Ka Ni Kanichihk News

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...