Cycle Indigena Winnipeg

Indigenous Students Can Now Apply to Receive a Bike!

This program originated from the realization of transportation barriers that Indigenous students face after they have moved from their home community to pursue their studies in the city of Winnipeg. Through discussions with Indigenous students, the MASRC found that they are limited to certain types of transportation and as a result lack a sense of freedom, comfort, and safety in the city of Winnipeg. This also contributes to isolation for the Indigenous students who are not used to living in a busy, fast-paced urban environment.

In order to improve autonomy, comfort and safety in the city of Winnipeg for these students, with the financial support from the Government of Canada, the MASRC has developed an urban bike program named Cycle Indigena Winnipeg. This program will offer bicycles along with accessories to 20 Indigenous students in the 2019-2020 academic year. Having access to a bicycle will allow the Indigenous students to travel wherever and whenever they want. The MASRC believes that giving Indigenous students access to a mode of active transportation will not only improve physical health, but overall wellbeing.

The MASRC is partnering with Clear Paths for support in programming for the participants. Once the participants have been chosen, there will be a series of workshops hosted by Clear Paths that include learning basic mechanic skills and the skills necessary for safely commuting in traffic. Clear Paths will also host group cohesion workshops that are activity-based sessions that will bring the students together as a group to connect and experience the city through recreational activities.

What You Will Receive:

  1. Bicycle Package:

    1. Reconditioned SC-1800 MTN Bike (courtesy of The Wrench)

    2. Highest rated ABUS lock

    3. Multi-sport adjustable helmet

    4. Battery powered light set

    5. Hand pump

  2. Cycling Workshops:

    1. basic mechanic skills

    2. safely commuting in traffic

  3. Group cohesion workshops - These activity based sessions will bring students from each school together to connect once each semester. These will be delivered in November 2019 and March 2020.

  4. Clear Paths adventure club membership - All participants will receive a membership to Momenta's community based adventure club. The club meets monthly to explore trails by bike,hike or snowshoe. Occasionally workshops are offered to develop skills in these areas, topics could include getting your bike ready for winter, yoga for cyclists, dressing for winter sports, navigation for hikers etc. The club meets monthly year round.

Please note that successful applicants are required to attend the 2 cycling workshops (basic mechanic skills & safely commuting in traffic). Students will also be required to track their kilometers by using the Trailforks app. The MASRC along with Clear Paths will be getting in contact on a monthly basis throughout the school year to connect with each participant to highlight the upcoming workshops or community based adventure club activities and also to evaluate the program. After the participants have received the bicycle and accessories, the MASRC and Clear Paths are not liable for any stolen property.

If you are an Indigenous student (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) who has moved to Winnipeg for your post-secondary studies, please submit an application by October 31, 2019 before 11:59 PM. 20 applicants will be accepted into the program.

How to Apply:

Click here to access the online application.

Click here to download the application form. Please fill out the form, save the document, and send a copy via email to masrcfillion@gmail.com or drop it off at the MASRC office located in room 105 of the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre at 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB.

 


Read More News

Unite Interactive