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Indigenous peoples continue to suffer impact of colonial violence: Inuk leader

Canadians can take a meaningful step toward reconciliation by recognizing – and addressing – the four pathways through which violence continues to threaten Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited+ peoples on a routine basis, an Inuk woman told the fifth signing ceremony of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord June 27.

Without the recognition of these pathways, the security of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited+ people will continue to be at risk, Nikki Lomaksiutiksak told the gathering of the 30 new signatories and standing partners to the accord, gathered for the signing ceremony at the Forks Oodena Circle. MHCA was represented by Vice-chair Dennis Cruise and President Chris Lorenc.

The four pathways that continue the impact of colonial violence, as detailed in the report of the National Inquiry of MMIWG, are:

  • historical, multigenerational and intergenerational trauma
  • social and economic marginalization
  • maintaining the status quo and institutional lack of will, and
  • ignoring the agency and expertise of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.

Komaksiutiksak, executive director of an Inuit resource centre in Winnipeg called Tunngasugit, joined other distinguished Indigenous guests at the circle to speak to the gathered signatories, City Councillors and Mayor Brian Bowman for the ceremony. Tunngasugit is a new signatory to the WIA and Komaksiutiksak, a throat singer, performed for the crowd.

Resolving the history, legacy and continuing impact of racist and destructive colonial policies also demands that services required are developed and led by Indigenous people within the communities, she noted.

The ceremony was the last for Mayor Brian Bowman who has announced he will not run again as mayor in the October 26, 2022, municipal election.

Bowman said he was proud of the work that has been done and commitment embraced by Winnipeg’s business, arts, education, health and non-profit sectors – illustrated by the number of signatories who attended the ceremony Tuesday.

Some of the highlights of the City of Winnipeg’s own commitment, he said, have included the renaming of public spaces to honour Indigenous people – such as the renaming of Wellington Park after Theodore Niizhota Fontaine, a long-time advocate for Indian Residential School survivors – and recently the signing of a municipal services agreement with Treaty One Development Corp. for the development of Naawi-Oodena, at the site of the former Kapyong Barracks.

This is a social movement that must keep going, Bowman said.

The MHCA signed on as a partner to the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord in 2019.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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