Ka Ni Kanichihk News

Increased support for youth and victims of sexual assault

This spring, Ka Ni Kanichihk received funding from the Manitoba government for two important initiatives that will serve our community – the creation of a youth hub and mores services for victims of assault. We are grateful they understand the immense need to meet community where they are.  Youth Hubs In March, the creation of five new youth hubs, including one based at Ka Ni Kanichihk, was announced by the Manitoba government, Shared Health, the United Way and other funders. Youth Hubs bring services to youth, instead of them having to find their way through what may be difficult systems of mental health care, addiction services, primary care, peer support and other social services. Here at Ka Ni Kanichihk, access and information will be...

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The Manitoba Mino Pimatisiwin Model of Care

The Manitoba Mino Pimatisiwin Model of Care

The Mino Pimatisiwin project was created to improve prevention and treatment services of Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections (STBBI) among our relatives. Ka Ni Kanichihk works in partnership with health clinics and front-line workers to enhance health services through Indigenous leadership and a model of cultural safety. Covid forced many to temporarily put their STBBI work on hold. A hard choice considering that the transmission of STBBIs continues. We applaud the work of Indigenous leadership in the Covid response over the last year, while reminding our community members that we have been calling for a similar dedicated response in the world of STBBIs and Harm Reduction. What if similar resources had been so swiftly directed...

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COVID-19 Frontline Workers Photos – Keeping the Fires Burning

COVID-19 Frontline Workers Photos – Keeping the Fires Burning

As part of our 20th Anniversary Keeping the Fire Burning (KFB) celebration, Ka Ni Kanichihk will honour Manitoba Frontline Workers for their service to Indigenous communities throughout this time of pandemic. We're asking community members to send photos of Frontline Workers which will be featured in a video tribute as part of our June 21, 2021 virtual gala event. Please include the name of the individual(s) featured within your photograph(s) and the community where your picture(s) was taken. Photos (& inquiries) to Elena Gagliardi: elena@plannersplus.ca | 204-995-8997

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The Medicine Bear Family

The Medicine Bear Family

2020 was definitely different and came with lots of struggles for our group of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirit-impacted families. The families of Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Medicine Bear program have always socialized in person and we sure miss eating together, talking, beading, and just enjoying each other’s company. It was very challenging to keep our strong connection going during the pandemic. But Medicine Bear Counselling is doing our best to ensure our families can still engage with us and connect with each other. It’s so important as we have really become our own special family over the years. Due to pandemic social distancing rules, our usual Wiping Away the Tears (WATT) gathering was cancelled. We know our...

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Heart Medicine Lodge Gathering – Nizaagi’idiz: I Love Myself

Heart Medicine Lodge Gathering – Nizaagi’idiz: I Love Myself

After dealing with the impact of COVID-19 over the past 12 months, the ‘I Love Myself’ theme was very fitting for this year’s annual Heart Medicine Lodge Gathering. While 2020 was challenging, it also offered an opportunity to reflect and allowed many of us to spend more time with loved ones. This year’s Heart Medicine Lodge Gathering was also unique, as it was the first time it was held virtually. Even though we met on online, it was wonderful for the community to come together and connect for a day. The Gathering started with a pipe ceremony conducted by Ka Ni Kanichihk founder Leslie Spillett followed by opening remarks from Leslie and Executive Director Dodie Jordaan. Participants then heard from keynote speaker Andrea Landry, a...

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Cedar Bath Ceremony Kits – another way to care for yourself

Cedar Bath Ceremony Kits – another way to care for yourself

As a part of virtual programming, the Manitoba Youth Transitional Employment and Mentorship (M.Y.T.E.A.M) program delivered Cedar Bath ceremony kits to participants’ homes. The amazing MYTEAM program provides support and mentorship to youth who are in the care of Child and Family Services. The Cedar Bath ceremony kits are prepared by traditional knowledge keeper, Natasha Turner, and each one contains cedar, sage, a small eagle feather, and instructions on how to prepare your individualized cedar bath. Natasha explains that the cedar bath ceremony is a cleansing event that can wash away negative energy and remove toxins from unhealthy food, cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol. MYTEAM participants who chose to take the cedar bath ceremony were...

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Finally, a 24/7 Safe Space: Velma’s House

Finally, a 24/7 Safe Space: Velma’s House

Velma’s House welcomes and values people just as they are, without judgment or assumptions. The 24/7 Safe Space, “Velma’s House”, is an initiative led by Ka Ni Kanichihk and delivered in collaboration with the 24/7 Safe Space Planning Committee (or the Lived Experience Advisory Committee of Survivors), consisting of: the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Manitoba Coalition of Families, the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, End Homelessness Winnipeg, and the West Central Women’s Resource Centre. The space is named in honor of Velma Orvis, who worked closely with the community until her passing in 2020. It is our hope that the space embodies the unconditional love Velma showed to everyone...

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Looking Back Looking Forward

Looking Back Looking Forward

A message from Dodie Jordaan, Executive Director. As many of you have commented, 2020 was certainly a challenging year. Yet, as I now look back on the year, I realize some incredible things happened because of you. Because of our community. When the pandemic hit Canada, we knew immediately that our community was most vulnerable and would be the most affected. We also knew support had to go on, so we were thrilled the community allowed us to move programming and supports remotely and online. Thank you to staff and volunteers - everyone who helped develop online tools, dropped packages off directly to participants’ homes and engaged them regularly to ensure people’s basic needs were met. Ka Ni Kanichihk was identified as an essential...

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Coming to Winnipeg for educations isn’t easy

Coming to Winnipeg for educations isn’t easy

Restoring the Sacred is an Indigenous-knowledge-based program that supports students from rural and northern communities when they move to Winnipeg to complete their high school education. It can be quite a transition – and full of risk and uncertainty. Restoring the Sacred connects youth with volunteer mentors in a safe, supportive environment so that all the young people have someone they can count on for advice, guidance and strong, healthy and meaningful relationships. We want everyone to have a successful transition to the city, and the opportunity to succeed academically. That means ensuring people have a sense of belonging, which can prevent victimization, sexual exploitation, gang recruitment and substance use. Although in-person,...

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