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GEM (Global Eyes Magazine) summer 2017

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A publication that features news and views from the African Caribbean communities in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. Lots of information and tidbits to keep you interested.

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GEM (Global Eyes Magazine) summer 2017

  1. 1. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 1 ManitobaAfrican and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine Second QUARTER Summer 2017 gggggloballoballoballoballobal eeeeeyyyyyeseseseses Angela Davis in Winnipeg
  2. 2. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 2 As I Began to Love Myself” by Charlie Chaplin As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”. As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”. As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”. As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”. As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”. As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”. As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”. As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”. As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. ButAs I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”! Reflection Broken people or broken leaders create many problems in the world that no one can solve except them. Broken people often do not love and accept themselves. When they don’t they are constantly trying to prove their worth and in doing so hurt themselves and others. This poem speaks to that. Enjoy. Kenya has created a strong prece- dent inAfrica by Kenya’s Supreme Court declaring that last month’s Presidential election be cancelled with a 60 day window to repeat the process. This cancellation was triggered by the opposition party accusing the ruling party of election irregularities. One local African commented that they are pleased to see this develop- ment in Kenya and that Keyna is teaching the rest of Africa new ways of doing politics and a civilized way of resolving conflicts. The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta’s opponent, said members of the electoral commission had committed a monstrous crime. President Kenyatta said it was important to respect the rule of law. It is amazing to see that even though the international community has accepted the result, Kenyatta agrees for redoing election.It is amazing to see that the court did not care about the cost of redoing election in the name of the fidelity of the constitution. BREAKING NEWS
  3. 3. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 3 GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Email address:_______________________ Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think we’re doing a good job. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, MB., R3L 1G6 Global Eyes Magazine is an independent quarterly publication devoted to promoting cultural awareness of the African and Caribbean communities of Manitoba and highlighting the issues and concerns of these communities. It also aims at promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that is of interest to the African/Caribbean Diaspora. It offers editorials withAfrican/Caribbean sensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is produced under a volunteer editorial committee that assists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. Editor: Beatrice Watson Distributed to local busi- nesses, and in Winnipeg and via email to individuals in Manitoba and former Manitobans in various parts of the world. To receive Global Eyes by mail please send a cheque for $15.00 to: Global Eyes Magazine 671 RathgarAvenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Phone: 204-477-1588 globaleyesmagazine@gmail.com All contents are copyrighted Whats Inside Feature onAngela Davis’s Visit to Winnipeg, Health & Wellness, Reflection, Regulars: Letter to my children, Global Counsellor, Recipes, Pictorial of Maiko & Friends Concert, NICCOM Multiculturalism Day Conference, Creative Foundation Workshop and More
  4. 4. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 4 Editorial -Take One Editor: Beatrice Watson Distributed to local businesses, and in Winnipeg and via email to individuals in Manitoba and former Manitobans in various parts of the world. To receive Global Eyes by mail please send a cheque for $15.00 to: Global Eyes Magazine 671 RathgarAvenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L1G6 Phone: 204-477-1588 globaleyesmagazine@gmail.com All contents are copyrighted. OneofthethingsAngelaDavis talked about in her presentation was the importance of music in the Civil RightsMovement. She said music was very importantinbringinghomethe message of justice, equality and racism inAmerican society. There was also hope in the lyrics, and music had a way of making a bad situation seems better and bearable. Musicians and other artists always appear to be ahead of their timewhentheypushmusictothe edge. Hip Hop/rap music for example helped to bring the issues of inner-city black andLatinoyouthstothefore. Many people at first criticized hiphopmusicfor beinggangstas, vulgar and misogynistic and it was all that but it also reflected the mood of theyouthandsentamessageto society.Theyhadtakenittothe extreme and crack cocaine and concomitant violence were part of the mix. Whatwashappeningtoyoung innercitychildren?Weretheyreacting to their own situation where no one seemed to care and the police constant hunttofindpettydrugdealersand lock them away for years instead of dealingwiththeunderlyingsocial issues of the day for young Black and Latinoyouth? Today Hip Hop has attained acceptability in all areas and it is being sung from coast to coast to coast all over the world. It’s still a clarion call for emerging issues but done in a more socially acceptable manner. It’s like now that we have your attention, here’s what we have to say. Duringthecivilrightsmovement, old spirituals were turned into songs of freedom e.g. Oh Freedom, We shall overcome, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around” and other songsthatencouragedfolkstostaythe course and don’t give up. They were singing and dancing to these songs so there was this elementoffunwhichwasimportantto keep people uplifted as they press on inthestruggle. Social scientists claim that the freedomsongssungbyactivistsonthe frontlinesofthecivilrightsstruggle hold an iconic place in the musical historywithinthemovement. There were al also other forms of popular music which blended in to give voice to freedom struggle, black racial consciousness and race relations such as - blues, gospel, folk, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul in which both blacks and whites and others were involved. WhenAngela Davis was imprisoned and there were marches to “FreeAngela” all across the country, YokoOnoandJohnLennonwrotea songforthe“FreeAngela” campaign which speaks to what was happening inthatmomentintime. Sister, there’s a wind that never dies Sister,we’rebreathingtogether Sister, our love and hopes forever keep on moving oh so slowly in the world They gave you sunshine They gave you sea They gave you everything but the jailhousekey They gave you coffee They gave you tea They gave you everything but equality Angela, can you hear the earth is turning? Angela, the world watches you Angela, you soon will be returning to your sisters and brothers in the world Sister,you’restillapeopleteacher Sister, your word reaches far They gave you sunshine They gave you sea They gave you everything but the jailhousekey They gave you coffee They gave you tea They gave you everything but equality Angela, they put you in prison Angela, they shot down your man Angela, you’re one of the millions of political prisoners in the world
  5. 5. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 5 LOCALAND GLOBAL BRIEFS African CanadianYouth with a Broad Vision How can African youth who immigrate to Manitoba maintain their connection with their motherlands? How do the newcomers keep a strongAfrican identity while also integrating into the mainstream Canadian culture? In July 2016 in Winnipeg in response to these crucial questions, a group of youth formed theAfrican Canadian Youth. In their first four meetings, the African Canadian youth who hail from various countries on the African continent have come together to get to know each other, to celebrate their diverse cultures and to discuss current social issues in their homelands. In addition, the youth in Canada plan to help the young people back home by sending them educational materials which are so scarce there. Therefore, in September, they are going to hold a big discussion conference in the University ofWinnipeg (UofWpg). These youth, as protagonists for change, have a vision of how they can unite together, and assist the young inAfrica. All ManitobanAfrican youth are welcome to join. For more information about the group, reference Facebook page and group: African CanadianYouth or send an email to yesiamafrican@gmail.com IRCOM Opens new Housing for Refugees Submitted by Stephanie Bloodworth In keeping with the spirit of reconciliation with Canada’s first peoples, the provincial government announced that effective immedi- ately, in its written communications to the media or public, they will use the term Indigenous when referring to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. This will replace the use of the wordAboriginal, except when the wordAboriginal is part of a formal name or title. Indigenous is the Word With great fanfare IRCOM House opened its new social hous- ing facility at 215 Isabel Street which will welcome some 60 refugee families of various sizes. Finding housing for large families is an extra challenge dealing with the current shortage of housing in Winnipeg. This house caters to lager than normal families. Housing is one of the most challenging settlement issues facing new immigrant, refugees and settle- ment agencies in Manitoba. Not all landlords like to rent to people with no rental history or no jobs and the non-profit agency Immigrant and Refugee Community Organiztion of Manitoba (IRCOM) was established in 1991 to focus on the housing needs of newcomer refugee fami- lies. IRCOM offers a refugee family or single individual transi- tional housing for the first three years at which time they have to find their own accommodations. As one attendee at the opening reception said “It is very hard to leave. It is like leaving your family all over again. It’s the best experi- ence I had living in IRCOM House” she said. The building is made up of 60 modular units that can be joined to create up to four-bedroom suites for large families. It also includes an on-site daycare, library, classrooms, access to legal and support services, laundry, bike storage and a high tech bed bug heat treatment room.
  6. 6. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 6 Commentary Paternity leave is on the rise globally as cultural attitudes shift in favor of fathers taking a more active role in parenting. On May 24, 2017, the Republic of Panama became the latest member of a growing group of countries that require paid paternity leave. Law 27 of May 23, 2017, grants three business days of paid paternity leave from the date of childbirth, as long as the male employee provides his employer with (i) at least one week of notice of his spouse’s or cohabitant’s due date, and (ii) a birth certificate issued by the National Directorate of the Civil Registry certifying him as the father of the child. The three- day paid leave qualifies as service time in Panama, and the employee may not work for any other employer or be self-employed during his leave. (Source Mondaq) Culture Changes Fosters better Parenting One Nation Exchange is a Social Enterprise project supported by SEED Winnipeg that is helping immigrant and refugee women in Winnipeg to create meaningful work and at the same time have a social outlet where they can meet and connect with other women. The One Nation was housed at City Place for the month of July as a pop up business at no charge. City Place has been offering new businesses the opportunity to promote their business and to test the location as a viable business location for their product. The women at One Nation Exchange sew bags and prepare t-shirts to be screen printed with the One Nation Emblem designed by Winnipeg printer Karen Cornelius. The products are attractive and appear to have the potential to do very well. The screen print is bold and makes a powerful statement of unity. To date their products include t-shirts, tablecloths, shoulder bags and pillow cases. You can find the bags at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights boutique. According to the organizers, consumer demand for these products is on the rise. Dedicated volunteers work with the women to help with the business and organizational end of things. One Nation Exchange (O.N.E.) is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting unity by creating opportunities for intercultural experiences, training & employment for women representative of Canada’s diverse cultures. Two Indigenous speakers were invited by the The Manitoba Advisory Council on the Status of Women to commemorate Canada’s National Aboriginal day. They spoke about the importan ce of storytelling and oral history in Indigenous communities and also told the story of water. Bannock and jam with tea were served. NationalAboriginal Day Some of the women who are part of the project. They said they were very happy and loved to sew.
  7. 7. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 7 I cringe each time I hear someonespeakingaboutColonization becausetheEuropeansbroughtterror toeveryindigenouscommunitythey invaded. In an effort to appease those who are stuck in the colonial mode, I coined the word Colonial Terrorism. The Berlin conference of 1885 was called when European countries were arguing over which part ofAfrica they wouldTAKE. WithoutaskinganyAfrican’sopinion, theymetanddecidedwhomthey would invade, terrorize and take, much like they are still doing today. Afghanistan,Iraq,Libyaandnow Syria,allnon-white,non-European countries, are examples. The most proven way to control a people is to take away their culture.Africansbroughttothe Caribbean and theAmericas were culturally divided. Siblings were separated, parents were separated from their children and the slaves were not allowed to speak their own languagesnorpracticeanycultural activity.They were fed food foreign to their bodies, yet were expected to Colonial Terrorism workfromsunuptosundownevery day.Literacymeantsurepunishment. Those same Europeans traveled to Canada,trickedtheindigenous peoples into giving up their land and forcibly removed children from their homes.Theyputthemintoresidential schoolswheretheytreatedexactlythe same as theAfricans were. A short article is not enough to documenttheatrocitiesperpetratedby EuropeansintheirMARCHOF TERRORonindigenouspeople around the world. Suffice it to say that in each case the Europeans ended up with the land and resources, imposed their religion while dissenters ended up dead.Yet we see today thatthosegroupswhowanttoreturn to their land and their religion are branded as terrorists. Maybe we should refer to them as anti- colonizers. In a few days Canada will be celebrating 150 years as a nation. Thatmeans150yearsofdomination andoppression,muchas America(241) will do a few days later.Boththesecountriesalong withFrance,ItalyGermany,TheEU coalition, are still destroying everythingincountriesalready mentioned.NowtheEuropean nations are closing their borders to protecttheircitizensfromrefuges whohavenothingtoprotectbutthe dead bodies of their loved ones and rubble created by US and EU bombs. Colonial Terrorism never stopped.Europeansbecamefilthy richbyrapingandplunderingthese nations. Now it has become such a badhabit,theycannotstop. Submitted by Victor Vaughan Mariana Cañadas sang at the Pride 2017 celebration at the Scotia stage, Forks. “It is a dream come true singing on the Scotia Stage” she said. The Bahitizz sisters; Sylvie, Rachel, Francine and Odette Bahati, perrformed on June 1, 2017 at the Manitoba for Human Rights’Annual General Meeting and Open House. Talents within the Community
  8. 8. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 8 Letter to my children GlobalCounselor Dear Globalcounsellor, I am 35 year old African American man who is engaged to an Irish- Canadian woman. We are planning our marriage to take place next Spring but to be honest I am having second thoughts. I am not a racist and I am open to diversity but of late the idea of having bi-racial children is bothering me. My motivation for even dating outside my race is to help to bring about unity to show people that we can find love in any colour. It was to break down barriers but when I see in 2017 black men in the USA are still being lynched for being with a white woman, I am thinking, am I willing to sacrifice my life in this way? Would I feel comfortable walking with my white wife in Virginia where I am from originally but made Canada my home for the last 10 years. My roots are in Virginia. I know my bi-racial children will always find a home in the Black community because that my people are not fussy about race, they love people and they love family regard- less of how they come out. But what about my children’s family on their mother’s side? Will they be ac- cepted? It seems ridiculous that I am asking these questions in 2017 but here we are again fighting the same old demons. I just want peace and I don’t know how to bring these issues up with my wife to be. I am not a coward but I just want peace in my home and in my life. Please help me. Conflicted Dear Conflicted, I hear you my brother but don’t take the easy way out. In this life there must be something you believe in so strongly that you are willing to give your life for it. From all you’ve said, making a difference, bringing people together, breaking down barriers are strong values. The Loving couple made it through Jim Crow days, you can make it through today. Love conquers everything. In the face of hate you show love and even if you die, you’d be dying for something you believe in and you will be remembered. Your life would not have been in vain. If you really love your Irish sweet- heart do not let the racists rob you of a minute of pleasure and happiness with this woman. Go and create a life based on love with the blessings of your ancestoros who died so that you can enjoy greater freedom to choose. Goodluck on your wedding day. My beloved children, Believe in your dreams. dreams can come true and do come true. I was thrilled to finally meetAngela Davis who has been one of my favourite activists as a young woman growing up in an obsure village. She madeAfro cool and everyone wanted Angela Davis’afro. She was strong, confident, brilliant all the qualities that I admired and most of all she could talk in a way that made you want to listen more and more. I liked the fact that in those days she was not afraid to go against the grain when she said that even though she is a feminist her primary focus was with human rights and the prison industrial complex in which there was and still is an over representation of black men. She could not see fighting for women’s rights without looking at the broader picture of human rights. She refused to put one over the other. What would be women’s rights if black men were still at the bottom of the barrel with no accest to human rights? She understood there can be no women’s rights without addressing the question of racism and discrimination on the basis of skin colour.At that time in history women’s rights were mainly about white women’s rights for white men ruled the roost then as they do now. “Liberation is a dialectical movement – the black man cannot free himself as a black man unless black women can liberate herself. Black women’s liberation is inseparable from the liberation of the male. Women’s liberation in the revolution is inseparable from the liberation of the male. “As a black woman, my politics and my political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participaptiion in my people’s struggle for liberation and with fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism. Davis was clear and articulate and she stuck to her passion even now some 40 years later. She still calls for abolishment of the prison system one of the most racist systemic bastion of institutional racism
  9. 9. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 9 IS THE GRASS THAT GREENER IN WINNIPEG? Spring is there while summer tiptoes around the corner. My room temperature switched, back and forth, from the heater to the air conditioner. Winnipeg’s weather is so intriguing. That explains the cold I caught last month. Microbes, viruses and allergies fought hard to keep me in bed, but I won! Spring is my favourite season because I am not chased by hungry mosquitoes. No kidding, I was stung in May but let’s pretend, it never happened. Okay?Anyway, compared to the ones in Paris (France), I noticed that Winnipeg’s grass looks greener. My neighbours’ grass exhibits a green that seems too intense or artificial. Don’t get me wrong, the colour’s brightness is breathtaking. The greenest grass I’ve ever seen is, here, in Winnipeg! That really got my attention. Or is it a contrast with the winter scenery? I mean dwelling among slippery, melted, snowy and dirty sidewalk… you name it. In Paris, the grass was just green. When I looked around everything was sad, hopeless and lifeless. Circumstances were tough. So I made-up mind to look for a greener grass. In 2011, I packed up my bags for a better life in Canada. But the reality hit me. Life won’t be easy in Slurpee-city as a foreign worker. And then moodiness, unhappiness and depression became my allies. It was silly to walk around with my winter clothing from France – equivalent to Canada’s fall clothes. Once again spring kicked winter to the kerb. I love spring because it resets the temperature to give us a break like a recovery period; a new beginning that gives new strengths and hope. There are challenges everywhere, but I keep dreaming big. And I just decided to stay positive no matter what. I praise the Lord for giving me a job and a good health. I came to Canada to better my future. God allowed tough times to happen in my life to draw me closer to Him. I grew stronger in my spiritual journey and it was worth it. Is the grass that greener in Winnipeg? The answer is yes because I learned to water mine. J Bénédicte Brou Follow me on Tweeter at https:// twitter.com/BenebrouCa and benebralive.blog.spot.ca “The announced function of the police – to protect and to serve the people – becomes the grotesque caricature of protecting the interests of the people.” I studied her works during my university days in the Women’s Studies program and wrote one of my major papers on her work and vision of feministm. Reading Angela Davis I changed my focus from rah rah feminism to a more global approach the liberation of a people. Meeting her in person is definitely one of the highlights of my life . Even though I admired her so much I was satisfied with being connected to her through her books. It was never my dream because I never thought it was possible but what if I had this dream? Letter ...continued from p11 Beatrice andAngela Congratulations to RachelAlao, pastor and former Settlement Coun- sellor at Immigrant Centre who recently had a book launch for her first book `The Spirit of Empower- ment`.
  10. 10. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 10 If someone had told me that, Winnipeg would host the Olympic Games; I would have said: “Nah! Not even in your dreams! Go get lost!” Boy, how I was wrong! The Summer Games 2017 will take place in Winnipeg. I couldn’t believe it! What a good surprise. There is finally hope in Winnipeg! Just kidding! I know that you just frown… got you!Anyway, I live in Winnipeg for more than 5 years now, and I noticed some changes. There are many new events and new activities. That is good news because I get bored easily, so I crave for novelty. For instance, I have been to Folklorama and to the ‘Festival du Voyageur’twice in 4 years. Why? Because I already know the outcome. I need to be surprised. But, the upcoming Summer Games are very appealing. They are not Winnipeg’s seasonal events. I cherish new concepts; I am anti- routine. I can’t help it. Here is a heads up: these games will display 16 different sports. And several artists and the past Olympics will entertain us. Isn’t it a nice way to spend time with your family and friends? I see Winnipeg as a family-centered city.And I admire the time that people set apart to enjoy activities with their family. For ‘carless’ fellows like me, the carpool or taxi might help. I assume that the cabs would be very busy. And the traffics would be inevitable especially during rush hour. I know that the bus transit really sucks in the evening. The tourists may come from all across the globe. The hotels will be overbooked. That would boost the city’s finances, I guess. That also reminds me that we should be aware about sex trafficking that might occur during the events. Let’s be on guard, folks. The tickets are available online at www.2017canadagames.ca. The price goes from $5 for children up to $200, the latter if you plan to attend various venues on different dates and time. The Games are from July 28th toAugust 13th . Enjoy your summer in Winnipeg! Such a dream comes true. Bénédicte Brou Follow me on my blog at http:// benebralive.blogspot.ca/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/ BenebrouCa Winnipeg SummerGames 2017 In this book, 36 overcomers (included Delia Joseph, Life Coach in Winnipeg) share their testimony of pain, setbacks, fear, illnesses, drugs and alcohol addictions. They all went through hell, but they made it. Today they live in victory. Moreover, as successful coaches, they dedicate their lives to help other. They give hope. This book shows that nothing is impossible to resilient people. The 36 writers never looked back with regret. They just keep going. Furthermore, they make our world a better place to live. This book is so inspiring that I recommend to everyone. GEM joins in congratulating Delia (Veronica) Joseph for this great accomplishment. We wish her continued success in her coaching and writing in service to other. A New Book for your Bookshelf or Kindle Submitted by Bénédicte Brou Owner and founder of Improveology Coaching
  11. 11. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 11 Community inAction This annual food and cultural fare by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines community has always attracted a multicultural crowd partly because their food and entertainment are tops. You get to eat your belly full in Caribbean parlance. And there is always goodies to buy and take home for the rest of the week - sugar cake, sweet bread, coconut drops and other Caribbean de- lights. This community has added a popular addition to their entertain- ment and that is Caribbean style auction. This is the game that you pay to bid. It is a great fun-Raiser especially with someone like John Jack as the auctioneer. He had the crowd going wild and spending big dollars. Bajan Night It’s when the Barbadian commu- nity get to show off their food specialities such as coo-coo and salfish, flying fish, cassava pone and their version of the famous Carib- bean coconut drops. The organization announced a new post secondary scholarship that would help asutdents with their financial expenses. 2ndAnnual Torch of Dignity Relay Ah We Kind a Food Afew hundreds of Winnipeg people participated in the Manitobans for Human Rights MHRI) 2nd Annual Torch of Dignity Relay,Agusut 7, 2017 from the Kildonan Park to to the Oodena Celebration Circle at the historic Forks site. The Bear Clan Patrol and the Winnipeg Police were honorary marshals for the route. It was a beautiful sunny day perfectfor a relay. Elder Louise Mae Campbell blessed the event with an opening prayer followed by a Treaty 1 Welcome by Chief Jim Bear of Brokenhead First Nation. Former Winnipeg CEO David Northcott gave the keynote address. Speakers included Rajat Iyal the refugee who lost his fingers to frost- bite. He could not thank Canada and thepeopleofWinnipegenoughfor acceptinghimas arefugeeandfor offeringhimtheirkindness. He said all he wantedd to do know wastogivebacktothecommunity. Other speakers was a former homeless man who spoke about the poor treatment he received from the hospital . Today he is giving back to the community trying to help those less fortunate than himself, Valerie Thompson, president of MHRI said she was encouraged by the number of people who showed up and vows to continue working towards makingWinnipeg a Human Rights City. Antoinette Zloty, Board member, Barbados Assoc.
  12. 12. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 12 What do you do when you come face to face with an iconic figure like Angela Davis? You give her multiple standing ovations for just showing up, you scream and shower her with loving adoration and appreciation. That was how the room felt on Sunday May 6, 2017 whenAngela Davis graced the stage at Knox United Church to address the assigned topic - Race, Resistance and Revolution: Freedom is a Constant Struggle.” . The sold out event organized by the Centre forAlternative Policy Initiatives, Black Space and Queer People of Colour was packed with those who grew up withAngela’s larger than life figure in the Black Power Movement during the heady days of the Sixties in the United States ofAmerica and the younger generation of feminists and activists who were introduced to her through her books and university courses. There was a healthy mix of Traditionalist, Boomers and Zoomers, Genx, Millennial and everyone in between. What is the attraction of this phenomenal woman, that everywhere she goes she is greeted like a modern day guru of social activism, her words are carefully digested and in the midst of hundreds of people you can almost hear a pin drop in the hush silence her voice commands and yet she is not a strident speaker but soft and playful at times. Her life reads like an action movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. She is a woman who escaped the death chamber, a woman who was jailed for 18 months, who faced the demon of American racism, a woman who was stripped of her citizenship of the USA and found refuge in Cuba, she ran for Vice President of the USAon the Community PartyTicket and she spoke her truth wherever she could. A former leader of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), civil rights activist and academic, Angela Davis has dedicated her life to freedom fighting. She has been described as “the most recognisable face of the left in the US.”She has been associated with revolutionary movements such as the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. She also co-founded Critical Resistance — an organisation which exists to counter the US’s prison system. Who would not want to hear such a woman speak her truth? Davis acknowledged being on Treaty land and the home of the Angela Davis in Winnipeg Left to right: Molly McCracken (CCPA) , Adeline Bird, Alexa Potashnik, Kemlin Nembhard, Krishna Lalbiharie, Uzoma Asagwara, foreground sitting: Angela Davis
  13. 13. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 13 Métis Nation. As she spoke it seemedlikeeveryonehungonevery word for pearls of wisdom to drop. “Sometimeswecannot distinguishbetweenfreedomand unfreedom”Shesaid.“The problematiccharacterofthenotionof freedomthatcanbetalkedaboutin theUSAconstitutionwhichstates“all men are created equal” means these men have access to rights and liberties. The US claims it is the first democracy. The hardness of these notions has to be pulled apart. What menweretheytalkingabout?Wefail to grasp the elitist character of democracy as it is offered to us. Davis says she is excited that we finallyseemtoberecognizingwhy issues of racism is so central to the USandCanada. “Colonizationprovidesthe grounduponwhichthesecountries were developed. Consider this regionandwerecognizetheextentto whichoppressionofindigenous populationsandtheenslavementof Blacks provided the bedrock of these societies.” “Why is it so hard to recognize the Haitian revolution? They were forcedtopaytheFrenchgovernment what amounted to some #34 billion dollars. The Issue of race appears to be the property of the victims. All of us in this region have to grapple with it. Our future dependsonourunderstandingof it.” Slavery in the US was abolishedwithoutabolishing slavery. Today we are still grapplingwiththeafterlifeof slavery, she said. How do we develop consciousness? How do we become aware? How is racism transformedincontemporary world? Movements such as the Black Lives Matter have a philosophical relevance, they help us to realize the moral damage racism has caused. “Everythingshouldbesubject toquestions.Weneedtoquestion the questions, that is critical thinking–weneedtoengageinthe critical process of questioning” However, the media and other systemswanttonormalizeracism and other oppressions. We have to hold on to that sense of disbelief, Davisencouraged. Davis had a lot of positive thingstosayaboutmusicandits centralitytomovementsoverthe years. She said music was one of themajordrivesagainstthemovement against racism and it was central to the developmentofrevolutionarymovement. She said musicians seem to have a gift of makingcomplicatedideassimpleand understandablethroughtheirmusicand lyrics. She said that focussing on how to articulatethenatureandstructural characterofracism,unlearningracism workshopsandadmonishingwhiteswhen they use the wrong words are small actionsbutthemoreimportthingisabout the structures that persists that enable racism to exist. “Racism has not declined because Blacks and Latinos are more visible. We do not look for racism in the individual but the ways in which our ways ofknowingshift.” She said Obama was elected becauseofamovement.Theyoungpeople refused to believe that it was impossible for a black man in our post racial era to be elected President “One Black man in the White House but millions of black menintheBigHouse” addingthatthere are more black men in prison today than were enslaved in the 18th century. She called attention to the history ofimprisonmentintheUSAandthe connection with rehabilitation. Prisons continued on p21 Angela Davis with the staff of CCPA staff - Molly McCracken, Karen Schlichting and Lynne Fernandez Elder Albert McCleod opened with a blessing. Calvin Joseph was the official photographer for the Angela Davis Event. Thanks to CCPOA for sharing it with GEM
  14. 14. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 14 Creative Foundation of Manitoba Stimulates Student Creativity in In- teractiveWorkshops The Creative Foundation of Manitoba, Inc. delivered a highly interactive and stimulating work- shop for elementary school children inWinnipeg. More than 100 grades 5, 6 and 10 school children converged at the Holiday Inn South Venue for a day of creative and interactive activities including, music, moving cartoon, visual art, poetry and human rights presentations. In each of the workshops, the students were fully engaged. They were as sharp as nails, bright as stars and brave as David in their eagerness and enthusiasm and willingness to take risks. Hon. Rochelle Squires brought greetings on behalf of the provin- cial government. She encouraged the children to see themselves as artists even though they may not have artworks hanging in a gallery. She told them they are all artists and to have fun with it. Presenters included, Yisa Akinbolaji, CatherineAkinbolaji, Dr. Sunday Olujoku, President of Creative Foundation and writer, and Beatrice Watson, Manitoba Human Rights Commission staff. To all account the day went by very quickly, the children enjoyed their pizza and salad lunch and each got a gift i.e. the artwork they produced - to take to their mothers for Mother’s day, which was the Sunday following the workshop. They each prepared a piece of art work using Yisa’s patented tech- nique remoglue that sparkled with colour. The teachers gave the confer- ence their thumbs up. Kamta Roy Singh shares his wit and wisdom with the Nigerian Professionals of Manitoba Kamta Roy Singh originally from Guyana, SouthAmerica ,was recently invited as the guest speaker at the Nigerian Professionals of Manitoba Information session where he shared his struggles and victories as an immigrant. He spoke about arriving in Canada with about $27 dollars in his pocket to being the proud owner of several Tim Hortons Franchise today. Students showing off their painting s; Group photo of speakers/facilitators Yisa Akinbolaji demon- strating remoglue tech- nique and student follows
  15. 15. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 15 Maiko Watson and friends at the Dalnavert Museum performed to a sold out supportive fan base. Maiko Watson Wows Hometown Fans Maiko and her favourite grade 2 teacher Joan Lloyd Heather Gaskin a customer of Maiko’s hair braiding business days New fans Lisa Hacket and Mavis McClaren fierce comunity supporters Ms Atwell and Maiko’s first vocal coach student Cliff, Michael and Keith from the Baha’i community Maiko delivers a donation to Helen & Randi of Match International Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you thank you to all who came out. Itt was one of the best concerts I’ve had. Love, love love. Maiko Watson.
  16. 16. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 16 Tasha Spillett, a Cree and Trinidadian woman from Manitoba, will use feminist and race theory to look at the impact of Indigenous land-based education on the well- being of Indigenous girls in urban areas. Land-based education reconnects Indigenous peoples with the land and the social relations, knowledge and languages of the land. Through interviews with Elders and Indigenous teenage girls who participate in land-based education initiatives in urban areas, Spillett aims to identify best ways of connecting Indigenous girls with land-based knowledge and determine how that knowledge can be an effective response to systemic violence. “I believe it’s my responsibility to serve my community,” said Spillett, who is supervised by Alex Wilson, educational foundations professor and director of the U of S Aboriginal Research Education Centre. “Having the support of the Vanier allows me to not only focus on my research, but also to remain an active member of my community while engaged in my studies.” Ahmed Tiamiyu, a mechanical engineering student from Nigeria, will study a special type of stainless steel which could be used for high temperature and load-bearing applications. His goal is to improve the strength and wear resistance of this material for possible applications in the design of nuclear and chemical reactors in Canada, thereby improving safety. “The Vanier scholarship offers me a unique opportunity to achieve my career goal of advancing technology through the development of new and improved engineering materials,” said Tiamiyu, who is supervised by mechanical engineering professor Akindele Odeshi and Jerzy Szpunar, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy. InterimTreaty Commissioner Loretta Ross Congratulations to Loretta Ross, Winnipeg lawyer who was recently appointed as interim Treaty Commissioner for the Treaty Rela- tions Commission of Manitoba. Ms Ross in additjon to being a promiinent lawyer is a member of the Board of Commissioners at the Manitoba Human Rights Commision, and a Board member of Manitoba Wise - an equality rights seeking organization. On July 29, 2017 The Treaty Commission held an open house to introduce the new Commission to the community in a relaxed informal manner. Ross is slated to be guest speaker at the Wise Breakfast in October this year, celebrating Women’s Equality Rights in Manitoba. Celebrating Excellence in Academia - Two Bright Stars It is by education that we become prepared for our duties and responsibilities in life. . If one is badly educated he must naturally fail in the proper assumption and practice of his duties and responsibilities. Marcus Garvey
  17. 17. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 17 Creative Expressions I saw first that things were ugly And most of all ugly was I That’s when you hinted at beauty A beauty too great for my eye. You told me of a garden free For those who live their life for you I said that’s not the path for me ‘Cause it was meant for others too. I thought I was still approaching As I began to walk away But the dark was soon encroaching And all night came over my day. I can‘t remember how I talked For I slept in a dreamer‘s bed I can‘t describe the land I walked For I was blind and deaf and dead Then a man bearded withy birdsong With the loveliest perfumed eyes Happened along my way along His proud journey among the skies I said, you‘ve been to this garden He said won‘t you come too The journey will be a hard one Just a leap of the heart will do I leapt and still haven‘t landed The direction I ‘m in is up I can see and hear one-handed In my other hand there‘s a cup. And all the birds and bees are drawn To take drink from its flowing lip They come to see me at the dawn And go home on their midnight trip. My words fail so in this beauty I‘m shamed how much failure shows Still I’m drawn by love and duty To offer you this song my rose. John Dunn, Winnipeg Poet¸ Playwright. Now lives in China where he teaches English but visits ‘home‘ To visit daughter Laila and his beautiful grandchildren living in Dauphin Manitoba NATURALLY You laugh Call me ‘redundant’ How many times have I drawn The same substance ’As many times as a man Needs to breathe...’ Be it a recipe for a barbeque Or new method for the abdomens Or a better way to wear my pants I would continue to pretend... AROUND You’d rather split profit Than to share a secret Somehow, I thought it The other way... Sure we had something Not much for promoting But kept a smile glowing The other way... Reflections of Life We take for granted what we see Through the eyes of mortality We touch the wood and think it’s real Think this is the real deal We don’t know this isn’t so We don’t know it’s all too shallow What we see and what we feel Things we’re offered as a meal Are creations of our imaginations? Abstractions of our contemplations We see a man he is black We run clackety clack He is a killer and a robber A jive talking slobber What if we live in the moment? What if we suspend judgment? What if we open our hearts and mind? And see what we can find It might surprise us what lives in that dust we may find gems of kindness instead of disgust What if we just let go of the ego What if we just let our feelings flow? What if we let it take us to that space? That space of pure grace.(BAW) (c) Optics I was thinking how the design of a spider;s web might seduce The compound eye of a fly when your breasts Called my attention From a distance. JohnDunn Neil Pitamber CONDOLENCES Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have departed this world and the families and loved ones they left behind. May these souls RIP We celebrate with those who are marking anniversaries, birthdays, births. May your lives be blessed and enriched by these significant events. Special condolences to the Atwell family who have lost their father GeorgeAtwell and to the family of Joan Joseph. We grieve with you and pray for your strength to carry on.
  18. 18. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 18 HEALTHWISE Recipes CHEAT PIEROGIES 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and halved ½ cup mayonnaise 1 cup sharp old cheddar, grated salt and pepper (to taste) Sauerkraut filling: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter 1 yellow onion, diced (or 2 yellow onions, caramelized) 2 cups sauerkraut, rinsed and drained salt and pepper (to taste) Assembly: 1 package egg roll wrappers vegetable oil (for frying) butter (for frying) water (for sealing) Garnish options: sour cream fried onion slices cubed smoked bacon, fried minced chives paprika Preparation Potato and cheese filling Add potatoes to a pot of cold salted water. Bring water to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and mash with butter. Fold in cheese, salt and pepper. Set aside. Sauerkraut filling Sautee onions in oil and butter until softened and lightly browned.Add drained sauerkraut to pan, sautee for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool slightly. If making caramelized onion option, caramelize onions, then add sauerkraut to pan, season with salt and pepper, sautee for an additional 5 minutes. Assembly Place about 1 heaping tbsp of filling into centre of wonton wrapper. Use fingers to wet perimeter of wonton. Fold wonton in half and seal edges, making sure to push all air out of filling. Continue until all wontons are stuffed. Blanch to pierogies in salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes, until wrapper is translucent. If working in batches, place blanched perogies on an oiled plate, separating layers with parchment paper as they will stick together. Heat a non-stick pan to medium heat, and add a splash of oil. Fry pierogies until golden brown on both sides. Continue until all pierogies are cooked, add more oil as needed. Top with sour cream, fried onion slices, fried bacon cubes, chives and paprika I’m not betting on it. Ingredients 1. 3 ½ cups all purpose flour 2. 1 tbsp dry yeast 3. 1 ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp warm water at 110 degrees 4. ¼ cup melted butter 5. 1 tsp salt 6. ¼ cup sugar 7. 1 egg yolk + 1 tsp water Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a large bowl place warm water and sugar, then sprinkle yeast on to water and let sit for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to proof. 3. Add flour, melted butter and salt in the mixture with the yeast and mix to form a dough. The dough will be sticky.Add just enough flour (about 2 tablespoon) and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.Astand up mixer with the dough hook attachment would be an excellent alternative to hand kneading the dough. 4. Cover bowl with a clothe then set in a warm place and allow to rise for 45 minutes. 5. After 45 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes to form a smooth ball, this shouldn’t take long. Next cut the dough into 3 even pieces then roll each piece into equal logs about 14 inches. 6. Braid the 3 logs to form the loaf. Make sure both ends are secure by pressing them together firmly then tucking under. 7. Let rise for 45 minutes in a warm place. On the cooktop of the preheated oven would be perfect. 8. In a small bowl mix egg yolk and water with a fork then brush on the top of the bread. This will create a golden brown crust. 9. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. 10. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then place in a bag and seal. GUYANESE SAVOURYPLAIT BREAD Jehan Peters recipe
  19. 19. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 19 If you are looking for good health, have tried a lot of diet protocols and health regimes but still not quite where you want to be you may want to up your game and give Dr. Sebi’s nutritional formula for better health a chance. He is theAfrican Honduran herbalist and holistic healer taught by a Mexican herbalist and his grandmother . Through diligent research Dr. Sebi developed a diet and herbal regime which have been used to cure diseases that still baffle traditional medicine e.g. AIDS, diabetes, sickle cell, Arthritis, stroke etc. He was charged by the US government of fraud (making false claim) and won his case by producing more than 80 patients who came forward to tell their stories of healing. One of Sebi’s claims to fame is his belief that rendering the body into an “alkaline state” makes it impossible for disease and ailments to exist. Dr. Sebi also created vegetable cell compounds in order to fortify the body. He also claimed to have a cure for AIDS and cancer along with a long list of other related cures. To put your body in an alkaline state Dr. Sebi recommends certain foods to avoid in particular animal products, dairy products, wheat, sugar, GMO and hybrid foods which create mucus and damage to the mucus membranes. He recommends natural spiring water for its significant mineral content. You do not have to follow his recommendation to the letter but if you are suffering from some kind of chronic disease, isn’t it worth a try, to enjoy better health? Dr. Sebi died under tragic circumstances in a jail in Honduras for having on his person $20,000 in cash. He was accused of money laundering. If you look at his videos and writings from more than 10 years ago, Dr. Sebi apparently loved to walk with real money and not depend on banks etc. There are people who are like that. What is wrong with having real money? Why that was a crime? His case is still being investigated and the people closed wot him feel certain that Dr. Sebi’s name will be cleared. Dr. Sebi atreated many celebrities as well including Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, Eddy Murphy, John Travolta, Steven Segal among others. Alkaline foods include ; kale, romaine lettuce, tomatillo, grape tomatoes, seeded grapes, seeded watermelon, teff grain, spelt flour, spelt bread, rye bread, seeded water melon; The Alkaline Way to Better Health Oh man, I’m up to hey wid dis racism crap all ova de place especially in Winnipeg. Dis is the home of Folklorama biggest cultural festival in NartAmerica, we like Chinese food, jerk chicken and curry chicken, we are marrying each odda den what is de problem? Ah met a guy from India de adda day talking bout how he’s being treated soh bad because ah he race an ting. Ah seh bouy wheh yuh come from nah gat racism? He seh na man. Ah seh what about de Dalit people. He seh oh, they are simple people uneducated and people help dem out by givin dem odd jobs here and dere. Ah seh dat is discrimination, yuh keeping dese people down an not giving dem a chance. Ah ask him how he tink de must feel and he seh dey happy doing odd jobs, dat is dere job and no body compete wid dem. Dey work get pay an feed dey family. Ah seh well de white people tink we are good doing odd jobs in Canada too, how about dat? Is like me Rasta friend Danny shooting off he mout and mekking fun of two guys holding hands. He seh dat people like dem need to be put in jail and dun way wid. Ah seh rememba de time when black people used to be put away… nah whipped and lynched fuh less dan dat. Ah seh we kiant want rights fuh weself and not give it to odda people. Dat is wrong. Everybady gat rights jus fuh being human. If we don’t see dat promoting discrimination based on race, sex, religion etc. is like shooting weself on we foot. We black and brown folks are nat out a de racism woods. We still face bad discrimination. If anything we should be at de front promoting civil rights fuh everyone. Man I kiant unadastan people. I mine me own bisness. Once people don’t get up in me bisness I’m okay. It’s live an let live. Ketch yuh nex time. GaffinWid Buddy
  20. 20. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 20 The Nigerian Canadian Con- gress Organization of Manitoba (NICCOM) celebrated Manitoba’s Multiculturalism Day with a confer- ence themed “Engendering Multicultural Harmony : Grasping the nuts and bolts for Progress, that featured various speakers from the multicultural community whose topics expanded understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in Manitoba. Held on June 23, 2017, at the Winnipeg Technical Institute , Pembina Highway, the speakers included Dr. Lori Wilkinson Profes- sor at University of Manitoba, Yisa Akinbolaji, Helen Wang, Won Jae Song, MLAWaab Kinew. Guest speaker was Ms Deborah Handziuk head of the Winnipeg Technical Institute. Minister Rochelle Squires brought greetings on behalf of the provincial government and Council- lor Janice Lukes, brought greetings on behalf of the City of Winnipeg. Dr. Sunday, Olukoju, NICCOM president warmly welcomed the guests and promised participants a day of great multicultural intellec- tual feast. Dr. Lori Wilkinson’s power- point presentation captured the growing diversity in Manitoba , and new cultural groups settling in Manitoba over the last few years. Helen Wang , Editor of Chi- nese Tribune, & President of Manitoba Chinese Family Centreand Won Jae Song, Publisher of Diver- sity Times and Korean Times Newspapers, spoke about the challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism at the grass roots level e.g. language barriers and adapting to a new culture. Multiculticultural Diversity on the upswing in Manitoba Middle: Won Jae Song, Bottom: Selina Bieber, Conference emcee, Kenny Daodu, Public Relations Officer, NICCOM and Judith Hayes, Executive Direc- tor, Manitoba Start Yisa Akinbolaji, Tehani Jainaire, Director, Multiculturalism Secretariat, Dr.Lois Stewart-Archer, CBW past president & a community member Top:(Member of the Chinese community Minister Rochelle Squires, Helen Wang and Janice Lukes ,
  21. 21. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 21 were supposed to be a more humane alternative because it was retained in the Slave Law. “Slavery provided a model for punishment that persists in the aftermath. It was not just about a Southern form of punishment. Under the new capitalism two million people were incarcerated.” Global capitalism destroyed dreams for black people, Davis asserts, as factories shut down and moved across the water. As capitalism sought cheaper labour and tried to escape unions, they moved and people began moving across the borders like the corporations move and when that happened they were called illegal. “No human being is ever illegal.” Davis said we have to make the global connection. Black Lives Matter reverberated all over the world. Islamophobia plays into the racism of today. “We need to use the tools of feminism to deal with racism and not glass ceiling feminism. Talking about glass ceiling reminds people that she is already way up there but feminism for those women whom the floor is threatening to collapse.” She said Queer black women understand that trajectory in the construction and reproduction of gender, and how we have been oppressed by the binary system of gender – a gendering apparatus. Davis has so much knowledge and so much to share that during the Question andAnswer session her answers became mini talks. To the question, how do we teach towards solidarity and the steps to a stronger movement? She responded to take small steps, do what you are interested in, and find a way to connect that passion with radical movement. Do what you can. She was asked about the connection between the Black and Indigenous struggles. Davis said when slaves were freed they were promised 40 acres of land and a mule. “I want my 40 acres. Whose land is that?” How to talk about privilege with the privileged? She said it is really important that we all become aware of our own particular privileges. “I prefer to talk about White supremacy.” In her concluding remarks she said that we have made little progress in purging our collective psyche of racism. Prison has been a powerful institution. We put people away where we can be safe. We incarcerate the problem and don’t deal with it because it is too hard. Mindfulness and social justice have a connection. How can we use mindfulnesstocreatecommunity, how can we bring our whole selves to the table and be supported. How can we create a movement where people know how to share their pain without judgement. “I am bearing witness for those who did not make it this far. We have to take care of our sadness and our spirit and learn to be together.And we need to develop a repertoire of response to deal with racism and microaggresions..” Davis encouraged the young people to build coalitions with white people. Its not about alienating people but creating a movement that would help to transform our society that will benefit everyone. In the end it is peace, justice and equality we all want. Davis left her audience with a lot of food for thought and hunger for more. After the formal presentation there was a reception where she was surrounded and patiently spoke and took pictures Molly McCraken, Ex Dir of Cana- dian Centre for Policy Alternatives welcome address, and Uzo Asagwara emcee Angela Davis contyinued from p 13 with those who were there. Thanks to three incredibly strong women who were the movers and shakers behind this historic moment – Molly McCraken, Centre for PolicyAlternatives, Uzoma Asagwara, Queer People of Colour andAlexa Potashnik, Black Space. Beatrice Watson
  22. 22. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 22 It was a night of celebration and appreciation to five outstanding women in the community who were recognized for their contributions to making Manitoba batter. Sandra Kloss, Council of Women of Winnipeg, Barbara Nielsen, ConsumersAssociation of Canada, Barbara Toews, Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and Helen Whetter of MATCH International, Manitoba Region who received the Women Helping WomenAward - and Humaira Jaleel, leader of Islamic Circle of NorthAmerica, winner of the Not Afraid to get your hands dirty” Award. She is a professional Muslim woman who wants to demonstrate it is possible to be both strong, empowered women and women of faith.All these women have volunteered tremendous amount of time towards community building work. An annual event organized by the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba Inc., (PCWM) Alexandra Shkandri, President, said that since PCWM’s inception in 1949, this organization has had the privilege of counting many exceptional women amongst our members and “tonight’s honorees carry on that legacy and were selected by their peers for their outstanding contribution to Manitoba.” The Not Afraid to get Your Hands Dirty award was established in 2013 by UNPAC (United Nations Platform forAction Committee) of Manitoba to honour the long time service of their Executive Director, Jennifer DeGroot. The award is intended for a Manitoba woman/girl who recently demonstrated a creative activist response to an identified injustice, in an attempt to bring about social or political change for women. Humaira did just that when preparing for an activist event in Winnipeg and realized the morning of event that there was not going to be a stage. When you are going to have an event with speakers one needed a stage she thought and, woke her husband up and had him take their bed apart and also had a friend do the same, they took the bed frames got some plywood and hastily put together the stage for speakers. Soroptimist organization received the Federate Honouree award for their consistent financial support to women and girls achieve their dreams through scholarships, both locally and abroad. Their most recent project is Dream it be CelebratingWomen Gala Event l-r:Humaira Jaleel, Sandra Kloss, Helen Whetters, Barbara Toews, Barbara Nielsen it - a mentoring program for young women. Each year they give out the Live your Dream bursaries for women returning to school to improve their families, economic situations, they also make and distribute comfort pillows to women who have under gone breast surgery and help women and girls in other areas as well. The evening was filled with chatter, laughter, food, silent auction and networking opportunities. Alexandra Shkandri, President, PCWM. Members of Soroptimist Group
  23. 23. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2017 23 Thanks to Hope McIntyre, Artistic Director of Sarasvati Theatre for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts on the importance of hearing immigrant and refugee stories. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie brilliantly asserts in her essay the danger of a single story”, how what people read, hear about, or watch on TV can influencetheir view of foreignersthe idea that a story has more than one side. We are not one-dimensional beings. We are complex and so are our stories. There are many preconceived ideas about immigrants and refugees and if you only listen to what the media have to say you may not get the entire story. When we hear stories of immigrant and refugees especially in their own voices we get a personal angle, they tell a perpetual human tale of the search for peace and a better life for their children, they speak about the difficulties of living in a state of constant war, the journeys they make on foot, through snake and lion infested habitats to get to safety. The safety that we all crave as human being. When we hear their stories we begin to understand that they are human beings just like us, with needs just like us, and that given the chance may have chosen to remain in their countries and build a life among family and friends, connections which are lost when they are forced to run for their lives and scatter abroad. These immigrant and refugees stories help to bridge the divide between those of us who have lived her longer and the newcomers, by fostering deeper understanding. Hearing their stories may shift our position from judgement to curiosity and human compassion. You will hear them speak of not coming here to take our jobs but to give as much as they can in gratitude for being welcomed here. You hear stories from all perspectives: teenagers, older and younger adults of how hopeless it feels living in refugee camps and because they do not want to be a burden on people are willing to do the grunge work Canadians do not readily take, like cleaning toilets, working in factories and other minimum wage jobs, that in order to make ends meet everybody has to work. It helps us to understand that people do not come here to be on welfare, though it is appreciated. They want to work and take care of their families. Learning about immigrant and refugee stories through theatre is both entertaining and a source of accessible learning that help to break down barriers and expand our horizons. A co-worker whose mother migrated from Germany after the Second World War said they ran and took risks because there was nothing left to lose, they had lost everything. And even though we live in glass houses and drive fancy cars we are at heart still hunters and gatherers – we go where food is, we go where there is a chance to survive and thrive. No border can stop folks from trying to move. It’s our nature, the continuing story of our evolution.And finally it is important for us to hear these stories because they remind us of our own stories of migration. Sarasvati Theatre Season Kick Off FEMFEST Starts September 16 with the Opening Cabaret you do not want to miss. Get your tickets early. The best deal is a season pass. HURRYHURRY
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