Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. is a duly registered non-profit corporation (Corporation # 4504224) in good standing under The Corporations Act of Manitoba and is also a designated charitable organization. As a registered non-profit corporation, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. has the capacity to enter into service purchase agreements and has demonstrated this capacity over the years through funding and service purchase agreements from various funding agencies, departments, and corporations.  Such service purchase agreements have been subject to annual audits and have been recorded in Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.’s annual reports, year-end audit reports, and annual returns.

Our Vision

To honour the spirit of our ancestors and seek their wisdom to guide our peoples back to balance and wellness.  Our people have come home.  We are self-determining, healthy, happy and respected for our cultural and spiritual strengths and ways of being.

Our Mandate

We provide Aboriginal identified programs and services that focus on wholeness and wellness and that build on the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal peoples.  We do this to help people to help themselves, to build healthy relationships and to create a sustainable future for our community.

Our Values & Beliefs

At Ka Ni Kanichihk we honour the laws of our Creator, the knowledge of our ancestors and our responsibility to the children; those that are here now and those still waiting to come – seven generations from now.

At Ka Ni Kanichihk, we…

  • Walk our Talk
  • Share strength, health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples
  • Provide welcoming and safe environments
  • Walk in balance with strength, values and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Value belonging, mastery, and generosity
  • Believe in independence and interdependence (with all our relations)
  • Create relevant programming in partnership with our community


Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. is governed by a volunteer Council of twelve (12) Indigenous women and men with a variety of skills, education, experiences and knowledge of the urban Aboriginal community within Winnipeg and our peoples’ ties to home communities in other territories. Kimberly Puhach and Sharon Parenteau are the Co-Chairpersons of the Council. Both continue in a leadership capacity within the urban Aboriginal community and also have a broader reach within the province.


  • Jessie Howell

Executive Council

  • Kimberley Puhach,  Co-Chairperson
  • Sharon Parenteau, Co-Chairperson
  • Mary Jane Loustel, Treasurer
  • Brett Huson, Secretary

Council Members

  • Gwen Cook
  • Sharon Parenteau
  • Helen Robinson-Settee
  • Edith Turner
  • Brett Huson
  • Mary Jane Loustel

Youth Representative

  • Ocean White
  • Jesse Peebles

Staff Representative

  • Leslie Spillett


  • Aboriginal Health and Wellness
  • All Nations Coordinated Response Network
  • Children of the Earth High School
  • Central Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Department of Education – Partners for Careers
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Manitoba Inc.
  • International Business Machine (IBM)
  • Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs Child Protection Branch
  • Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre
  • Manitoba Tourism Education Council
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.
  • National Day of Healing and Reconcilliation
  • Onashowewin
  • Policy and Strategic Initiatives – Aboriginal and Northern Affairs
  • Red River College
  • Sawano Pinesiwan
  • Sexually Exploited Youth Coalition
  • University of Winnipeg – Global College
  • Winnipeg School Division
  • Youth Gang Prevention Coalition
  • Youth Peacebuilding Project
  • Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services Inc.
  • The Institute for Community Peacebuilding
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba
  • The YMCA/YWCA of Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (Welcome Place)
  • Masters in Development Practice – The University of Winnipeg