Thursday, 7 December 2017

Canadian Administrator of Video Relay Services (CAV) Job position available- Community Outreach Specialist!

Come and Join us for ASL Night for December 14th!!


Let you know that Prairie Theatre Exchange will be offering Family Holiday Show with ASL Interpreted on Saturday, January 6th at 3pm.

Family Holiday Show is called The Good The Bad and The Munsch. That show is based on the stories of Robert Munsch, Adapted by Debbie Patterson.

For more information - go to

Family 4 Pack for only $46.00.

Prairie Theatre Exchange is located on 3rd Floor at Portage Place.

Sheila Montney
Executive Director

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Government of Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!

We are pleased to inform you that the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, tabled in the House of Commons the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today. To view the new release, please see below:

 The Government of Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

News Release

November 30, 2017                      Ottawa, Ontario                    Employment and Social Development Canada
The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society.
Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is proud to announce that the Government of Canada tabled in the House of Commons the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Optional Protocol). The Optional Protocol would allow individuals in Canada to make a complaint to the United Nations if they believe their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) have been violated.
The Convention protects and promotes the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities without discrimination and on an equal basis with others. In 2010, Canada became a Party to the Convention and committed to promoting, protecting and ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities.
Accession to the Optional Protocol would provide added protection by allowing the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints against Canada. The Committee is a specialised committee with expertise in disability issues.
In December 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it had begun the process toward possible accession to the Optional Protocol. Consultations were launched with provincial and territorial governments, who play an important role in Canada’s accession, as well as Indigenous governments, Indigenous organizations, and civil society. The Government of Canada thanks all those that contributed to this process for their invaluable input.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on December 3. This is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the progress we’ve made in making Canada an accessible and inclusive country and the work we still need to do.


“This step towards accession reinforces Canada’s strong commitment to removing barriers and building a more accessible Canada where all Canadians have an equal opportunity to succeed, and live a great Canadian life. We are making real progress for Canadians with disabilities and look forward to introducing new federal accessibility legislation next spring.”– The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
“Canada is committed to ensuring that all people share the same opportunities and enjoy the same human rights. The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is absolutely essential to ensuring that this commitment becomes a reality for Canadians with disabilities. We will always push to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities, both at home and abroad.”
– The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Protecting the rights of all Canadians is a priority for our Government. This Optional Protocol would build on protections that are already in place in Canada by giving persons with disabilities another way to make a complaint if they believe their rights have been violated. It would also contribute to and complement Canada’s efforts towards the full and effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”
– The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010. Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities.
  • The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention by States Parties. States Parties to the Convention are expected to submit reports to the Committee every four years, with an initial report due two years following ratification. Canada submitted its initial report in February 2014 and appeared before the Committee in April 2017.
  • The Optional Protocol establishes two procedures aimed at strengthening the implementation and monitoring of the Convention. The first is a complaint procedure that allows individuals and groups to bring petitions to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities if they believe their rights under the Convention have been violated. The second is an inquiry procedure that allows the Committee to inquire into allegations of grave or systematic violations of the Convention by a State Party. The Optional Protocol was adopted by the UN in 2006 and entered into force in 2008. As of November 2017, there are 92 States Parties to the Optional Protocol. On November 30, the Government of Canada tabled the Optional Protocol in the House of Commons. Tabling in Parliament is an important and necessary next step in the federal process toward accession of a treaty, such as the Optional Protocol, and allows Parliament to review and discuss it before a decision is taken on accession. The Government of Canada continues to work with the provinces and territories, which must undertake their own internal processes prior to providing their feedback on accession.
  • The annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on December 3. This year’s theme is Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all. This theme focuses on the enabling conditions for transformative change.

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Office of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

DPAN TV about New York Police with Video Relay Services ( VRS)


DPAN TV: The Sign Language Channel have one show about New York Police will be using Video Relay Services (VRS) to communicate with Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals. Check it out!

Please click or copy/paste this link -

Enjoy watching DTV News:)

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Barrier Free Manitoba (BFM) is asking you to do the survey on Education!!


We are pleased to have played a lead role in the call for the Province to commit to the development and enforcement of a strong accessible education standard under the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act. 

Having not yet received that commitment, we are taking the logical next step - gathering the information needed to strengthen the case for this missing but essential standard. 

And we need your help.

The Surveys

Barrier-Free Manitoba and Education Solutions Manitoba have developed online surveys for three sets of primary stakeholder groups:
  • The parents/families of students with disabilities 
  • Students with disabilities (Grade 7 to post-secondary)
  • Educational staff and officials who have the responsibility to provide or oversee the provision of quality education for students with disabilities.
Each of these stakeholder groups have, and can offer, unique and valuable insights into the barriers they face.

Comprehensive in design, the surveys cover all disabilities and include core questions, as well as level-specific questions on:
  • Early childhood education/child care
  • Nursery to Grade 12
  • Post-secondary
A survey takes as little as five minutes to complete. For persons wanting to provide detailed responses, completing a survey might take as long as 30 minutes. The surveys are anonymous and we will not be gathering any identifying information from respondents (unless they wish to receive updates on developments related to the accessible education standard).

Your Help

A robust response to the surveys will be critical to providing the most reliable and useful results. Toward that end, our goal is to ensure that every Manitoban who is involved with disability and education systems is made aware of, and has the chance to complete, the surveys by the deadline for responses (December 15, 2017).

We know that reaching that goal will not be easy and that’s why we need your help. 

1. Complete a Survey 
If you are a student with a disability, a parent of a student with a disability, or you work with students with disabilities in our education systems, please complete a survey forthwith. Just click on the applicable one:

2. Get the Word Out Far and Wide
We bet that you know a lot of people who are involved with disability and education systems. Please actively reach out to them and encourage them to complete the applicable survey. 

The easiest way to do this is by forwarding this message to your family, friends and colleagues. 

A second option is to send personal email messages to those you know who are involved with disability and education systems. To help you with this, here are the URLs to the three surveys:

A third option is to share the news of these survey with leaders and representatives of:
  • The educational organizations that serve students with disabilities, 
  • Organizations that represent staff working with students with disabilities 
  • Parent/student groups with strong interests in equitable access to education
As you might imagine, we’d much rather people hear about the surveys from multiple sources than to not to hear about them at all.

In closing, we know that we still have a long way to go to ensure that all Manitobans with disabilities have equitable access to quality education. We believe that both the call for a strong accessible education standard and these surveys represent vital paths forward. 

Thank you for your ongoing interest and, in advance, for your assistance.


Patrick Falconer
Consultant to the Barrier-Free Manitoba Steering Committee

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City of Winnipeg is letting the public a friendly reminder about Annual Snow Route parking starting this Friday- Dec 1st!!

City of Winnipeg Public Works

Annual Snow Route Parking Ban begins Friday, December 1

The City's Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will take effect at 2 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017. Vehicles may not park on streets designated as snow routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
The Annual Snow Route Parking Ban is in effect from December 1 to March 1.
Avoid a Ticket and tow
Snow routes are clearly marked with "Snow Route" signs. Citizens are encouraged to check their streets for snow route signs, or if unsure, to contact 311 or use the online 
Address Lookup Tool.

New this year
The Winnipeg Parking Authority will begin exercising their right to issue tickets for parking violations on snow routes via mail in addition to placing them on the windshield of the vehicle. By using a mail-out method, the Winnipeg Parking Authority will be able to cover more area to further support the Public Works Department in their efforts to ensure critical routes are clear of snow and ice.
Snow routes are a top priority for snow clearing to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate quickly and safely around the city. It’s important that vehicles are not parked on snow routes overnight in order to enable rapid and efficient snow clearing of these critical routes.

Vehicles parked in violation of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban can receive a $100 ticket ($50 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

More information about parking bans is available at

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Daily Moth announced new road in NWT!!


It has come to my attention that the Daily Moth has announced about the new road in Northwest Terrorities (NWT) . Please check it out -

Enjoy watching this video!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf Blind- Casual Employment opportunity available!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Deaf Resource Centre (DRC) office will be closed on Monday November 13th due to Remembrance Day (Saturotory Day)

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day.

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc/Deaf Resource Centre will be closed on Monday, November 13th due to Statutory holiday (Remembrance Day that falls on Saturday, Nov 11th)

The office will re-open on Tuesday, November 14th at 9:30 a.m.

Have a good long weekend!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Bewitching Elvis with ASL Provided for Thursday, November 30th- See ASL Video!!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

This coming Sunday Nov 5th - Don't forget to change one hour BACK!!


It is a friendly reminder to you all that this coming Sunday, November 5th - Don't forget to turn one hour back!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Winnipeg Church of the Deaf (WCD) Family Movie- Sunday Nov 12th, 2017

Friday, 27 October 2017

Special message from Director General of Office of Disability Issues for International Day of Persons with Disabilities- Dec 3rd!

Dear friends and colleagues,

December 3, 2017, marks the 25th year the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). 
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to consider holding an event to celebrate IDPD or promoting the IDPD via social media.  While IDPD is Sunday, December 3rd this year, celebrations and events typically also fall on days leading up to, and following December 3rd.  Also, please consider sharing this with your own networks to encourage others to celebrate IDPD.
The Government of Canada is developing plans to celebrate IDPD and to renew our dedication to removing barriers to the full participation of Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of society. 
The purpose of IDPD is to:
·       promote an understanding of disability issues;
·       mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities; and,
·       increase awareness of the value of integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. 
IDPD provides an opportunity to help bring attention to the need for culture change in Canada to transform the way we think, talk, and act about accessibility and inclusion.
Following from an email we sent out in July, it would be helpful to know of any plans your organization has for celebrating IDPD this year.  Please provide information on your planned activities directly to Bruce Tate (   Thanks to those of you who have already taken this step!
Finally, be sure to check our Twitter and Facebook account for breaking news!

Many thanks.
Krista Wilcox
Director General/Directrice Générale
Office of Disability Issues/Bureau de la condition des personnes handicapées

Employment and Social Development Canada/Ministère de l’Emploi et du Développement social

Another Friendly reminder for Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) Christmas Children party- December 9th!

DEADLINE TO RSVP- Thursday, November 23rd!!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Special announcement from Manitoba Deaf Association about Building Advisory Committee

Manitoba Deaf Association’s Building Advisory Committee

The MDA Board had the meeting on October 17, 2017 and agreed to have MDA’s Building Advisory Committee that would be back in action again. The role of his Committee is to promote on the quality and improvements of services and programs  for Deaf tenants, Deaf Community and Deaf Organizations in the building of 285 Pembina Inc.

If you are interested to be on this committee, please contact Doug Momotiuk, MDA President, at Thanks

Manitoba Deaf Seniors Club (MDSC) Halloween Party - October 27th, 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

DASCH job fair- November 17 & 18th!

Environment Canada : Weather warning for City of Winnipeg - Wind Warning for Wednesday, October 18th,2017

Wind Warning

City of Winnipeg

Issued at 08:32 Tuesday 17 October 2017
A very intense low pressure system will track through northern Manitoba Wednesday. This system will bring very strong westerly winds with gusts of 90 km/h to southern Manitoba beginning this evening. In addition, certain wind prone areas in the lee of the Duck and Riding Mountains are likely to get gusts of 110 km/h or stronger. The extreme winds will abate Wednesday morning in western Manitoba and Wednesday afternoon in the Red River Valley as the low moves towards Ontario. ### Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #MBStorm. Find out more ›

Friday, 13 October 2017

Doug Momotiuk's experience at 2nd Annual Torch of Dignity Relay

The representatives from over 50 organizations including 2 Provincial MLAs and 1 Federal MP ran for the Manitobans for Human Rights’ 2nd Annual Torch of Dignity Relay on Monday, August 7, 2017.

The relay started at Kildonan Park and ended at Oodena Celebration Circle at Forks Market. There were the opening and closing ceremonies for the speakers.

Doug Momotiuk, Chairperson of Deaf Centre Manitoba, Inc took the location at 2nd spot of the relay. The MLA, Hon. Steven Fletcher started with the torch at the first spot and then he passed the torch to Doug at the second spot. Doug jogged to next spot and passed the torch to someone within Kildonan Park.

The Manitobans for Human Rights has two goals to promote Human Rights. The first goal is to promote Human Rights learning throughout the Province of Manitoba to many different sectors of society. The second goal is to work to the gradual development of a community based on equality and non-discrimination

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Press Conference was held at Deaf Centre Manitoba on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Barrier Free Manitoba  (BFM) had coordinated with several organizations to host a special Press Conference that was held today at Deaf Centre Manitoba.

Please see several pictures that was held at Press Conference.(Picture credit by Barrier Free Manitoba)

Sheila Montney as MC for the Press Conference.

 Jennifer Sande from Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD)

Janet Forbes from Barrier Free Manitoba (BFM)

Doug Momotiuk , President of Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA)

Sheila explain the website accessible for Provincial Budget Consultation Process

There was view of Press Conference on Global News  at 6pm on October 11th. You can copy and paste it to watch the news. This news is a bit later after the beginning of the news (approx 8 minutes and 20 minutes for few minutes)

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Manitoba Association of Visual Language Interpreters (MALVI) will have a workshop for everyone- Saturday, November 4th!!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Traffic accident reporting requirement have changed.. See for more information!

Manitoba Government would like to inform you about Traffic accident reporting requirements have changed.

If you are in a collision you no longer have to report to police if only property damage is sustained, no matter what the value of that damage is.

Reporting to police is required ONLY if this collision involves:

  • fatality
  • serious injury ( meaning someone was hospitalized) 
  • unlicensed driver or unregistered vehicle
  • unidentified vehicle (e.g. hit and run)
  • failure to obtain particulars from the other party
  • The suspected use of drugs or alcohol by the other driver
Vehicle damage resulting from suspected vandalism attempted theft and theft must also be reported to police.

For more information about changes to the Highway Traffic Act, please visit

Canada Deaf Games 2018 Fan Registration Form is now available!

Interested to setting up your own business? Check it out for the Information Session in October!

Anyone interested in setting up your own business??
Check the link below for further information about an information session on Monday, October 30th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Free admission.
If you require an ASL/English interpreter, contact them and let them know before October 13th.

The Associates of the Missionary Oblate Sisters present Fundraiser- Elvis & Johnny Cash for October 21st