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U Talk S2E76: Reaching Out Winnipeg

For a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, it’s a big moment when you can live as your authentic self. However, around the world, some never have that chance. Seventy countries have jurisdictions that criminalize private, consensual, same-sex sexual activity. In Eight countries, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals face the death penalty.

Reaching Out Winnipeg is changing the lives of a small group of individuals, helping them start a new life here in Manitoba.

https://reachingoutwinnipeg.org/

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

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U Talk S2E76: Reaching Out Winnipeg

For a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, it’s a big moment when you can live as your authentic self. However, around the world, some never have that chance. Seventy countries have jurisdictions that criminalize private, consensual, same-sex sexual activity. In Eight countries, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals face the death penalty.

Reaching Out Winnipeg is changing the lives of a small group of individuals, helping them start a new life here in Manitoba.

https://reachingoutwinnipeg.org/

U Talk S2E75: Nettie Wild

Documentaries are amazing tools to tell a story. How many have been glued to the screen as they see events unfold? But with reality TV’s advent, some documentaries have made “unique” creative choices. 

Nettie Wild has set the stage for what a documentary can truly be. Not only creating provocative documentary films, but she has also shifted to art pieces, believing art can tell the complexities of stories. 

https://www.canadawildproductions.com/

U Talk S2E74: Blurred Visions

An emerging Indigenous artist who produces, writes, records and releases all of his music independently has created a new album. Another intriguing aspect of his musical journey is he’s been blind since birth. 

Music, inspiring others, and achieving your dreams are what you can expect in this episode of U Talk with Mattmac.

https://mattmacmusic.com/

U Talk S2E73: Gimli International Film Festival

An offshoot of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, the Gimli International Film Festival has become an enticing celebration of the art of film in the Manitoba town. 

There’s something for everyone with activities, workshops, and films of all types and genres. 

https://gimlifilm.com/

U Talk S2E72: Bridges English Language School

Have you ever travelled to another country and felt utterly lost and isolated because you didn’t speak the local language. That’s how newcomers feel leaving their homes to create a new life here in Canada. Some may know a tiny amount of English, others none. Bridges English Language School offers a specialized approach to learning English. 

Laura Castillo is its creator. She touches on the challenges newcomers face learning English and how we can better improve learning to ensure no one falls through the cracks. 

https://www.bridgesels.com/

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.

We Stand Together

On May 23, the First Nations community was shaken when the remains of 200 “probable” unmarked graves of First Nations children were found on what was once a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. A year after this discovery, the number has entered the thousands. 

These are the voices of our First Nations pained by the loss, frustrated by systemic racism and oppression, and the stories of survivors who lived through horrific conditions at these schools. It’s also an opportunity to talk about truth, reconciliation, and unity, building communities and working towards a brighter future.

We Stand Together is the 2021 Canadian Ethnic Media Award of Journalistic Excellence in the podcast category.


 
Indian Residential School Survivors Society

A helpline for residential school survivors can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is a British Columbia-based organization providing services to residential school survivors for over 20 years. It started by helping residential school survivors navigate the court systems and has since expanded to help residential school survivors and engage in community education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. You can donate here

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Dorothy Visser is a residential school survivor. Almost 83 years old, Dorothy remembers life before residential school and shares what she experienced in the residential school, both good and bad.
 
Dorothy’s focus is on healing her communities through Language, culture and faith.
 

It feels immoral to celebrate and have fireworks when a  majority of your neighbours are holding a funeral for 1,323 undocumented  First Nation’s children, especially when the numbers of these horrific discoveries continue to climb rapidly. July 1, on Portage & Main at 1 pm, three individuals are inviting the Winnipeg community not to celebrate the country that tried to remove its Indigenous People but to join together for an Every Child Matters Walk. The mission is to increase awareness of what has and is happening to Indigenous communities and identify the children buried at residential schools, bringing them home, and giving a safe space for survivors. Their truths deserve to be amplified and validated after being silenced for so long.

Find out more: https://fb.me/e/1CEYPjvKf

Vivian Ketchum is a residential school survivor and has healed enough to share her story. With the news of the 751 discovery of 751 unmarked graves near a former Saskatchewan residential school, awareness of this institution needs to continue to ensure these stories are not forgotten. U Multicultural is sharing the stories of Indigenous people as a part of the “We Stand Together” initiative for residential schools awareness.

The news of these lost children pained Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man), Elder Dr. David Courchene of The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness in Sagkeeng First Nation. He now turns his thoughts to today’s and tomorrow’s children and asking what sort of world will we leave for them.

Ray (Coco) Stevenson is a well-known traditional singer and drummer from Manitoba. Ray shared his thoughts and feeling upon hearing the news of the 215 children and the devastating effect Residential Schools had on survivors living in Winnipeg.

Gerry (Gramma) Shingoose is a residential school survivor attending Muscowequan Residential School from 1962 to 1971. Gramma Shingoose shares her thoughts on the 215 children found and her traumatic experiences, which were residential school.
 
Since Sunday, May 30, Manitoba’s First Nations members have been holding a four-day ceremony in front of Manitoba’s Legislative building, honouring the lives of the 215 children who were found and honouring the survivors for their truths resiliency, and stories.
 
Organizer Alayh McIvor shares her thoughts and feelings on this haunting news.
 

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.​

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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.

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