Ka Ni Kanichihk News

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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