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Category: Supports for Dads

July-Oct. 2019

October 26, 2020

Supports For Dads We spent 4 months filming and editing a video to post on YouTube in order to document the supports for dads prototype, at the request of the men who participated in the circles. The purpose was to build awareness of the gaps that exist for men and dads, as well as the potential […]


July 2019

Evaluation report We worked with Eupraxia Training to evaluate the Support for Dads prototype, as well as to develop a social impact analysis that gives evidence of the impact these types of programs have on father engagement with children and families.


July 2019

Toolkit for implementation We created a toolkit and guiding principles for running similar types of support for dads, based on what was learned from the community and through the Supports for Dads prototype.


Jan. – June 2019

Support for Dads prototype We tested the guiding principles and a toolkit for implementation at three different organizations. Each circle was run according to the needs of the organization and their participants: Andrew’s Street Family Centre created a new men’s circle and is currently seeking funding to continue offering this service Mount Carmel Clinic added elements […]


Jan. – Feb. 2019

Preparation We worked with community leaders to develop three, 13-week support programs, as well as guiding principles for father engagement that formed the basis for these programs.


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.