We are excited to reclaim, restore, and revive a Friendship Centre for our community.
The Logo Contest
In Winter of 2020, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s Winnipeg Friendship Centre launched a logo contest. During the spring of 2021, community selected this logo as the winning design, and we are excited to announce that Dade McGinnis is logo design winner.
The Artist – Dade McGinnis
Dade is a self-taught artist who does paintings and drawings in a variety of mediums. Using both paint and drawing materials, he would often layer watercolour down and go over in coloured pencil or fineliners to enhance the overall image.
Dade has always done art for fun, but also does art for many other reasons; as a form of therapy, to heal and calm inner anxieties, as well as to convey the beauty of nature in his surroundings where he finds a lot of his inspiration for his art pieces.
A big Congratulations, and, “Thank you!”, to Dade!
What’s Happening now!
We have placed an intensive focus on ensuring that our governance structure has been carefully developed so that the tragedy that previously befell the previous Friendship Centre does not have any remote possibility of ever happening again.
WIFC, Inc. has been working as an initial area of focus to provide programs and services that are supportive of the seniors and youth in our community. During these challenging times of COVID-19 many youth and seniors have been expressing increased loneliness, isolation, food insecurity as well as many other challenges.
WIFC, Inc. will continue to focus on our seniors and youth as our initial priority areas, we are looking forward to quickly expanding our scope of programming and services to meet the expressed needs of all members of our community. As well we are looking forward to hosting many community events once it is safe to do so, as well as bringing back the ever-lively and greatly missed, “BINGO!”.
WIFC, Inc. is looking forward to continuing to develop in a way that is driven by our community, and supported by our sister organizations. We are so grateful of the support that we have been provided by Ma Mawi and our community partners that has provided us with the wings to take flight and move forward with beginning a new journey where we will be dedicatedly working to provide Friendship Centre services in a way that will serve to meet the expressed need of Winnipeg’s urban Indigenous community.
A huge thank you from our hearts for the first members being at our first AGM, on June 30, 2021, to support reclaiming, restoring and revitalizing the Friendship Centre Movement in Winnipeg!