Visionary Conversations

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Video of the whole conversation

Really enjoyed doing this, it was a very engaged discussion, and what an honour to be included with this distinguished panel of speakers.

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Join us as President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard hosts Visionary Conversations—an evening for people who love exploring tough questions about the topics that fascinate us. Come learn, debate and discuss alongside experts and community leaders. Join the conversation.

 

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How can our community come together to combat the impacts of drug addiction?

Is there an approach that can balance treatment and enforcement, to make our communities healthy and safe?

Visionary Conversations brings people together to explore tough questions and foster conversations that provoke dialogue and debate among leading experts and the public. Join us for the last of three engaging discussions that comprise our 2019/2020 speaker series.

Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Doors open 6:00 PM

Program 7:00 PM

Reception to follow until 10:00 PM

Learn more at http://umanitoba.ca/community/visionaryconversations

Panellists:

Danny Smyth [BA/83, ExtEd/05]
Chief, Winnipeg Police Service

Dr. Ginette Poulin [BesSc/00, BSc(HNS)/03]
Director, Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement Program, University of Manitoba; Medical Director, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

Melanie MacKinnon [BN/96]
Executive Director, Ongomiizwin Health Services
Head, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Senior Health Advisor to the Grand Chief, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Rick Lees
Executive Director, Main Street Project

Dr. Erin Knight [BesSc/05, BSc(Hons)/09, MD/13]
Lecturer, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Medical Director, Addictions Unit, Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Bob Chrismas [MPAdm/09, PhD/17]
Staff Sargent, Winnipeg Police Service

Dr. Kathleen Buddle
Professor, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba

Mitch Bourbonniere [BSW/87, MSW/95]
Community activist, affiliated with Mama Bear Clan Patrol, founding member of the original Bear Clan Patrol.

Heart fueled from a sea of humanity

Absolutely humbled and inspired today, to speak with a graduating class of the Health Fitness Protection Program; 24 young ladies who have climbed out of a life of sex industry slavery and exploitation, forging new lives for themselves, and for each other. My sisters, dreaming new dreams, starting new lives and accepting a helping hand from many good-hearted people along the way. It is a good day.

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CBC News:   Want to get your workout clothes moving? Donations sought to help women who were exploited get fit

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Be present, let your worries go

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I was honoured and enjoyed making this series of videos for PROJECT 11, to help young kids (and adults), deal with stress through standing meditation/Tai Chi/Qi Gong. Terry Apostle and the whole gang were fun to work with on it. The Videos were released for teachers across Winnipeg to use in classrooms starting this fall.

Remember- we all have stress, but you do not have to react negatively to it; when things are bugging you, get in the moment, be present and let your worries go for a few minutes.

VISIT LINK HERE

COP-SHOP, a great event for the kids

Winnipeg Sun:   COP SHOP
Winnipeg Police
@wpgpolice

And they’re off! 60 students partner with 60 officers for the 13th annual Copshop

It’s an excellent way to develop relationships with the young people in our community! I was so pleased to participate. 

 

Stand Together to End Gender-Based Violence

 

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Honoured today to provide a guest lecture for the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research, Robson Hall, Law School

Honoured to be a guest lecturer for the University of Manitoba Law School, Robson Hall, Centre for Human Rights Research, 2019 series on sexual violence and reproductive rights, on my research and policing perspectives into sex trafficking and exploitation in Canada. Thank-you Professor Busby for inviting me, and my colleagues in the Manitoba Child Advocacy for Youth Office for your kind words on my work.

Started a new course tonight

I was a little hesitant about committing to another term, but once I went there and met the folks, from all walks of life and many interested in starting new law enforcement careers – I’m happy I did. If they can give up every tuesday evening to further their education, the least I can do is accommodate that.

Paying forward and giving back through teaching

Teaching Policing in the 21st Century at Red River College. Thank- you for providing guest lectures and sharing your considerable expertise and experience: Sandra Hodzic (social innovation), Devon Clunis (Crime prevention), Kathleen Keating-Toews (addictions), Bonnie Emerson (community engagement), Lisa Alison and Rick Selensky (justice careers)

Devon Clunis, always giving back to the community, always grateful for the opportunities he’s had, even going back to his early grade school teachers; I am inspired every time I hear the story.

Honouring Our Sisters.

A panel discussion on social justice.

Great panel discussion today on social decolonization, reconciliation and a better shared future in Canada.

Join us for a panel discussion on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-spirit (MMIWG2). The event aims to bring awareness and continue dialogue around the topic.

On Saturday, March 30
At Eckhardt Grammatté Hall
(3rd Floor Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg)
From 10.30 AM – 2 PM

Free to attend | Child Minding Available | Lunch provided

Panelists include:

Bernadette Smith
Bernadette Smith is the NDP MLA for Point Douglas Constituency in the Province of Manitoba. Bernadette spearheads the No Stone Unturned Annual Awareness Concert for Missing and Murdered Persons, and the Drag the Red Initiative. Bernadette is proud to have co-founded the Manitoba Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba, served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and served as Co-Chairperson of Manitoba Moon Voices. Bernadette is Anishinaabe from Duck Lake and Pine Creek.

Nahanni Fontaine
Nahanni Fontaine is the MLA for the St. Johns constituency in the Province of Manitoba. She serves as the NDP critic for Justice, Status of Women, MMIWG and House Leader. Nahanni is Status Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation in southern Manitoba and is the proud mother of Jonah and Niinichaanis.

Lisa Forbes
Lisa Forbes is from Winnipeg and is a Cree/Metis/Scottish member of Peguis First Nation. She has worked for over 15 years in community development as a facilitator, writer, researcher, program developer, and advocate. Lisa is part of a team that implements the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations at her workplace.

Bob Chrismas, PhD
Dr. Chrismas is an author, scholar, consultant, passionate speaker and social justice advocate. He is a police professional with expertise in sex trafficking and exploitation, community engagement and crime prevention. His PhD dissertation was on Modern Day Slavery and the Sex Industry (2017).

Facilitated by Tammy Wolfe, Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance.

Welcome speech by Meagan Malcolm, Indigenous Students’ Association Co-President.

Due to the triggering content discussed, the option to smudge will be available for attendees. Elders will also be present to speak with people in need of healing or guidance. A list of UWinnipeg support services will also be available.

Poster artwork by Cody Wolf | Cree and Ojibwe translations by Cameron Adams and Aandeg Muldrew

Please email accessibility requests like ASL interpreters, alternate formats, accessible seating information etc. to events@theuwsa.ca

Experiential Voices National Knowledge Gathering on Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking

Inspiring and humbling today to participate in this unique gathering of experiential sex trafficking survivors from across Canada, and deeply touched and honoured to be presented by the grandmothers with a medicine pouch and to learn that my work is being read and appreciated much more widely than I realized. It is demoralizing to learn how our brothers and sisters have been hurt, and it could have been any of us; we need to stand together for a better Canada.

In collaboration with community partners in Manitoba, Ontario, and British Columbia, Clan Mothers Healing Village is hosting the first ever Experiential Voices National Knowledge Gathering. You as individuals are the experts with knowledge to collaboratively lead the way forward. We will be inviting culturally diverse persons as well as 2SLGBTQQIA survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation to participate in this experiential-led project. The summit will take place a short distance from Winnipeg, Manitoba, from March 19-21, 2019. For far too long our Indigenous communities have been caught in a never-ending cycle of temporary fixes pertaining to our history of intergenerational trauma. We are taking a stance against the colonial approach which has affected all people, giving voices back to those who are the leaders of change – people with lived experience. We are opening this gathering to experiential persons that have exited the sex trade or who have been involved in sex trafficking and are currently contributing their knowledge as leaders in the field of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Our goal is to capture the expertise of lived experience leaders. This is to allow for real, meaningful change to happen. The gathering will offer a gentle spiritual ceremonial aspect led by Elders and experiential persons. A critical component of the project consists of digital interviews to be collected and distributed in accessible ways to privilege the voices of experiential persons who, for too long, have felt unheard. The project’s main objective is to exemplify a representative model of lived experienced leadership to maximize and guide priorities and policies across Canada and beyond. Finally, there is an important outcome piece of this gathering: an on-line digital media book and film that will be developed and designed to emphasis and ensure that the expertise of people with lived experience in the sex trade will have far-reaching, real-life impacts to inform concrete changes moving forward. 

Policing in the 21st Century

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This text book on a shelf at Red River College caught my eye, for what looks like a fascinating course called “policing in the 21st century” being offered this spring. I may have to check it out.