(the act of consoling and / or healing with words - nēhiyawēwin / plains cree)
the kakichihiwewin project aims to create strong bonds in Indigenous communities by continuing the healing process of those affected by the residential school system, boarding schools, the sixties scoop, foster care, and forced removal / assimilation. We also know that many Indigenous peoples come from a legacy of shame – our parents and grandparents hiding their identity out of self preservation, and thusly we end up isolated from our nations, people and birthrights to culture.
kakichihiwewin isn’t a place to find culture, but to find your story – a stepping stone on your journey to healing. There are so many walls and barriers that we come up against, so creating those bonds with people who will support you, listen and encourage you to keep going is paramount to heal not only yourself, but generations back and forward.
The reality is that the ongoing traumas we face often make us feel like we’re walking alone, but we aren’t.
Through stories, community efforts and retrospect into how we’ve been shaped by a system set to dismantle us, we can ensure our thrival as peoples – by using our words and experiences to heal.
Above all else, kakichihiwewin is a grassroots effort with the goal to build Indigenous peoples back up and create safe community spaces for connection and consolation.
Make a donation to the kakichihiwewin project by visiting our page on Global Giving.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Send a Community Care Kit* to a community member or yourself.
These kits were created to remind folks that they are loved, valid, thought of and needed.
Each kit includes traditional medicines, tea, pânsâwân, self care items and more – all wrapped up in a handmade bag along with a letter written by a community member. No two kits are exactly the same.
*Kits will be sent out the first week of every month and are curated by the project director.
kakichihiwewin’s care kits are proud to partner with: Mother Earth Essentials
To partner / donate items to the kakichihiwewin project community care kits please email email@example.com
You are not alone on your path.
mamawapowuk means “gathering” in michif.
The first step to healing is not feeling alone, and with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the kakichihiwewin project is offering “mamawapowuk”, a 12 week online community building group. Each week we will hear from a guest speaker, participate in activities together and create bonds to help facilitate the healing process for those of us affected by forced assimilation, generational / intergenerational and the present day trauma we carry as Indigenous peoples.
This space will not be run by a professional therapist, but will be a therapeutic setting for Indigenous folks who are in need of a sense of belonging and inclusion on their path to healing.
***We ask that you can commit to the entire 12 weeks. Understandably, there are obstacles at times, but to ensure the integrity of the group, we ask that you be present and mindful of the space and time of the other attendees. Each session will be 90 minutes long. Additionally at this time we are only able to permit adults 18 and over to attend.
10 spots will be available, on a first come, first serve basis and this program will be offered three times a year.
There is no charge to attend or join the group.
MAY – JULY SESSION REGISTRATION IS FULL
If you missed the May – July registration, please check back in June for the next gathering beginning in September.
pekiwewin means “the act of coming home or arriving” in nêhiyawêwin.
For many of us, “coming home” isn’t always an accessible act – but when we can find the feeling of home in community members who are on similar paths as us – it can truly feel like we are finding our way there.
This 90 minute, once a month Indigenous community talking circle will feature a variety of guests discussing the topic of identity and the issues that we face as Indigenous peoples. This is a safe place where lateral violence will not be tolerated, but rather where community members can ask questions without worry of social repercussions.
The sessions will not be recorded, and you are not required to turn on your camera.
Your information will not be stored or shared.
Registration numbers are limited to ensure dialogue, and thoughtful responses / solutions are given.
25 spots are available for each session.
Community is the best way to heal trauma.
the kakichihiwewin project will be hosting annual healing symposiums focused on sharing tools and skills that can be taken back to our respective communities to ensure the success and thrival (thrive / survival) of Indigenous peoples nationally and globally.
Given that we are still facing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will only be gathering when it’s safe to do so.
Our stories are our truths.
To understand where we are today, we must understand where we came from.
Join us as we hear stories from elders, the lost generation, and youth.
Hosted by kakichihiwewin project directed S.A. Lawrence-Welch, Storytelling highlights those affected by forced assimilation tactics and speaks to the resiliency and beauty of community building as a form of healing medicine. We will hear from folx that are putting in the work to ensure Indigenous peoples can hold onto their culture, identity and each other.
001 – November 2nd – Ivana Yellowback
002 – October 20th – Christine Diindiisi McCleave
003 – November 24th – Truth & Healing Commission Interview with Congresswoman Deb Haaland
004 – December 16th, 2020 – Jimmy Lee Beason II