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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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411, 2021

Manitoba Advocate to present new webinar, How to Support Indigenous Boys

Light blue poster with artwork of four bears walking to the right, with a medicine wheel, at the top of the page. Photos of three panelists in circles in the middle of the page, Jonny Meikle, Devon Henderson, and Ryan Beardy. Text on image reads: How to Support Indigenous Boys - Webinar. Monday Nov. 8, 1 PM-2PM (CST) Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Webinar info: Join a conversation on how Indigenous boys can be supported to heal and thrive. This event is free and open to the general public. Registration is required. Please register here or at ManitobaAdvocate.ca. Questions? Call us at 1-800-263-7146 or email: info@manitobaadvocate.ca. Artwork (top) by Leah Marie Dorion.Update: To watch the recorded webinar, please visit our YouTube page. Thank you to all who participated! https://youtu.be/t8kwnmoLK5g
The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) will present a new webinar, How to Support Indigenous Boys, on Monday, November 8th from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. CST.
This webinar is free to attend, although registration will be required through Zoom. A recording of the webinar will be made available on MACY’s YouTube page after the event.
An important theme that emerged from MACY’s special report Finding the Way Back: An aggregate investigation of 45 boys who died by homicide or suicide in Manitoba is the involvement of some boys in the youth justice system and gangs. To discuss findings and recommendations made for systemic change, MACY is hosting a one-hour webinar with panelists Ryan Beardy, Jonny Meikle, and Devon Henderson.
To register for the webinar, please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_4JN7gArTSemKb8oWdBbrHQ

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311, 2021

FINDING THE WAY BACK: AN AGGREGATE INVESTIGATION OF 45 BOYS WHO DIED BY SUICIDE OR HOMICIDE IN MANITOBA

 

FINDING THE WAY BACK: AN AGGREGATE INVESTIGATION OF 45 BOYS WHO DIED BY HOMICIDE OR SUICIDE IN MANITOBA.

Too often unseen, boys in Manitoba need our attention. As a follow-up to a 2020 investigation focused on the suicide deaths of girls, the Manitoba Advocate set out to see what common issues exist among boys in Manitoba who are at risk of suicide or homicide and what systemic improvements can be made to help young men, particularly those who are First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. Of the 45 boys with experience in the child welfare system who died by either suicide or homicide and whose stories inspired this special report, 78% were identified as First Nations youth and 49% lived in northern Manitoba.

Guided by the office’s Knowledge Keeper and Elders Council, the Manitoba Advocate combined investigative and qualitative research approaches in the drafting of this report. Together with Dr. Marlyn Bennett, an Indigenous scholar and professor at the University of Manitoba, the office also held a digital storytelling workshop with two First Nations young men, Michael Breland and Trevor Merasty. They created a music video being released alongside the report, which details some of their lived experiences. In accordance with her authority under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act, and in alignment with Calls to Action from the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Manitoba Advocate is making four recommendations in this report to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of child welfare, education, and youth justice services in Manitoba.

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1910, 2021

MACY hosting new webinar series on children’s disability rights

Dr. Richard Antonelli will appear in MACY’s webinar on Oct. 20.

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is hosting a new webinar series this October, following the release of a special report on Children’s disABILITY Services in spring.

The new series, Achieving Substantive Equality for Children with Disabilities in Manitoba, will offer three webinars to the general public. The webinars will be free, though registration is required. 

All webinar participants who fill out evaluation surveys will receive MACY certificates of completion, which may be used for learning credits through some professional regulatory bodies.

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