By U Multicultural
A Talk Show hosted by Ryan Funk, highlighting native-born and new Canadians’ cultures and experiences.
Everyone has a story to tell. Those who moved to Canada have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that I and many others may never have. This radio show allows people to learn from personal experiences, struggles, backgrounds, and cultures of communities that may not have heard their voices.
Everyone has a story to tell. Those who moved to Canada have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that I and many others may never have. This radio show allows people to learn from personal experiences, struggles, backgrounds, and cultures of communities that may not have heard their voices.
U Talk S2E61: Pride Winnipeg
In 1987 Manitoba passed the Human Rights Code, protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, prompting the official Pride March in Winnipeg. 🏳️🌈 Thirty-five years later, Pride Winnipeg has grown to include communities of diverse sexualities, gender identities, and relationships. Although society has developed tremendously since the first Pride event, we must continue to fight for the rights of all generations to come. https://pridewinnipeg.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 25, 2022
U Talk S2E60: Spirit of Iceland: Poetry and Short Story Contest
You don’t have far to experience the magic and beauty of Iceland, with Gimli host to the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. In anticipation of the festival, a poetry and shorty story contest is held, inviting writers worldwide to showcase their creativity in the written arts. This year’s theme is the Spirit of Iceland. To tell us more is festival board member Angela Collins. https://www.icelandicfestival.com/festival-events/contests/poetry-short-story-contest Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 20, 2022
U Talk S2E59: Mama Bear Clan
Since 2016, a women-led group has been keeping the North Point Douglas community safe through community service, activism, and engagement. The women of Mama Bear Clan have done so much to support their community, donating time and energy to make a difference. Grace Akerstream Laing is the Coordinator for the Mama Bear Clan. Find out what is needed to help improve the conditions of others, create unity, and address systemic challenges those struggling are facing. https://www.npdwc.org/in-the-community.html Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 18, 2022
We Stand Together: Dorothy Visser
Dorothy Visser is a residential school survivor. Almost 83 years old, Dorothy remembers life before residential school and shares what she experienced in the residential school, both good and bad. Dorothy's focus is on healing her communities through Language, culture and faith. If you are a residential school survivor, please, share your story and speak freely with us. Contact U Multicultural at firstname.lastname@example.org. For support or assistance, please reach The Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free at 1 (800) 721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419.
May 17, 2022
U Talk S2E58: Justin Lacroix
Whether performing to an audience, a small group, or himself, Justin Lacroix creates music merging Francophone and Anglophone communities. The importance of supporting our communities, celebrating diversity in music, and tangents on ancient Neolithic instruments and how sounds are made in movies is what you can expect in this episode of U Talk. http://www.justinlacroix.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 13, 2022
U Talk S2E57: Canadian-Cuban Pop Trio Myana
Three talented and accomplished musicians created a new EP, The Walls. Myana draws inspiration from its Cuban and Canadian members' roots in its post-pop sound. Bassist Ernesto, Drummer Roselin, and vocalist/guitarist Nicholas share their story from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. https://www.instagram.com/myanamusic/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 11, 2022
U Talk S2E56: FascinAsian Film Festival
The past few years have seen an explosion of diversity in the film industry—films featuring diverse creators, stories, and cultures. What if I told you there were creators from the Asian diaspora creating movies here in Manitoba? Starting May 13, the FascinAsian Film Festival showcases films in Winnipeg and Calgary made by creators in Manitoba, across Canada, and the United States. https://fascinasian.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 09, 2022
U Talk S2E55: Mental Health Awareness
May 2-8 is Mental Health Week for the Canadian mental Health Association. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness. By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have – or have had – a mental illness. The pandemic has only increased the challenges people face with mental health. There are services and programs available if you or someone you’re close to is struggling, and we have the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba to talk to us about that. http://www.mooddisordersmanitoba.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 04, 2022
U Talk S2E54: Community Helpers Unite Inc.
Incorporated last year to address different needs in the community, Community Helpers Unite has three goals: 1) Open a permitted community kitchen to upcycle food into meals; 2) Deliver free cooking and grocery classes to marginalized groups; 3) Provide volunteer opportunities to those with barriers to employment. Want to volunteer or support? Contact email@example.com. Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
April 29, 2022
U Talk S2E53: Folktoria 5th Anniversary
June is almost here! Not only does it bring the promise of warm weather and sunshine, but cultural festivals. For those in the Greater Victoria area out in B.C or those looking to plan a summer vacation, Folktoria will be taking place from June 4 to 5. Members of Folktoria are ecstatic to hold an in-person multicultural event once again. Even more exciting, it's Folktoria's 5th anniversary. https://www.folktoria.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
April 22, 2022
Opinion: Ukraine Crisis - Yevgeniya Tatarenko
Thursday, February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin invaded the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Ukrainians watch in horror as their friends, family, and culture are ruthlessly attacked. Many Ukrainian-Canadians are doing what they can to support the brave Ukrainians fighting to preserve their way of life. Yevgeniya Tatarenko and many community members have created Help Ukraine: Morden, an organization collecting resources and supplies and shipping them to Ukraine. https://www.facebook.com/groups/helpukrmorden/ This interview was conducted on April 07, 2022.
April 08, 2022
U Talk S2E52: Closing The Gap
A lack of representation is the highest reported barrier to Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour workers’ sense of belonging in the Canadian live music industry. Closing the Gap is a research study led by the Canadian Live Music Association that provides evidence on the nature of inequalities experienced by IBPOC live music workers and actionable policy recommendations to improve representation in the live music industry. https://www.canadianlivemusic.ca/closing-the-gap Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
April 06, 2022
U Talk S2E51: Jennifer Chen
Spring is here, and a lot is happening. Of course, not just the change in weather but community events and initiatives eager to stretch their legs after the long winter. With Covid restrictions continuing to ease, there is a tremendous desire to reconnect. Jennifer Chen is one of those people. She is always dedicated and passionate about giving back to her community. Involved in several non-profit organizations, Jennifer has decided to go one step further, getting into politics. To get involved in Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative: Website: www.wcclimanitoba.ca Email: WCCLI.MB@gmail.com To get involved in Jennifer Chen for Fort Richmond campaign: Email: FortRichmondNDPMB@gmail.com Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
April 01, 2022
U Talk S2E50: Lorraine Whitman
For many years we've seen a lot of pain within the Indigenous community. Murdered and Missing Indigenous women and girls, unclean drinking water, the fight to protect Indigenous land. More recently, the news of children's graves found at residential schools. Native Women's Association of Canada is a voice for many within the Indigenous community. They are doing a lot of good work. Lorraine Whitman is amazing, and it was an absolute pleasure to sit down with her to find out more about the organization and the Indigenous community. https://www.nwac.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
March 30, 2022
U Talk S2E49: Adolfo Cuetara
What was life like before? No matter how much we ponder, it will always be an alien reality to our own, another world. Some things help, and fossils are one of them. A new announcement sheds some light on the mysteries of Manitoba millions of years ago. Tucked away in the city of Morden, the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre has unveiled a nearly complete shark specimen. Executive Director Adolfo Cuetara explains why this discovery is fantastic for science and his community. https://discoverfossils.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
March 25, 2022
U Talk S2E48: Jamaican High Commission in Canada
Everyone knows about Jamaica. Its tropical beaches, Reggae, fantastic food, and memorable people like Bob Marley or Usain Bolt. However, some may not be aware of the Jamaican High Commission in Canada. The High Commissioner is Her Excellency, Sharon J Miller. We sat down to discuss Jamaica's 60th year of Independence and the high Commission's collaboration with Winnipeg organization Pegcity Steppers. http://www.jhcottawa.ca/index.html https://pegcitysteppers.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
March 24, 2022
U Talk S2E47: Pegcity Steppers
A Winnipeg organization is creating an energetic atmosphere and community for people who moved from the Caribbean. Pegcity Steppers is now collaborating with the Jamaican High Commission in Canada to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of Independence. To tell us about the virtual Wellness Seminar and Fitness Challenge that will take place, here’s Shana and Natalya. https://pegcitysteppers.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
March 18, 2022
U Talk S2E46: Trevor Lai
Sometimes creators blow my mind, and Trevor Lai is one of those people. An author, artist and founder of UP Studios, Trevor is an inspiration for pursuing careers through their creativity. http://upstudios.cn/ https://trevorlai.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
March 16, 2022
U Talk S2E45: Winnipeg Real To Reel Film Festival
For movie fans, a festival in Winnipeg connects you with directors and filmmakers to create a community around film. The Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival runs until March 15, with films of all backgrounds to tell stories, bridge cultures and experiences, and enjoy movies. https://www.winnipegfilmfestival.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
March 11, 2022
U Talk S2E44: Winter Fest
A first-of-its-kind festival is taking place in rural Manitoba. Winter Fest, a celebration of the heat of the islands and the cold of the Canadian winter, invites Manitobans for music, camaraderie, and delicious Jamaican food. I checked out the festival's test drive Thursday and spoke with organizer Neville Hamilton and musician JEDIMZ. https://www.iralfest.com/event-details/ https://www.facebook.com/Jedimz360/
March 04, 2022
U Talk S2E43: Di Reggae Grill
Although there are many memorable activities to enjoy during the Canadian winter, one can sometimes miss the warm weather of summer. In Steinbach, Manitoba, a new restaurant can help warm you up with delicious Jamaican food. Neville Hamilton is a busy man. Not only did he create the International Reggae Afro Latin Music & Arts Festival, but he is now the proud owner of the Di Reggae Grill. https://www.direggaegrill.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
March 02, 2022
Opinion: Ukraine Crisis - Bohdana Kornelyuk
Bohdana Kornelyuk immigrated to Canada four years ago to study, pursuing a master's degree. Bohdana now works in Canada. With her family still living in Ukraine, she's had restless nights as the invasion from Russia continues. She now speaks out with thousands of other Ukrainian Canadians for the world's leaders to aid her home country. This interview was conducted on February 25, 2022.
February 25, 2022
U Talk S2E42: Dr. Jared Bullard
What does it take to become a doctor? Of course, the years of diligent study, but also a drive to understand what ails people, and a passion heal the wounded. Dr. Jared Bullard exemplifies those traits. Not only is he a pediatric infectious disease expert, but he is driven to inspire the doctors of tomorrow. Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
February 25, 2022
Opinion: Ukraine Crisis - Dr. Orest & Alexander Cap
Dr. Orest Cap and his brother Alexander share their thoughts and messages from family and friends as Moscow attacks the sovereign borders of Ukraine. Dr. Cap is a professor emeritus from the University of Manitoba and holds a Ph.D. in technical-vocational education, and Alexander the Principal at Holy Cross School. Both have friends and family in Ukraine, some in the eastern region. This interview was conducted on February 24, 2022.
February 24, 2022
U Talk S2E41: ACOMI
ACOMI, African Communities of Manitoba Inc, unites the Winnipeg community through unity and friendship of people of African heritage in Manitoba and understanding between peoples of African heritage and Canadians of all backgrounds. With it being black history month, I wanted to connect with ACOMI to learn about the organization and some of its programs coming in the future. With more, here’s Tolu Ilelaboye. https://africancommunities.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
February 23, 2022
U Talk S2E40: The Dust Rhinos
Last winter, U Multicultural hosted an Ethnic Music Concert Series, inviting artists of all backgrounds to share their music. One of those groups was the Dust Rhinos. This 5-piece Celtic rock group has seen members come and go. The current roster, Ryan Spracklin, Darren Wittmann, Ivanka Wtkin, Dan Cannon, and Blair McEvoy, is a tight-knit group of friends ready to perform traditional airs and reels and jigs and have fun doing it. So let’s meet up with the Dust Rhinos, Manitoba’s premier party band. https://dustrhinos.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
February 22, 2022
U Talk S2E39: Folktoria
As we're looking ahead to spring and summer and COVID restrictions easing in many provinces, many are cautiously optimistic about what the future holds for festivals and cultural events. A group from the Greater Victoria area is in that boat, ready for the possibility of hosting their folk festival this summer. Let's sit down with members of Folktoria to find out about this celebration of diversity and unification. https://www.facebook.com/Folkathome/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
February 16, 2022
U Talk S2E38: Ambassador to Canada Urban Ahlin
Winnipeg got a special visitor this February with a visit from the Swedish Ambassador to Canada, Urban Ahlin. Before Ambassador Urban took a trip on some kicksleds onto the Red River, he shared how Sweden uses these sleds and his experience visiting Ottawa. Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
February 05, 2022
U Talk S2E37: Kicksleds and Winter
I met up with Sonja Lundstrom, President of the Swedish Cultural Association, and Anders Swanson from Winnipeg Trails Association to talk about the highlights of the Swedish Ambassador's visit to Winnipeg. They also share what Canada can learn from Nordic countries, how to enjoy the wonders of winter, and how to better connect to the lands. https://www.winnipegtrails.ca/ https://www.scandinaviancentre.ca/sweden Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
February 04, 2022
Opinion: Ukraine Crisis - Valerii Pasko
Valerii Pasko is a Ukrainian community member in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who immigrated to Canada 11 years ago. An active member of his community, Pasko is a co-publisher of the Ukrainian Winnipeg Magazine. Pasko's parents still live in Ukraine and keep him updated with the situation transpiring on the country's border. This interview was conducted on January 29, 2022.
February 02, 2022
U Talk S2E36: Subjects of Desire
A new award-winning documentary, directed by Jennifer Holness, tackles the often dangerous portrayals of black women in media and the shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing black female aesthetics. Jennifer sat down with me to discuss the film and how we can improve representation in our media. https://subjectsofdesire.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
February 02, 2022
U Talk S2E35: Festival du Voyageur
Once the excitement of Christmas has faded and the new year has come and gone, it doesn't feel like there's much to anticipate until the spring. Luckily, there's the largest winter festival in Western Canada, Festival du Voyageur. Celebrate Voyageur, Métis, and First Nations histories February 18-27 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. https://heho.ca/en/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
January 28, 2022
Opinion: Ukraine Crisis - Dr. Roman Yereniuk
As diplomatic measures are taken between NATO nations and Putin, the people of Ukraine wait in uncertainty about what the future will bring. A retired professor from the Saint Andrews College at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Roman Yereniuk, discusses the history of Ukraine. Its declaration of independence in 1991, and his thoughts on the current crisis the country is facing. This interview was conduction on January 27, 2022.
January 27, 2022
Opinion: Ukraine Crisis - Dr. Orest Cap
Dr. Orest Cap is a professors emeritus from the University of Manitoba and holds a Ph.D. in technical-vocational education. Dr. Cap has been published in various national and international journals and has been involved in several research initiatives with Ukraine. Dr. Cap breaks down how the current crisis in Ukraine has affected its people and the international community. This interview was conducted on January 26, 2022.
January 27, 2022
U Talk S2E34: Mennonite Heritage Archives
When you live in Winnipeg, it may seem like Manitoba is a city province. Once you head past the perimeter, you quickly realize a lot of southern Manitoba is farmland. Let's take a deep dive into one group of early farmers, the Mennonites. We have Conrad from the Mennonite Archives share their history with us. https://www.mharchives.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
January 26, 2022
U Talk S2E33: Dispersion Podcast
Podcasts are a fun way to pass the time. Whether on a long drive or doing chores at home, what you can all learn is excellent. A new podcast by the Zoryan Institute is taking a deep dive into the stories of diaspora, their diverse and shared experiences of living away from, and returning to, their homelands. Host of the Dispersion podcast, Jen Haddow, shares what you can expect from the 6 episode series. https://zoryaninstitute.org/dispersion/#hear-it-here Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
January 21, 2022
U Talk S2E32: Trio Bembe
We’re big fans of music on this program, not only listening to amazing creations but hearing about the stories and people behind them. When you listen to the top 40 hits on the radio or your favourite streaming service, although great in their own way, they can sometimes feel like they’re missing something, the living essence of what music can personify. Latin music is a great example of music as a living entity. Let’s catch up with three musicians who create this genre of living music, Trio Bembe. https://www.amberepp.ca/triobembe Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
January 19, 2022
U Talk S2E31: Onna Lou
Music is transcendent. The swell of an orchestra in the triumphant moments of a hero, bops over the radio and you’re driving in your car, or the lively jumping and smooth soul of jazz in a club, music is incredibly flexible. A person who embodies that magical essence of music is a friend of U Multicultural Onna Lou. https://onnalou.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
January 12, 2022
U Talk S2E30: Community Youth Innovators
If you’re feeling defeated, down, or frustrated with the ongoing pandemic, you’re not the only one. It’s easy to feel disconnected when you’re stuck in your place and can’t go out to do the things you enjoy. A great way to find some connection is through volunteering. Even in this pandemic, there are opportunities for you to give back to your community and find those connections. For individuals 18-29, there is a new opportunity through Volunteer Manitoba to make that difference. https://www.volunteermanitoba.ca/youth-innovators Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
January 07, 2022
U Talk S2E29: SmartStart Injury Prevention
Canada’s winters can be unpredictable. Here in Manitoba, one day, we can have lovely warm sun. The next, it can be blistering cold. Even those who have lived here their whole lives can get caught off-guard. To help inform newcomers of the challenges of winter and settling in a new province, the Canadian Red Cross has the SmartStart Injury Prevention program. SmartStart Injury Prevention Program Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
January 05, 2022
U Talk S2E28: North Point Douglas Women's Centre
I may be a bit biased, but the Winnipeg community is amazing. There’s no better example than Winnipeg’s North End. The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre is a gathering place for that community, with programs designed directly from the needs that the community has identified. Tara Zajac is the Executive Director and shares how things have been going on at the centre. https://www.npdwc.org Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
December 17, 2021
U Talk S2E27: Canadian Kwanzaa Assocaiation
From October to January, there are many observed festivities. Diwali, Dio De Los Muertos, Hanukkah, Christmas, Ōmisoka, and Kwanzaa. I haven’t heard much about Kwanzaa, so I reached out to the Canadian Kwanzaa Association to find out more practice which was established back in the 1960s. Check out their social media: Facebook Instagram Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
December 15, 2021
U Talk S2E26: Christmas Cheer Board
The holidays can be stressful. Whatever your seasonal practices entail visiting family, holiday shopping, and dinners can take a toll. Especially during this ongoing pandemic, many are struggling. That’s where the Winnipeg Christmas Cheer Board comes in, helping out by providing food hampers and gifts for children, and a friendly reminder that there are people out there thinking about you. https://www.christmascheerboard.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
December 08, 2021
U Talk S2E25: Rainbow Resource Centre - Gender Identity
During summer, we have Pride, an event that recognizes the struggles and discrimination of those in the 2SLGBTQ + community and promises to work towards a brighter future. Although there are scatterings of other days throughout the year, it’s essential to have these conversations year-round. Let’s sit down with Bre Giesbrecht from the Rainbow Resource Centre to navigate gender identity, pronouns and share about services available for individuals and families. https://rainbowresourcecentre.org/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
December 03, 2021
U Talk S2E24: Manitoba Muslims
Islam is a faith followed by approximately a quarter of the world’s population and comprises many diverse cultures and ethnicities. It’s unfortunate how we’ve seen so much hate and resentment towards Muslims. With nationalism and misinformation over social media, there has been an increase in Islamophobia during the pandemic. Our guest for U Talk has been heavily involved in the Manitoba Islamic Association and recently published his book Manitoba Muslims: A History of Resiliency and Growth. https://www.miaonline.org/
November 24, 2021
U Talk S2E23: Tarbut - Festival of Jewish Culture
From November 13 - 20, The Rady Jewish Community Centre has been celebrating Tarbut, a Jewish culture festival, through books, movies, and concerts. Here’s Laura, manager of Programming to tell us about Tarbut and invite all to celebrate Jewish culture. Just a reminder, if you are attending any of these events or heading to the centre, you must be double vaccinated to ensure those around you are protected. https://www.radyjcc.com/about-rady-jcc/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
November 19, 2021
U Talk S2E22: Art For Aid
A nationally recognized project is working at putting art supplies into the hands of students in remote communities. We've talked with Colleen Gray from Art For Aid before, but a lot has happened at the project since then. So let's sit down with Colleen again to find out what's going on. https://www.artforaid.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
November 17, 2021
U Talk S2E21: Pembina Threshermen's Museum
Tucked between the cities of Morden and Winkler in rural Manitoba, there’s a place that allows one to escape the present and see the lives of Manitoba’s farming pioneers. Let’s talk to Jake Buhler, Vice-President of the Pembina Threshermen’s museum and learn about the history of 1878. https://www.threshermensmuseum.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
November 10, 2021
U Talk S2E20: Xiya D.
When you think of Thanksgiving what comes to mind? Turkey, stuffing, family gatherings? However, music doesn’t come to mind. One musician is trying to change that. Xiya is from Houston, Texas, and wants to inspire a movement of Thanksgiving music. https://xiyacontent.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
November 05, 2021
U Talk S2E19: Luana Cunha
Luana Cunha is an amazing and talented person. Not only is she a teacher, but she’s also a musician and was the face for Ethno Fest 2021! Let’s sit down with Luana to find out more about her love for literature, music, and her home country of Brazil. https://saraucarioca.wordpress.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
November 03, 2021
U Talk S2E18: Beyond the Perimeter
When you live in Winnipeg, sometimes you can forget what's going on in rural Manitoba. 'Beyond the Perimeter' is an event for just that, letting newcomers know about the opportunities outside of the city. Here's MANSO's Valeria Castellanos and Regional Connections' Steve Reynolds to tell us more about this Virtual event on November 2 and 16. Nov 2: https://bit.ly/3EpHpoJ Nov 16: https://bit.ly/2XUbqgJ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
October 29, 2021
U Talk S2E17: Mex y Can Association of Manitoba
The harvest season and fall have significance for many people and cultures. The end of October signifies Halloween, but it’s also the Dia de Muertos celebration—the Day of the Dead for Mexico. Here’s Alberto, president of the Mexican Association of Manitoba, to teach us about Mexico, the association and, of course, Día de Muertos. https://www.mexycanmb.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
October 27, 2021
U Talk S2E16: Nuit Blanche - A Flamboyance of Flemingos
Called the “White Night,” Nuit Blanche is a free nighttime exploration and celebration of contemporary art that kick-starts Culture Days Manitoba. I thought I had missed it this year, but luckily, the events continue to be held until this Sunday, Oct 24. Did you know a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance? I learned about that from Nicholas Danzinger, another artist at Nuit Blanche. https://nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
October 22, 2021
U Talk S2E15: Nuit Blanche - Luv Lite
Called the “White Night,” Nuit Blanche is a free nighttime exploration and celebration of contemporary art that kick-starts Culture Days Manitoba. I thought I had missed it this year, but luckily, the events continue to be held until this Sunday, Oct 24. Luv Lite is located at 492 Main St and was created by artist Joshua Banman. I got to sit down and chat with Josh about his project, life as an artist and experimental storyteller. https://joshuabanman.com/ https://nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
October 22, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: The Fourth Wave
Dr. Amilla Heendeniya is an Infectious Disease Physician and works at three acute hospitals in Winnipeg. Dr. Heendeniya discusses how COVID-19 has affected us so far, and what we can potentially expect with future waves. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: Benefits of the Vaccination
Dr. Denise Koh discusses the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: Vaccination & Younger Children
Dr. Martinez tackles vaccine rates for more than 12 years old for eligible patients, the hesitation parents had and have, and COVID-19 vaccinations for younger children. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: Ensuring Schools are Low Risk
Dr. Jared Bullard shares his thoughts on what still needs to be done to ensure schools are at low risk of spreading COVID-19. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: Side Effects & Allergens
Doc Talk Manitoba Host Jyoti Kalsi sits down with Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Amila Heendeniya to answer your questions around COVID-19 concerning side effects and allergens. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: Immigration & Foreign Workers
Doc Talk Manitoba Host Jyoti Kalsi sits down with Chief Occupational Medical Officer, Workplace Safety and Health Dr. Denise Koh vaccinations for immigrants and foreign workers. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: The Start of School and Fall
Dr. Eddsel Martinez was born and raised in El Salvador. He and his family immigrated to Canada in the early 1990s and has called Winnipeg his home since. Always drawn to children, he worked as a camp counsellor throughout several summers of his adolescence which cemented his desire for a career working with children. Dr. Martinez talks about the start of school and fall and how it has and will affect children during the pandemic. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: COVID-19 & Children
Dr. Jared Bullard is the Section Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba and Associate Medical Director of Cadham Provincial Laboratory. Dr. Bullard works primarily out of the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. Dr. Bullard talks about COVID-19 and children. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: Myths & Facts
Dr. Amilla Heendeniya is an Infectious Disease Physician and does clinical work, seeing patients with infectious diseases, COVID-19 being one of them. Dr. Heendeniya has been involved with COVID-19 clinical work since the beginning of the pandemic in Manitoba. He sits down with Doc Talk MB host Jyoti Kalsi to discuss the myths and facts surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
Doc Talk Manitoba: Vaccines and the Workplace
Doc Talk Manitoba Host Jyoti Kalsi sits down with Chief Occupational Medical Officer, Workplace Safety and Health Dr. Denise Koh about the workplace and the COVID-19 vaccination. Doc Talk MB: https://u-channel.ca/doc-talk-manitoba/ In partnership with Doctors Manitoba and Alt Hotel, and supported by Protect MB Community Outreach.
October 21, 2021
RAVEN is a registered charity with a mission to raise funds for Indigenous People's access to justice. Another important aspect of RAVEN is increasing awareness of the challenges many Indigenous People and Nations are facing. RAVEN's Executive Director and Co-founder Susan Smitten and I connected a discussed the Campaigns RAVEN is helping raise funds for, new initiatives and projects coming, awareness of social and environmental issues, and RAVEN's stance on the National Day For Truth and Reconciliation. https://raventrust.com/
October 20, 2021
U Talk S2E13: IWS Network Manitoba
The STEM fields are incredibly skill demanding, and you want the most qualified people in those jobs. However, due to many social and systemic issues, it can be challenging for women to find employment within these areas. More so for immigrant or international women. Immigrant and international women in Science network is a non-profit organization to help connect women to jobs, increase awareness, and of course, network. Over the summer, an IWS Network Manitoba Chapter was created, and I talked to the two women behind establishing it. https://www.iwsnetwork.ca/manitoba/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
October 08, 2021
U Talk S2E12: 'Segun Olude
A designer, educator, story crafter, and photography enthusiast, 'Segun Olude is a man of many hats, but his primary focus is graphic design. Having been in the industry for many years, and has a profound understanding of the artistic world. We discuss art, teaching, and social issues in this episode of U Talk. http://www.segunolude.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
October 01, 2021
U Talk S2E11: Andrew Johnson
Radio is an intense industry. Although new technology and new ways of sharing media have become available, radio is still going strong. Andrew Johnson is the Station Manager for 106.5 Elmnt FM Toronto and has been in the industry for 13 years. Andrew and I sat down to talk about radio and our own experiences working behind the mic. 106.5 Elmnt FM Toronto Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
September 28, 2021
U Talk S2E10: 94in94
To raise awareness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, a collaboration between Reconciliation Thunder and Circles for Reconciliation launched the 94in94 Campaign. I sat down with Jimmy Thunder, Raymond Currie, and Grace Shedler to learn more about this social media campaign and what reconciliation looks like? Reconciliation Thunder Circles for Reconciliation Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
September 16, 2021
U Talk S2E9: 2021 Federal Election
Monday, September 20, Canadians head to the polls to vote in their 2021 Federal Election. Voting can be challenging to navigate, and you want to make sure your voice is being represented. Marie-France Kenny is the Regional Media Advisor for Elections Canada. Kenny provides the information you need when you cast your ballot. Questions about voting? Photo provided by Elections Canada. Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
September 14, 2021
U Talk S2E8: Emergence: Out of the Shadows
Sher Films is a division of the Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society in British Colombia that creates short and feature-length documentaries on many social issues. Although the pandemic has caused many delays, its latest film, Emergence out of the Shadows, is premiering at film festivals. I called up the producer and the director to talk about the film and, most importantly, the message that you are not alone. Emergence: Out of the Shadows website/trailer. Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
August 26, 2021
U Talk S2E7: Don Amero
Don Amero is a storyteller, singer-songwriter, performer, and three-time JUNO Award nominee. As an individual of Cree and Metis heritage, Don has been recognized for his advocacy work within Indigenous communities and beyond. Don and I talked about music, community, and the role of public figures in discussions on important topics. https://donamero.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
August 19, 2021
U Talk S2E6: GerryFest 2021
GerryFest is a festival dedicated to the life and work of Gerry Atwell. Starting Friday, August 13 to Sunday, August 15, mentees from the Raising New Voices mentorship program will perform along with other musicians and exhibit their visual works in the gallery at the St. Norbert Arts Centre. The Festival will also be recorded and produced. Judy Williams, sister of Gerry, sat down with me to talk about the Festival, Gerry’s legacy, and an endowment fund fostering young artists. A shoutout to two other members of the GerryFest team, Co-chair Louise May and Artistic Director Brendan Kinley, as your support makes this event possible. https://www.snac.mb.ca/happenings/gerryfest Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
August 12, 2021
U Talk S2E5: Femke Holwerda, Ph.D.
Life on earth is unbelievable. There have been 1.2 million species that have been described on this planet and an untold number that once lived here. It's up to dedicated scientists and students who spend their careers seeking to learn more about life millions of years ago. Dr. Femke Holwerda is one such scientist. As the Dr. Elizabeth Nicholls Postdoctoral Fellow at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, she studies the diet of mosasaurs from the Bearpaw Formation in southern Alberta. Want to learn more about Dr. Femke and her work? Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
August 06, 2021
U Talk S2E4: Preventing Tickborne Illness
Camping, hiking, and nature exploration continue as people enjoy the latter half of summer before the Canadian fall kicks in and the dreaded winter. Spending as much outdoor time as possible, people may not be thinking about ticks as the height of summer passes. However, according to Associate Professor - Veterinary Entomology at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Kateryn Rochon, it's essential to keep close attention until there is snow on the ground. Dr. Kateryn walks us through the various ticks we can find here in Canada, how to identify them, and the best practices to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases. Landscape tips: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/factsheets/landscapetips.pdf Tick bite prevention, check, and removal: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/docs/tick_pcr_postcard.pdf Tick hiding spots on your body: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/publications/diseases-conditions/top-10-tick-hiding-spots-body-poster/ENG_Lyme-Disease-Poster-Top.pdf Tick-borne diseases & children: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/docs/tbd_children.pdf Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
August 04, 2021
U Talk S2E3: Swedish Cultural Association of Manitoba
The Scandinavian Cultural Centre of Winnipeg is a volunteer-driven organization, with members joining clubs of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Sonja Lundstrom is the President of the Swedish Cultural Association of Manitoba. We talked about some exciting news at the centre, including info about their new mural. https://www.scandinaviancentre.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
July 30, 2021
U Talk S2E2: Indigenous Eats
Food is a key part of culture. The Brandon Friendship Centre developed a pilot project to create a food truck to help introduce Canadians to Indigenous cuisine and culture. I got to sit down with Indigenous Eats manager Darian Kennedy about this project, building community collaboratively, and the delicious food you can get at Indigenous Eats. Indigenous Eats BFC Brandon MB Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
July 28, 2021
U Talk S2E1: Folklorama
August 6 – 8 Folklorama Fusion, the one unified virtual experience, is taking place. The one Multi-cultural Fusion event is the first time the ethnocultural member communities that make up the pavilions will virtually showcase their heritage. Here’s Executive Director Teresa Cotroneo to tell us more about this virtual festival and the history of Folklorama. https://folklorama.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
July 23, 2021
U Talk Ep 56 - Cameron Robertson
Cameron Robertson is a Cree speaker who values all indigenous languages. His goals are to teach his culture's words and language through the human spirit of storytelling. Before he was eight, he lived with his grandfather, a trapper, near Norway House. We talked about Cam's dream to bring back his language, community, media and how he became a writer.
July 21, 2021
U Talk Ep 55 - Lisa Muswagon & Hellnback
Lisa Muswagon is a Nakoda Cree member of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation, also known as Cross Lake in Northern Manitoba. She was raised in the north, the Interlake Region and Winnipeg and went back to her home community to complete high school. Receiving a hand drum from her father when she was young, she has been performing ever since. Hellnback is also known as Karmen Omeasoo and is from the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta. The community is part of the hub of Maskwacis Cree Nation south of Edmonton. A veteran in the native hip-hop industry, Omeasoo has come a long way. Hellnback first gained international recognition as a founding member of the groundbreaking group War Party. I had the opportunity to chat with both Lisa and Karmen about music, culture, and Karmen’s Kidney journey. NEW SINGLE "Enipoyak - to stand together”
July 20, 2021
A Vigil For Jaden Oman
On Sunday, July 4, 17-year-old Jaden Charles John Oman was murdered in an assault, allegedly at the hands of his best friend. Jaden was rushed to hospital early that Sunday morning but succumbed to his injuries five days before his 18th birthday and dreams of going to school. Family and friends gathered in front of an Assiniboine Avenue apartment building near Hargrave Street, where Jaden Oman was killed, to hold a candle vigil in his honour, to mourn together and cherish his life. Jaden was later brought to Churchill to be buried by his sister.
July 14, 2021
U Talk Ep 54 - Dr. Cody Lo
I believe science is one of the coolest things ever, and it's incredibly inspiring to see people enter STEM fields. However, there can often be a challenge for the general public to interpret and understand the in-depth work scientists go through. Dr. Cody Lo is an Ophthalmology Resident Physician at The Ottawa Hospital. Cody obtained his Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Bachelor's of Science (BSc), majoring in Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and graduated as a Wesbrook scholar. Cody and I discuss his passion for scientific research, advocating against health inequities, and helping mentor the next generation of leaders in his community. Want to learn more about Dr. Lo and his work? https://linktr.ee/codylomd
July 14, 2021
U Talk Ep 53 - Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign
In Canada, 94% of Kinesiology and Physical Education university faculties are white. As of September 2020, only 5.7% of NHL players identified as Indigenous, Black, or part of a Racialized community. How can sports be an equal playing field when we see statistics like this. The Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign seeks to increase, promote, and engage in discussions on anti-racism in sport about the presence of all levels of racism in sport in Winnipeg. It also looks at the impact of racism on people’s lives, raises awareness, addresses, and eliminates racism and discrimination experienced by First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Black, Racialized, and Religious Minority communities in sport. https://antiracisminsport.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
July 09, 2021
U Talk Ep 52 - Blanket Invitation for Reconciliation
With what we’ve been seeing about residential schools, understanding and acknowledging the pain of Indigenous communities is more critical than ever. Manitoba 150 has announced partnerships to deliver Blanket Exercises for 50 acts of reconciliation. I talked with Sky Bridges, a board member of Manitoba 150, about how people can get involved and discuss diversity and reconciliation. Find out more here. Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
July 07, 2021
We Stand Together: Every Child Matters Walk
It feels immoral to celebrate and have fireworks when a majority of your neighbours are holding a funeral for 1,323 undocumented First Nation's children, especially when the numbers of these horrific discoveries continue to climb rapidly. July 1, on Portage & Main at 1 pm, three individuals are inviting the Winnipeg community not to celebrate the country that tried to remove its Indigenous People but to join together for an Every Child Matters Walk. The mission is to increase awareness of what has and is happening to Indigenous communities and identify the children buried at residential schools, bringing them home, and giving a safe space for survivors. Their truths deserve to be amplified and validated after being silenced for so long. Find out more: https://fb.me/e/1CEYPjvKf
June 30, 2021
U Talk Ep 51 - North Point Douglas Women's Centre
For those who don’t live there, Winnipeg Manitoba’s North End often has a rough reputation. However, For Tara Zajac, there’s no place she’d rather be. She knows her neighbours, those in the community care for their own, and she loves how the region almost feels like a small town. Tara is the Executive Director of North Point Douglas Women’s Centre and shares their work in the community and the amazing people living there. Visit their website to donate to their Great Canadian Giving Challenge or contribute to the endowment fund. However, the best thing you can give is your time and volunteer. https://www.npdwc.org/ https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/north-point-douglas-womens-centre-inc/?sm=1 https://www.npdwc.org/endowment-fund.html Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
June 29, 2021
We Stand Together: Vivian Ketchum
Warning: This post contains details some readers may find distressing. Vivian Ketchum is a residential school survivor and has healed enough to share her story. With the news of the 751 discovery of 751 unmarked graves near a former Saskatchewan residential school, awareness of this institution needs to continue to ensure these stories are not forgotten. U Multicultural is sharing the stories of Indigenous people as a part of the "We Stand Together" initiative for residential schools awareness. If you are a residential school survivor, please, share your story and speak freely with us. Contact U Multicultural at firstname.lastname@example.org. For support or assistance, please contact The Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free 1 (800) 721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419.
June 25, 2021
U Talk Ep 50 - International Reggae Afro Latin Music & Arts Festival
Although COVID-19 has caused uncertainty about events and festivals, the International Reggae Afro Latin Music & Arts Festival has decided to transition to a virtual live performance instead of cancelling its event. Created to be the catalyst to express the underrepresented talents on a professional platform, the entire event is an opportunity for people to unite. Here is CEO & Founder Neville Hamilton and musician Jayda Charisse to share about this incredible festival and the importance of highlighting culture in music. The IRAL Virtual Party takes place Saturday, July 10, 7:30 PM CST. https://www.iralfest.com/ https://www.jaydacharisse.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
June 23, 2021
U Talk Ep 49 - Run for Women
COVID-19 has been a drain on everyone’s mental health. But women are facing higher rates of mental health issues than men. Over the past year, there has been an increase in women in Manitoba reach out for support. On July 4 – July 11, 2021, the 9th annual Run for Women will be held as a virtual event. Rita Chahal and Eileen McDonald of Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba go in-depth about this shared movement supporting women’s mental health. http://www.mooddisordersmanitoba.ca/events/love-you-run/ https://www.runforwomen.ca/Cities/Winnipeg.aspx Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
June 11, 2021
U Talk Ep 48 - Seven Sacred Laws, Erica Daniels
An exciting project was released in English, French and Anishinaabe of animated vignettes that carry the lessons of the Seven Sacred Laws. U Multicultural talked with Elder Dr. David Courchene and Executive Producer of Kejic Productions Erica Daniels about this amazing project. Although this project was the vision of Dr. Courchene, it takes a creative mind to take that vision and visualize it into a reality. Erica Daniels walks us through her journey into media, telling Indigenous stories, and her involvement in creating the Seven Sacred Laws vignettes. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTurtleLodgeCanada https://www.kejicproductions.com/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
June 09, 2021
U Talk Ep 47 - Seven Sacred Laws, Elder Dr. David Courchene
An exciting project was released in English, French and Anishinaabe of animated vignettes that carry the lessons of the Seven Sacred Laws. U Multicultural talked with Elder Dr. David Courchene and Executive Producer of Kejic Productions Erica Daniels about this amazing project. Dr. Courchene is a respected Elder who has devoted himself to learning the knowledge and traditions of Indigenous people. He says The true identity of the First Peoples is reflected in a foundation of laws and values we know as the Seven Sacred Laws.” https://www.turtlelodge.org/ https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTurtleLodgeCanada Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
June 09, 2021
We Stand Together: Elder Dr. David Courchene
On May 27, the First Nations community was shaken when the remains of 215 First Nations children were found in unmarked graves on what was once a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Some of the children were as young as three years old. These are the voices of our First Nations pained by the loss, frustrated by systemic racism and oppression, and the stories of survivors who lived through horrific conditions at these schools. The news of these lost children pained Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man), Elder Dr. David Courchene of The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness in Sagkeeng First Nation. He now turns his thoughts to today's and tomorrow's children and asking what sort of world will we leave for them. A helpline for residential school survivors can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
June 07, 2021
We Stand Together: Ray (Coco) Stevenson
On May 27, the First Nations community was shaken when the remains of 215 First Nations children were found in unmarked graves on what was once a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Some of the children were as young as three years old. These are the voices of our First Nations pained by the loss, frustrated by systemic racism and oppression, and the stories of survivors who lived through horrific conditions at these schools. Ray (Coco) Stevenson is a well-known traditional singer and drummer from Manitoba. Ray shared his thoughts and feeling upon hearing the news of the 215 children and the devastating effect Residential Schools had on survivors living in Winnipeg. A helpline for residential school survivors can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
June 04, 2021
We Stand Together: Gerry (Gramma) Shingoose
On May 27, the First Nations community was shaken when the remains of 215 First Nations children were found in unmarked graves on what was once a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Some of the children were as young as three years old. These are the voices of our First Nations pained by the loss, frustrated by systemic racism and oppression, and the stories of survivors who lived through horrific conditions at these schools. Gerry (Gramma) Shingoose is a residential school survivor attending Muscowequan Residential School from 1962 to 1971. Gramma Shingoose shares her thoughts on the 215 children found and her traumatic experiences, which were residential school. A helpline for residential school survivors can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
June 03, 2021
We Stand Together: Alayh McIvor
On May 27, the First Nations community was shaken when the remains of 215 First Nations children were found in unmarked graves on what was once a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Some of the children were as young as three years old. These are the voices of our First Nations pained by the loss, frustrated by systemic racism and oppression, and the stories of survivors who lived through horrific conditions at these schools. Since Sunday, May 30, Manitoba's First Nations members have been holding a four-day ceremony in front of Manitoba's Legislative building, honouring the lives of the 215 children who were found and honouring the survivors for their truths resiliency, and stories. Organizer Alayh McIvor shares her thoughts and feelings on this haunting news. A helpline for residential school survivors can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
June 02, 2021
U Talk Ep 46 - Random Acts of Green
Released May 2021. In our ever-changing world, we continue to see the impact humanity has had on our ecosystems, wildlife, and the planet. But there are things we can do to make a difference and reduce our carbon footprint. I had the opportunity to chat with Jessica Correa, CEO of Random Acts of Green. She shares how easy and fun it can be to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, build a green community, and having conversations around environmentalism. Wanting to learn more about Random Acts of Green? Visit their website and join their community to create change. https://raog.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 28, 2021
U Talk Ep 45 - Opportunities for Employment
Released May 2021. Finding a job can be a challenge, even more so during a pandemic. When you constantly look for a job but can't find anything, it can be incredibly disheartening. That's where Opportunities for Employment can help. Lisandra Lopez is a Facilitator & Employment Consultant; at OFE. She took time out of her busy day to talk about how OFE can help job seekers and employers to create long-term, sustainable matches and grow Winnipeg's labour market. https://ofe.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 26, 2021
U Talk Ep 44 - Immigrant And International Women In Science Network
Released May 2021. Several months ago, we talked with Sweta Rajan with Immigrant and International Women in Science Network, a non-for-profit group born out of similar but independent ideas from women who saw the need to provide support and mentorship for fellow immigrant and international women in the STEM fields. Since our initial conversation, the IWS network has hosted several events with plans for many more in the future. IWS Website: https://www.iwsnetwork.ca/ IWS May 2021 Event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bring-out-the-leader-in-you-iws-tickets-152049053813 IWS YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmyGrO5Pmd-k_E5CBfEq3GQ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 19, 2021
U Talk Ep 43 - Dr. Joss Reimer, COVID-19 Vaccination
Released May 2021. Dr. Joss Reimer, Medical lead and official spokesperson for Manitoba Government's COVID-19 vaccine taskforce and Medical Officer of Health for Manitoba Health and Seniors Care, spoke at an online town hall organized by The Newcomer Vaccine Awareness Working Group. She breaks down the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out and eligibility, debunks COVID-19 vaccination myths, and answers questions from various newcomers and newcomer organizations. Call to make a vaccine appointment: 1-844-626-8222 Click to book an appointment online: https://protectmb.ca/making-your-appointment-is-easy/ COVID-19 resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QL_6Ioqs79b0B5N9Fw-GMyKik3QuN9TBx4TMds67CE8/edit#heading=h.2p71ugl7xy0u
May 14, 2021
U Talk Ep 42 - Nursing Week
Released May 2021. A Winnipeg organization is working with the community to show their love and support for Winnipeg's Nurses and front-line health care workers, who have experienced the trauma and pressure of caring for the sick during three waves of the virus. Jennifer Chen, President of Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative, shares about the week of community-driven events to salute our dedicated nurses and health care workers at Health Sciences Centre, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) during Nursing Week. https://www.facebook.com/WCCLIManitoba Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 12, 2021
U Talk Ep 41 - Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Released May 2021. We can learn a lot from the past, take historical teachings and lessons, and apply them to modern life. Rena Sector Elbaze is the Director of Engagement and Education at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, the largest conservative synagogue in Winnipeg and potentially Western Canada. She looks over, helping people get involved in Synagogue life or lessons for those not connected to Judaism. Interested in learning more about Congregation Shaarey Zedek and taking part in some lessons, visit their website at https://www.szwinnipeg.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 40 - Marco Castillo
Released May 2021. What is music? What is it about sound waves played in a specific order, pitch, and tempo, that causes an emotional reaction in a person, and what is it that drives someone to pursue it as a career? Marco Castillo is a Brazilian-Canadian musician and songwriter based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Entranced by music since he was a child, Marco has a passion for creating and performing and teaching. http://www.marcocastillo.ca/ Intro and outro music: Mind Games - Mathew Mcguire.
May 05, 2021
U Talk Ep 39 - Morden Immigraiton
Released April 2021. The process of moving to a new country can be incredibly confusing. For those looking to come to Canada and are looking to move to a smaller city in the countryside, the Morden Immigration program can help. Known for its MPNP Skilled Worker Support Program, Morden Immigration has been recognized for its program. Shelly Voth is the Immigration Coordinator and walks us through the program and why moving to Morden is an excellent opportunity for newcomers.
April 30, 2021
U Talk Ep 38 - Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative
Released April 2021. On March 27, A stop Asian Hate Rally took place here in Winnipeg. I spoke with Jennifer Chen and Ting Fang from the Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative about the rally and the organization. As a women’s organization, WCCLI is a community where women of colour’s unique experiences, leadership, and contributions are valued and celebrated to empower women and create positive change. They oppose racism, sexism, and gender-based violence. Their goals are to foster and promote equality, opportunity, leadership, access to services, and inclusion through unique grassroots programs designed by women of colour and encourage civic engagement. https://www.facebook.com/WCCLIManitoba/ Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 28, 2021
U Talk Ep 37 - Festival du Voyageur
Released April 2021. Festival du Voyageur is a highlight in the Manitoban winter. Although people couldn't attend in person and celebrate with others in large crowds, the festival did host online programming this year. Darrel Nadeau is Executive Director, which means he oversees the organization year-round and with ten full-time staff. I asked Darrel how this year's event went, French Canadian culture and what people can look forward to next year. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 23, 2021
U Talk Ep 36 - RAVEN
Released April 2021. In Canada, we often hear politicians and individuals talking about reconciliation, but what does that really mean. According to RAVEN, a registered charity, reconciliation needs to recognize the land our indigenous nations have been living on for centuries and recognize their rights. Susan Smitten tells us more about RAVEN and their mission to raise funds for Indigenous People's access to justice. Want to check out RAVEN's funds, projects, and ongoing mission? https://raventrust.com/ Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 21, 2021
U Talk Ep 35 - Art for Aid
Released April 2021. Art has been an integral part of civilization since humanity's genesis share massive epics of heroes, capturing the essence of life around us or telling a story about our world or personal journey. However, if some don’t have access to the supplies or resources they need, we may never see the world’s next great prodigies. Art for Aid is a not-for-profit organization that does just that, put art supplies in the hands of those who have none. Colleen Gray is both an artist and the founder of Art For Aid. She discusses the importance of sending resources to remote schools in indigenous communities. https://www.artforaid.ca/ Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 16, 2021
U Talk Ep 34 - Tolani Olanrewaju
Released April 2021. Secondary School can be a challenge, finding your work-life balance, staying focused on your studies. But it’s also an exciting experience, learning new things and meeting people from all over the world. Tolani is pursuing a STEM career and was recently elected as the International Student's representative for the upcoming school year at the University of Manitoba. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 14, 2021
U Talk Ep 33 - Lifesaving Society Manitoba
Released April 2021. Moving to Canada can be an exciting experience, and there are numerous elements that one needs to learn when settling in their new home. One thing people may not realize is essential when moving is water safety. Canada has many sources of open water, with some provinces experiencing severe flooding during spring. Dr. Christopher Love is the Water Smart® & Safety Management Coordinator for Lifesaving Society Manitoba. Their mandate is to educate on safe water practices and reduce the number of fatal drownings. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 08, 2021
U Talk Ep 32 - Canadian Museum For Human Rights
Released April 2021. Over the pandemic's duration, we've seen multiple human rights violations. Discrimination and racism have surfaced, but many communities have come together to stand against hatred. There was the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd's death, rallies have begun to stand against the increase of anti-Asian racism. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights tells the stories of human tragedy and triumph, bringing the conversation of humanity's rights to the forefront. Maureen Fitzhenry is the media relations person at the museum. We discuss how they dealt with COVID-19 restrictions and the importance of uniting communities and speaking out against injustice. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 06, 2021
U Talk Ep 31 - Stopping Anti-Asian Racism
Released March 2021. With the ongoing pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in racism and hate crimes against Asians. Since the onset of COVID-19 during 2019 and 2020, over 600 anti-Asian racism incidents were reported to the elimin8hate.org and covidracisim.ca. On March 27, a Stop Asian Hate Rally took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, organized by the Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative Manitoba and Manitoba Chinese Family Centre. I spoke with Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba board member Jié Yang about the rally and the increase in anti-Asian racism. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
April 01, 2021
U Talk Ep 30 - Lambert Wilson
Released March 2021. Science, technology, and match are miraculous tools, and many who enter the field of STEM are driven to figure out how our universe works. Lambert Wilson is a Research And Teaching Assistant at The University of Winnipeg and has studied in Ghana, Italy, and Canada. Lambert is a Strong professional with a Master's degree focused on Molecular Diagnostics and Biotechnology. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society.
March 26, 2021
U Talk Ep 29 - Gloria Makafui Dovoh
Released March 2021. Schooling in different countries can have diverse experiences, with drastically different teaching principles. Studying in both Ghana and Canada, Gloria Makafui Dovoh has an in-depth perspective from both countries and has utilized that knowledge in her studies. She is an Experienced Outreach Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the civic & social organization industry. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 23, 2021
U Talk Ep 28 - Monika Feist
Released March 2021. A little good added to the world can go a long way. Monika Feist has dedicated her life to helping others. Monika’s life's passion and activities have been a recognized workforce development advocate and change leader for equity and employment access issues regarding immigrants, women, other abled individuals, indigenous peoples, and youth. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 18, 2021
U Talk Ep 27 - Wab Kinew
Released March 2021. You don’t have to hide your background or culture to succeed, as they can be valuable tools in giving a new perspective and outlook on situations. For the Manitoba New Democratic Party leader, Wab Kinew, his experiences and indigenous background are strengths. Before his political career, Kinew was a writer, journalist and even dabbled in music. He feels incredibly blessed and honoured for his current role as the representative of Fort Rouge. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 17, 2021
U Talk Ep 26 - Yevgeniya Tatarenko
Released March 2021. It is never a bad idea to diversify yourself through your passions, hobbies, or career. Yevgeniya Tatarenko is one of those individuals who could be considered a jack of all trades, always excited to add another feather into her cap. Starting a Ukrainian School in Morden, Manitoba, teaching fire dance, marketing, journalism, and history passions, Yevgeniya is always on the move. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 12, 2021
U Talk Ep 25 - Paola Saad
Released March 2021. Merchandise trade between Canada and Brazil totalled $7.7 billion in 2019. With so much money involved, many work to establish the connections between businesses in Canada and Brazil. Paola Saad is one of those individuals. A member of the Brazilian community herself, Paola travels between her office in Toronto and Brazil to establish these partnerships and help government organizations along the way. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 11, 2021
U Talk Ep 24 - Virgil Hilario
Released March 2021. If you identify as part of the, LGBTQ+ community it can be incredibly nerve-wracking when expressing who you are to society. The decision to come out of the closet can be even more challenging if your coming out may not be accepted by your family or community. Pinoy Pride Vancouver is a Social and Support Group for the Filipino-Canadian LGBTQ+ community, their families, friends and supporters. They work with a community steeped in traditional values towards understanding and acceptance. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 05, 2021
U Talk Ep 23 - Alex Sangha
Released March. 2021. What is our purpose in life? For many, including myself, we go years without finding what we’re passionate about and what we wish to bring into the world. For Alex Sangha, he knew he wanted to help others, either through social work, writing, or directing through Sher Films Coming out later this year, Sher Films' Emergence, Out of the Shadows, explores the taboo topic of being gay and lesbian in the South Asian community of Metro Vancouver and abroad. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 03, 2021
U Talk Ep 22 - Jamie Banias
Released February 2021. There’s a vast amount of information that one needs when immigrating to Canada. However, through all the information around banking, getting a job, a learning English, information on our indigenous population is light. That’s where Jamie Banias comes in. As the Indigenous Engagement Coordinator at Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, she and others work at improving knowledge and awareness of our indigenous peoples to newcomers. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
March 03, 2021
U Talk Ep 21 - Leslie Wilder
Released February 23, 2021 As technology develops the world is becoming more interconnected, and business is becoming increasingly international dependent. There is no better source to learn from those pursuing education in international business than Leslie Wilder, who has both the knowledge and experience. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
February 23, 2021
U Talk Ep 20 - Casimiro Nhussi
"U Talk Ep 20 - Casimiro Nhussi." Released February 2021 Our culture is in everything we do. It influences our foods, music, and our dancing. Casimiro Nhussi embraces that principle but gives it a personal flair. Musician, choreographer, and artistic director of Nafro Dance Productions, Casimiro is heavily involved in art and has been since he was a young boy. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
February 18, 2021
U Talk Ep 19 - Sharan Tappia
"U Talk Ep 19 - Sharan Tappia." Released February 2021 To recognize what women do in society and for each of us, each day was why Asian Women in Winnipeg was started. Sharan Tappia is one of the founding members. She shares a little about her life and how her experiences led her to help create the organization. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
February 16, 2021
U Talk Ep 18 - Keisha Paul
"U Talk Ep 18 - Keisha Paul." Released February 2021 International business is fascinating, working with others to overcome cultural and language barriers to achieve success. Keisha Paul seems to have figured out the code. Owner of Keisha R. Paul Consulting, and has worked in countries around the world. Keisha knows the value of formal education and practical experience. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
February 11, 2021
U Talk Ep 17 - Xavier Mutshipayi
"U Talk Ep 17 - Xavier Mutshipayi." Released February 2021 Xavier Nkunda Mutshipayi is a painter living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who shares his journey moving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, his inspirations, and some of his secrets to finding success as an artist. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society,
February 10, 2021
U Talk Ep 16 - John Allan
U Talk Ep 16 - "John Allan." Released January 2021 For new Canadians wanting to learn settlement skills or English, learning from home has many challenges, including a quiet space to focus or a lack of technology. John Allan is a Trainer, educator, writer, presenter. A dedicated education specialist with diverse experience-driven to learn, teach and innovate. John touches on the shift to online learning during the pandemic and services for educators and students. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
February 03, 2021
U Talk Ep 15 - Ally Nazarie Gonzalo
"U Talk Ep 15 - Ally Nazarie Gonzalo." Released January 2021 Representation in media is important. However, many people never get to see someone like themselves in movies, magazines, or on the Internet. When people of colour or other minority groups are showcased in media it’s often in the form of tokenism. Ally Nazarie Gonzalo, an immigrant from the Philippines and a member of the FillipnX community, wanted to change that through his photography. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
January 27, 2021
U Talk Ep 14 - Tatjana Brkic
"U Talk Ep 14 - Tatjana Brkic." Released January 2021 Tatjana Brkic has an impressive resume, say the least, Mentor HEC Paris, Consultant UNEP, Red River Applied Business Research & International Business Faculty, and Participant TEDx Active. She also helped create Square Metre for Peace, an inspirer and facilitator of a grassroots movement working together for positive peace locally, nationally and internationally. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
January 22, 2021
U Talk Ep 13 - Taiwo Luro
"U Talk Ep 13 - Taiwo Luro." Released January 2021 Taiwo Luro is a massive proprietor of technology and believes if you don't get on board with it, you'll fall behind. A Career Consultant/E-Learning Specialist, Taiwo has applied his personal and professional experiences to help newcomers find and succeed in their careers. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
January 14, 2021
U Talk Ep 12 - Kelly Bado
"U Talk Ep 12 - Kelly Bado." Released January 2021 Music has always been a part of bilingual singer-songwriter Kelly Bado's life. She combines her African heritage, la chanson française, and American gospel to create a unique sound. Coming from West Africa, she never expected her style would come across as enjoyable here in Canada. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 11 - Andrew Unger
"U Talk Ep 11 - Andrew Unger." Released December 2020 What is a Mennonite? Andrew Unger is the creator of The Daily Bonnet, a satirical website that breaks down Mennonite culture and life. He recently had a book published, called “Once removed, a humorous book about Mennonites which explores the real costs of "progress." Andrew shares The Plautdietsch Code: Knacking the Mystery of Mennonites. (A little bit of Mennonite wordplay.) Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 10 - Jewel White
"U Talk Ep 10 - Jewel White." Released December 2020. Manitoba has a flourishing Filipino Community, and a region that has seen significant growth in that community is the Pembina Valley, a rural region south of Winnipeg. Jewel Miralles White is part of the Morden Filipino community and is a licensed veterinarian. Although her license wasn’t recognized when she first moved, she was dedicated to continuing practicing here in Canada, following through on exams and state boards. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 9 - Rena Elbaze
"U Talk Ep 9 - Rena Elbaze." Released December 2020. Winnipeg and Manitoba have a vibrant Jewish community and have been home to many since the mid-1870s. This year, the oldest synagogue in Winnipeg, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Rena Secter Elbaze is the Director of Engagement and Education, a new position since 2016. Music: Sergey Borovkov - Space Battlestar Galaxy by Tunguska Electronic Music Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 8 - Miguel Hernandez
"U Talk Ep 8 - Miguel Hernandez." Released December 2020. How do you succeed in the media industry? Well Miguel Hernandez, seems to have cracked that code. Miguel has been heavily involved in media, working for video productions both in front and behind the camera. He has also been involved in animation. Miguel has been passionately sharing his experiences for media creating tutorials on the Grumo Media YouTube Channel on how people can make a living teaching online. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 7 - Elton Hubner
"U Talk Ep 7 - Elton Hubner." Released December 2020. Elton Hubner is a journalist, photographer, owner of Eyes Multimedia, and now an award-winning filmmaker with his passion project, The Fit Generation. Born in Brazil to European immigrants, Elton has visited dozens of countries and has lived in Canada for the past ten years. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 6 - Laura Castillo
"U Talk Ep 6 - Laura Castillo." Released December 2020. Laura Castillo was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her parents were political refugees who fled the dictatorship in Chile. Laura's family would then move back to Chile when she was 12. The experiences of her parents and her own living in Chile inspired Laura to dedicate herself to teaching. She is an EAL/ESL teacher and launched online classes through BRIDGES English Language School. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 5 - Sweta Rajan
"U Talk Ep 5 - Sweta Rajan." Released November 2020. Work can have its ups and downs, but many immigrants may experience unfair biases and microaggressions from colleagues or employers beyond cultural and language barriers. That's what Sweta Rajan experienced when working in the United States. After moving to Canada and into more senior roles at businesses, she created spaces where diverse voices are valued equally. She would later work with other immigrant women to make the organization Immigrant and International Women in Science. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 4 - Sadudee and Janfong Sae-Phan
"U Talk Ep 4 - Sadudee and Janfong Sae-Phan." Released November 2020. Sadudee and Janfong Sae-Phan moved from Thailand to Canada, searching for a new life and opening a Thai restaurant. That journey would separate them for three years, as Janfong worked abroad, creating the avenue for her family to come over. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 3 - Sonja Lundstrom
"U Talk Ep 3 - Sonja Lundstrom." Released November 2020. The Scandinavian Cultural Centre of Winnipeg is a volunteer-driven organization, with members joining clubs of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. I had the wonderful opportunity to connect with Sonja Lundstrom, President of the SWEDISH CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA. I asked her about connect to a culture an ocean away, community, family, and Nordic traditions. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 2 - Adolfo Cuetara
"U Talk Ep 2 - Adolfo Cuetara 2020". Released: 2020. Featuring Adolfo Cuetara, Executive Director of the CFDC. Adolfo moved to Canada from Spain in 2012 and continued to pursue a career in paleontology. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021
U Talk Ep 1 - Ethno Fest 2020
"U Talk Ep 1 - Ethno Fest 2020". Released: November 2020. Featuring Reuben Garang, Alma De La Torre, Ana Lopez and Luana Cunha from Ethno Fest 2020. Music: Sergey_Borovkov_-_Space_Battlestar_Galaxy by Tunguska_Electronic_Music_Society
January 07, 2021