Plane Pull 2016: Get on board!

September 23 will be the biggest Plane Pull yet! It’s your chance for a one-of-a-kind experience pulling an 80,000+ lb. C-130 Hercules or Boeing 727 (with help from 19 friends)! Plane Pull 2016 Plane Pull

Just a few of the amazing prizes you can earn!

The concept is simple: teams of 20 pull a plane across the tarmac to have fun, see what’s possible when we work together, and to raise money for United Way Winnipeg.

All money raised this year goes to providing youth mentorship opportunities that help kids build strong relationships, make better choices and do better in school!

And beyond feeling good about the real difference you’ll be making in kids’ lives, this fun-filled day also features a yummy lunch, snacks from Salisbury House, live music and the chance to win some sweet prizes.

There are only a few spots left, so if you haven’t yet, register your team today to help pull for a better Winnipeg and your chance to win!

Register your team now! Registration $250/team. Questions? Call the events team at 204-477-5360 or email

And the best part? Thanks to a huge roster of generous sponsors, we’ve got some amazing prizes for everything from fundraising to creativity. Check out these prizes!

See you on the tarmac!

As long as the rivers flow.

Treaty No. 1 signed 145 years ago today.

The vision of a thriving community is not a new one.

At United Way Winnipeg, we recognize that our work and the work of our partners take place on the traditional territory of Treaty No. 1, as well as on the homeland of the Métis Nation. The name “Winnipeg” itself is derived from the Cree word that describes our cloudy water.

What does it mean to be a part of Treaty No. 1?

Around the time of Confederation, Canada recognized that western Indigenous groups were Nations unto themselves and their title to the land had to be addressed before opening the land up to settlement.

Treaty No. 1 was signed 145 years ago on August 3, 1871, between Canada and the Anishinabek and Swampy Cree of southern Manitoba. Negotiations began on July 27, 1871 when representatives from Canada and a thousand Indigenous attendees camped at the Stone Fort that we now call Lower Fort Garry.

Conference with First Nations Chiefs during Manitoba-First Nations Treaty, 1871. Source: Glenbow Archives

Conference with First Nations Chiefs during Manitoba-First Nations Treaty, 1871. Source: Glenbow Archives

Treaties are mutual agreements between nations and they cover land use, governance and resources. The Treaties made in this land were reaffirmed and upheld in Canada’s Constitution in the early 1980s.

These contracts gave rights and obligations to both parties. Original benefits to settlers were to advance settlement across the prairie region. Today, every Winnipegger possesses treaty rights that determine their relationship to this territory. They allow Canadians the right to sell and purchase property, to farm, or to otherwise benefit from the natural resources of this land.

“to last as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and yonder river flows.” – Alexander Morris, the first Treaty Commissioner

“to last as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and yonder river flows.” – Alexander Morris, the first Treaty Commissioner.

Because there are treaties still in place, everyone who lives here is a treaty person.

Treaty 1 also tells us about the kind of vision each party had for their future generations. The agreements and the ceremonies surrounding their creation were intended to foster an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and mutual respect, factors that will also be part of reconciliation so our country can become stronger and more inclusive.

145 years later, what some consider seven generations, Treaty 1 is being commemorated at Lower Fort Garry. You can learn more about the numbered treaties from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.

Jeffrey M. Thomas, The Delegate, Portage and Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2005. C-print on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2008-116. Photo: Ernest Mayer

Jeffrey M. Thomas, The Delegate, Portage and Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2005. C-print on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2008-116. Photo: Ernest Mayer

Join us in being (extra!) kind on Wednesday, June 22 & share with the hashtag #KindWPG!

Conscious Kindness Day is back, Winnipeg! Kindness can literally change lives. Let’s celebrate how kindness and compassion can be transformative—and a part of our lives every day.

Remember how fun it was last year when everyone was extra kind? This year it’s even easier: there’s no website to sign up, no pledges to make: just you and your kind ideas, wherever you are in Winnipeg!

It's another Winnipeg Wednesday!

It’s really simple: just plan something sweet for your friends, family, co-workers, neighbours (or a total stranger!) and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #KindWPG.

Make sure to say you’re coming to our Facebook event, invite your friends, and print & put up a poster: it’ll help spread kindness all over Winnipeg on June 22!

It's another Winnipeg Wednesday!

The Winnipeg Promise will help more children get a higher education.

Poverty is a complex and critical issue in Winnipeg, and United Way works with many partners who share the belief that any and all steps we can take towards ending it are important.

At the Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead summit, Mayor Bowman announced The Winnipeg Promise, a steering committee dedicated to removing barriers that prevent low income families from accessing the Canada Learning Bond.

Families can benefit from increased access to supports like the Canada Leaning Bond.

Photo: Winnipeg Boldness Project.

The Canada Learning Bond is money the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child’s Registered Education Savings Plan, and though many low-income Canadians are eligible, not all know about the program or take advantage of the money it provides. Some face barriers like not having identification, established bank accounts, or a stable address to receive mail.

And sometimes, the barriers are social isolation, stigma and mistrust.

Easier access to the Canada Learning Bond could make a practical and real difference, inspiring hope for the future in families where money for an education after high school is hard to come by.

United Way President & CEO Connie Walker is part of the committee, along with voices from the Indigenous community and the social, business, health, and education sectors.

It’s exciting to see the commitment Mayor Bowman, the McConnell Foundation, and leaders throughout the community have to easing the barriers poverty puts in the path of Winnipeg families.

We’re looking forward to working with our community on this and many other efforts needed to lift children and families out of poverty. And we’re really looking forward to more Winnipeg children—and their families—feeling hopeful about their bright futures.

“I can do anything I want to.” Art helps Jessica find her path in life.

Jessica’s love of art began when she was a participant at a program supported by Winnipeggers’ donations to United Way.

Today, she is employed by the same program, earning a living by making and teaching art to other young Winnipeggers.

Jessica finds her path through art.

“Once Jessie got here, she really found her path in life.”

It’s a chance for kids to express themselves in a safe, supportive environment during the critical hours after school. See how Jessica’s passion for community is her guiding light.

“The kids feel it. They KNOW that somebody cares.”

After-school programs give kids a sense of belonging, a family away from home.

Getting homework done, making friends, learning to cook, feeling cared about, knowing your neighbourhood. It’s the small securities that build kid’s confidence and so they can grow up strong.