It's March 1st 2020 and actions led by Indigenous young people in support of the hereditary chiefs from Wet'suwet'en are happening across the country. This is a beautiful thing to behold as these young people dig their heels in the more people try to tell them they are wrong. Have you taken the time to … Continue reading Indigenous Young People Will Not Be Intimidated
Sometimes it feels like our world is in constant danger. The news is more depressing than informative and the language used in explaining systems and political challenges is filled with dog whistles and double meanings. Many people will are well versed in identifying the challenge of issue that is most harming them...but very few people … Continue reading Don’t Panic…Organize!
Indian Residential schools happened in Canada and enforced a government, church, school led regime of family seperation for over 150,000 kids that only ended in 1996. I am of the opinion that every Canadian has been a victim of Indian Residential School whether you attended one, are affected by intergenerational trauma (ex: continued family seperation … Continue reading Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day is Sept 30, 2019
The very first day Kakeka and I were able to meet with the Maya youth leaders from Julian Cho Society in Punta Gorda town in Belize, something strange happened. After sitting in ceremony together and hearing from strong leaders including women & youth, and a presentation on what photo voice is, the Manitoba group and … Continue reading We Heard The Conch Shell Sound on Day One
On Friday March 1st 2019, over 50 community members came together to have a conversation about the future of North End organizations, services and institutions. The event was in partnership with a number of community organizations (including meet me at the Bell Tower), and we bussed many of our Bell Tower family members over to … Continue reading North Enders Get Organized
There is a debate afoot across Turtle Island around if we should be removing the names of harmful historical people and replacing them with more appropriate figures and names. Right here in Winnipeg, the debate rages around Bishop Grandin Boulevard, in Victoria BC with a monument to Sir John A MacDonald or in Halifax with … Continue reading What’s In A Name?
This past weekend I was quoted in an article in the Canadian Press responding to this report "Adult and youth correctional statistics in Canada, 2016/2017". And even though the report focuses on overall incarceration stats going down in Canada, the main media narrative has been that the numbers of Indigenous people incarcerated is increasing. In my work with young people I have been in many court rooms and have connected with many youth as they exit the justice system. My main points were: "I see Indigenous and non-Indigenous people literally doing the exact same crime and not experiencing the same amount of jail time, probation, etc." There is a … Continue reading Nearly half of youth incarcerated are Indigenous
Justice. Many people have been discussing this topic in light of the recent Colten Boushie case in Saskatchewan. Many people are emotional, discouraged and afraid. It has been heart breaking to see the results of the case and watching the blatant racism, division and arguments happening across social media platforms and in public spaces since … Continue reading Finding Justice
Tough Topics & Shared Solutions Michael Redhead Champagne has been travelling across North America sharing his messages of addressing tough topics in our community and working towards shared solutions. From Ottawa, ON to Detroit, Michigan to Morden, MB he has been sharing the example of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) and challenging communities to become families of choice … Continue reading Michael Redhead Champagne Now Booking Speaking Engagements Across North America
All Canadians are victims of Indian Residential Schools. Whether you attended one, are a relative intergenerationally affected, a parent left behind or a non Aboriginal person in Canada who was fed a false history. It's important to also acknowledge much of the 96% of Canada's population that isn't aboriginal have had their perceptions of Indigenous … Continue reading All Canadians are victims of Indian Residential Schools