Toward Wicozani – A Healthy Community
The WRENCH’s mission is to create stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, maintaining and fixing bikes, with an emphasis on educating youth. We run many programs related to learning bike repair and all of the bikes we use in our programs are diverted from the waste stream. As a community organization, we believe it is our responsibility to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Many of the participants in The WRENCH’s programs come from an Indigenous background, yet few continue to be involved as ongoing shop volunteers or employees. Clearly The WRENCH also has steps to take to work toward equity and reconciliation. As a participant in Local Investment Toward Employment’s (LITE) Toward Wicozani project, we will focus on addressing Actions 10.iii and 89 by:
- Developing a culturally appropriate curriculum for our Earn-a-Bike program;
- Strengthening our existing relationship with a Northern/Reserve Community by helping to set up a local community bike shop, offering workshops about bike riding and repair, and training a community champion to continue these activities.
- Offering ongoing mentorship for Indigenous youth who have become involved with The WRENCH and have shown a keen interest in staying connected.
- Providing cultural competency training for The WRENCH’s staff and core volunteers.
- Organizing group bike rides highlighting Indigenous history and narratives in our area.
As the cornerstone of Toward Wicozani, The WRENCH has been presented with a star blanket from LITE, made for the project by a local Indigenous artist. This blanket is a symbol of The WRENCH’s commitment to the goals of this project and it will be on display at our satellite location at The Forks – a historic meeting place – for the duration of the summer and fall as an inspiration and a reminder of this commitment. After this period, in the tradition of the star blanket, it will be gifted to a WRENCH supporter who has made meaningful contributions to this project.
Please consider donating to support The WRENCH’s Toward Wicozani project activities. Our goal is to reach $3,000 in the next year and any contribution is helpful! You can designate cheques to “The WRENCH” and give them to the staff on site, or mail them to The WRENCH at 1057 Logan Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 3N8. You can also donate online through our website: www.thewrench.ca/donate. Charitable receipts are available for donations $20 and greater.
For a detailed list of The TRC’s Calls to Action, visit: www.trc.ca
Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) has crafted a program that creates employment opportunities and supports local non-profit organizations. Thank you for choosing The WRENCH as one of the partner organizations!