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Category: NEWBM

May-August 2019

October 26, 2020

Community reflection Based on the advice of the Steering Committee, we shared the results of the NEWM with the community to share their feedback on the tool as well as the things that they felt were most important for measuring wellbeing. We shared the results with the Project’s Parent, Research & Evaluation, and Community Leadership […]


August 2017

Data collection Data was collected across the community using three main methods, guided by survey team members. 1. Paper survey 2. Direct computer entry 3. Telephone interview Initially survey respondents were offered a monthly draw for cash prizes. Later, respondents were given a $15 gift card, made possible through FNHSSM’s partnership with the DEVOTION network. […]


July 2017

Data collection team hired and trained Four First Nations youth were recruited to conduct data collection across the community.


April-June 2017

Initial tool development An adapted measurement tool was first refined with community stakeholders in a series of meetings, eventually becoming the North End Wellbeing Measure (NEWM). The NEWM was then tested with The Winnipeg Boldness Project’s Parent Guide Group. The sections of the survey tool were: Demographics, Employment and Education, Independence and Inter-dependence, Cultural Foundations, and Quality […]


April 2017

Winnipeg Boldness and FNHSSM agree to develop and test the NEWBM The Steering Committee agreed that adapting an existing measurement tool would be best. FNHSSM agreed to share their work with developing and implementing similar tools with First Nations communities. The Winnipeg Boldness Project provided part of the funding, co-supervised data collection and coordination, and connected […]


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.