JUNE 25, 2024 – Construction on the second story of Sakihiwewin Lodge is underway at 455 McDermot Ave., the future expanded home of Ka Ni Kanichihk and a gathering space for our community.

Construction began in the summer/fall of 2023, and thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals and partners, we’ve made great progress.  When it reopens a year from now, there will be more than double the space for community to gather, learn and celebrate.

In the photo above you can see the original building peeking out of the right side of this beautiful large addition the community has been asking for, for some time. The concrete columns and steel structure frame on the new second floor will house a cultural space, a wellness room and training rooms.

We eagerly anticipate the completion of the expanded campus which will provide even more culture-based programs:

  • New prevention programs will help eliminate education and employment gaps, reclaim Indigenous culture, revitalize Indigenous languages and break destructive cycles
  • The medical clinic will offer culturally grounded care in a safe, welcoming community setting
  • The outdoor canopy and gathering space will be open for everyone inthe community and provide an easy entryway to programming and supports
  • The cultural centre will be used often for events and ceremonies
  • People will have access to healthy food skills training in a new demonstration kitchen
  • 48 daycare spaces will provide more parents with the opportunity to take part in programs
  • A central, one-stop hub will connect Indigenous youth to resources
  • More classrooms and training spaces will expand the opportunities for community.

This expansion keeps services and programming space in the heart of Winnipeg and central to where our relatives live and gather.

We are incredibly grateful to our community members for their unwavering support and contributions to this project. The additional space and programs will enable thousands more individuals in our community to access the tools and support needed to transform their lives.

We are excited to keep you updated on the progress of this expansion over the coming year and look forward to welcoming you into the new Ka Ni Kanichihk campus!