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For Families

We encourage inclusive community bonds and nurture belonging, pride and resilient families through cultural reconnection, wellness and lifelong independence skills.

The Link works to nurture strong and resilient youth and families through:


We build safe, caring, collaborative and respectful relationships between family members, families, peers and partners in the community.


We strive to improve physical, mental and emotional wellness of our youth and their families.


We ensure youth are equipped with skills for lifelong independence including job training and school supports.


We build safe, caring, collaborative and respectful relationships between family members, families, peers and partners in the community.

Learn More About The Link

The Link has been helping children, youth and families in Manitoba for nearly 100 years. Today our network spans four communities and includes hundreds of staff, volunteers and foster families.

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Change a Child or Family’s Future

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Lend us Your Time and Talents

Share your expertise whether it’s in a leadership capacity on our Board of Directors (by nomination), through individual projects and programs or by organizing fundraising or awareness-building events.

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What we do…

We walk alongside children, youth, adults and families as an inclusive community, strengthening and empowering a sense of belonging, pride and purpose.


Why we do it…

To become a community that shapes and creates opportunities for belonging, pride and purpose.


How we do it…

through inclusivity, respect and humility.

through engagement, reciprocity and responsibility.

through connection, growth and balance.


What People Say About Our Work

From volunteers, to staff, to program participants, see what people are saying about The Link’s network of family supports.

Read Our Latest News

  • Text Line to Support Youth

    Text Line to Support Youth

    Exciting News! We have a new text line for youth! If you or someone you…

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  • Spring Feast and Ceremony

    Spring Feast and Ceremony

    On March 19th the Indigenous Initiatives team helped us to welcome spring! We gathered together…

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  • Festival Du Voyageur

    Festival Du Voyageur

    Festival du Voyageur, with the support of Réseau Compassion Network, generously offered tickets to our…

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We're Hiring - Grow with Us!⁠
We're always looking for motivated and dedicated individuals to help support a wide range of Indigenous and culturally diverse youth and their families.⁠
- Coach Program⁠
- Clinician ⁠
- Occupational Therapist ⁠
- Brief Treatment Therapist ⁠
- Case Manager – Independent Living with Supports ⁠
- Youth Care Practitioner – Healing Homes ⁠
- Family Preservation and Reunification Workers ⁠
Please visit https://thelinkmb.easyapply.co/ to learn more.⁠
Feel free to share this opportunity with your network!⁠
#Jobs #Manitoba #Careers #Employment #MBJobs #JobsMB #Winnipeg #WpgJobs
Community Walk - Fridays at 6 p.m.⁠
Join WiiGiishin GiiWiiGeeNahn Fridays at 6 p.m. for a community walk to hand out food, water, snacks.⁠
 WiiGiishin GiiWiiGeeNahn is a volunteer coalition that comes together to support the downtown area.⁠
Meet at Portage and Memorial at 6 p.m.⁠
#Winnipeg #Volunteer #Community
Music Monday!⁠
Uncle Norway and Drew will host a drop-in music “jam” session. ⁠
Monday, June 10, 2024⁠
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.⁠
175 Mayfair Avenue⁠
You can try out some instruments, sing and have some fun learning about music. All ages welcome.
The Winnipeg Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 2nd, 2024!⁠
Our Walking Group will meet at 10:45 a.m. on Memorial Boulevard in front of the Legislative Building. There will be four lanes of parade floats. We will be in AISLE C.⁠
We will be in Aisle C, among the floats parked and ready for the parade on Memorial Avenue. We will walk behind The Link’s truck from Memorial Boulevard to the parking lot across from the Goldeyes stadium near the Human Rights Museum.⁠
There is a rally in front of the Legislative Building, which begins at 10 a.m. and you are welcome to attend and then the parade will follow the rally.⁠
Dress for the weather and for Pride!⁠
Bring a hat, water bottle and wear walking shoes.⁠
Everyone is welcome to join us - bring your wagons and strollers if needed!⁠
Our theme is We Are All Superstars!⁠
#WinnipegPride #PrideWPG #Winnipeg #YWG
CANCELLED - Drumming Workshop with Uncle Blair⁠
The drumming for tonight is CANCELLED.⁠
Apologies for any inconvenience.⁠
#Drumming #Winnipeg #Youth #IndigenousYouth
Drumming Workshop with Uncle Blair!⁠
Monday, May 27, 2024⁠
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ⁠
175 Mayfair Avenue⁠
Youth and community members all welcome.⁠
#Drumming #Winnipeg #Youth #IndigenousYouth
Join us today for a Pride Kick-Off BBQ and to help The Hub with their Community Clean-Up!⁠
12 to 2:30 p.m.⁠
159 Mayfair Avenue⁠
Outside in the front yard of the YRC⁠
We will have hot dogs, music, sno-cones, and a parade float decoration station!⁠
It is going to be a great day!⁠