The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is an independent office of the Manitoba legislature. That means we are outside the government and are not a part of any government department. The Manitoba Advocate is empowered by legislation to support and advise children, youth, and young adults of their rights and the services which should be available to them. MACY also has the responsibilities to conduct child-centred research, investigate the serious injuries and deaths of young people, to issue formal recommendations to improve public services, to monitor and report on compliance regarding the implementation of recommendations made by the Manitoba Advocate.
We support, assist, and inform anyone under 21 of their rights and which public services are available to them. We also review and investigate public services and raise concerns with the government or other organizations if changes are needed to improve systems so public services meet the needs of children and youth in Manitoba. Anyone with questions or concerns can call us.
You may be nervous or afraid to call us, but each year we provide support to thousands of youth. If you need help or just want to talk to someone, we are here and ready to listen.
When a decision is being made about you, you have a right to raise your voice, be listened to, and be a part of making that decision. Click below to learn about your rights at school, on the job, in your family, and more.
Want to make a difference? Do you have ideas about how services can be improved in Manitoba? Get in touch with our Youth Engagement team and share your experiences and ideas!
Sherry Gott is a member of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation and she speaks Swampy Cree fluently. She graduated in 2019 from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Social Work degree.
Previously, Sherry worked for Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and played a central role in their Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Unit. She received an award from the Aboriginal Social Work Society of Manitoba in 2011 for her contributions to the community. In her new role as Manitoba Advocate, Sherry looks forward to connecting with Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island and advocating for those that need us most.
In her free time, she enjoys camping and getting together with her family.