The Kakichihiwewin Project aims to create strong bonds in Indigenous communities by continuing the healing process of those affected by forced assimilation efforts, ie: residential and boarding schools, forced adoption and foster care. The legacy of traumas we face often make us feel like we're walking alone... but we aren't. The Kakichihiwewin Project is asking for your help to build our communities back up by creating accessible healing circles and community care kits.
There's an ongoing genocide that Indigenous folks face every day. The loss of Native language, culture and family due to forced assimilation efforts. Many of the generations that experienced these traumas pass it along to their children and grandchildren, leaving a lengthy line of people feeling alone, and unworthy of community and / or culture.
The Kakichihiwewin Project wants to remind our community members that they are seen, that they are valid and that they are loved - but above all else - they are worthy. By creating online healing circles (*in person adhering to COVID-19 precautions), sending out care kits, offering interactive and informative talking circles and a stepping stone fund along with storytelling we hope this effort will help bring folks solace in a tangible way, helping them reclaim what was so brutally stolen.
The more Indigenous communities hold each other and validate our traumas through community, culture building and healing, there's a better chance that our future generations will not have to relive the past. We want to create a future - that creates a common understanding of where we came from, where we are, and where we CAN go, all through offering love and hope via these community outreach initiatives.