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. 

Please take note of the following services that are available effective immediately. Provincial/ Municipal/City guidelines will be monitored on a regular basis and adjustments will be made accordingly.


There is limited in-door services to community during Stage 2:


  • Emergency baby/food security - curbside

  • Bi-weekly Food/perishables for outreach clients and families

  • Curb side support for families in distress;

  • Counseling team continues to do wellness check-ins and safety plans with clients/parents/youth by video conferencing/emails and also sharing school resources and online learning. Will stagger work schedules to accommodate 1:1 sessions in house as required

  • Youth support-Google hangouts; email; phone/texting/1:1 ‘in house’  crisis support/food security

  • Employment Readiness Program will be offering virtual training  April/May - poster to follow

  • Culture program will be offering ‘in house’ programming starting March 1st – Small groups of 6 participants will register in advance. Calendar to follow

  • Access 1:1 visits will continue under the direction of the Sacred Child Manager on Saturdays          

  • Parenting crisis support ongoing-Parenting Group-pending

  • Online activities daily on Nitawigin Facebook page from Makonsag and the Sacred Child Program

  • Cultural Outreach support continues for women at Cornerstone-Princeton site

  • Increased Professional disinfecting and extra deep cleaning continues at Oshki Kizis and Lola St site

  • Shelter side –day/evening essential services will continue with specific direction from the Shelter Director including Housing First; Outreach/Cultural Outreach ; Street Outreach (STORM) and staffing warming center on McArthur St weekly.


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

Our charitable number is 136843026RR0001