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Community Works Manitoba Inc. is a not-for-profit community development and training organization based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Over the past 30 years we have worked with program administrators, front line staff and community volunteers in First Nation communities and urban social service agencies to develop and deliver a wide range of economic and healing and wellness initiatives.  

Whether the focus is on economic or social challenges, we always begin by inviting participants to share stories from their own lives and from the lives of their ancestors. We believe that it is our own stories that hold the wisdom we need to create safer, more just, and healthier futures. 

VISION

Community Works envisions a society in which individuals, families, and communities apply their stories, wisdom, and strengths to address critical challenges and to help build safer, more just, and healthier futures.

MISSION

We create spaces for addressing challenges and celebrating accomplishments through sharing stories and diverse perspectives. Our workshops provide individuals and groups with tools to imagine new possibilities and engage in individual and collective change.

COMMUNITY WORKS REPORT FOR 2020-2021

Like most social service organizations, these pandemic times have been challenging for us. For 30 years, the effectiveness of our community development practice has depended on our capacity to create safe, inclusive, and intimate spaces in which accomplishments can be celebrated and in which participants can give voice to critical concerns that often have been silenced. How do you create  authentic relational gathering places online in two dimensional rectangles?  

 

That was our question and our challenge. It took us about a year into the pandemic to bite the bullet and move online for workshop and project delivery.  Did it work? Yes, the feedback we got from participants and partnering organizations has been unequivocal. 

Is it the same? No. Yet we discovered that it can be done. And we are grateful for everyone who has joined us for our online workshops and for the organizations that have partnered with us on multi-media story projects.  And we so look forward to meeting with folks face to face.  

WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED THIS YEAR

We have introduced 4 new workshops:

That Reminds me of a Story 1
Exploring Stories Through Treasured Objects

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In this workshop participants will explore in the story circle a rich trove of memories associated with a treasured object, and then craft a short written story that emerges from that exploration.

Make Your Own Videos
An Online WeVideo Training Course

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WeVideo is a powerful, easy-to-use cloud-based program for creating and editing videos. In this hands-on course participants will learn video editing tools and creative techniques needed to create their own videos.

That Reminds me of a Story 2
Exploring Stories Through Images

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In this workshop participants will learn how to compose a compelling video image track that supports and enhances a voiced story.

Tree of Life
Connecting to Past, Present & Future

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In this workshop participants explore their relationships to their own stories, culture, and history. The better we know our own stories through the crafting and telling of them, the better able we are to stand tall in our roots. 

We have completed 2 multi-media story projects hosted by 3 Winnipeg organizations:

Spence Neighbourhood Association, Indigenous Family Centre, and North End Women’s Centre:   

Reclaiming the Stories
A Multi-Media Project Hosted By
North End Women's Centre

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Stories of Home and Community
A Multi-Media Project Hosted By Indigenous Family Centre and Spence Neighbourhood Association

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We are currently delivering a multi-media project hosted by Thrive Community Support Circle: 

The name of the project is Women’s Stories: A Cultural Exchange. 

"We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…”

Richard Wagamese

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Superpower by Hilda Mann