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The Winnipeg Foundation

The Winnipeg Foundation’s Community News Commons ( is more than a platform for citizen journalists to share stories that matter to them; it’s also creating a more informed and engaged community and stronger, healthier neighbourhoods.

Here’s a sampling of some recent stories on CNC. To read the full-length versions of each, head to

A different kind of classroom

By Carolyn Townend

Kerry Muswagon with students
Kerry Muswagon teaches students of how to prepare delicious moose stew.

On a fall morning at Mikisew School in Cross Lake, students are in their classrooms. All except for those in Kerry Muswagon’s Cultural Awareness class.

Instead, these students are outside, practicing archery skills, cooking up campfire tea, getting a lesson on plucking a goose.

Mr. Muswagon’s knowledge was passed to him from his father. Today, Mr. Muswagon teaches moose hunting and how to make fry bread and moose stew.

The class sliced up potatoes, onions and moose meat, skills that are about more than putting nutritious food on the table.

“One of the things I like about going out in the bush is it’s peaceful,” Mr. Muswagon says.

Changing the world one toque at a time

By Cameron Lozinski

Some of the toques that Cameron has knit.

When I was in Grade 8, our teacher asked us to get involved in our community. So, we started knitting toques which our teacher donated to homeless people.

In Grade 9, I knit more toques to raise funds for a Habitat for Humanity Global Village Build Trip to El Salvador, and for subsequent Habitat trips to Portugal and Indonesia, where we helped people build homes.

hree years and hundreds of toques later, my goal is to set up a foundation focused on volunteering, citizenship and community relations, so proceeds from my toque sales can make a difference in people's lives.

Out of grief comes hope

by Agou Anyieth Kur

Sudan refugee camp
Many 'lost girls and boys of Sudan' make their way through refugee camps like this one in Kenya.

For Rebecca Deng and her friends in the Emanuel Mission Women’s Group, the ongoing civil war in South Sudan is painful.

When war started, Ms. Deng was a child, separated from her family as she fled to Ethiopia – one of the 'lost boys and girls of Sudan'.

Many have fled to Winnipeg, going to school, working, raising families, and worshipping at St. Mathews Anglican Church. All the while, raising funds for Sudanese relief and creating a centre for women's empowerment in Bor, South Sudan.

The Women's Resource Centre in Bor will focus on literacy and skills training, early child development and peace education.

Tuning In to a better life

By Heather Emberley

Tune In
A Tune In participant.

Tune In offers free music programming at the West End Cultural Centre for youth living in the Spence Neighbourhood community.

“It’s one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Winnipeg,” says Jack Jonasson, General Manager of the WECC. “We are surrounded by gang activity and drug use.”

Mr. Jonasson says Tune In provides a safe place where kids can escape street life and enter a world of music, creativity and acceptance.

“Their lives are not easy,” says Kerri Stephens, Tune In Co-ordinator. “I’ve heard of kids who said to gang recruiters, ‘I can’t join because I have to do my music.’”