An Indigenous Women's Support Centre

Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey. 

Hello everyone,


Minwaashin will continue to suspend programming at 1155 Lola St site until May 29, 2020.   Provided the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the governments reopening framework, Minwaashin will continue to move forward with post peak Covid strategic discussions and prepare to put workplace safety measures in place for when staff/clients can return to Lola St.


  • Be mindful to practice social distancing and hygiene in your personal lives and to ensure additional measures are taken to protect important workplaces and employees who are providing essential services.  

  • FYI Annual Women’s Gathering has been cancelled for June 5-7, 2020.


The following essential services will continue throughout the next two weeks. 

  1. Emergency baby/food security continues –  porch delivery

  2. Food boxes/perishables- home drop off only for clients

  3. Curb side support for families in distress; youth support-Google hangouts; email; phone/texting

  4. All essential staff who must use public transit to travel to and from work must practice ‘social distancing’ at all times

  5. Staff are encouraged to access Minwaashin EAP program for ongoing support

  6. COVID-19 guidelines are in place for all shelter staff and residents

  7. Social distancing can be practiced safely at Lola St office for those few staff that must come in

  8. All access visits are suspended until further notice

  9. Professional disinfecting and extra deep cleaning continues at both sites

  10. Counseling team will continue to do wellness and safety plans with clients/parents/youth using phone support/video conferencing/emails/sharing school resources and online learning

  11. Oshki Kizis continues to stay in direct contact with Ottawa Public Health; VAW shelters in the Ottawa region; the Ministry and the City on a regular basis

  12. Shelter side –day programs will continue delivering essential services with specific direction from the Shelter Director.


Please take care and be vigilant with the guidelines that are in place to keep you, your family and the community safe.

The silver lining to all this is..all our families; youth; Elders; women and children are in a better place because of you!


You are making a difference everyday!


The OAC, with the Community Legal Services of Ottawa will be putting on a free info presentation + Q&A on CERB (Canadian Emergency Response Benefits).This will be next Tuesday, May 19th at 2pm via Zoom and is open to all Indigenous folks in Ottawa. Please feel free to share this information on your social media (see attached graphic). You can also just share directly from the OAC social media if that is easier. Make sure to include the call in info.
Zoom access info as follows:

Meeting ID: 890 8227 8762
Password: 064441

Or dial by your location

        +1 647 558 0588 Canada

        +1 778 907 2071 Canada

        +1 438 809 7799 Canada

        +1 587 328 1099 Canada

        +1 647 374 4685 Canada


Meeting ID: 890 8227 8762
Password: 064441

Please consider supporting Minwaashin by donating

If you or someone you care about is being abused or at risk of being abused, please contact our Violence Against Indigenous Women's Shelter, Oshki Kizis Lodge, by calling our crisis line at:  

613-789-1141 or our toll free number at 1-855-789-9433

Our charitable number is 136843026RR0001

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Call us:

(613) 741-5590
Crisis line: (613) 789-1141

Our charitable number is 136843026RR0001