Funding Indigenous arts, transitions to Winnipeg, and cultural support.

United Way invests almost $2 million each year in Winnipeg’s Indigenous community, strengthening the ability of people to help each other, share their skills, and make our city a better place for everyone.

We’re pleased to announce three exciting new partnerships who will receive short-term funding this year.

Thunderbird House, Main Street, Winnipeg.

Thunderbird House graces Main Street. It’s the home of Oshki-Giizhig, which means “new day” in Ojibway.

Oshki-Giizhig

This Indigenous-based organization walks beside, advocates, and supports people affected by FASD and other disorders. Strengthened by cultural practices and traditional teachings, Oshki-Giizhig restores balance to individuals and the community affected by trauma and violence. Oshki-Giizhig is a collaboration between the John Howard Society and the Circle of Life Thunderbird House.

Eagle Urban Transition Centre

Eagle Urban Transition Centre is a culturally-relevant and non-discriminatory gateway for First Nation/Aboriginal individuals and families transitioning into our urban centre. The EUTC office is focused on providing a single window from which clients receive support and access to needed programs in their efforts to achieve independent living. The EUTC provides urban Aboriginal residents with a program delivery framework that recognizes Indigenous cultures and identities as a valuable resource and protective factor.

Urban Indigenous Theatre Company

The Urban Indigenous Theatre Company (UITC) utilizes the power of arts and artistic exploration as a holistic vehicle to create the time, space, safety, and nurturance needed to empower the voices of the Indigenous community. Further, the UITC facilitates, mentors, directs, and guides urban Aboriginal youth to development their leadership skills through experiential training, professional development, and peer mentorship opportunities. UITC facilitates ongoing community outreach and arts-based social dialogue to North American Indigenous people.