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U Talk S2E60: Spirit of Iceland: Poetry and Short Story Contest

You don’t have far to experience the magic and beauty of Iceland, with Gimli host to the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. 

In anticipation of the festival, a poetry and short story contest is held, inviting writers worldwide to showcase their creativity in the written arts. This year’s theme is the Spirit of Iceland. 

To tell us more is festival board member Angela Collins.

https://www.icelandicfestival.com/festival-events/contests/poetry-short-story-contest

  • U Talk
  • Opinion: Ukraine Crisis
  • We Stand Together
  • Doc Talk MB

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 S2E60: Spirit of Iceland: Poetry and Short Story Contest

You don’t have far to experience the magic and beauty of Iceland, with Gimli host to the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. 

In anticipation of the festival, a poetry and short story contest is held, inviting writers worldwide to showcase their creativity in the written arts. This year’s theme is the Spirit of Iceland. 

To tell us more is festival board member Angela Collins.

https://www.icelandicfestival.com/festival-events/contests/poetry-short-story-contest

U Talk S2E59: Mama Bear Clan

Since 2016, a women-led group has been keeping the North Point Douglas community safe through community service, activism, and engagement. The women of Mama Bear Clan have done so much to support their community, donating time and energy to make a difference. 

Grace Akerstream Laing is the Coordinator for the Mama Bear Clan. Find out what is needed to help improve the conditions of others, create unity, and address systemic challenges those struggling are facing.

https://www.npdwc.org/in-the-community.html

U Talk S2E58: Justin Lacroix

Whether performing to an audience, a small group, or himself, Justin Lacroix creates music merging Francophone and Anglophone communities. 
 
The importance of supporting our communities, celebrating diversity in music, and tangents on ancient Neolithic instruments and how sounds are made in movies is what you can expect in this episode of U Talk. 
 

U Talk S2E57: Canadian-Cuban Pop Trio Myana

Three talented and accomplished musicians created a new EP, The Walls. Myana draws inspiration from its Cuban and Canadian members’ roots in its post-pop sound.

Bassist Ernesto, Drummer Roselin, and vocalist/guitarist Nicholas share their story from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.

https://www.instagram.com/myanamusic/

U Talk S2E56: FascinAsian Film Festival

The past few years have seen an explosion of diversity in the film industry—films featuring diverse creators, stories, and cultures.
 
What if I told you there were creators from the Asian diaspora creating movies here in Manitoba? Starting May 13, the FascinAsian Film Festival showcases films in Winnipeg and Calgary made by creators in Manitoba, across Canada, and the United States.
 

U Talk Season Two

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 27, the First Nations community was shaken when the remains of 215 First Nations children were found in unmarked graves on what was once a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. The discoveries have reached over 6000, with hundreds continuing to be discovered. 

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.​

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.

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