In November of 2014, a life long wish of mine, was achieved in an amazing way. I appeared on an MTV documentary called Rebel Music: Native America alongside Inez Jasper & Winnipeg’s very own Drag the Red Community Initiative highlighting the need for action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The episode focussed on 4 young Indigenous artists & musicians, shining light on how sharing their gift is a piece of a hundreds year long Indigenous resistance. I found it heart breaking and inspiring, and motivating. We have a responsibility to those who came before and the next generations to share our gifts, work together & walk out of the darkness with our families intact. Watch the 20 minute video on MTV’s facebook wall by following this link
Dream Come True
When I was little I wanted to be a VJ on Much Music or MTV. I loved how a good host can weave a story into a series of videos and music…celebrating the gifts of others and encouraging those impacted to do the same. Today, I live my dream as an emcee in my neighbourhood, running around the hood and beyond telling stories of events and activities that the outside world doesn’t usually get to see. Knowing that spending my days, committed to the youth in our community and trying to share my gifts where I can to fulfill my own responsibilities has created the pathway to a childhood dream. I was able to highlight Drag the Red and I am so honoured to do so. For all of us as citizens and especially indigenous young people must do more than raise our voices – our actions should reflect our beliefs.
Get Involved Today
Many groups are waking up and want to support the Indigenous community and I want to emohasize how critical it is fot you to come and celebrate thr good with us, because there is a lot of it. If you are in Winnipeg, I encourage you to reach out to any of the Indigenous groups listed below with an introduction and an offer of help. Building trust takes time and is way easier when our actions match our words/beliefs.
Meet Me at the Bell Tower – MEMENGWOK
Nov 14/14 at 6pm @ North End Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Ave)
Join us in making butterflies for #MMIW actions in Winnipeg, sending a message of positivity to Aboriginal Youth & organizing local men into a network of support/mentorship.
Nov 16/14 at 3pm @ the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre 45 Robinson
Join Winnipeg’s Bannock Lady as she prepares to feed the hungry in our community. You are invited to donate food, dollars or your time. E-mail/etransfer: firstname.lastname@example.org
BELL TOWER FAMILY (MM@BT 3 Year Anniversary Celebration)
Nov 21/14 at 6pm @ North End Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Ave)
This weekly youth led movement is celebrating three years of bell ringing, celebrating the strengths of our community and leading by example to stop the violence. Come on down!
Fearless R2W – Circle of Support
Nov 24/14 at 6pm @ Indigenous Family Centre 470 Selkirk Ave
Join North End families working to increase system literacynin child welfare. We’ll have a Q&A talk with a north end super granny who successfully navigated CFS to get custody of her own grand kids.
More events, examples and opportunities at http://www.AYOmovement.com