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Get Involved!

October 01, 2014

One of the questions we’ve been getting a lot here at the #wpgboldness project is “how do I get involved?”

That’s a great question and one that we love to hear! The following is a list of ways to get involved with our project right now!
1. Join our Parent Guide Group

Our parent guide group will meet monthly and be made up of community parents and caregivers who want to help create great outcomes for kids.
2. Contribute to our Community Mapping Activity

Community mapping is a visual activity where a geographical map is used to tell a story about someone or something. Have your story told and help contribute to our research!
3. Participate in our PhotoVoice Activity

PhotoVoice consists of taking pictures of things that are important to you in your neighbourhood and then telling stories to go along with the photos. No previous experience with cameras is required and all equipment is provided!
4. Take Part in a Video Interview and Tell Your Story

We’re going to be creating a series of videos focused on the North End and all the great things/people in this community. Sign up to be interviewed and tell us your story!
If any or all of these things sound interesting to you and you would like to get involved please email us at or give us a call at (204) 790-BOLD (2653). You can also drop by our office at 607 Selkirk Avenue!

We hope to hear from you soon!

Land Acknowledgement

The Winnipeg Boldness Project resides in and works on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), Anishinabewaki (Oji-Cree), Dené, Michif Piyii (Métis), Nêhiyawak (Cree), and Očhéthi Sakowin (Dakota). We recognize that we have benefited from and continue to benefit from colonization on the Treaty 1, Treaty 3, and Treaty 5 Territories.

It is important to also acknowledge how we benefit in this territory at the cost to Indigenous Peoples. Winnipeg has been drinking clean water for over a century via an aqueduct from Shoal Lake. In 1917, 3000 acres of Treaty 3 was declared property of the city of Winnipeg to build the aqueduct. This aqueduct was built over ancestral burial ground, to build these structures, the ancestors were disinterred and reburied. Construction of the aqueduct changed the waters significantly, causing the peninsula to become a man-made island. This now isolated Nation faced many challenges as a direct result from this aqueduct; Necessities like water, groceries, schools, and mail were only accessible via the dangerous trek to the mainland. Lives of adults and children were lost crossing to and from the mainland. Freedom Road, an all-weather road access finally opened summer 2019, over a century after displacement. This road, a testament to the success of Indigenous-led solutions, helps bring materials to build schools and a water treatment plant.

“I always think of it, even when I turn on the tap I’m like this comes from our community and this water probably contains our ancestors and the spirits of our ancestor. I think about the hardships of the people from Shoal Lake 40 who have gone through so many things for the benefit of Winnipeg’s drinking water,” says Angelina McLeod.1

Another benefit we reap in Winnipeg at a cost to Indigenous Peoples and land is the Hydro Electricity Development in Treaty 5. To optimize water movement for greatest power production the Province of Manitoba increased waterflow by creating the Churchill River Diversion in 1976. The modification of the waterflow caused flooding, shoreline erosion, and changes to water quality. This destruction of habitat has caused disruption to waterway travel, fishing, and hunting.