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June 20, 2018


Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord Welcomes Additional Partners

Community Commitment to Winnipeg’s Journey of Reconciliation Grows Stronger

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, over 40 additional local organizations, businesses, groups, and individuals joined the City in their commitment to the ongoing Journey of Reconciliation in Winnipeg by formally becoming partners of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord at the second annual signing ceremony, bringing the total number of Accord partners to over 120 and demonstrating a strong community commitment to Winnipeg’s Journey of Reconciliation.

“Thank you to every organization, and every individual, who has become a partner to Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “And thank you to every new partner joining us today. Your commitment, and your independent initiatives to promote truth and reconciliation are a great source of hope for our city. Together, as partners, we are reclaiming a spirit of peace and partnership and working together to address the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action.”

The Accord guides our shared commitment to the Journey of Reconciliation, and is rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action and is guided by the commitments and principles contained in the Accord.

As a living document, the Accord is an ongoing responsibility accepted by signatories, who through becoming partners to the Accord agree to report the success of their commitment to reconciliation and their future goals on an annual basis.

Collaboration with other organizations and groups, across sectors, and with Indigenous organizations, governments, and individuals is essential to the ongoing Journey of Reconciliation in Winnipeg to make our city a better place to live based on mutual respect, equal opportunity, and hope.

The City accepts partner applications throughout the year. To view the Accord and submit your request to become a partner, please visit winnipeg.ca/indigenousaccord.

Norquay Community Centre satellite building renamed Rita Richard Recreation Centre

Released: 2:01 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the Norquay Community Centre’s satellite building located at 5 Beaconsfield St. was officially renamed the Rita Richard Recreation Centre. Richard was born in Point Douglas and was involved in the community centre for most of her life. As a child, she participated in programs, in her teenage years she was a volunteer, and as an adult she was the general manager.

“I’m pleased that the Norquay Community Centre now has permanent recognition of Rita Richard,” said Ross Eadie, City Councillor for Mynarski Ward. “Rita represented what it means to be a community leader, and her legacy will not be forgotten.”

“Rita Richard had a heart of gold, she was compassionate, and dedicated to the children and youth that she served,” said Marlene Amell, Executive Director, General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres. “She truly was the backbone of the Norquay Community Centre.”

"It's an honour and privilege to have Norquay's satellite building named after our beloved Rita Richard,” said Cassandra Richard, Rita Richard’s daughter. “It's a constant reminder of all the hard work, time and dedication she had put into Norquay Community Centre over the years. Rita Richard was, and will remain, a true beacon of Norquay Community Centre in this thriving community."

On January 25, 2018, City Council voted to rename the Norquay Community Centre satellite building the Rita Richard Recreation Centre. The centre provides recreation programs and services for the North Point Douglas neighbourhood, including children and youth programming, and a Graffiti Art Program.

For more information on City of Winnipeg recreation facilities, please see City of Winnipeg – Recreation and Leisure.

June 20, 2018