North East Regional Stop Sexual Exploitation Team

What is NERSE?

NERSE is the North East Regional Stop Sexual Exploitation Team. We are a regional team working on addressing child sexual exploitation in north eastern Manitoba. Along with other Regional Teams in Manitoba working across the province, and supported by Tracia’s Trust, our efforts include:

    • networking and sharing information and best practices
    • identifying issues of sexual exploitation (looking at the incidences and nature in their communities)
    • developing and implementing regional initiatives
    • strengthening local, regional, provincial, and federal partnerships.


Our committee members come from diverse backgrounds and is currently composed of representatives from:

      • Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre
      • Wings of Power
      • Hollow Water First Nation
      • Sagkeeng Health Centre
      • Manitoba Harm Reduction Network
      • Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority
      • Government of Manitoba


Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team.

For more information about NERSE, view our brochure or contact:

Coral Kendel, NERSE Chair 
Phone: 204-272-8835 (direct line)

Annual Events

Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Week March 12-18, 2023

NERSE acknowledges Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Week and Human Trafficking Awareness Day, March 15th, 2024, by “Shedding Light” on this issue that happens to thousands of Manitoban children and youth each year. Lights and posters were distributed to 15 community agencies and businesses throughout the north-eastern region of Manitoba and hung in publicly visible spaces, and other residents are encouraged to join the movement to inform more people about the prevalence of human trafficking and providing resources.

Grandmother’s Walk

The annual Grandmother’s Walk is an all-inclusive awareness initiative which promotes unity and healing through Ceremony. It takes place annually and brings together Regional Team members, communities, social service organizations and allies under the wisdom and guidance of local Elders.

Sagkeeng and Powerview – Pine Falls 
October 11, 2023
Hosted by Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

Fall Family Fair

Free Fall Family Fair - October 29th 1:00 - 4:30pm. Brokenhead River Community Hall. 320 Veterans Lane - Beausejour.


What is child exploitation?

Child or Youth Sexual Exploitation is the act of coercing, luring, or engaging a child under the age of 18 into a sexual act and involvement in the sex trade or child sexual abuse material CSAM (formerly child pornography), with or without the child’s consent, in exchange for money, drugs, shelter, food, protection, or other necessities.

The sexual exploitation of children and youth is a serious concern in Manitoba. Children and youth who have been victims of sexual exploitation are victims of child sexual abuse. It is estimated that hundreds of children and youth are victims of sexual exploitation.

Online Dangers: Cyberbullying and Online Child Sexual Exploitation
On February 8, 2022, Public Safety Canada held a virtual panel event. Watch the recording here:

Human Trafficking Hotline:  – 1-844-333-2211
This line provides 24/7 support and non-judgemental, trauma-informed counselling to trafficked persons, and anyone else affected by trafficking such as service providers, family, friends and co-workers.
For more information: 

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
National charity dedicated to the personal safety of children. 

Cyber Tips
Canada’s National Tipline for Reporting the online sexual exploitation of children
Website (to report):
To view the latest Cyber Tip alert:

Missing Kids 
Provides families support in finding their missing child and provides educational material to help prevent children from going missing.

Project Arachnid 
Is an innovative tool to combat the growing proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on the internet.

Protect Kids Online
Website providing free online safety information for parents/guardians of children and teens.

Kids in the Know
A educational program that teaches children personal safety skills for educators and parents/guardians.

Don’t Get Sextorted
Provides information to teens about sextortion.

Need Help Now
Provides support to teens to help stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos.

Commit to Kids
Resource and online training for child serving organizations.

Stop Sex with Kids
Manitoba’s Strategy: Responding to Children and Youth Involved in Sexual Exploitation.

Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre – SARAH Program 

Sexual Assault Recovery and Healing (SARAH) Workers are trained advocates that support people who have just experienced sexual assault. SARAH Workers are available 24/7 through RCMP detachments and emergency departments for those in the Eastern Region of Manitoba.

Sexual Assault Recovery and Healing (SARAH) Counselling and Support Program – provides free counselling to anyone 15 and older in the Interlake Eastern Region of Manitoba who has experienced teen or adult sexual violence.

For more information:

More Information Regarding Manitoba Sexual Exploitation Strategy