A Culturally and Spiritually Literate Training in Understanding Islam and Muslims and their needs, challenges and aspirations 


 A 2 DAY CONFERENCE, April 10 and 11, 2015


Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport - 1800 Wellington Avenue


A Culturally and Spiritually Literate Training in Understanding Islam and Muslims and their needs, challenges and aspirations


A conference designed for all service sectors including social services, mental health, health, education, law enforcement, government and public agencies, multi-cultural and settlement agencies. This unique conference aims to foster mutual respect, improve understanding and to inform constructively and professionally about Islam and to educate participants into the cultural and spiritual diversity of Canadian Muslims. This conference is critical in the light of increasing misinformation about Islam and Muslims. This is a strength based approach to service delivery.


There will be specific workshops and scenario trainings on Day 2 designed for sub-sectors and will address their particular needs.  People registering for these workshops must also register for the first day.


Day 1: April 10, 2015:


A full day of seminars is an essential precursor to any workshop on Day 2. This introduction will deal with various aspects of Islam and will encourage dialogue and discussion on some of the most misrepresented facts about the religion of Islam. Also covered will be the unique history and experiences of Canadian Muslims, their cultural diversity, their most crucial challenges and their many contributions to Canada. For detailed program refer to ISSA website.


Day 2:  April 11, 2015:


A series of 4 concurrent workshops, dealing with: Health/Mental Health, Youth/Social Services, Law Enforcement, and Education.


Please register early - limited space.   For registration forms please visit:


 Registration fee: $250 for both days lunch included. First day only $120. Students $100.   For more information email or call Irene @ 204 944 1560.  Participants will receive certificates. Deadline for registration is April 6th, 2015.  

Request for Participation

Safe and Inclusive Housing for LGBT Older Adults.

Could you help distribute this important recruitment poster through your community networks – they are having difficulties getting the word out on such an important research topic.



Please pass on and share with others who may be able to contribute to this project’s recruitment


Request for Participation

Research Project Title:   Safe and Inclusive Housing for LGBT* Older Adults

Principal Investigator:    Morgan Stirling

                                M.Sc. student

                                Department of Family Social Sciences

                                University of Manitoba


Research Supervisor:    Dr. Kerstin Roger

                               Associate Professor

                               Family Social Sciences  University of Manitoba


Research Project Approved by:        Joint Faculty Research Ethics Board University of Manitoba


The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of LGBT* older adults living in congregate housing spaces by identifying barriers to feeling safe and included in those spaces, and also to identify what is currently being done that helps older LGBT* feel safe and included in those spaces.

I am currently seeking participants to take part in a research project about the housing experiences of older LGBT* adults. By participating in the project you can provide valuable insight into what the experience of living in congregate housing spaces is like for older LGBT* adults and contribute to raising awareness among community organizations and policy makers:

To be eligible to participate, you should be:

  • Over the age of 55
  • Self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Genderqueer, Gender Nonconforming, or otherwise as non-heterosexual.
  • Live in congregate housing such as a 55+ housing, or other housing units with a shared communal space
  • Speak English
  • Able to use a camera or some kind of device that can take photographs
  • Able to attend a training session, an interview, and a focus group
  • Live in Winnipeg

If you are interested in participating in this research project or would like more information, please contact Morgan Stirling by calling (204) 204-297-2850 (confidential voicemail) or email at


A Restorative Justice Association in Manitoba: A Stakeholders’ Meeting

9:30am – 2:00pm
(lunch and refreshments will be provided)
RSVP: by April 7, 2015


Last November, an inaugural meeting was held to begin the process of forming a restorative justice association for Manitoba. Represented at the meeting were community, faith and social justice organizations, the Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP, Manitoba Justice and many unaffiliated community members all of whom are aware of the transformative potential of restorative justice and so have a vested interest in promoting it.

A pilot committee was formed to ensure the next steps identified at that meeting were followed up on. Two of these were to do more outreach as everyone recognized that key stakeholders were not present at that meeting and to set up a larger meeting at a later date.

This larger meeting will allow the pilot committee to report back on it activities but the goals will be:
Envision what this association would look like
Determine next steps

Please circulate this to anyone you think may be interested. The pdf poster is attached.

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