Events in our Community
Calls to Action
 
 
September 20th – BBQ Fundraiser
 
The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples Council (BUAPC) will be set up outside of the Brandon Friendship Centre (836 Lorne Avenue) hosting a BBQ Fundraiser where we will be selling Orange T-Shirts as part of the efforts to raise funds towards the Tipi Tour Legacy Project in Brandon.  Shirts will be on sale for $15 each
 
 
 
September 30th  - Orange Shirt Day                         
 
Orange Shirt Day and BUAPC are in the midst of planning an event for that Sunday here in Brandon.  Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.  This is also a day that our Federal Government is looking at in creating a Statutory Holiday on to commemorate the lives of survivors and in recognizing this historical impact to Indigenous peoples (one of the calls to action)
 
 
October 4th -  Sisters in Spirit
 
October 4th, is a day to honor the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. In Brandon, a group of non-profit organizations including The Brandon Friendship Centre, Manitoba Metis Federation Southwest Region and the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council organizes this event.
 
This event begins at 4:00 PM October 4th, 2018 at Brandon University with speakers and a walk proceeding to Queen Elisabeth Park where we will have the vigil and petal ceremony followed by a community feast. Women are asked to wear a traditional skirt as a sign of solidarity.
 
This year the event will open with an install of another Tipi Structure being added to the Tipi Tour Legacy Project.  There will be a Pipe Ceremony to start the event and a commemoration of the land.  Speakers will follow the install and the walk will commence.
 
Each year, family members, Indigenous community members, and concerned citizens gather for a vigil on October 4th to honor the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. These gatherings serve to raise awareness about those still missing and the violence experienced by many Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
 
 
October 23 & 24th – Creating a New Legacy Mental Health Conference
 
The Mission of Aboriginal Mental Health & Wellness Conference is to enhance knowledge and skills to create culturally safe services with and for Indigenous people.
 
Values
 
We believe we can...
 
  • REFLECT within ourselves and consider how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action connect with our responsibility in reconciliation.
  • DEFINE our collaborative relationships based on our knowledge and understanding of the seven sacred teachings.
  • RESPOND by actively seeking and renewing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
 
Goals
 
We want to...
  • Enhance understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action with an emphasis on Child Welfare, Education, Language & Culture, Health, and Justice.
  • Acknowledge each person has a responsibility in understanding how our actions can be used to advance reconciliation.
  • Encourage service providers and workplaces to collaborate in their role towards reconciliation.
  • Celebrate and honor the local and national work that is being done to advance the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
 
Our VISION is to create CULTURALLY SAFE SERVICES by working together using our head, heart and hands.