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. 

Ottawa  is moving into the Red-Control Zone effective Friday, March 19, 2021. Minwaashin Lodge is taking proactive measures and will be suspending small groups of 'in-house programing and 1:1 services'  until further notice.


Essential services continue without interruption:


Emergency baby/food security - curbside

Bi-weekly Food/perishables for outreach and families - curbside Curb side support for families in distress Crisis support and wellness check-ins, safety plans with clients/parents/youth available through phone/txt/virtual/curbside Youth support-Google hangouts; email; phone/texting/crisis support/food security/on-line school support/resources Employment Readiness Program continues to offer virtual training - calendar available on website Culture program will be offering virtual programming 2x/week - calendar available

CASO Access visits/Circle of Care for family will continue under the direction of the Sacred Child Manager              

Online activities daily on Nitawigin facebook page from Makonsag and the Sacred Child Program - 0-6 yrs Cultural Outreach support continues at Cornerstone-Princeton site for residents.


Shelter side –day/evening essential services will continue with specific direction from the Shelter Director including Family/Transitional Support; Housing First; Outreach and Street Outreach (STORM).


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

Take care,


Mary Daoust

Executive Director



Minwaashin Lodge offers services in both English and French

Minwaashin Lodge offre des services en Anglais et Français

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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