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Category: Health and Wellness

Step 4

October 26, 2020

Follow-up: After the plan day, the team shares a written summary of the family’s plan with everyone. The team also works with the family to plan times for check-ins on their progress and for additional resources as requested by the family, continuing a long-term supportive relationship.


Step 3

PLAN DAY: The structure of the day is entirely guided by the family. Normally staff and non-family supports join at the beginning to offer resources or help and then leave families for as long as they need to develop their health and wellness plan. When the family is ready they present their plan to staff […]


Step 2

Preparation: The majority of staff time and support is provided during the preparation stage, which can take up to a few months. This is the most important part of the process. This time is needed to help build trust between families and staff and to help families reflect on what they might need or want […]


Step 1

Recruitment: The health and wellness planning process begins when staff identify potential families and meet with them to discuss the process and what to expect. If families are interested, they complete a series of forms and a brief interview.


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.