Reflections on a special year: our partnership with Winnipeg’s “Fearless R2W”

Beginning in 2020, Justice For Indigenous Women campaigned with our first partner organization that is geared to delivering services to adults with needs. 

As Mary Burton from Fearless R2W  (our ‘go-to’ knowledge holder) explains:

“Fearless R2W is a non-profit that serves parents working to reunify with their children and youth aging out of care. We provide opportunities for learning about child welfare in Manitoba, build community and provide advocacy when possible.” 

“The R2W is a postal code in Winnipeg’s North End. This postal code has an alarming rate of child apprehension; confirmed by the Minister of Child & Family Services in 2016 to be at least 1 in 6 children in the neighbourhood in the care of child welfare.”

J4IW raised $10,000.00 as our contribution to the partnership, and as  Mary explained, monies raised , allow us to run our weekly sharing and learning circles“. This includes purchasing and preparing Christmas hampers, honoraria for guest speakers, the purchasing of emergency food for families at risk, “safe rides” to and from the Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre at 510 King Street, and the overhead costs that are entailed when organizing and helping community members at the grassroots level.

J4IW couldn’t be happier to get to know Mary and the work that their staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors are doing to build strong and fearless families. Thank you to Fearless R2W for partnering with us!

Editors note: For more background on the amazing work done by Fearless R2W, check this CBC interview with Mary Burton