“I remember stumbling on a post about the Honouring Gifts Program and thinking it was something that could help me gain some skills to add to my resume, while also having my kids close by. From the poster, I knew we would get all these trainings, certificates, the 9 essential skills training for the workplace and some cultural awareness – amazing – this sounds perfect I thought. Honouring Gifts is way more than that!
I learned a lot about myself and the world around me. Some of the teachings we received from all the different workshops, instructors and ceremony, got me thinking, questioning and understanding the life around me and how I was living. Everyone involved brought a new awareness to myself, I understood why my family was the way it was, I learned that I didn’t want to be like that and to break the cycle. As a mom of 3 and having little to no support, Ka Ni Kanichihk and the Honouring Gifts instructors have always been encouraging and supportive and continue to be today. As a current Ka Ni Kanichihk employee, for the past 3 years, I love walking into the building, knowing it is a safe space and everyone here has your back. I’ll forever be grateful to Ka Ni Kanichihk and the Honouring Gifts Program for offering this amazing program and believing in me. The poster said the program was designed to educate and empower women, that’s how I felt and still feel to this day.”

  • Christine, Honouring Gifts past program participant