corny jokes that have terrible puns and/or cringe-worthy punchlines some of my favorite things. For example, my Twitter is basically a résumé of the pathetic attempts at humor that people who interact with me daily have to deal with. Here are a couple examples of my bold swings at being funny:

Those nuggets of gold didn’t come out of nowhere, y’all. I love a good joke, especially one that can actually be shared with people when it’s laughs that they seek. The last thing you want is some to say “Tell me a joke,” or to be in a room full of funny…

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#FriendshipsBest – This Thursday

#FriendshipsBest - This Thursday

Are you Friendships Best Dance Crew?

This Thursday March 20th, you’re invited to this event, featuring guest Judge Miss Melissa Spence, My co-emcee Jordan Omand, the Ojibway Elvis and Sagkeeng’s Finest!

The groups have registered and it is now time for you to help us decide who is really #FriendshipsBest!

Special shout out to all the partners involved and especially the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre Youth Advisory Council for all their hard work!

MC Inspired (More) #IMwpg

MC @ Inspiring More PHOTO CREDIT Crystal Laborero

The INSPIRING MORE Conference was an amazing lesson for me. The I wasn’t able to attend the first day of the event, as that Thursday, I emceed a conference called the EAGLE Urban Service Provider’s Forum – an annual initiative of the EAGLE Urban Transition Centre. We tried to share info with the rest of the world with the hashtag #eagleSPF. It was a great opportunity to connect Winnipeg based service providers with one another and also provide valuable networking opportunities so that these agencies can better provide a spectrum of services to assist our young people and all folks transitioning into and out of the city the necessary supports they need.

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The conference itself was a party. I learned about how engaged the kids were through the social media at the event which was great, they used the tag #IMwpg – check it out, its tons of fun. There was a DJ who was playing music in between speakers and during breaks, there were youth aged crowd energizers and the emcees were the amazing Paul and Miss Melissa of Streetz/NCI fame. The environment was extremely welcoming and relaxed and the attendees were many of the young people who had participated in the founding of AYO and many of our initiatives. The artists behind our original Creative Expressions logo was there, the young ladies who organized the March for Clarky Stevenson in 2011, planting the seeds for MM@BT and of course it was awesome acknowledging Miss Melissa and Streetz as the force behind the North End Megaphone. A very inspiring conference for me, where I had an opportunity to share a few words with these very simple messages

  • DON’T WAIT – for others to help. Young people do not have to wait for money or for adults or for programs before they help address the issues that matter and affect them. Don’t wait for a pay cheque to help, giving freely of your time and gifts often leads to paid employment in that field (seriously, if you never give up trying, eventually you will be successful).
  • Wear your Medicine Wheel Glasses when building ideas and relationships, they will help you see the world in four dimensions. We must look at situations and one another not only as the physical beings we see with our eyes, but also acknowledge the minds, hearts and especially spirits of those around us.
  • Responsibility Based Leadership is the way to go. Gone are the days (hopefully) when Indigenous leadership stand in front of crowds ranting about entitlements and rights. Today, young people are responsible, they have gifts and know how to share them. It is our responsibility to develop these gifts of ours as best we can and share them freely.
  • LOVE – more than any other message, I hope that the young people at the conference understood that the reason why I work as hard as I do and that the reason why AYO exists, and the reason why I fight so heard – is because I love them. I believe in these young people and am grateful for organizations like Kani Kanichihk and Ndinawe that provide opportunities for young Indigenous people to get to know who they are – ’cause out of those programs have come the strongest relationships I have ever known. I made a special emphasis for the boys – it is important for us men to show love. Relationships that I believe have the power to heal our nations, all of them.

What an amazing week it has been. The opportunities have been coming fast – they have been intense and demanding. The AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) Leadership team is on fire – they are working away in so many different directions that very soon the world will see how (not) crazy we really are(n’t). Working cooperatively with Angie, Dave, Riele & the team at POP Sports & Entertainment, it’s looking like the spring and summer will be awesome, providing opportunities to speak to young people in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Toronto in coming weeks

Love & Respect

MC

PS – Check out our POLITIXBS blog, the post I wrote on the Rob Ford Effect was selected as the Winnipeg Free Press Blog of the Week, check it here.