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. 

Ontario’s Chief Medical Office of Health-Kieran Moore said. “People should continue to wear a mask ‘if they feel it is right for them, or if they are at high risk for severe illness, recovering from Covid, have symptoms of the virus, or are a close contact.”

Minwaashin will continue to monitor for any significant changes and will adapt to keep everyone safe.

  • Crisis services will still be in place for curbside support; food bank; and CASO access visits.

  • As of December 29, 2021, it is now a requirement for all full time staff who are on the floor Monday to Friday to Rapid test twice a week. OPH recommends Mondays and Thursdays.

  • Individuals who are not vaccinated must have a Rapid test every time they enter the building (clients/staff/volunteers). 

  • Please keep in mind if you are exhibiting symptoms of any kind, you will have to self-isolate for 5 days; household contacts are also required to isolate with you. These individuals can end isolation after five days ONLY if their symptoms are improved for at least 24 hours. All masking and physical distancing must be practiced.

  • Individuals who are unvaccinated/partially/immune compromised/ will be required to isolate for 10 days.




Mary Daoust

Executive Director 

Minwaashin Lodge-Indigenous Women's Support Centre



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