MEC Hike & Hang
MEC Hike & Hang
Join MEC for a hike or medicine walk lead by Ka Ni Kanichihk,
outdoor games with IRCOM, Ka Ni and more.
Everyone is welcome.
Pack a lunch and meet us at the Co-op for a bus ride out to Birds Hill Provincial Park. Meet new friends, learn from elders and youth leaders, get in on some fun games and chill out in the shade of the forest.
Registration closes Wednesday Aug 14th at 10am - sign up now!
- 10am MEC Winnipeg opens.
- 10:30am Buses leave from MEC and drive to Birds Hill Park.
- 11:15am Buses arrive in Group Use Area 1 at Birds Hill Park.
- 11:30am Split into groups for medicine walk lead by our friends from Ka Ni Kanichihk and hike supported by MEC and Winnipeg Search And Rescue (WINSAR).
- 12:30pm Camp site for BYO picnic lunches.
- 12:45pm Indigenous and Traditional games lead by youth leaders from Ka Ni and IRCOM , medicine planting, grandfather/grandmother (rock) picking and painting, slack lining and camp games.
- 1:30pm/2pm (approximate departure time) Around 1:30-2pm we will load up and head back into the city. This departure time is approximate and may be pushed back a short while if everyone is having fun, and needs a chance to get in on all the activities.
What you will need:
- A sense of adventure and positive attitude.
- Comfortable clothes for the weather.
- A hat, sunscreen and bug spray - we will have some to use as well.
- Pack a lunch and snacks to keep you going.
- Bring a water bottle to keep you hydrated and to refill at the water station.
- A blanket or camp chair for chilling.
- Respectful frame of mind and willingness to learn new things.
What to expect:
- Be prepared to meet new people, try new things and walk a lot.
- We respect each other, act with kindness and assume best intent of those around us.
- Meet up at MEC on Donald & Portage, which opens at 10am if you need to stock up on supplies or use the facilities.
- Yes - you can meet up with the crew in Birds Hill Park, but we'll miss you on the bus ride.
- >>> You will require a provincial park pass for the day, and can park in Group Use Area Site 1 - Site 2b at 11am. Please register below even if you are driving yourself to site.
- Be ready to hop on a full bus and ride 45 minutes to site, and back again after a big day.
- We will be outside in the elements for 3ish hours, be sure to have the clothes you need to feel comfortable outdoors.
- Outhouses and limited flush toilets are available on site, composting member washrooms are available for use at MEC before and after the event.
- MEC staff members and representatives from our partner organizations will be on hand to help guide the walk and activities in the campsite.
- Children under 13 must be monitored by a guardian or parent at all times.
- Youth between 13-17 must have a group leader monitoring them and responsible for them at all times.
How to register:
- Below use the "Register" button to sign up.
- Parents and guardians, for children or young person under the age of 18, fill out a seperate registration form for each individual.
- You will need to print and sign a waiver for your children.
- If you were told about this event through programs you participate in at Ka Ni Kanichihk or IRCOM, please check off the box indicating which organization you work with.
- Can't make it? If you registered, but now realize you will not be able to attend, please use the Remove from Registration page. Simply register there to free up your spot on the bus for someone else.
This event would not be possible without the contributions of our friends at Ka Ni Kanichihk and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, (IRCOM).
Ka Ni Kanichihk (Cree for “those who lead”), is an Indigenous-led organization honoring all people and engaging members of Manitoba’s Indigenous community in culturally-based services from an anti-oppressive framework that support individual and collective growth and development. Within a culturally safe environment, Ka Ni Kanichihk is home to a number of front-line programs that include education and leadership development aimed to address the needs of Indigenous women, girls, youth, families and members of the LGBTTIQQ2S community.
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) is a non-profit organization that operates two transitional housing complexes in downtown Winnipeg; IRCOM Ellen and IRCOM Isabel. IRCOM offers secure, affordable and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to 3 years after their arrival.
A HUGE thank you goes out to our dear friends at Winnipeg Search And Rescue (WINSAR) will be joining in, providing the friendliest volunteers you've ever met, first aid and emergency services to ensure peace of mind for all.
Photo above was taken by Dustin Leader at the MEC Pride Hike at the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail, Brokenhead Ojibwe Nation. A community volunteer shares traditional medicine knowledge with participants.