Ka Ni Kanichihk News

Reconciliation and our new Premier

Reconciliation and our new Premier

Ka Ni Kanichihk congratulates The Honourable Heather Stefanson on her election and swearing in as the 24th premier of Manitoba. We appreciate and thank you for your early commitment to reconciliation and look forward to working with you to ensure all Indigenous Manitobans are fully included socially and economically. 

Indigenous Veterans Day – November 8th

Indigenous Veterans Day – November 8th

As a young military cadet, Melanie Brass (pictured here) proudly participated in Canada’s first Indigenous Veterans Day held in Winnipeg on November 8, 1994. She also participated in a service this year at Ka Ni Kanichihk. Indigenous Veterans Day is now observed throughout Canada in recognition of Indigenous contributions to military service, particularly in the First World War, Second World War and the Korean War. Indigenous people made great sacrifices for Canada, as recalled by staff...

Consider a Gift

Consider a Gift

As 2021 winds to a close, we enter the seasonal giving period - a time that brings our thoughts to extending a hand to others, sharing what we can, and building a bright future for all. This year, please consider making a gift to our community by donating to Ka Ni Kanichihk. Although the world is slowly emerging from the pandemic, we continue to see the impacts of COVID on our urban Indigenous community. Many people are still feeling the effects of financial stress, loss and physical and...

Community Chili Cook Off

Community Chili Cook Off

Ka Ni Kanichihk will once again be hosting our annual Chili Cook Off in support of the United Way. We had to cancel this event in 2020, so we’re really looking forward to once again offering delicious chili, bannock and apple crisp.  This year’s event will still look a bit different from previous years but it is open to the public. The friendly staff chili cook-off competition will take place on Friday, November 26th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (or until the chili runs out). This year we will...

Welcome to our new Governing Council Members

Welcome to our new Governing Council Members

Ka Ni Kanichihk is pleased to welcome our newest Council Members for 2021-22! Listed in order of appearance from left to right. Herbert Zobell is RBC’s Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, Indigenous Banking, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut and Western Ontario. A member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation, Herb has over 26 years of commercial banking and First Nation government experience. Joana Bersamina is the Human Resources Manager with the Downtown Community Safety...

Honouring our past

Honouring our past

It is only by raising awareness and increasing Canadians’ knowledge of the past that we can ensure we are all moving forward together. September 30 marked Canada’s first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, and October 4th was the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. These special days are needed to shine a light on the devastating impacts of Indian Residential Schools and other systems established to damage and control Indigenous peoples. On...

Nurturing Language and Culture

Nurturing Language and Culture

"It's really made me appreciate and participate in my culture more. Culture has made a good impact on my mental health" - Madison The Butterfly Club and Kistesimaw programs have begun a new project in partnership with Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre (MICEC) to teach Indigenous Language . The 12-week program for youth ages 8-13 years started on Oct. 18th and offers beginner lessons in Cree and Ojibwe. It will be followed by another learning session in Michif.  Cultural and...

Support group for Indigenous women and 2 Spirited individuals living with HIV/AIDS

Support group for Indigenous women and 2 Spirited individuals living with HIV/AIDS

Ka Ni Kanichihk is a partner in Sisters of Fire, a Winnipeg-based support group for Indigenous women and 2 Spirited individuals living with HIV/AIDS. In response to increased mental health needs arising during COVID, Sisters of Fire partnered with KiA (Knowledge into Action) in a Love Positive Women initiative over the summer. Participants met over Zoom and created and distributed cards with positive messaging to support women living with HIV in Winnipeg. Researchers still know very...

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. ...

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...