I started my first online journal when I was 14 years old. When I was 17, I transitioned to writing most of my personal journal musings into private notebooks. When I was 18, in 2005, MySpace was changing the way teens and young people looked at the internet and shortly thereafter Facebook and modern social media sites took off changing the way kids grow into adults forever.
In 2010, I started my very first blog called eMCeeZLoG & I made it on the platform blogspot. I used it to explain my life after working at Ndinawe and wanting to connect to the youth I worked with as well as the broader community. I used this blog to really develop my online voice and it began quite casually, and eventually became a tool for community organizing which made me feel like I needed to make separate blogs for each initiative and move on to another online home. That’s where northendmc comes from, the blog I made on WordPress in 2013, gave me an opportunity to make my social media handles consistent so that when someone Google’s “north end mc” they’ll always find my personal online presence!
I learned a lot about how to use social media and a blog as a tool to connect with youth, break stereotypes to the public at large and even establish my own narrative in the face of main stream media’s bad reporting habits. From 2013 to 2020, I was able to transition from my primarily North End focussed identity, to someone who had experience working with youth at the grassroots level and systems from municipal to provincial to federal to even international. I also transitioned in my role as a community organizer with AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) to the role I serve today as a mentor to a new group of young First Nations, Metis and Inuit young people in the North End and across Canada. That’s why for my 33rd birthday, in April of 2020 I launched my newest & soon to be only website where I will be posting my blogs from now on: MichaelRedheadChampagne.com/blog
I wanna say thank you to everyone who has been so active on commenting and liking and interacting with me on this platform/website! I hope you have enjoyed walking with me as I grow up online and I hope that those of you who are interested in my work in public speaking, writing and systems change will join me on my new journey. If this sounds like a retirement, it’s not — it’s simply me making it to the next stage of this video game they call life. I want to challenge myself to be more in depth with my write, focusing on writing about practical and actionable solutions that can make our communities and the systems that function around them safer and our families and children healthier!