#UNITEKINDNESS

2020-2023 COMMUNITY Report card

OUR CHALLENGE WAS TO UNITE KINDNESS

From 2020-2023, Indigenous youth and artists from @1860 Winipeg Arts embraced the spirit of kindness by connecting with numerous people, projects, and communities. Our program’s activities were intentionally designed and aligned with the Unite Kindness initiative launched by Global Dignity on October 22, 2020. We are proud to have contributed to promoting dignity, respect, and unity through our efforts to create positive change in our communities. 

As children and young people all over the world continue to deal with the impact of the global pandemic, it is more important than ever for them to know they have the power to be kind, to express themselves creatively, and to feel a sense of physical and emotional wellbeing.

UNITE KINDNESS IS A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE AS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AS POSSIBLE TO BE:

Kind to themselves through art and creativity, or by taking care of their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Kind to others through simple acts of kindness for family, friends or neighbors.

The LOCAL IMPACTS OF #UNITEKINDNESS: 2020-2023

Here are some of our favorite #unitekindness moments from the last three years. Have a photo, video or memory you think we should add?
Please send it to our Global Dignity Home Office team at info@globaldignity.org

UNITE KINDNESS
2020-2023 HIGHLIGHTS ​

Supporting Global Dignity Canada and National Kindness Week are our program’s public commitment for the Niriqatiginnga project. 

Since Unite Kindness began in 2020, Global Dignity Canada youth artist and @1860 Winnipeg Arts founding member Tony Eetak has been learning to organize community events and workshops.

In 2020 @1860 Winnipeg youth co-hosted their first international Global Dignity Day celebration and recognized with a Statement from the Prime Minister of Canada

In 2020-2021 Global Dignity youth, educators and artists from Winnipeg and across Canada joined the Inclusion in Northern Research Project for Arctic Change 2020.

In December 2021, led by Global Dignity Champions Tara Baswani and Remi Lemieux, the Inclusion in Northern Research project showcases Recreating Environments of Inclusion. 

In March 2021, Indigenous youth and researchers presented on Inclusion in Northern Research in a special join session with Cardiff University for Arctic Science Summit Week in Lisbon, Portugal. 

As the world started to open up again, we started to be able to hold more workshops and training sessions at places like the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq. We learned about journalism and reporting from CBC.

As the world started to open up again, we started to be able to hold more workshops and training sessions at places like the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq. We learned about journalism and reporting with CBC News. 

In April 2022, we held our very first workshops as part of our @1860 Winnipeg Arts incubator program, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 

In Summer 2022 cultural entrepreneurship youth held their first "pop-up" exhibition and shared some of their arts and digital photography at Chocolatier Constance Popp in St. Boniface.

In Summer 2022 cultural entrepreneurship youth held their first “pop-up” exhibition and shared some of their arts and digital photography at Chocolatier Constance Popp in St. Boniface. 

In June 2022 youth artists and researchers from @1860 Winnipeg joined Tuktoyaktuk, Arviat and Victoria for the Auviqsaqtut 2022 Inuit Studies Conference at the University of Winnipeg and Qaumajuq. 

In February 2023, More than 400 students across Canada took part in a special Kindness for the Planet-themed event. Thousands more view Canada’s second National Kindness Week Press Conference on CPAC. 

In March 2023, the Our People Our Climate project, which mentored several Global Dignity Canada youth throughout the pandemic, delivered its first workshop with the United Nations Environment Program. 

In fall and winter 2023, community members, artists and cultural entrepreneurs will come together to better understand food insecurity and northern shipping through a new project called Niriqatiginnga.

IMPACTS AND OUTCOMES

@1860 WINNIPEG ARTS: 2020-2023

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“Every single act of dignity creates a ripple effect.” We mapped out our engagements including the #unitekindness campaign while exploring inclusion in northern research.

Celebrating National Kindness Week 2023

We were honoured to participate in our second series of events for Canada’s National Kindness Week! Watch the National Press Conference broadcast by CPAC on February 15, 2023. 

Canadian Kids for National Kindness Week: Kindness for the Planet

We were honoured to participate in our second series of events for Canada’s National Kindness Week! Watch the second annual Canadian Kids for Kindness national workshop held on February 15, 2023. 

National Kindness Week 2022

Global Dignity Day 2021

Global Dignity Day 2020

Our People Our Climate:

Our People Our Climate, presented their remarkable work aiming to develop the storytelling skills of indigenous youth and young adults.

On March 7, 2023, Our People Our Climate was delivered with the United Nations Environment Programme. This workshop aims to strengthen storytelling skills for youth around the world taking effective action on the environment. 

thank you to the funders, partners and supporters of our activities

Thank you to the City of Winnipeg!

Our @1860 Winnipeg Arts program and Global Dignity activities were honoured to receive a 2021 Winnipeg Wellness Grant from St. James Councillor, and now Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Many of our activities in St. James and St. Boniface would not have been possible without this support during the pandemic. Thank you, Mayor Gillingham for recognizing our efforts and supporting our efforts during the pandemic.

Our Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by prioritizing participatory arts, research and community-driven projects that address issues related to poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and social justice. Our aim is to advance knowledge and understanding through interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations that support positive change and promote sustainable cities and communities. 

Supporting Resilient Communities

The #unitekindness campaign is a global initiative that aims to spread positivity and promote acts of kindness in our communities. Through various events and initiatives, the campaign encourages individuals to do small acts of kindness, which can have a big impact on others. 

 

Global Dignity Day

Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world celebrate all that unites us throughout the month of October. We have all the resources you need to hold a Dignity Day event at any time in your school, community group, camp, community – or virtually!

A quantitative self-assessment survey was developed. In 2020. Leaders from 30 Global Dignity Country Chapters and Partner Organizations participated in the survey, creating a representative database on Global Dignity’s SDG-related activities.

The Role of Dignity in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General of Canada and Global Dignity Honorary Board Member in the closing session of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Forum convened by the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, The speakers reflect on how the concept of dignity can impact the way we approach the Sustainable Development Goals and the vital role education and young people have to play in promoting the dignity values as a way to address global challenges.

NEXT STEPS: Niriqatiginnga

Follow this continuing journey with our next @1860 Winnipeg project, starting in fall and winter 2023-2024. Niriqatiginnga means "come, eat with me" in Inuktitut. Based in Winnipeg, it is a new community-based, participatory program fusing arts and cultural entrepreneurship to understand and address challenges to northern food insecurity and economic reconciliation.

Get Involved

We invite any organization, company or cause wishing to support young people to be kind to themselves and kind to others to become a Campaign Partner. For more information on how you can support our programs and the #UniteKindness campaign, please visit the Global Dignity Canada web site. For @1860 and the Niriqatiginnga food insecurity project, send us an e-mail at niriqatiginnga@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Supporting National Kindness Week

Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the third week of February is to be known as “Kindness Week.” Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Events

October 18, 2023
Global Dignity Day

February 11-17, 2024
National Kindness Week in Canada