The Coalition of Manitoba Cultural Communities for Families Inc. (CMCCF) is a diverse network
of individuals united to promote the well-being of Manitoba’s cultural communities. With roots
in a multitude of communities, our Coalition has come together to contribute to supporting and
sustaining the flourishing of cultural communities and the health of their families. The Coalition
is dedicated to building relationships on the principles of trust, respect and dignity for all.
The CMCCF network supports this purpose by:
- Providing mutual learning opportunities to share knowledge, experience and wisdom
- Working in co-partnership with human service systems to enhance their responsiveness to cultural communities
- Facilitating cultural communities in navigating these complex systems
- Fostering broad awareness of the value that Manitoba’s diverse cultural communities bring to our province
COMMUNITY ASSET MAPPING
Communities come together to explore and map their strengths, gifts, values in order to co-create their desired future.
Through storytelling projects lived experiences are centered and valued. Community members share their stories that inspire hope, faith & optimism in others.
COMMUNITIES & CONNECTIONS
Connections within and across communities lead to deeper mutual understanding and respect as well as improved services to meet diverse needs.
A Message From Our Board Chair Florence Okwudili
I hope we are all okay and doing well in spirit and in body. These uncertain times dealing with
COVID-19 call for our inner strength and purpose to be tested. It is a strange time for us all. No
one saw it coming. But just like all tragedies, it is often sudden and without warnings. I am
aware that some of us have lived through greater tragedies and have come out of it. I am also
aware that for many, this is just like in the movies, and we are part of the cast. The question,
how will this story end? As we are living our lives, there are people dying. It is no longer far
away Africa or China. It is right close to us and the thought and the fear makes us just want to
curl up and hide. But as Actors, we pull ourselves together. Just like those who have endured
such hardships before, we put on hope and inner will that come from who we are and what we
have been preaching. We become resilient. We think of those who have endured such life
altering situations in their lives and survived it. We learn from them, the wisdom that lies
beneath. My prayer is that we should remind ourselves that just like other pandemics have
come and gone, this too shall pass. One way to do this is to share stories of people who have had similar experiences and survived it. I like the idea of sharing stories. My hope is that the stories will help to give people hope and keep us doing what we are supposed to be doing, knowing that we shall soon see the light again.
Acknowledgement of Original Lands
CMCCF is located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples,
and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these
territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to
move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and