The Council of Canadians - Winnipeg Chapter

Aboriginal Youth Opportunities & Winnipeg's Future

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Wednesday March 1, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Tier Building - University Of Manitoba 173 Dafoe Rd, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Speakers: Jenna Wirch & Michael Champagne


Aboriginal Youth Opportunities & Winnipeg's Future


AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) is a youth movement from Winnipeg's North End who use relationships with organizations, media partners and businesses in order to empower, enrich, and engage issues throughout Winnipeg. AYO! was recently profiled in Winnipeg's 2016 State of the Inner City Report as one of the leading organizations in the city and a model for reconciliation in Canada. According to the AYO! website: "This group is simply young people volunteering and sharing their gifts with others, no paid staff, no building, no board of directors. We listen to the ideas of young people, plan them, and love them until they become reality. We are committed to helping our North End to heal and will work with those who share our vision to provide ABORIGINAL YOUTH with more OPPORTUNITIES!" For more see: Come and hear AYO!'s Creation Story, how it got started, what it's done, and where it's headed in the future.


Jenna Wirch is an Anishinaabe activist and youth worker from the North End of Winnipeg. She is a strong advocate for issues important to her community. She is actively involved in many social change organizations such Aboriginal Youth Opportunities and the revitalization of the North End. She has worked hard to overcome many adversities in her life and is now helping other youth realize their potential. Jenna is currently a youth care leader at NdinaweMaaganag Endaawaad 24/7 drop in center.


Michael Redhead Champagne has spent nearly two decades speaking out and leading by example. He takes a hopeful and solution oriented approach to youth engagement, facilitation, community organizing and mobilization. The list of accolades for his work is both lengthy and well deserved including the 2016 Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year and in TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader. In 2016, Michael served on the Bank of Canada’s bank note advisory committee with a task of creating a short list of women nominated by the public to appear on a new bank note. Michael has also received a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award as well as recognition as a CBC Manitoba Future 40 leader, a Manitoba Hero, and a Future Leader of Manitoba. He is the founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities), and organization committed to a wide variety of important community initiatives including Meet Me at the Bell Tower, AYO Politix, ARROWS Youth Engagement Strategy, 13 Fires, Fearless R2W and Winnipeg Water Wednesday. Michael has served as president of North End Community Renewal Corporation, a board member for the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and is currently serving on the board for Marymound Inc.


"Revisions and Revitalizations: The Role of Native Studies in the Future"

Department of Native Studies Winter 2017 Colloquium Series

University of Manitoba

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm (note NEW time!)


For more information contact Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, UMNATV Colloquium Coordinator at [email protected]


For more on the Department of Native Studies click here:

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