United Way of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Relations Council celebrates 10 years of walking together.

On the first full day of Summer, United Way and our Aboriginal Relations Council took a moment to celebrate our journey together.

Starting with an opening blessing from Elder Myra Laramee, more than 50 volunteers, staff and partners—like Winnipeg Boldness, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata and Eyaa-Keen—gathered at Thunderbird House to take a look back at the great work accomplished over the last ten years.

United Way’s Aboriginal Relations Council Members (l-r) Terry Grey, Reid Hartry (from Board of Trustees), Cathy Woods, Stephanie Zamora, Angie Hutchinson, Christine Cyr, Michael Champagne.

United Way’s Aboriginal Relations Council Members (l-r) Terry Grey, Reid Hartry (from Board of Trustees), Cathy Woods, Stephanie Zamora, Angie Hutchinson, Christine Cyr, Michael Champagne.

Myra reminded all those gathered how important it is to have allies and to share kinship with our neighbours.

The evening was also an opportunity to honour outgoing Council Chair Christine Cyr, who is stepping down after 6 incredible years. Angie Hutchinson will take her place as Council Chair.

Incoming Council Chair Angie Hutchinson, Elder Myra Laramee.

Incoming Council Chair Angie Hutchinson, Elder Myra Laramee.

Christine and Angie shared a number of milestones from the last few years including the blessing ceremony for United Way’s building at 580 Main Street and the gift of a talking stick from the Council to United Way.

The Aboriginal Relations Council is excited to celebrate during United Way of Winnipeg’s 50th Anniversary. The notion of acting with intergenerational responsibility, to honour and respect the people that came before us and the people who will come after, is one that resonates with the Indigenous community.

The 50th celebration’s spotlight on family resource centres is also in keeping with the Indigenous concept of all my relations—that we are all interconnected.