This is the page to find all the latest information on programs and activities at North End Community Renewal Corporation. From Blogs, to quick updates and from Press Releases to news articles this page will have the most current information available.


Building An Arts & Culture Centre In The North End: Summary Launches

MEDIA RELEASE October 25, 2017 For Immediate Release BUILDING AN ARTS & CULTURE CENTRE IN THE NORTH END: SUMMARY LAUNCHES Winnipeg, MB –As a result of the consultations for the most recent North End Community Development Plan, the need for an Arts and Culture Centre in the North End was identified as a priority project. In late 2016 and early 2017 the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) worked closely with community members and partners to establish the projects initial design, including centre’s vision, mission, guiding principles and the framework for a Five-Year Strategic Plan. This will provide clear direction and shape with guidance from our community, the Artists this centre will serve, and Arts organizations. Dawn Sands, executive director of NECRC is excited about the project’s potential. “Art and culture contribute greatly to the wellbeing of communities and creating a vibrant arts scene is integral to the North End’s revitalization goals. Winnipeg’s North End is home to Canada’s largest Urban Indigenous population as well as many new Canadians. Using a lens of art and culture as part of our community-led renewal efforts, offers a wonderful opportunity for us to foster meaningful and respectful relationships and rejuvenate our community together.” The summary is a snapshot of the work being done by the community through NECRC, and its intention is to attract some more capacity to the committee to move the project forward, and potential funders to continue the work of the project coordinator. “This centre will be the first of its kind in Winnipeg, and will serve as a beacon for Artists who feel disenfranchised from the Arts community.... read more

Province Announces New Single Portal To Access Community Development Programs

New Online Access Now Available: Clarke Following thorough review and consultations, the Manitoba government has revamped its community development programs and created a single portal for intake, assessment and awarding support, Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced today. “We have heard from community groups and stakeholders alike, who told us to centralize the intake process and make it simpler to follow up on applications and approvals,” Clarke said.  “We’re going to focus on planning for better outcomes and support programs that build better communities or sustain important community efforts.” Core funding will continue for existing services, while the intake begins for new projects, the minister noted.  Applications will be accepted for funding from Community Places, Community Planning Assistance, Hometown Manitoba, Neighbourhoods Alive! – Community Initiatives, Neighbourhoods Alive! Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, and Partner 4 Growth. The minister said priority will be given to new applications focused on the following strategic areas: accessibility and reducing barriers for Manitobans of all ages, gender, cultural background, sexual identity, physical or mental ability or income; green space and active transportation such as parks, playgrounds and trails; and newcomer support, either through building on or encouraging involvement in the community. Application deadline is Sept. 11.  For more information, or to submit an application, visit  – 30... read more

June 23, 2017, Winnipeg Free Press – Mural’s message of hope, inspiration called heart-gripping

Kirby Boucher, 46, has attended services at Vineyard for 22 years and can’t help but smile at the beautiful mural he walks by every week. When he looks at the mural, Boucher sees hope for his community and for indigenous people around the world. “I see the heart and the colours of the nations helping each other to mend the broken hearts,” he said. “It’s telling everyone in the city that there can be peace and happiness here.” Full Article: By: Ben Waldman Posted: 06/23/2017 4:00 AM | Last Modified: 06/23/2017 10:21... read more

The Collective Impact of NRC’s and NRC Profile Report

NEWS RELEASE – WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The Coalition of Manitoba Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations (CMNRC) is excited to share this report highlighting our successes and collective impact across the Province.   Manitoba has one of the most promising models for community development in North America. Through the collective efforts of the CMNRC and in partnership with the Province, we have developed a long term community led development model that empowers residents to create healthy and sustainable communities.   The CMNRC was created in 2011 to bring together the thirteen Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations (NRC) from across the Province. It was designed to provide a venue for NRCs to work collaboratively on planning, projects and initiatives of common interest. It has also become an important voice for the neighbourhoods and residents.  Each NRC takes a homegrown approach, as directed by their communities and have demonstrated that local decision making is the key to ensuring the success of programs and projects.     Collectively, we measure our success through four key areas: community led development, NRC’s as job creators, funds leveraged in the community and engaging community volunteers. Some of our highlights include: 558,027 community members engaged $30,963,163 leveraged in housing 1226 jobs created 54,281 families engaged   The CMNRC recognizes the need to review the current Community Development Strategy.  We believe that we can help to inform the conversation and our report aims to be the foundation of a partnership with the new Manitoba Government.  Our members remain committed to serving our communities and look forward to working with all of our stakeholders, funders, residents and... read more

July 29, 2016, Winnipeg Free Press – Local Article North End: Plaza of dreams

North End’s iconic Selkirk Avenue to become meeting place again “It took almost a decade, a determined group of residents, non-profits and city departments, and a little bit of luck. So in a way, the birth of the revamped Powers Plaza –  its first two phases are expected to be finished this year, the third by next summer – is also a resounding statement about resilience and evolution.” Article Copy: Plaza of dreams – Winnipeg Free Press Full article: By: Melissa Martin Posted: 07/29/2016 5:28 PM| Last Modified: 07/29/2016 9:43 PM | Comments:... read more

2016 July 27, Winnipeg FreePress The Times: NECRC and Bridge the Gap Social Media Contest Article

A North End project, “Bridge the Gap Winnipeg”, is partnering up with the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) to give a deserving organization a $2,000 grant through a social media contest. Article copy: 2016 Summer Contest helps North End youth Full online news article: By: Ligia Braidotti Posted: 07/25/2016 9:27 AM | Comments:... read more
Bridge The Gap & NECRC Instagram Contest – Win $2,000

Bridge The Gap & NECRC Instagram Contest – Win $2,000

We at Bridge the Gap Winnipeg, along with the North End Community Renewal Corporation, are teaming up to reward a $2000 grant to a deserving North End organization for young people. The application process is simple. Use your smartphone to create and upload a “short video” application through Instagram called: “#How To Summer 2016”.  ... read more
Picnic in the Park Photography

Picnic in the Park Photography

For the past 16 years, the North End Community Renewal Corporation has hosted its annual event, Picnic In The Park at St John’s Park. The event has demonstrated breadth within the community, connecting neighbors and forging strong, new relationships within the North End core. Beginning in 1998, Picnic In The Park started out with only 8 North End Community Renewal Corporation staff members that sat on the project as its steering committee. Each Committee member would organize one aspect of the event and that is how they would produce the event – fast forward, the committee and its attendees has more than tripled in size. On average, Picnic In The Park now attracts around 3000 people ranging between children and adults of all ages. This year, Picnic In The Park took place at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre. The change was due unfavorable weather conditions. With the weather forecast predicting powerful thunderstorms and lighting, the picnic team was required to call in Plan B and move the event indoors of the first time. Due to the change some activities had to be cancelled, such as the 3 on 3 basketball tournament, the skateboard demonstrations and the Petting Zoo. Because of the vast range-age, picnic has many different types and styles of activities that aim to pique the interest of its targeted group take place indoors – this year we had face-painting, literacy activities, painting activities, mask making activities as just a few options for children at the event. For adults, we had Aboriginal Music Week hosting the main stage, an hour of local talent (two spoken word artists,... read more

Picnic in the Park relocated to the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre due to thunderstorm forecast

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION NORTH END COMMUNITY RENEWAL CORPORATION MOVES LOCATION OF PICNIC IN THE PARK DUE TO A THUNDERSTORM FORECAST ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA WINNIPEG, Friday August 21, 2015, 11:30am– North End Community Renewal Corporation in partnership with Aboriginal Music Week, will be relocating the 17th annual North End community event, “Picnic in the Park,” from St. John’s Park to the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre at 45 Robinson. The decision was made as a result of Environment Canada thunderstorm forecast for Saturday, August 22nd. This is the first time in the 17 year history of the event where it has been relocated due to weather. Cloudy. 60 percent chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Showers with thunderstorms beginning near noon. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light in the morning. High 22. Issued: 11:00 AM CDT Friday 21 August 2015 The free community BBQ, health fair and entertainment by Aboriginal Music Week will still take place at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre. There will be some modification to the types of activities offered, but will maintain a full day of fun for the family. The Dufferin Youth 3on3 Basketball Tournament will be postponed. For more information, please contact: Martin Landy, Event & Communication Coordinator North End Community Renewal Corporation (204) 927-2330 – 30 – North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) is committed to the social, economic and cultural renewal of the North End of Winnipeg. NECRC defines its development goals through annual consultations and ongoing networking with North End residents and businesses. The corporation works with community committees to plan and implement development strategies in its... read more