Managed Alcohol Programs Report is here!

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Following a months-long community consultation process, Sunshine House is pleased to release the Managed Alcohol Programs in Manitoba Feasibility Report.

Managed Alcohol Programs seek to improve the health, wellness and safety of people who use alcohol chronically, are experiencing homelessness, and who often use non-beverage alcohol. MAPs provide access to safer, beverage alcohol to minimize the varied potential harms associated with chronic alcohol use.

The report — authored by Margaret Bryans (RN BN) presents the findings gathered from from Peers, community members, public health workers and researchers. The report also provides context from the history of MAPs in other parts of Canada, and emphasizes the importance of using an Indigenous lens to address harms associated with substance use, using a decolonized Trauma-Informed approach.

The report also provides recommendations for immediate, short- and long-term steps to be taken toward establishing a MAP in Manitoba, as well as clinical and staffing recommendations within varying funding parameters.

We invite you to download the report at the link below:

2018 Managed Alcohol Programs in Manitoba Feasibility Report

The Second Annual Two-Spirit Pow Wow, June 2, 2018

 

Seven drums. Sixty dancers. Hundreds of relatives, friends and supporters. It was a cloudy day at the Forks National Historic Site, but we paid no mind to the drizzle outside the tent! Inside, the beat of the drum kept feet moving and spirits high.

A pageant was held to select the 2018 Two-Spirit Ogichidaa/Ogichidaakwe. Here are the winners, Sky Peebles and Brielle Beardy-Linklater (who also served as the Pride Parade Grand Marshall on Sunday).

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Thank you to everyone who made this a wonderful day — dancers, drummers, sponsors, contributors to our crowdfunding campaign, volunteers and staff.

See you next year!

La Macha 2018

On Saturday May 12th, in the spirit of Paris is Burning, Like That @ Sunshine House together with QPOC Winnipeg threw the second La Macha Ball at Ace Art! An unforgettable evening of queerness! This year featured seven categories, no chill: 

1. Team Walk – Choreographed runway walk (2+ people)
2. WIG! – First Time in Drags at a Ball
3. Mother of the Bride Realness
4. Father of the Bride Realness
5. I’m So Into Voguing Right Now – Amateur Vogue
6. Taking the Kids to the Library – Reading
7. Post Apocalyptic Couture

In attendance to judge and perform was Manghoe Lassi!

 Check out some highlights in the video above — clips courtesy of QPOC Winnipeg and Jody Lee!

The 2nd Annual Two-Spirit Pow Wow Needs You!

 

Last year was a great success because of incredible community support and we are looking forward to another amazing celebration this year, hosted by Like That @ Sunshine House and the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. This Pow Wow is the only one of its kind in the territory known as Canada, and it brings hundreds of people together to dance and sing — we invite you to be a part of that as well.

The organizing committee of this event is completely volunteer, and to host this event according to Pow Wow protocols we need to fundraise $20,000. This unique Pow Wow showcases the gifts of Two-Spirit people to the world and we are calling on the wider community to financially support this incredibly powerful and exciting event.

TO GIVE, VISIT: https://fundrazr.com/2nd2SPowWow

Donations of $25 or more can request a tax receipt. All donors will receive special recognition at the Pow Wow!

If you or your organization is interested in a sponsorship or advertising in the Pow Wow program, please email comms@sunshinehousewpg.org.

Science + Supper: Nuclear Waste & Settler Colonialism

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Is nuclear waste dangerous? What do we do with it? What are the risks to health of storing radioactive wastes?

Join Candyce Paul (English River First Nation, outreach coordinator for the Committee for Future Generations) and Anne Lindsey (formerly of Manitoba Eco-Network) for a discussion of the environmental and health impacts of nuclear waste on the prairies.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Supper at 5:30 / Science at 6:00
Sunshine House, 646 Logan Ave.

Suggested donation: $5 (Don’t pay if you can’t!)

Presented by Sunshine House and the University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

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Drag Taco Sale 2018 = SUCCESS

 

We didn’t know if it was going to happen. The whispers were heard across central Winnipeg, from Sherbrook Street to Selkirk Avenue. “Will the Queens return? Will they deign to descend and deliver to us delicious bannock tacos?”

The Queens heard the call of the people and so they agreed: Friday, April 20 would be the appointed day that the Drag Queens of Like That would bring the people tacos, all to raise funds for the upcoming Second Annual Two-Spirit Pow Wow on June 2.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who ordered tacos to be delivered homes and businesses, churches and barbershops, rec centres and workshops and the Legislative Building, too!

Thank you to all the volunteers who hustled to get 500 pieces of bannock out on the roads and into people’s mouths!

If you missed out on the sale but still want to support the Two-Spirit Pow Wow, you can donate to the event any time at this link: http://bit.ly/2nd2SPowWow.