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September 30, 2020

Today is Orange Shirt Day

Today is Orange Shirt Day, a day that opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools.

It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on. Find out more about Orange Shirt Day here.

AFP Manitoba is committed to reconciliation, and we are passionate about advancing the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access in our community. Many of our board members participated in Orange Shirt Day today and we commend the charities throughout our province that have a positive impact on our community today and every day.

If you are an AFP Manitoba member, today is a great day to advance your reconciliation journey by signing up for free Canadian Indigenous Culture Training - Truth and Reconciliation Edition

July 1, 2020

AFP Manitoba's Statement Against Racism

The media has been flooded with images of outrage and protest in response to the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Sadly, Manitoba is not immune to the issues of institutional racism and bias in the criminal justice system.

In June, nearly 15,000 protesters united at the Legislative building in Winnipeg, not only to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but to show support for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) throughout the community.

The non-profit sector often does important work to support marginalized people and groups, and now is the time for our sector to amplify the voices of the BIPOC community.

AFP Manitoba is committed to working to bring about a more inclusive profession, and providing access to education for members so we can all champion justice, equity and inclusion within all of our organizations.

To do so, we must listen to and learn from BIPOC community members. Those of us with privilege can no longer remain silent. We must work together to move towards a society that is actively engaging in anti-racism.
For those wondering where to start, below are some resources that we recommend:

Free training:
Canadian Indigenous Culture Training - Truth and Reconciliation Edition.
Contact info@afpmanitoba.org to register, then complete this 2-hour training course at your own pace.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Structures of Indifference by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry (Winnipeg)
They Said This Would Be Fun by Eternity Martis (Canada)
The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole (Canada)

“What is White Privilege, Really?” by Cory Collins: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really
“Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News”: https://childmind.org/article/racism-and-violence-how-to-help-kids-handle-the-news/
“Man fatally shot by Winnipeg Police in 2019 to be honoured at rally for black lives”: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/black-lives-rally-madut-1.5597863


BC: Canadians Have Been Breaking Their Promises to Indigenous People: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUHnKUaDYjs
[Podcast] “’We have to have some people give up power’: A conversation about race, privilege and making space” CBC Radio Unreserved: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/we-have-to-have-some-people-give-up-power-a-conversation-about-race-privilege-and-making-space-1.4852140

Local Black-Led Organizations:
Afro-Caribean Association of Manitoba (ACAM)
African Communities of Manitoba Inc. ACOMI
Black History Month Celebration Committee
Black Space Winnipeg
Congress of Black Women of Manitoba
The Council of Caribbean Organization of Manitoba Inc. (CCOM)
Justice for Black Lives Winnipeg

May 15, 2020

Philanthropy is not cancelled
Sana Mahboob, AFP Member and AFP Manitoba President


On the heels of Giving Tuesday Now, it’s clear that philanthropy is alive and well. Whether sewing a mask, organizing a care package or giving back to charities near and dear to our hearts — we’ve seen an outpouring of generosity from Manitobans in the face of COVID-19.

We’ve also seen forecasts from economists, fundraising specialists and non-profit think tanks that hard times are coming. The flood of generosity some non-profits and charities are experiencing will wane as the economic downturn trickles into every sector of society.

The financial picture is stark. Based on consultation with sector leaders across the country, Imagine Canada is projecting that “three months of mandated social distancing and the economic downturn associated with COVID-19 will cause charities to lose $9.5 billion and layoff more than 117,000 employees of which the vast majority would be women.”

Still, we have not lost hope. Manitobans are living up to their title as Canada’s most generous province who donate the highest percentage of their income to charities. We’ve held this designation for several years, and I know we will once again.

As the association representing fundraising professionals in Manitoba, we need your help. We know stories of heroic generosity — both big and small — are out there, and we need your help to recognize and celebrate them with a Manitoba Philanthropy Award.

On November 15, National Philanthropy Day, it will be time to celebrate the hard work, the passion and the generosity we’ve been privileged to witness during these uncertain times. Your nomination could help bring recognition to the longtime volunteer who’s been sewing masks, the philanthropic company that's had your back in good times and bad, or the charitable foundation that’s going above and beyond to the meet the needs of our communities.

To celebrate these outstanding people, organizations, and service groups, we need YOU to nominate them. The nomination application is available online, and we have volunteers ready to help you through the process — email our Awards Chair Kirsten at KirstenD@afpmanitoba.org for assistance.

We are hopeful that we will be able to gather this fall — whether in person or online — as colleagues, peers and friends to celebrate our collective ability to serve this province through this time of global crisis. Please keep our November celebration in mind as we look forward and plan a special way to celebrate philanthropy this fall.

The wonderful stories of our recipients allow us to share the power of philanthropy with our community and to recognize them for their time, commitment and passion for their cause.

Please consider nominating someone for a Manitoba Philanthropy Award today.

May 26, 2020

How cultural training changed my perspective
Derek Yarnell, AFP Member and IDEA and Ethics Chair

As a part of my volunteer commitment as chair of AFP MB’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Access committee, this past fall I completed a 10-week course on “Indigenous Cultural Safety Training”. Indigenous cultural training with a healthcare twist.

Three cheers to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and CancerCare Manitoba for making this facilitated online program widely available to staff.

As much as I felt I knew going into the course, it is clear my own awareness was heightened through the program. I noticed it, in particular, one night last fall while donning my default Halloween costume… You know; the one we pull out every few years when we’ve not managed to be more creative.

Cowboy hat, plaid shirt and kerchief on, I reached for my gun belt, a standard accessory for many years. 

I saw it differently this time though, thanks to my training.

In the past I’d never thought anything of the Indian Chief’s head emblazoned on the side. Now it strikes me... a cowboy in the wild west would not have had this image on his gun to represent local first nations in any positive way. Instead it would have been akin to modern-day soldiers writing messages to their targets on bombs!

This image in this context is something I see more clearly now and the holster has gone in the garbage. Thank you Sa’sy’as training for helping me avoid that embarrassing mistake one more time.

I enjoyed my training and, as your IDEAand Ethics Chair, I am working to bring similar training to you as an AFP member.

Stay tuned for more details shortly!

November 2019

Indigenomics and the Indigenous Accord
Derek Yarnell, AFP Member and IDEA & Ethics Chair


This past week in my journey to educate myself on topics of inclusion, diversity equity and access I attended two interesting sessions along with AFP Manitoba's president Sana Mahboob. 

The first was to hear from Carol Anne Hilton (pictured above), the founder of the Indigenomics Institute, for a keynote presentation courtesy of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. The second was the 4th annual All Partners Gathering for the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord to which AFP Manitoba has recently signed. More on that event in an upcoming post...

According to Ms. Hilton of the Indigenomics Institute, the annual economic value of the Indigenous economy was estimated at $32 billion in 2016. Ms. Hilton is ambitious and set a goal and challenge to the broader community to more than triple that to $100 billion by 2024.

I thank the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for bringing her in. Her presentation was interesting and shining a light on the successes Indigenous people are having is an important step towards reconciliation. Towards changing perceptions. Her message challenges stereotypes many people still hold and Ms. Hilton embodies the success of which she speaks. It is important for people to see examples of successful Indigenous people to balance the images they may see of Indigenous people in our city who are still suffering from the impacts of colonialism and residential schools. 

What can you do to continue your own education you ask?

Go tonight to the free world premiere screening of Freedom Road at the WAG.