Community gathering gives safe space for residents to address violence in Winnipeg

Source: 
APTN News (Canada)
Pub Date: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 06:49

Brittany Hobson
APTN News
It was standing room only as more than 200 residents filled a Winnipeg school gym Wednesday evening to share feelings of grief, frustration and importantly solutions when it comes to addressing escalating violence in the city.

The night was put together by the provincial NDP with the goal of hearing directly from residents and grassroots organizations.

“[This] has to be community lead. You can’t have top down approaches… if you don’t have community at the forefront I would suggest to you that it’s bound to fail,” said Nahanni Fontaine, a provincial politician represents the riding of St. John&;s in Winnipeg.

Delores Courchene was one of those people.

The grandmother lives in the North End and has witnessed the impact violence has had on family members.

Her granddaughters were related to Jakira Eastman-Moore – the 14-year-old who was killed at a house party last month.

The family is supporting each other, Courchene told APTN News.

“There’s a lot of praying. It’s very difficult for the young mom that lost her daughter… it’s hard to cope,” she said.

“It’s harder when you see [it happening] to the younger ones.”