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Summer Events!

July 28, 2016

One of the best things about the North End in the summer time is the huge amount of summer festivals, BBQs, and family fun days that are happening almost every weekend.

Here at #wpgboldness, we see these events as an opportunities for us to get out into the community and talk to folks about what we’ve been doing and hear the great ideas and feedback that people have to share.

Here’s a list of some of the events that we’ll be attending to talk to people, share some information, and hand out some great prizes:

July 28 – Dufferin Residents Association of Winnipeg (DRAW) Community BBQ
5 – 7 pm
More info here

August 12 – Austin Street Festival hosted by North Point Douglas Womens Centre
12 – 5 pm

August 13 – Picnic in the Park hosted by North End Community Renewal Corp.
11 am – 5 pm
More info here

All of these events are free and feature lots of activities for the whole family, not to mention that we’ll have some fun activities and great prizes to give away as well!

We hope to see you out there, and feel free to stop by our table and say hi!

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.