• Connecting Indigenous Youth with Culture and Community

    Many Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay, Ontario, find themselves far from their home as they pursue their education. The physical distance from family and community can create a sense of identity loss and isolation, making it difficult to maintain a connection with their cultural roots.

  • Thames Bluewater Métis Council’s Annual Rendezvous

    The Métis community across Canada has endured the impacts of colonization, resulting in the erosion of their traditions and cultural heritage. By gathering together, Métis citizens are hoping to rebuild a sense of pride and connection that has been lost within the community.

  • Healing Through Play at Mohawk Village Memorial Park (2024)

    The Mohawk Village Memorial Fund, created by a group of survivors from the Mohawk Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, is dedicated to reclaiming their childhoods and fostering new memories for the families and descendants of survivors. The group is constructing a playground and park designed to bring together past students, their families, and the wider community.

  • St. Kateri Student Bursary Continues to Empower Indigenous Education

    In Thunder Bay, Ontario, the St. Kateri Student Bursary program has been supporting Indigenous students pursuing higher education. Funded by the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF), the bursary looks to empower Northern Indigenous youth by alleviating financial barriers to education and promoting cultural pride. The response from students, teachers, and guidance counselors has been overwhelmingly positive, underscoring the importance of accessible education in Indigenous communities.

  • Hand Drum and Rattle Making Workshops at Kitchitwa Kateri Church

    Deacon Michael Robinson is Anishinaabe and Catholic and serves as the Spiritual Director for Kitchitwa Kateri Church in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He provides spiritual direction and counselling services for community members with a focus on Indigenous spirituality, reconciliation and healing and discovery of identity.

  • Bridging Divides at Moosonee Reconciliation Gathering

    Moosonee, a community in the James Bay area of Ontario, is set to host an important reconciliation gathering, driven by the idea of a community Elder. The event, inspired by the desire to bridge divides between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, marks an important moment in the ongoing journey of reconciliation.

  • Learning Ojibwe: Basic Ojibwe and Culture

    The wounds inflicted on Indigenous communities by the residential school system run deep, with one of the most devastating impacts being the suppression of Indigenous languages. The loss of language has left a void in the cultural identity of Indigenous communities across Canada.

  • Learning Ojibwe III – Language classes

    Ms. Esther Diabo, an Ojibwe language speaker, Elder, and educator, is committed to cultural reconnection and healing for her community. Having spent nine years in residential schools, she understands the profound impact of language loss on Indigenous identity and today offers Ojibwe language classes as a pathway to healing and cultural revitalization.

  • The St. Kateri Tekakwitha Student Bursary (2024)

    In the School District of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Indigenous students often face financial barriers that hinder their educational pursuits, from purchasing books to covering living expenses. Recognizing this challenge, the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Student Bursary was established in 2023 with financial support from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF).

  • Empowering Indigenous Women Through Positive Narratives

    Indigenous women in Western narratives often face negative stereotypes, perpetuating harmful misconceptions and contributing to real-world challenges – from being more likely to be victims of violence and experiencing racism and prejudice to being denied employment or adequate healthcare. Nokee Kwe, based in London, Ontario, has been addressing this issue through its Positive Voice Program since 2016.