We worked over the summer with CAA magazine to produce a set of inspiring stories about people across Canada who are doing great things in their communities.
Anishiative, is a Winnipeg-based youth organization founded by Rylee Nepinak, Kristyn Boubard and Justine James, a new generation of leaders. We’re prepping for the winter “We were created to support Indigenous youth, to reconnect them to their culture and to their community,” says Nepinak. This winter Anishiative have set up a teepees and warming fire out side Thunderbird house in downtown Winnipeg. Fire keepers work to keep the fire 24 / 7 for community members who need a safe place to warm up, get some food provided.
“Being a good relative means you do the best you can to be good to all living things, and to think of your community as a family. If you can think of your community in that way, then it makes you feel not so alone. And it makes you want to take care of [each other],” says Nepinak.
Each night our skaabe do everything they can to assist community members with warmth, prayers, tobacco, songs, food, water, winter gear and helping find a safe place for the night.
We’d like to acknowledge our supporters @endhomelessnesswpg
We’d also like to give a shoutout of appreciation to @wegotchu_wpg for always making sure we always have warm food available on-site ❤️”