Ka Ni Kanichihk News

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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Unveiling of New Building Design – Wellness for All We Love

Unveiling of New Building Design – Wellness for All We Love

On June 24th, Ka Ni Kanichihk was proud and excited to unveil the designs for our building expansion.  Working with a design team of Verne Reimer Architecture in collaboration with Indigenous Design Studio at Brook Mcilroy and Woven Collaborative, the expansion will create 14,200SF of additional space in a new two-storey build, allowing Ka Ni Kanichihk to offer an Indigenous-led culturally safe space for expanded healing, growth and skills development to twice as many people. Almost since the day Ka Ni Kanichihk opened at 455 McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg 20 years ago, it was too small to accommodate those who wanted services.  The community has told us they need  additional training programs, more healing opportunities for...

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National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S+ – May 5th

National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S+ – May 5th

According to the RCMP, there are nearly 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous woman and girls in Canada, although it’s believed the number is likely much higher. Our hearts are with these many families. “[The National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S+] was started over 11 years ago by Metis artist Jaime Black, who created a public display of red dresses to raise awareness. It quickly became a tradition to wear red on this day to continue bringing awareness to this important issue that continues to devastate Indigenous families and communities and touches all Canadians. This year Ka Ni Kanichihk Medicine Bear Program staff offered food and ribbons that families could pick up as the community came together to remember, grieve, and hope.  There...

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Bursary in honour of our sister Jennifer Dawn McPherson

Bursary in honour of our sister Jennifer Dawn McPherson

by Gerri-Lee, Medicine Bear Participant In 2013 I walked into Ka Ni Kanichihk and was guided to Medicine Bear Counselling, Support and Elder Services. The last time I went to Ka Ni Kanichihk was to visit my sister Jennifer at work, but this time it was seeking counselling on the bereavement of her death. Our family was welcomed with the most loving councillor who provided us with the utmost care.  We were counselled with beautiful traditional teachings, the smell of Sage and Sweetgrass medicines lingered around us as we shared our grief and pain. We were provided with precious tools to grieve and heal in a good way. Medicine Bear program has walked hand in hand with my family for many years. We were provided quick access and connected to...

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Wellness for youth through cultural connection

Wellness for youth through cultural connection

We recently spoke with a 13-year-old youth who has been in Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Kistesimaw program for four years. We asked him what his top three memories are from his time in Kistesimaw. He told us, “Going to Oskatakatnaak (Jack Pine Hill) a bunch of times to meet with an elder, eat moose meat and go for walks and learn about the land. Also, that time I got my Spirit name in the Sweat Lodge. And, when I first started, making a skate board with you. When asked what would be the main thing he will take with him after graduating from the Kistesimaw program, he responded, “My culture.”  To find out more about the Kistesimaw (youth crime prevention) program, please visit Kistesimaw “My Eldest Brother” | Ka Ni Kanichihk

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Emergency preparedness makes a difference

National Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Week was May 2-8, 2021. Studies show that communities that are prepared for an emergency or disaster (like an extreme weather event), are better able to respond and recover when one happens. Personal preparedness helps build overall community resiliency.  Here are some community resources to help you and your relatives be ready if there’s an emergency or disaster: The City of Winnipeg is offering new Ready Winnipeg courses online. The courses provide practical information about how people can prepare for an emergency, the main types of hazards facing Winnipeggers, and how the City responds to an emergency or disaster. Individuals can sign up for the public courses, or you can contact...

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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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