Treaty 2 Territory – On June 21, 2021 Keeseekowenin Ojibway Nation shared a press release announcing- Migiziwazison Healing Lodge; an emergency shelter with services for women and children seeking safety from violence.
The announcement shared that on June 17th, 2021, Canada announced 12 recipients for construction of emergency on reserve shelters for women and children. One of those recipients will be Migiziwazison Healing Lodge Inc which is an aggregate of Treaty 2 and Treaty 4 Nations operating collectively to promote and provide services to Anishinaabeg families living on the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation, Waywayseecappo First Nation, O-chi-chak-ko sipi First Nation, Ebb & Flow First Nation, Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation, Gamblers First Nation, Rolling River First Nation, Pine Creek First Nation, and Skownan First Nation. The lodge will also service off-reserve members through outreach and coordination agreements with various service providers.
“The Migiziwazison Healing Lodge will allow Indigenous women and children to seek refuge and safety while avoiding high risk or unsafe situations that all too often lead to tragic outcomes or interventions that could result in children falling into the Child and Family Services system” noted Chief Norman Bone from the host community of Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation.
The Healing Lodge will not only provide security and safety for women and children, it will also develop culture appropriate healing programs for families trying to overcome violence or other situations that disrupt the well-being of the family and home.
It is anticipated that the healing lodge will inject approximately $3 million of infrastructure resources into the Nation, and create upwards of 15 long-term professional and wellness worker positions.
The Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory Congratulate Keeseekoowenin and their initial Board of Directors of the Healing Lodge; Chief Norman Bone, and Council members; Barry Bone, Bradley Burns, Allison McKay, and Marj Blackbird.
We are grateful and appreciate of the incredible groundwork you all have done to make this dream a reality. There is a defined need for such a place of healing, health and well-being of our women and children.
Miigwech for your dedication and unwavering care for those that need it most.
Submitted By: Marlene Davis, Communications Keeper
Last modified: June 25, 2021