Lighting a Sacred Fire and Ceremony

The staff of M'Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre are deeply saddened by the unearthing of 215 children buried in an unmarked location at the Kamloops Residential School. We are heartbroken and offer our condolence to the children's families, friends, loved ones and community of these beautiful spirits.

We are lighting a sacred fire and having ceremony in the way in which our grandfathers and grandmothers would have done to give these unrested spirits some closure.

After the Pipe Ceremony and Protocol Drum Songs, and Prayers there will be an opportunity for visitors to drop by to offer Assema (Tobacco) at the fire.

You are invited Friday June 4th from 11-2:30.

Unfortunately we will not be able to gather as we would normally. We ask that you abide by all provincial guidelines and recognize that the centre is closed to the public. Please observe social distancing and wear masks. We are trying to do the best we can in these hard times.

 

 

We are all deeply affected by this news and know this will bring many feelings and memories to the surface. We acknowledge the thousands of residential school survivors who are continuing to heal and cope with this tragic lived experience. We acknowledge the impacts that this has on all our community.

This is a reminder of the work we have left to do in this country. We call on all levels of government to truly commit to the 94 Calls to Action in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We call on us all to listen to the workplan being released today on MMIWG2S.

For those who need support right now, or anytime in the future, please call:
National Indian Residential School Crisis Line, 1-866-925-4419.

The  Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused.

Please follow the temporary restrictions and workplace safety measures instructed by public health.  You can find out more about the Ontario restrictions and pubic health measures here.

The centre remains closed and staff will be working remotely during this time.
Staff and Administration can be reached via phone and email.

Please stay safe and if you need immediate assistance there are some emergency numbers listed below.

If you are in need of immediate assistance you can reach out to:
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310
Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey and Bruce: 1-877-470-5200
Withdrawal Management/Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic: 519-376-5666
Addiction Services: 1-800-265-3133
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
The Grey and Bruce Women’s Centre: 1-800-265-3722
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000

If you aren’t sure who to call dial 211 and they will help direct you to local services and supports.

Please stay healthy and safe.

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Our Programs

M'Wikwedong has several programs that cover a variety of ages, including prenatal care, infants, children, pre-teens, and elders. Our programs are tailored especially for Urban Aboriginals.

2S-Indigi-Queer, & LGBTQQIAP+ Helper Building Gender and Sexually Diverse Communities Project

Aboriginal Court Worker

Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy

AKWE:GO

Apatisiwin Program

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

Community Action Program for Children

Cultural Resource Coordinator Program

EarlyOn Child and Family Centre

Giiwe and the Indigenous Supportive Housing (ISHP) program

Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Worker

Indigenous Children’s Wellness Program

Life Long Care Program

Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living

Wasa-Nabin – Youth

Wiisinadaa – Let’s Eat!

Our Events

M'Wikwedong hosts or supports a wide variety of events. We encourage you to come out and participate, as they are great opportunities to socialize and see what's happening in our community.