Indigenous organization receives injection of funds for expansion

An Indigenous program center in the city is raising funds to become a full campus with healing spaces, a community kitchen and a butterfly garden.

Ka Ni Kanichihk on McDermot Avenue, which has daycare, youth programs, advocacy services and employment supports, wants to expand to 22,000 square feet from 8,700 square feet at a cost of approximately $8 million.

“One of the things we said early on is that we’re going to get out of this space very quickly, and we have… All of our services are adaptable and community-led,” Associate General Manager Dana said. Connolly during a Tuesday funding announcement.

The organization, which has been open for more than 20 years and serves around 1,500 people a year, has reached its maximum capacity. The hope is that with the expansion, 3,000 Manitobans will be able to enjoy its programming each year.

The building would be renovated and outdoor gathering space for community events would be added, as well as more daycare, traditional and modern health care resources, and education and training programs.

The organization could partner with Red River College Polytech to provide education and training programs, as well as anti-oppressive cultural awareness training to non-Indigenous organizations.

The project will be able to start later this summer thanks in part to a $100,000 contribution from Manitoba credit unions.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action have sent a very clear message to Canada’s business community to educate employees about the legacy and impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples,” said said Brendan Reimer of the Assiniboine Credit Union.

“While credit unions have taken constructive first steps in this regard, we acknowledge and recognize that we need to do much more. This collective investment and Ka Ni Kanichihk is an action we are taking together as one more step towards reconciliation. .”

In April, Ka Ni Kanichihk received $1.8 million from the federal government. Fundraising surpassed the $6 million mark.

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Malak Abas