Bell Let’s Talk and Unifor support new Indigenous mental health program in Manitoba
$200,000 donation for Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg
Bell Let’s Talk and Unifor are jointly donating a total of $200,000 to Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre (Ma Mawi) and CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg to support the launch of the Strengthening Wellness Education to Love Life (SWELL) program.
Through SWELL, Ma Mawi and CMHA will provide culturally relevant mental health programs to Indigenous youth and their families. The organizations will partner to deliver the Listening to One Another and Live Life to the Full programs, equipping Indigenous people with focused tools for mental health promotion.
Volunteers and staff from community organizations serving youth will also be trained in Mental Health First Aid for First Nations and safeTALK, and SWELL will engage youth through an annual Indigenous Youth Summit to increase their voice in mental health services.
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata is a community-based service provider focused on helping Indigenous people reclaim their inherent roles as caregivers and teachers. Established in 1984, the Centre includes more than 200 staff and volunteers delivering over 50 programs at 12 sites. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata translates from Ojibway to, “we all work together to help one another.”
Bell Let’s Talk Chair Mary Deacon and Pat Solman, Bell MTS SVP, Network & Field Services, announced the funding in Winnipeg today with representatives from Unifor, Ma Mawi and CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg.