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Mitch Bourbonniere

Mitch Bourbonniere Email: bourbonn@mymts.net


Mitch is a pipe carrier and a 25 year Sundancer. He has kept the fire for the Grandmothers Council, Sisters in Spirit, and many more national and ceremonial events. 

Mitch has formed a therapeutic community by which he and a group colleagues offer a cultural program for Aboriginal youth through Métis, Dakota Ojibway, West Region, Sagkeeng, Awassis, Animikii, and Kinosao Sipi Minisowin Child and Family Services. The group participates in monthly sweat lodges, the summer sundance season, and many other ceremonies.  The group also actively participates in various community events that involve such issues as Missing and Murdered Women, the impacts of Residential Schools and any issue that impacts the Aboriginal community.  Mitch and his young men often serve as helpers, builders and protectors in the community.

Another program that Mitch facilitates is the Ogijita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin Program (OPK).  In this program young adults from the ages 16 to 40 are supported in making positive changes in their lives.  Mitch works with those who have been involved in the Criminal Justice System and in gang life.  He visits the institutions and supports people as they leave prison and gang life.  Participants are supported in the areas of housing, employment, mental health, addictions and any general life issues that get in the way of a good life.

Mitch is a Social Worker in the Louis Riel School Division. He also consults and contracts for Manitoba Blue Cross, Urban Circle Training, Rossbrook House,  Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Wahbung Abinoonjiiag, Native Addiction Council of Manitoba, N.E.R.C, C.E.D.A, Thunderbird House, and the Youth Correction Spotlight Probation Gang Unit.  Mitch is a board member for the Métis Child and Family Services Authority.

Recently Mitch has been involved in the resurgence of the Bear Clan Patrol.  As one of the founding members of the original Patrol which ran from 1990-1995, Mitch advises various community groups wishing to patrol their neighbourhoods.

Mitch has a Masters Degree in Social Work and instructs at the University of Winnipeg, Université  de Saint-Boniface, and the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Social Work and Aboriginal Focus Programs.

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