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The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is here to make sure the voices of young people are heard. We make sure their rights are respected and that they have a say in decisions that affect their lives. We advocate, investigate, and review public services in Manitoba to ensure they are meeting the needs of children, youth, and young adults.

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2206, 2022

Every Two Hours: A Special Report on Children and Youth Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence in Manitoba

In Manitoba, a child is exposed to a police-reported incident of intimate partner violence (IPV) every two hours. Exposure to IPV in childhood can be deeply traumatic for young people, shattering feelings of safety, leading to lifelong mental health challenges, and sometimes reinforcing cycles of intergenerational violence. 

This special report, the first of its kind, follows 671 Manitoba children and youth exposed to IPV in April 2019 in order to understand their pathways through service responses from police, Victim Services, and Child and Family Services. The report repositions children exposed to IPV as centrally-impacted victims with rights to services. Informed by the voices of experiential young people, the Elders Council, and service providers, the special report contains seven recommendations to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of services for children, youth, and families in Manitoba. 

 

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1603, 2022

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth stands in support of children in conflict zones, including the children in Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora around the world.

We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian community here in Manitoba, including our own staff and community partners. These are difficult times. If you or anyone you know needs mental health support, please reach out for help. Klinic Community Health provides free mental health support to anyone in Manitoba. To reach their 24/7 Crisis Hotline call 1-888-322-3019.

Read the full statement here.

 

1502, 2022

MACY and YTGA launch new podcast: Inside Human Trafficking in Canada

Round images of five people: Dr. Karlee Sapoznik Evans, Manager of Research and Quality Assurance at the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth; Ainsley Krone, Acting Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth; Libin Mohamed, Program Manager and Co-Producer at YTGA; Elder Mae Louise Campbell, co-founder of Clan Mothers Healing Village; Elder Laurie Mackenzie, Lived Experience Leader and Board Member, Clan Mothers Healing Village. Other text on image reads: Live Launch, Inside Human Trafficking in Canada. FebruaryOn February 22, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) and Youth Troopers for Global Action (YTGA) are releasing the first episode of Inside Human Trafficking in Canada, a new seven-part podcast series focused on solutions to end human trafficking in Canada. 

A virtual launch will be held via Zoom webinar at 10 a.m. (CST) featuring podcast guests, Elder Mae Louise Campbell, Elder Laurie Mackenzie, Acting Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Ainsley Krone, YTGA’s Program Manager and Producer Libin Mohamed, and host Dr. Karlee Sapoznik Evans, Manager of Research and Quality Assurance at MACY. To register, please click here (more…)

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