We Meet Over Zoom Every Wednesday @ 6pm
We meet weekly to learn about the system, share resources and support each other.
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We engaged with Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care to create a roadmap to address the housing challenges of leaving CFS.
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We study CFS legislation and translate it so everyone can understand and use it to support families.
We have developed a number of resources to help with education on child welfare, as well as a network to bring in additional knowledge.
We meet weekly at sharing and learning circles. The topics and guests vary based on the community's needs. We welcome all parents in the R2W and beyond as well as community helpers to build system literacy and share resources. We also eat together. Our meetings are confidential and no photos of families will be taken or shared without consent.
AMA – “Ask Mary Anything” is a weekly opportunity to have the community's questions answered by Mary - our “Super Granny” Burton and the rest of the Fearless Team. You can submit your questions through our AMA form and watch for your answers on our youtube channel.
During Covid-19 our in-person meetings have been moved online - please see our Facebook page for updates!
“Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care in Winnipeg” has been announced as one of twelve projects being funded from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation as part of the National Housing Strategy.
This is a one year project, with HTFC Planning & Design as the main proponent, recieving $122,666 from CMHC to do this solutions lab featuring partnerships with Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO), HTFC Planning & Design; Ready to Shift and Scale (RSS); Nigaanii Wabiski Mikanak Ogichidaa (NWMO) so far!! We are also grateful to have suppport from the University of Manitoba, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences throughout this initiative. AYO hosted a Meet Me at the Bell Tower Gathering last week on this topic and also hosted the first of their leadership lab team gatherings to kick off the project. Future gatherings and identifying additional partners will happen throughout the duration of the project.
“I am beyond excited to be a part in project because I know first hand how inconsistent and challenging navigating the systems are before and after you even age out. I am very happy the project uses Indigenous youth voices, like mine, that know from experience what’s not working, and what is.” – Kakeka ThunderSky
Our Solutions Lab will address the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness that Indigenous youth in care in Winnipeg face when they age out of the child welfare system at age 18. Our project leverages the processes and methodologies of Solutions Labs to collaboratively explore the specific needs of Indigenous youth in Winnipeg who have grown up in the care of Manitoba’s child welfare system and who are at the point where their institutional supports are removed. Many child welfare advocates and organizations have identified this pivotal point in the experience of a youth in care, a point at which they face a high probability of entering into a cycle of poverty and housing insecurity or homelessness.
We will approach this issue from different perspectives and worldviews, including those of people who:
Housing Goals – By teaming up with people in and around the system, we aim to build bridges of empathy and provide advocates and policymakers with a more complete picture of the issue.
Our hope is that the solutions that are co-developed in this process will be taken up by decision makers to close the gaps and further reduce the number of young people facing homelessness year over year.
Anyone wanting to get involved, support the development, or speak to someone about this initiative please see details below:
We study the legislation on child welfare at our weekly Learning Circles to build our system literacy and to find out children's, parent's and grandparent's rights. Knowing the legislation means that we know the laws that social workers are held to, so we know what we need to do to bring children home.
Here are the main pieces of legislation to know:
Online Resources – We use our online resources and social media pages to educate the public about our activities and ideas.Check out our Ask Mary Anything Youtube Channel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wordpress!
Presentations – As more members of the community learn about the work of Fearless R2W, we are often asked to come and present our work. If you have an interest in public speaking, there is a standard Fearless R2W Presentation you can practice delivering. We also invite helpers with Fearless R2W to attend meetings out in the community, to meet with organizations, CFS or government officials to discuss our recommendations.
Pamphlets & Zines – We are developing a comprehensive pamphlet to introduce ourselves to parents in the neighbourhood as well as a Zine with Parents rights and different resources for parents.The Fearless Zine is an easy to make, easy to reproduce, easy to understand summary of our work and our recommendations.
Fearless Boxes – Placed in local community spaces where parents gather, these boxes serve 2 main purposes a) gather anonymous questions for AMA/Learning Circles and b) Lets parents know where and when we meet.
CFS Jeopardy – An interactive and educational activity that builds system literacy based on the fun TV show Jeopardy with Alex Trebek. With headings such as Manitoba Statistics, International Law and History of Fearless R2W, this game will make difficult information accessible to both parents and community helpers.
Hoops Game – This interactive activity can educate participants about the experiences of parents in the R2W as they navigate the Manitoba child welfare system. It can provide perspective to those who don’t realize the demands and administrative requirements that the system places on parents.
Community Networking – We learn from and call on many of the other organizations working with families on child welfare. Here are a few community resources to check out: