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``Community People Working with the Community to Provide Personal Security``

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Holly Thomson

Life Gets Better for Bear Clan Patrol volunteer.

Holly Thomson, a single mother of five girls, says her life reached a turning point when one of her daughters almost died of a methamphetamine overdose.

“She stopped breathing…it shook me to the core.” The incident prompted her to look for ways to “help my community.” She ended up joining Bear Clan’s evening patrols in the North End. When the food distribution service started last January, she became one of its core volunteers, working almost every day of the week. In exchange she takes home fresh fruit, vegetables and other food.

“I don’t know how to express what a difference (Bear Clan Patrol) has made to our lives, both food wise and money wise. We are eating much better and the money I save I can use to pay my utility bill.)”

She is hoping she will soon be able to rent a better place for herself and her two daughters who are still living at home.

Picture: Holly Thomson (right) with Christine, Bear Clan Patrol’s food service supervisor.

Help make our community a better place. To volunteer call us at 204-219-1052 (12:30 to 5 p.m.) To donate to Bear Clan Patrol go to the Canada Helps section on this site.

About Bear Clan

``Community People Working with the Community to Provide Personal Security``

It came about as a result of the ongoing need to assume our traditional responsibility to provide security to our Aboriginal community. Given that the Aboriginal population in Winnipeg is anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000, and is heavily concentrated in certain inner city neighborhoods, it was felt that the community must organize to keep the peace and to assist community members. The concept behind the patrol, then, is community people working with the community to provide personal security in the inner city in a non-threatening, non-violent and supportive way. The Patrol operates out of the Ndinawe Youth Drop In located in the city’s north end.

Mission

To provide restoration and maintenance of harmony within the community by:

promoting and providing safety;
conflict resolution;
mobile witnessing and crime prevention;
maintaining a visible presence on the streets;
providing an early response to situations; and
as well as providing rides, escorts and referrals.

Who We Are

The Patrol is a community based solution to crime prevention, providing a sense of safety, solidarity and belonging to both its members and to the communities they serve.

This is achieved in a non-violent, non-threatening, non-judgmental and supportive manner primarily through relationship building and reconciliation.

The Patrol demonstrates a way of being that works in harmony with the broader community rather than in conflict with it and in a relationship that encourages rather than seeking to defeat leadership as it emerges at a local level.

The Bear Clan draws its direction solely from our traditional philosophies and practices.

The concept behind the Bear Clan Patrol, is community people working with the community to provide personal security in the inner city in a non-threatening, non-violent, non-judgmental and supportive way.

The Patrol operates out of the Bear Clan Den located at 584 Selkirk Ave in the city’s north end.

Currently there are well over 1500 men and women involved with the Patrol on a volunteer basis.

Why We Are Here

Our community recognizes that Indigenous people once had their own territory, language and culture – vibrant and cohesive social, economic and political systems held together by a spiritual worldview and a sacred responsibility to Mother Earth and all of creation.

Most importantly, we recognize that these values, traditions and institutions remain viable today.

With consciousness comes awareness, with awareness comes ownership of personal circumstances, and with collaboration comes change. It is within the context of this approach that the Bear Clan Patrol has been mobilized.

It is an effort to restore to our community the capacity to address our own needs.

It is possible to re-develop our community according to our own values and vision.

There is enough people who have enough vision and commitment to not give up the struggle.

For those of us who take our responsibility seriously to our children and future generations, we can and will, in our lifetime, see the changes that we are fighting for.

We believe that it is critical to develop the knowledge and skills of young people because it is they who will inherit these conditions.

For this reason, our strategies and attention must be directed towards young people.

Board of Directors

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais (Chair)
Linda Campbell
Brian Chrupalo
Jackie Hunt
Mario Cueto
John Drabble
Gaylene Nemeth
Devon Clunis

History

The Bear Clan Patrol was first formed in Winnipeg's North End in 1992.

The Bear Clan Patrol was first formed in Winnipeg’s North End in 1992. After several years the volunteer safety group went on hiatus. But in July 2015 they returned to patrol the streets again……

It came about as a result of the ongoing need to assume our traditional responsibility to provide security to our Aboriginal community. Given that the Aboriginal population in Winnipeg is anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000, and is heavily concentrated in certain inner city neighbourhoods, it was felt that the community must organize to keep the peace and to assist community members. The concept behind the patrol, then, is community people working with the community to provide personal security in the inner city in a non-threatening, non-violent and supportive way. The Patrol operates out of the Ndinawe Drop In located in the city’s north end.

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HOW TO VOLUNTEER:


– We Operate on a Drop-in Basis
– No Need to Signup/Register
– Arrive Between 5:30pm – 6:00pm at any one Location
– We Take Breaks during Walks
– Patrols are +18 (We Offer Youth Patrols Every Other Tuesday at our North End Patrol.)
– All are welcome.

For general inquiries, please contact: Kevin Walker | 204.914.1708 or send us an email to contact@bearclanpatrol.org

NORTH END PATROL:

5:30pm: Meet up at 584 Selkirk ave
6:00pm – 9:00pm: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9:00pm – Midnight: Late patrol – Friday & Saturday (only)

Youth Mock Patrols
Every other Tuesdays
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Contact Kevin Walker – 204.914.1708 for Patrol Dates

WEST END PATROL :

5:30pm – Meet up at University of Winnipeg: The Hive in Lockhart Hall (the doors on Ellice Ave).
6:00pm – 9:00pm: Thursday and Friday

Youth Mock Patrols
Third Saturday
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Contact Travis – 204.995.5657 for Patrol Dates

WEST BROADWAY PATROL:

5:30pm: Meet up at 195 Young St.
6:00pm – 9:00pm: Friday and Saturday

POINT DOUGLAS:

Meet at the Corner of Euclid Ave and Lusted Ave
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Sundays

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