Episode 8: Reconciliation From A Safety Perspective
On this episode, we speak with Indigenous leaders who are helping to keep our streets safe. We pose the question – is reconciliation happening in terms of safety? Has it happened within the lives of these warriors who have chosen to keep their communities safe?
**Please note, this episode contains discussion about suicide and could be potentially triggering to others.**
The episode closes with “Electric Pow Wow Drum” a classic track from the landmark debut record from A Tribe Called Red. Be sure to check out all of their amazing music at atribecalledred.com.
Our opening and closing theme music comes to us courtesy of Boogey The Beat — check out more of his brilliant work atsoundcloud.com/boogeythebeat. The interstitial music is courtesy of Bloom — you can hear more of their songs at bloom14.bandcamp.com.
Minogondaagan, was produced on Treaty One territory, the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Nehiyawak, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation.
We would like to thank the Community Radio Fund Of Canada, the University Of Manitoba’s Office Of Indigenous Engagement, the National Centre For Truth & Reconcilliation, the University Of Manitoba Student’s Union and UMFM 101.5 for their support in the production of this series.
Our first guest is Mitch Bourbonniere, a tireless community leader who volunteers with Mama Bear Clan, Got Bannock and Drag the Red. Mama Bear Clan walks the neighbourhoods of North Point Douglas and Winnipeg’s Main Street spreading warmth, cheer and love by greeting Winnipeg’s homeless brothers and sisters with hugs , conversation and donations of clothing and food. Mitch has a masters degree in social work and teaches at the universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg and College St Boniface . Mitch is also a social worker in the Louis Riel school division and added the 2018 Manitoba Heroes designation to his lengthy resume of honors and acknowledgements.
Jenna "Liiciious" Wirch
Our second guest, Jenna "Liiciious" Wirch is the co-founder of Aboriginal Youth Oppourtunities, serving as the Youth Engagement Coordinator since 2010. She is a strong Anishinabekwe advocate/community helper from the North End of Winnipeg and has since taken up a role as a youth empowerment facilitator and the megaphone girl at rallies taking place in our city. She is very active in the Winnipeg's inner city at many events and mentors other young people from the core area, helping them reach and realize their full potential. A published author and former Manitoba Women's Advisory Council member, Liiciious brings her attitude and fun style to each engagement that she does. Inspiring in every way, from how she dresses and talks, to the way she gets tattooed, Jenna Liiciious is ready to help our community take concrete steps towards healing and hope!
Michael Redhead Champagne
Our third guest, Michael Redhead Champagne, was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, and is an award-winning community organizer, public speaker, and a proud member of Shamattawa Cree Nation. Michael believes we all have a gift and shows youth the path to discover their own. He is solution oriented and passionate about building system literacy, encouraging volunteerism, and engaging communities to be involved in the design, delivery, and evaluation of any initiative that affects them. Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired, and ready for action.