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Meet the brave women patrolling Regina’s toughest neighbourhood

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Some of the White Pony Lodge volunteers return from a Friday evening patrol. (David Gutnick/CBC)

By David Gutnick, CBC News, January 7, 2018

It’s 6 p.m. on a cold Friday evening. Outside, the temperature hovers around -20 C.

Eight women sit in a circle in a bare-bones office in a nondescript building on 5th Avenue in downtown Regina, smack in the middle of a neighbourhood called North Central. Eleven thousand residents live in the surrounding blocks, in rundown apartment buildings and small houses on tiny lots, squeezed in between two sets of railway tracks. Read the rest of this entry


Thunder Bay’s Indigenous guardians volunteer to protect their community

Brandon, Selkirk eye Bear Clan Patrol groups as movement grows

bear-clan-patrollersMeeting to organize Brandon group will take place Jan. 19 at the Friendship Centre

By Riley Laychuk, CBC News January 06, 2017

Groups in two Manitoba cities are looking into starting their own Bear Clan Patrol groups as the movement spreads beyond Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway.

James Favel, executive director of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan, said he’s been working fairly closely with community groups in Brandon since last summer to start a patrol group in the Wheat City after first being contacted last winter.  Read the rest of this entry

Mama Bear Clan: Meet the women-led group patrolling Winnipeg streets


Mama Bear Clan members walk down Main Street, making their way toward a shelter for the city’s homeless population. (Martha Troian/CBC)

Volunteers now patrol some of city’s toughest streets

By Martha Troian, CBC News, November 30, 2016

Jennifer Roulette knows what it feels like to live in poverty and to lose her home, all while being a single mom.

The 33-year-old Winnipeg mother of four says she can relate to the people on the street whom she now spends her time helping.

Roulette is part of the Mama Bear Clan, a group of volunteers keeping an eye on the street and its people. Read the rest of this entry

Winnipeg cops join Bear Clan on patrol in city’s North End


Bear Clan Patrol co-founder James Favel and Winnipeg Police Cst. Jeff Boehm.

‘It’s a big deal, having a collaborative effort like this,’ Bear Clan Patrol co-founder says

CBC News, October 12, 2016

Winnipeg police put boots on the ground along with the Bear Clan in the North End Wednesday night.

Four officers from the Winnipeg Police Service joined the community patrol, which has been walking North End streets on its own since 2015. Read the rest of this entry

Bear Clan, North End street patrol, earns kudos after Cooper Nemeth search, smudge

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Members of the Bear Clan Patrol pose with Winnipeg police, February 2016. Photo: CBC News.

By Marianne Klowak, CBC News, Feb 24, 2016

A North End community group is gaining wide support online for its efforts to help find 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth, whose body was found last weekend. A 22-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder.

The street patrol group called the Bear Clan spent countless hours searching for Nemeth and in the end, honoured him in a smudge ceremony. Read the rest of this entry

Bear Clan Patrol makes official return to Winnipeg streets

Members of the Bear Clan prepare for their first official patrol. (Tim Fontaine/CBC)

Members of the Bear Clan prepare for their first official patrol. (Tim Fontaine/CBC)

CBC News, July 14, 2015

After months of planning and years in hibernation, the Bear Clan Patrol has returned to Winnipeg streets. The volunteer safety group held their first official street patrol Monday night in the North End.

“It’s really empowering. It’s part of the movement that’s been gathering in our community here and I’m just so glad to see it finally come together,” says organizer James Favel.

The original Bear Clan Patrol was first formed in 1992. Back then, around 200 volunteers banded together to provide people living on or frequenting city streets with a sense of security.

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‘Bear Clan Patrol’ to return to Winnipeg streets

Logo on jacket of Bear Clan Patrol. Photo: CBC News.

Logo on jacket of Bear Clan Patrol. Photo: CBC News.

Group hopes to resurrect inner-city safety patrol founded in the 1990s

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, Feb 25, 2015

Volunteers from the city’s indigenous community are resurrecting a group that once patrolled Winnipeg streets.

The murder of Tina Fontaine this past summer was really the catalyst for this,” said James Favel, chair of the Dufferin Residents Association and one of those reconstituting the Bear Clan Patrol.

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