Ka Ni Kanichihk News

Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest

Ka Ni Kanichihk’s programming is rooted in cultural ways of being and this includes smudging at program activities and times of ceremony. Each year, program leaders take community members out on the land to pick medicines for learning and ceremony. Earlier this month, the community came  together to pick sage at Birds Hill Park in preparation for winter. What a welcome, safe, land-based group cultural activity it was, especially after the long period of not being able to gather.  This year’s sage picking started by receiving a teaching, followed by going out in small groups and families to harvest.  White sage is burned for meditation, smudging and cleansing of spirit and dwelling. Its smoke is used to purify mind, body,...

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Celebrating Youth

Celebrating Youth

The Manitoba Youth Transitional Employment Assistance and Mentorship (MYTEAM) program recently held a graduation ceremony to celebrate 11 amazing youth who successfully completed over two years of programming.  This is a demonstration of Indigenous youth excellence in action!  MYTEAM youth are survivors of the child welfare system and are at risk of aging out of CFS without the tools and supports they need to reach their goals.  MYTEAM staff help youth make a safer transition out of CFS and into living independently in the community. Everyone was so excited that due to pandemic restrictions loosening, we were able to come together and celebrate as a group – something we couldn’t do last year. The Graduation was held on the sacred grounds...

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Ka Ni Kanichihk is a Winnipeg Indigenous Accord (WIA) Partner

Ka Ni Kanichihk is a Winnipeg Indigenous Accord (WIA) Partner

The fourth annual City of Winnipeg Indigenous Accord (WIA) Signing Ceremony took place outdoors on September 9, 2021 in the City Hall Courtyard.  This event, which was postponed from the summer of 2020, saw 39 new partners signing the Accord which confirms their ongoing commitment to reconciliation. Dodie Jordaan Executive Director was on hand to sign on behalf of Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. Event host Mayor Brian Bowman spoke of changes taking place in our community and that the truth was just beginning to be heard. Next to climate change, Mayor Bowman identified reconciliation as the single most important and greatest challenge for all Canadians and encourages us all to work toward meaningful reconciliation. The Winnipeg Indigenous Accord is...

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Reconciliation Realities

Reconciliation Realities

We usually use our monthly email to you to tell you about Ka Ni Kanichihk’s programs, news and upcoming events, but this time I’m using it to ask for your help. Reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility. So is truth. In fact, reconciliation is only possible with truth. That is why we can’t stop talking about the children whose graves have been discovered – and are still being discovered - at former residential schools across Canada. Communities throughout Canada are still searching, and First Nation communities are still looking for healing. It’s important that we all come face to face with the truth before we fast-track to reconciliation. The truth goes far beyond graves of little ones. We all need to understand our complex histories...

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Velma’s Garden

Velma’s Garden

Velma’s House at 154 Sherbrook St. House is a place of safety, comfort and connection to serve women aged 18+, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community who identify as female. Led by Ka Ni Kanichihk in collaboration with the 24/7 Safe Space Planning Committee, Velma’s House provides: Access to traditional medicines, elders, ceremony, and cultural ways of healingHot meals, to-go lunches, water, tea, coffeeA safe place to rest, warm up or cool downHygiene and harm reduction suppliesLaundry and shower facilitiesEmergency clothingExtensive support with employment, housing, and navigating systems such EIA and CFS We’re excited to share with you that Velma’s House now has a beautiful new volunteer and participant-led garden. Velma's Garden is a...

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Graduating through pandemic times

Graduating through pandemic times

Meet Candace, a young mother whose resilient will has helped her overcome many painful challenges in her  life. When Candace’s son was apprehended when she lived in Brandon, MB her life fell apart. With no resources to help her and a difficult system to navigate, she gave up and started going down a path that almost took away her will. But, determined not to give up, Candace found the strength to seek the help she needed to find a better path. That’s when she found out about Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Honouring Gifts program and signed up. Now Candace has a new purpose and a zest for life, and has found a way forward to become successful and empowered. The Honouring Gifts Program was a Blessing to be a part of. I loved it so much, I have...

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Ka Ni Kanichihk New Logo

Ka Ni Kanichihk New Logo

You may have noticed our logo has changed.  In mid 2020, Ka Ni Kanichihk undertook a brand strengthening journey that included seeking input from our community members as we explored our purpose, vision, mission and values. Ka Ni Kanichihk’s new logo doesn’t stray far from our roots and the founding design of the grandmother image. It reflects our commitment to culture; human connections; people helping people; being Indigenous designed and led, non-judgemental, and decolonizing; sharing Indigenous knowledge and traditions; and providing a safe and welcoming space for our community members. At Ka Ni Kanichihk, the greatness and gifts of all peoples are seen and honoured. We continue to offer a safe place where Indigenous cultures and...

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Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Council (Board of Directors) is looking for new members

Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Council (Board of Directors) is looking for new members

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. is a charitable non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Governing Council of twelve (12) Indigenous people. For the last 19 years our council members have shared their skills, education, experiences and knowledge of the urban Indigenous community in Winnipeg and our peoples' ties to home communities in other territories, to build a strong Indigenous community. The Ka Ni Kanichihk council is looking for the following qualities: Knowledge of Indigenous Ways and CultureCorporate/BusinessHuman ResourcesAccountingLegalFinancial LiteracyInformation TechnologyBuilding-Construction ManagementPublic Affairs & CommunicationRisk ManagementStrategic PlanningService Providing AgencyCapital/Fundraising About Us We...

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A nation grieving

A nation grieving

It is hard to learn of the recent discovies of bodies in unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools (IRS) in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. A lot of deep, painful feelings and memories have risen to the surface for many.  As an Indigenous community we know there are still many more unmarked child graves of former IRS residents to be found. June is National Indigenous History Month. Our histories have once again surfaced to remind us of the tragedies we faced and still face as Indigenous peoples, along with the deep, lingering trauma and impacts we continue to combat with every day.  Healing is critical!  After the discovery of the remains of 215 children at  the former Kamloops IRS, Medicine Bear Lodge...

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Indigenous Ally Toolkit

Indigenous Ally Toolkit

In 2019, the Montreal Indigenous Community Network launched the Indigenous Ally Toolkit, which was created to foster alliances and educate non-Indigenous people and groups on how they can use their privilege to listen, shift power dynamics, and take concrete steps towards ‘reconciliACTION’. Since its launch, 400,000+ people have read the Indigenous Ally Toolkit, 64+ websites have linked it as a resource, and it has been adapted by the Calgary Foundation for Treaty 6 territory. It was also listed as an educational resource in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action #’s 1iii, 23iii, 28, 57, 63iv, 90iv and 92iii address a...

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