Welcome To U Multicultural

Canadian Television and Radio Broadcaster, digital media platform and production centre focused on diverse communities of Manitoba and Canada. 

CRTC Public Hearing

U Multicultural Channel, a community media platform, proposed an independent operational fund to the CRTC to support community TV and radio stations across Canada. These are historic hearings, and U Multicultural represented the voices of ethnic and community TV and radio broadcasters.

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As we embark on our mission to empower and celebrate the richness of diversity, U Multicultural invites you to be a catalyst for positive change. Your support is pivotal in sustaining our community media initiatives, advancing indigenous projects, providing media training, and fostering youth and kids initiatives that directly impact over 30 ethnocultural communities. 

Donate today and become a cornerstone in building bridges of understanding and unity through the power of media and education. Your support resonates beyond our programs; it echoes in the hearts and lives of those we serve. Together, let's make a difference that transcends borders and connects communities.

Thank you for being a vital part of the U Multicultural family.

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Mental Health Break

Mental illness is experienced by 1 in 3 Canadians, and almost everyone faces challenges related to mental health at some point in their life. Navigate the topics of mental health with the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba’s Rita Chahal, experts in the field, and those with personal experience.

We Stand Together

Over 130 residential schools operated in Canada. The first federal residential school began around 1883; the last closed in 1996.

We Stand Together invites residential school and day schools, 60’s Scoop, and intergenerational survivors to share their truth. This project is an opportunity for those on their journeys of healing to share their experiences and perspectives so all can learn about the effects of these systems and the challenges Indigenous communities still face.

Ethno Fest 2023
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Together We Can

EPISODES

Watch and listen to 5 video and 6 audio episodes featuring diverse voices available on television and radio.

Produced in partnership with medical, vaccination, immunization professionals, and front line medical workers and physicians.

Speakers are medical professionals with diverse backgrounds and members of ethnocultural communities.

Watch U Channel LIVE

Alongside the diverse communities of Manitoba and Canada, U Multicultural has created several video series elevating their voices and stories.  Doc Talk Manitoba, COVID-19 Info Series, Ethno Fest 2021, Ethnic Music Concert Series, and the CEMA Award winning Indigenous Languages Series.

Listen U Radio

U Radio is the digital hub, where diverse communities can share their voices, music, and stories.

Do you have an interesting idea for a show, someone we should interview, or would like to share your music? Reach out to communications@u-channel.ca

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U Talk S2E177: Jennifer Beitz

Achieving our goals and dreams can sometimes feel overwhelming. For immigrants to a new country, barriers can make goals continue to feel further away. However, there are steps we can all take to actualize our visions, and Jennifer Beitz helps people set goals to achieve them. 

From fitness to reflection and overcoming the limitations we put on ourselves are just some of the discussions on this episode of U Talk.  

Radio des Petits Hiboux

Do you want to learn more about the French language? Have you ever wondered how many rivets were used on the Eiffel Tower in Paris?

Join others as they learn more about the world and learn French along the way in Radio des Petits Hiboux, a French educational program for all ages.

Learn with us on U Radio!

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North America is a boundless and beautiful land full of rich biomes and diverse peoples. There’s so much to explore, from the frigid tundra of the Arctic north to the deserts of Nevada and the fathomless waters of the Great Lakes.

Alisa and Dawna Hales-Massé discover the wonders of l’Amérique du Nord on Radio des Petits Hiboux.

From capybaras to ancient Mayan temples, Alisa and Dawna Hales-Massé explore the vast lands of South America on Radio des Petits Hiboux!

For the first episode of Radio des Petits Hiboux, learn about France, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Manitoba Francophone community with Alisa and Dawna Hales-Massé!

УКАНАДІ Podcast

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Канада славиться своєю сприятливою бізнесовою атмосферою, яка робить процес відкриття та розвитку бізнесу швидким і простим. Держава активно підтримує малі та середні підприємства, що стимулює нових іммігрантів, зокрема українців, розпочати власну справу в Канаді. Багато з них мають досвід підприємницької діяльності в Україні і рішуче налаштовані повторити свій успіх у новій країні.

Однак, ключовим фактором успіху є розуміння особливостей бізнес-середовища в Канаді. Саме про особливості та нюанси ведення бізнесу ми говоримо у сьогоднішньому випуску подкасту “УКанаді” разом з професіоналом у розвитку міжнародного бізнесу, директоркою Green&Clean Global, Вікторією Умін.

Some Ukrainian entrepreneurs think that because they found success in Ukraine, they’ll just as easily find it in Canada. However, the key factor to success is understanding the peculiarities of the business environment in Canada.

It’s precisely about the specifics and nuances of doing business that we discuss in today’s episode of the “УКанаді” Podcast with a professional in international business development, Victoria Umin.

Tретій випуск україномовного подкасту “УКАНАДІ” Всім привіт, мене звати Юлія і я вітаю вас на першому україномовному подкасті у Вінніпезі.

Тут своїми порадами, досвідом діляться досвідчені іммігранти, які змогли побудувати своє життя за кордоном. Сьогодні ми говоримо про успіх та як українцям досягти його в Канаді. Наша гостя – Вікторія Умін, професіонал у розвитку міжнародного бізнесу, директорка Green & Clean Global та віце-президент Канадсько-української торгово-промислової палати.

What is success, and how can Ukrainians achieve it in Canada?

Victoria Umin, a professional in international business development, director of Green&Clean Global, and vice-president of the Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, joins Yuliia Kovalenko on the УКанаді Podcast. Umin shares her story of success, which began 23 years ago when she first immigrated to Winnipeg, and what she found was critical in building her business.

Mental Health Break

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Take a Mental Health Break With the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and U Radio.

Everyone experiences mental health challenges. However, different communities and demographics experience it at varying rates. Early studies indicate there is evidence that women experience mental illness at higher rates than men.

Rita Chahal of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba joins U Radio to talk about the mental health continuum, mental health and women, and resources available to Manitobans.

Take a Mental Health Break With the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and U Radio.

Depression affects people in many different ways. Sometimes, it’s manageable, while other times, the simplest tasks can feel impossible. Ryan Funk and Rita Chahal speak with the Executive Director of Sara Riel, Tara Snider, on the complexities of depression—ways to identify it, tools to work through it, and resources available for those who need them.

Take a Mental Health Break With the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and U Radio.

Mental illness is experienced by 1 in 3 Canadians, and almost everyone faces challenges related to mental health at some point in their life. But what is the difference between mental health and mental illness, and what can we do to have a more balanced life? Navigate this topic with the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba’s Rita Chahal, experts in the field, and those with personal experience.

U Talk

UMulticultural has been positioned as a broadcaster and media platform focused on diverse communities. The idea of implementing the web-based radio station for the ethnocultural communities of Manitoba and Canada is another unique component of the media platform. U Radio is the digital hub, where diverse communities can share their voices, music, and stories.

U Talk is a Talk Show hosted by Ryan Funk, highlighting the culture of native-born and new Canadians and their communities.

“Everyone has a story to tell. Those who moved to Canada have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that I and many others may never have. This radio show allows people to learn from personal experiences, struggles, backgrounds, and cultures of communities that may not have their voices heard.” – Ryan Funk

latest episodes

U Talk S2E177: Jennifer Beitz

Achieving our goals and dreams can sometimes feel overwhelming. For immigrants to a new country, barriers can make goals continue to feel further away. However, there are steps we can all take to actualize our visions, and Jennifer Beitz helps people set goals to achieve them. 

From fitness to reflection and overcoming the limitations we put on ourselves are just some of the discussions on this episode of U Talk. 

U Talk S2E176: Norine Braun

Music is all around us. It’s in the trees, the air, and the water, and all it takes is the desire to listen for it. Norine Braun does just that. She listens to nature and applies it to her music, combining narrative and experiential works to create something unique and beautiful. 

After her mother’s passing, Norine created Ascending Lullaby, a song exploring the transition from one life to the next. 

U Talk S2E175: Take Pride Winnipeg

It can be discouraging when the winter snows melt, and we’re left with muddy, garbage-filled streets. Take Pride Winnipeg is inspiring communities across the city to make a difference in not only cleaning up litter, debris, and graffiti but also changing habits and encouraging individuals to care about how their communities look.

U Talk 174: Changes to the MPNP

Individuals’ road toward their Permanent Residence status has taken a detour, according to an immigration consultant. Manitoba has made significant changes to its Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), and Gerard Haggett believes it will negatively impact immigration to the province.

U Talk S2E173: Arab Women Say What?!

When you hear the word Arab, what sort of person appears in your mind?

“Arab Women Say What?!” a new documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada, challenges our preconceptions of the Arabic community, a community that encompasses numerous cultures and countries. Directed by Nisreen Baker, the film follows 8 Arab women as they explore conversations about feminism, community, culture, belonging, and politics.

U Talk Season Two

We Stand Together

Circles for Reconciliation

Circles for Reconciliation is an organization to establish trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Grace and Debbie from Circles share the fantastic work of the organization and what personal reconciliation looks like.

Diandre Thomas-Hart

Diandre Thomas-Hart, Young Woman Who Stands Among The Eagles, was given the Crane Clan and grew up in Winnipeg’s North End. She has been urban her entire life. Hart’s mother was a 60s Scoop survivor, and her father has many within his family who are survivors of the Indian residential school system.

Gloria

Gloria is an intergenerational survivor and a survivor of the 60s Scoop. Her late mother was a survivor of the Canadian Indian residential school system. Gloria experienced tremendous discrimination and racism growing up, experiencing it from the nuns who taught on the reserve and from classmates when she eventually moved to Winnipeg.

Gramma Shingoose

Geraldine “Gramma” Shingoose is a residential school survivor who attended Muscowequan Residential School from 1962 to 1971. An Elder in her community, she has seen the effects of residential school, day school, the 60s Scoop, racism, and discrimination on the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Kelly Houle

Kelly Houle’s family is from Sandy Bay First Nation, but she has lived in Winnipeg most of her life. Houle has had a difficult life, struggling with mental health and addictions after the abuse she experienced within the Canadian residential school System.

Louis Koszas

Now in his 60s, Louis Koszas remembers his time as a ward of the Children’s Aid Society. In and out of many homes, Koszas reflects on some experiences that still affect him today.

Swahili Na WaSwahili

This podcast series, Swahili Na Waswahili (Swahili and Swahili Speakers), features voices from Winnipeg’s growing Swahili community.

Find out what’s happening in Winnipeg’s Swahili community on U Radio!

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Solomon Baleke of Winnipeg Swahili TV hosts his first segment on Swahili Na Waswahili. Solomon’s first guest is Kiza Ngamba to discuss the challenges of integrating into Canadian culture and life.

Baraka Mulimbwa has built a flourishing commercial and post-construction cleaning company across Winnipeg and Ottawa. Mulimbwa only had a little when he moved to Canada, but he took the knowledge he gained working at a big-box retail store to build his own company and find success.

Host Christiane Dunia finds out more on Swahili Na Waswahili.

The new podcast series Swahili Na Waswahili (Swahili and Swahili Speakers) features voices from Winnipeg’s growing Swahili community.

Host Christiane Dunia sits down with Solomon Baleke of Winnipeg Swahili TV to learn more about his journey and his efforts in creating a platform for Swahili content.

Opinion: Ukraine Crisis

With tensions between Russia and Ukraine high, members of the Ukrainian Canadian community express their thoughts on this ever-evolving situation.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin invaded the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Ukrainians watch in horror as their friends, family, and culture are ruthlessly attacked.

Many Ukrainian-Canadians are doing what they can to support the brave Ukrainians fighting to preserve their way of life. Yevgeniya Tatarenko and many community members have created Help Ukraine: Morden, an organization collecting resources and supplies and shipping them to Ukraine. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/helpukrmorden/

This interview was conducted on April 07, 2022.

Bohdana Kornelyuk immigrated to Canada four years ago to study, pursuing a master’s degree. Bohdana now works in Canada.

With her family still living in Ukraine, she’s had restless nights as the invasion from Russia continues. She now speaks out with thousands of other Ukrainian Canadians for the world’s leaders to aid her home country.

This interview was conducted on February 25, 2022.

Dr. Orest Cap and his brother Alexander share their thoughts and messages from family and friends as Moscow attacks the sovereign borders of Ukraine. 

Dr. Cap is a professor emeritus from the University of Manitoba and holds a Ph.D. in technical-vocational education, and Alexander the Principal at Holy Cross School. Both have friends and family in Ukraine, some in the eastern region. 

This interview was conducted on February 24, 2022.

Valerii Pasko is a Ukrainian community member in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who immigrated to Canada 11 years ago. An active member of his community, Pasko is a co-publisher of the Ukrainian Winnipeg Magazine. 

Pasko’s parents still live in Ukraine and keep him updated with the situation transpiring on the country’s border. 

This interview was conducted on January 29, 2022.

As diplomatic measures are taken between NATO nations and Putin, the people of Ukraine wait in uncertainty about what the future will bring.

A retired professor from the Saint Andrews College at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Roman Yereniuk, discusses the history of Ukraine. Its declaration of independence in 1991, and his thoughts on the current crisis the country is facing.

This interview was conducted on January 27, 2022.

Dr. Orest Cap is a professors emeritus from the University of Manitoba and holds a Ph.D. in technical-vocational education. Dr. Cap has been published in various national and international journals and has been involved in several research initiatives with Ukraine.

Dr. Cap breaks down how the current crisis in Ukraine has affected its people and the international community.

This interview was conducted on January 26, 2022.

You asked us, We have answers for you.

Manitoba doctors are answering your controversial questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and immunization. Through the Protect MB Community Outreach and Incentive Grant, U Multicultural has developed Doc Talk Manitoba.

This series of interviews with doctors of diverse backgrounds will provide statistics, scientific data and facts, which educate about the COVID-19 immunization process.​

Episodes

Doc Talk Manitoba Host Jyoti Kalsi sits down with Chief Occupational Medical Officer, Workplace Safety and Health Dr. Denise Koh about the workplace and the COVID-19 vaccination.  

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ 

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Dr. Amilla Heendeniya is an Infectious Disease Physician and does clinical work, seeing patients with infectious diseases, COVID-19 being one of them. Dr. Heendeniya has been involved with COVID-19 clinical work since the beginning of the pandemic in Manitoba.   

He sits down with Doc Talk MB host Jyoti Kalsi to discuss the myths and facts surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination.  

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ 

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Dr. Jared Bullard is the Section Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba and Associate Medical Director of Cadham Provincial Laboratory. Dr. Bullard works primarily out of the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. Dr. Bullard talks about COVID-19 and children.  

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ 

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Dr. Eddsel Martinez was born and raised in El Salvador. He and his family immigrated to Canada in the early 1990s and has called Winnipeg his home since. Always drawn to children, he worked as a camp counsellor throughout several summers of his adolescence which cemented his desire for a career working with children.  
 
Dr. Martinez talks about the start of school and fall and how it has and will affect children during the pandemic.  
 
In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Doc Talk Manitoba Host Jyoti Kalsi sits down with Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Amila Heendeniya to answer your questions around COVID-19 concerning side effects and allergens.     

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ 

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Doc Talk Manitoba Host Jyoti Kalsi sits down with Chief Occupational  Medical Officer, Workplace Safety and Health Dr. Denise Koh vaccinations for immigrants and foreign workers.   

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/  

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Dr. Jared Bullard shares his thoughts on what still needs to be done to ensure schools are at low risk of spreading COVID-19.  

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Dr. Denise Koh discusses the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ 

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Dr. Martinez tackles vaccine rates for more than 12 years old for eligible patients,  the hesitation parents had and have, and COVID-19  vaccinations for younger children.   

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/  

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Dr. Amilla Heendeniya is an Infectious Disease Physician and works at three acute hospitals in Winnipeg. Dr. Heendeniya discusses how COVID-19 has affected us so far, and what we can potentially expect with future waves.  

Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ 

In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.

Canadian Ethnic Media Assocation Award Winners

Winners at the CEMA Awards

We want to thank everyone who has helped U Multicultural in its goal of platforming the diverse voices of Canada. That support led U Multicultural to achieve two awards at the 43rd Annual Awards for Journalistic Excellence from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. The categories were video series and podcast.

Indigenous Languages Series
We Stand Together

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Learn about our indigenous peoples'
language, culture, and worldview in the indigenous languages series

The Indigenous Languages Series is a unique project presented by U Multicultural, focused on education for the indigenous languages of Cree, Ojibwe and Inuktitut, through stories, culture and traditions. The episodes created with six Indigenous speakers – Michael Kusugak, Robert Maytwayashing, Isabel Scribe, Lisa Muswagon, Henry Pitawanakwat, Cameron Robertson –  will be featured on U Multicultural’s online platforms, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, First Peoples Radio Inc., and Shaw Spotlight. The project is funded by The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and distributed across Canada with help from the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and First Peoples Radio Inc.

Our Voices In Media

U Multicultural Proposes Operational Funding to Support Community TV and Radio Stations

U Multicultural Channel, a community media platform, proposed an independent operational fund to the CRTC to support community TV and radio stations across Canada. These are historic hearings, and U Multicultural represented the voices of ethnic and community TV and radio broadcasters.

Celebrate Diversity From Home Digitally With Ethno Fest 2022

Ethno Fest 2022 is underway, celebrating diversity in Manitoba and across Canada. You can take part from the comfort of your home, as the ethnocultural festival is entirely digital.

10-part video series from U Multicultural features Manitoba doctors addressing range of COVID-19 topics

A new online video campaign aims to reach out to diverse communities in Manitoba through the voices of medical professionals to dispel myths about COVID-19 and encourage vaccine uptake.

New video series dispelling COVID-19 myths in Manitoba’s ethnic communities

WINNIPEG - A new video series featuring Manitoba doctors is looking to clear up misconceptions and answer questions about COVID-19 in the province's ethnic communities.

Virtual festival celebrates multiculturalism

Ethno Fest 2021 is an ongoing digital festival presented by U Multicultural with the aim of preserving languages and promoting culture.

Ethno Fest ambassador shares language

Ethno Fest ambassador Luana Cunha is sharing her language during Ethno Fest 2021.

Ethno Fest organizers hope for bigger audience

Ethno Fest is a multicultural event where different cultures, communities and people are featured. Paulo Bergantim tells us more.

Brazilian community celebrates independence

Manitoba's Brazilian community is celebrated its independence day on September 7. Maggie Demarchi from Brazilian Association in Winnipeg talks about the importance of the day and Ethno Fest 2021.

Digital festival celebrates community, diversity in Manitoba through short films

You may not be able to travel the world to experience different cultures right now, but one online festival aims to help Manitobans get to know the different cultures that exist right here at home.

Ethno Fest 2021 in full swing

Ethno Fest 2021 is the first ethnocultural digital festival, and it celebrates diversity and community. Ryan Funk tells us what it is and how you can participate.

Ethno Fest 2021

Ethno Fest 2021 is a digital celebration of multiculturalism and diversity at U Multicultural. U Multicultural's Ryan Funk went on CBC Winnipeg to share all about this amazing celebration.

Many communities involved in Ethno Fest 2020

Taya Rtichsheva, Founder of U Multicultural, speaks about all the different communities involved in Ethno Fest 2020.

Multicultural television unites communities

"I offered a pilot program to Shaw Winnipeg, and have produced shows since 2015," Rtichsheva said. "We use a studio at Shaw, as part of their community TV option."

The idea of Ethno Fest 2020

Paulo Bergantim discussing the idea of Ethno Fest 2020, the concept of U Multicultural as an ethnocultural media platform in Canada.

We have to share our voices

U Multicultural helps any interested ethnic group to produce original content that is broadcast on local cable TV stations in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

Sponsorship opportunities available at Ethno Fest

Kylie Wright the sponsorship and partnership opportunities with Ethno Fest 2020 and U Multicultural.

U Multicultural vital to getting information out

Maggie Demarchi explains how of U Multicultural has helped Brazilian Association of Winnipeg get information out.

A new digital festival to provide a multicultural voice in Manitoba

Ethno Fest 2020 is the initiative of the non-profit media platform U Multicultural. It aims to bring an understanding of cultural groups beyond food sharing and performances.

Creating content for display on U Multicultural

Sharan Tappia from Asian Women of Winnipeg on her experience with creating content for use on U Multicultural.

New digital festival aims to help multicultural groups tell stories in their own voices

Ethno Fest 2020, an initiative of non-profit media platform U Multicultural, launched Saturday

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