Expanding Ka Ni Kanichihk to Expand Healing

Real Reconciliation

The futures of Indigenous people in Manitoba matter to all of us.

If you believe in a Manitoba that includes the power and potential of Indigenous peoples. If you believe in a strong community for everyone. If you believe in true, meaningful reconciliation that ensures Indigenous people have agency over their lives and direction.

Then, please consider an investment in Ka Ni Kanichihk.

Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Track Record

Ka Ni Kanichihk has a track record of success. Of seeing people for who they are. Of hearing people. Of walking beside them as they discover their path – from cradle to career, from children to parents to grandparents.

Based in Indigenous ways of being, founded and led by Indigenous leaders and Elders, and with proven best practises, Ka Ni Kanichihk changes lives. In fact, it directly changes 700 lives every year. Those people then positively impact thousands more.

Ka Ni Kanichihk needs to increase its capacity to accommodate the growth in demand for its programming as well as to expand the scope of its programming to meet evolving needs. With this expansion, we will be able to support more than 1,200 people very year.

I have found so much healing in our culture and can honestly say I would probably not still be here on this earth if it wasn’t for Ka Ni Kanichihk reconnecting me with my culture. I have struggled in the past with suicide and self-harm, and Ka Ni Kanichihk helped me overcome those battles by being so supportive and always having someone I can talk to when I need some encouragement or some teachings to help get me through.

Meg Olmstead
Meg Olmstead
Butterfly Club Facilitator/Former Participant

We need to do this now

There are incredible opportunities in providing an Indigenous space to help people heal themselves and help each other heal. This builds a strong, healthy community for all of us.

There are also incredible risks in not doing so, as shame, isolation and self harm can take hold, and cause people further tragedies.

There is urgency to breaking the pervasive, destructive cycle. But breaking out of this cycle can’t mean a break with culture. Just the opposite. For many, breaking out of the damaging cycle means finding and reclaiming their identity as Indigenous people, with a rich and evolving culture.

It’s up to all of us to build a healthy community that is inclusive, supportive and cohesive for all.

We will all be ancestors one day. What do we want our legacy to be?

Ka Ni Kanichihk has always been a second home to me as I always have a place to go to when I am feeling alone, they always keep my mind full of positive things and remind myself who I am. Before I started even going to Restoring the Sacred I didn’t know who I was, I was so lost with myself, I didn’t know what I was capable of because I never had that encouragement with someone reassuring me on the side. That’s what inspired me to go back to school to work with children and youth. I couldn’t have never done it without the help of Restoring the Sacred and I thank them for that.

Kyra Lacquette
Former Participant, Restoring the Sacred


Ka Ni Kanichihk’s ability to serve the community affects all of us, whether we use their services or not. This journey to health and healing cannot be completed without your help.

Every gift makes a difference. Every gift is an investment in a person. Every dollar will profoundly affect a life.


The work of Ka Ni Kanichihk touches the lives of every Manitoban, offering a hand equally to those who are struggling and those who are thriving. I’ve first-hand witnessed the impact of its programming and have often remarked how its visionary commitment to the future and leadership in the complex issues that face our community make it one of Winnipeg’s most important organizations. The work of Ka Ni Kanichihk saves lives and brings us altogether.

Niigaan James Sinclair
Associate Professor
Department of Native Studies
University of Manitoba


Ka Ni Kanichihk needs to expand to meet the growing demand and so that not another person slips between the cracks of caring.

Ka Ni Kanichihk owns the building and property at 455 McDermot where it now operates. The expansion will take it from 8,700 SF to 22,000 SF. This increase in space creates capacity for the community to heal.

The expansion is $7-million project. This important investment will impact generations, across our province.

  • More people will have the opportunity to heal. With more space, existing programs can accommodate more people and needed program can be added.
  • More people will build skills for life and careers. The expansion will create more space for career training, culturally safe prevention programs and intervention resources, such as workshops focused on language development, cultural awareness and safety and ending violence against women.A commercial-grade kitchen will allow the teaching of nutritious life-skills as well as career training.
  • The daycare will be expanded to 48 spaces to ensure more people can take part in programming – healing, learning, job preparation. Almost all women need childcare to be able to take part in Ka Ni Kanichihk’s programs. The children will be grounded in Indigenous identity and culture and connected to Indigenous knowledge at a young age so they grow up knowing who they are.The expanded daycare facility will also establish the Indigenous Early Learning Centre, a first in Winnipeg
  • The Centre will be a public symbol of, and a home for, reconciliation in the heart of the city. Through its added programming, Ka Ni Kanichihk will connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, providing opportunities to gather, learn and participate in a strong future together.