Qualico donation helps support Ka Ni Kanichihk expansion project
Winnipeg, MB – Ka Ni Kanichihk is planning an expansion of its facility at 455 McDermot Ave. with the support of government and private donors, including a $500,000 donation from Qualico.
Ka Ni Kanichihk opened in 2001 and has been offering Indigenous-designed and led programs and services that support people as they transform their lives. About 1,500 Indigenous Manitobans access programs through Ka Ni Kanichihk every year, but the facility’s space limitations mean that another approximately 1,500 people who are interested in accessing programs cannot currently do so.
The planned $8-million facility expansion will see Ka Ni Kanichihk grow to over 20,000 sq. ft. with the capacity to provide access to programs for around 3,000 Indigenous Manitobans annually.
Kevin Van, President & CEO, Qualico, shared, “Our gift represents our confidence in the entire team at Ka Ni Kanichihk. We wish their team the best of luck through the development of this important evolution and we look forward to growing our relationship with Ka Ni Kanichihk in meaningful ways that create a ripple effect of positive change in our city and province.”
Dodie Jordaan, Executive Director, Ka Ni Kanichihk, expressed gratitude for Qualico’s significant gift.
“We thank Qualico for this gift that will ensure there are new, culturally-grounded opportunities for people in Winnipeg and from across the province, and that we’ll all have a more vibrant and inclusive community where Indigenous people can thrive,” she said.
Kevin described the beginnings of the connection between Qualico and Ka Ni Kanichihk and what prompted the decision to support the facility expansion.
“When we first met Dodie from Ka Ni Kanichihk we were inspired by her vision for the facility,” he said. “But at a higher level, we were inspired by the interconnected services and support that Ka Ni Kanichihk provides to people at all points of their lives and support of their journeys of healing and learning. We can see how the services provided at Ka Ni Kanichihk bring togetherness for the community, as it can also foster independence for individuals.”
A ground blessing ceremony was held for the important expansion, which will have a new building that will be home to unique public spaces for the community, including an expanded daycare (growing from 16 to 48 spaces); a dedicated cultural gathering space; wellness and healing spaces with access to Elders, traditional medicines, and modern healthcare; a community kitchen; a resource hub for youth; training and education rooms; and a neighbourhood outdoor gathering place and butterfly garden.
In addition, the project will create:
- New prevention programs that eliminate education and employment gaps, reclaim Indigenous culture, revitalize Indigenous languages, work to end violence against women, break destructive cycles, and tackle the root issues of poverty.
- Community food security through social enterprise ventures in a new community kitchen.
- An Indigenous Early Learning Centre (a daycare and training ground for early childhood educators).
- Opportunities for more parents to take part in educational and other programming with the expanded daycare.
- Greater understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, with opportunities to connect and engage in creating a strong future together.
- A beautiful home for all relatives to learn and envision a strong future together.
Ka Ni Kanichihk expects work on the project to begin by the end of February 2023, bringing to life a new, culture-focused facility where thousands of people will build on their strengths to create the best lives for themselves and their families.
To learn more about the facility expansion and the organization's important work, visit Ka Ni Kanichihk's website.
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