the kakichihiwewin project

by Seeding Sovereignty
the kakichihiwewin project
TKP Zine Cover
TKP Zine Cover

Tan'si Friends!

S.A. here, Kakichihiwewin Project director.

I can't believe that we've been working together on Kakichihiwewin for almost a year!

This project launched on September 30th, 2020 amidst a pandemic and a great need for community and healing. As of right now our project is thriving, and we're looking to bring many more programs to continue to benefit Native peoples.

We just started our third Mamawapowuk healing group - which you may recall is the 12 week program aimed at creating common bonds and sharing experiences that will help bring solace and comfort to those who have suffered the repercussions of forced assimilations directly and intergenerationally. We host 10 guest speakers who share their stories and lead us in painting, beading or writing sessions - tools that can be used to express feeling or be used as reprieve from trauma.

Numerous care kits have gone out over the summer from Northern Quebec to Southern California! We've been so fortunate to recieve so much generosity from Indigneous companies and folks to share items that feel like a hug, and help subside the feeling of lonliness. I hand-make each kit and the wool bag they come in. It truly is a labor of love.

We’ve also had incredible guests for our Pekiwewin (coming home) sessions including Corrine Rice-Grey Cloud, Dr. Tomasina Chupco as well as Leah and Olivia Horzempa. Over the next couple of months we’ll be branching out this program on identity to include non-Native, non-white speakers to share their experiences of colonization and forced assimilation where we can learn from one another how to interact with a system set up to dismantle us.

Storytelling will also be taking a different turn in the coming months with a special 6 part series featuring an elder from so-called Canada discussing their experiences in the residential school system.

We are also starting a Stepping Stone Healing Fund that will give bursaries of $250 twice a month to people with financial restrictions to allow them access to records, language and travel so they can continue their reclamation and healing journey.

Oh! Exciting news! We released our first zine in May and will be working with the Museum of Kamloops for its distribution while providing care to to the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc nation through our care kits. The second zine is currently underway, and will be released this winter.

This summer we also had a live special addressing assimilation and erasure with some very special guests - which we’re hoping to host more of in the coming months.

So I ask, as the 30th approaches and we prepare for Orange Shirt Day, please consider uplifting our program to ensure that we can continue to provide access to safe and accessible spaces for those needing it.

I’m forever grateful to those who have contributed time and money to this project.
There are no words for my gratitude.

 

Be well relatives,

Hiy Hiy,

S.A.

Director S.A. mailing Mamawapowuk packs.
Director S.A. mailing Mamawapowuk packs.

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
kakichihiwewin zine cover
kakichihiwewin zine cover

tan'si Friends!

S.A. here from the kakichihiwewin project.

First off, I am incredibly grateful for the ongoing support that has continued to be given to the work we're doing through the project. So much has transpired since the last time I was in touch with a report to you all.

We sucessfully completed the innagural mamawapowuk sessions - which if you may remember is a twelve week (still presently) online healing circle for ten folks who are trying to reconnect and heal after the fallout, and ongoing legacy of forced assimilation in Indigenous communities.

We had an incredible line up of guest speakers for the first series, and as of this report, are three sessions into the next group! The impact of these once a week ninety minute gatherings goes beyond the screen. It's an amazing feeling to hear the impact felt by the attendees.

The reality is that the need for community is so great, but we are so-often unable to access it - especially with the ongoing pandemic - let alone because of colonial structures set in place to divide us.

Each participant has received a curated box of care for the sessions, much like the kits we send out (I'll get to that in a moment). Each participation package contains self care items and tools to be used for not only "success" in the program, but to remind these people that they are creating common experience, and through that the ability to build up as a community and people.

This year we also launched pekiwewin, which ultimately took the place of the info-series we were originally going to offer. This still intimate, once a month culture and community talking circle was created to allow safe space for Indigenous peoples to ask questions and share their experiences without fear of judgement or ridicule. It can be a really hard time navigating the world through the curated lens of social media, so being authentic and true to ourselves is paramount to the healing process. 

This space is limited to 25 attendees to allow them the room to share and learn. In each session of pekiwewin there is a guest facilitator who speaks of their experience and answers questions, and gives support to those on their healing journey.

As I had alluded to above, we are still going strong with the care kits - where folks can request a bundle that is filled with a variety of medicines - meaning tangible items to hold folks who are feeling alone in their grief. These kits make room and again, remind people that they are valid and seen.

In other exciting news: the official release of the kakichihiwewin zine will be going out on the 29th of May! This project has been an absolute labour of love and a channel for healing for both myself and my colleague Kourtney. 

There is a huge significance to the release date as it is my father's birthday, and he, being my closest ancestor, is the reason I continue to do the work I'm doing with kakichihiwewin.

The kakichihiwewin project isn’t a place to learn about your culture, but a place to find community - a community to support you in being the best version of yourself so you can tell your story - and heal through words.

Ataminâw means “thankful / grateful” in my language - and I truly am.

kakichihiwewin social media post
kakichihiwewin social media post

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
One of the Legacy Care Kit mailing days!
One of the Legacy Care Kit mailing days!

Tan'si / Hello Friends!

S.A. here, kakichihiwewin project director, I want to start off by honouring and thanking every single person who donated over the last four and a half months to the kakichihiwewin project. With the support you have given, our community healing efforts have made some pretty lasting impressions on those who have been on the recieving end of your generosity. This is a 99% community funded efffort, none of this could have been done without your support! 

the kakichihiwewin project offers info sessions like "Storytelling" where we give space to those who are working towards generational healing. These stories are shared through our platform to inspire and push forward others to see that one person can make a difference in the legacy of healing assimilation efforts. We've had some really wonderful guests and look forward to hosting more in 2021.

We will also begin a panel info-series in February as a way to educate non-Natives as to the history of assimiliation efforts - and what they can do to support or act on in solidarity and kinship with Native peoples.

kakichihiwewin has sent and given out dozens of Legacy Care Kits as a way of culture sharing and gifting to remind community members that they are needed, seen, loved and above all else - valid. Each kit contains traditional medicines, teas, snacks that have all had personal meaning to me throughout my life - as well as a note handwritten by another community member - making each kit one of a kind.

The project is also working with Seeding Sovereignty's Communications Assistant, Kourtney Rakell (they / them) on creating a zine where information, stories and movements can be shared both digitally and through limited pressing. Sometimes tangible, visual things are the greatest catalyst for change.

In January kakichihiwewin launched "mamawapowuk" which means "gathering" in michif. This is a twelve week program where ten participants meet up through an online platform to create strong bonds and understand that they are not alone in their journey to healing. For ten out of the twelve weeks the group hears from a guest speaker who shares stories of culture and their experience in healing trauma and participats in an activity - ie: painting, beading, etc. This program will be offered three times a year!

kakichihiwewin is also presently working on creating once a month meet-up groups for people to have space together onilne while it is still unsafe to do so in person. We will be sending out care packages to participants and inviting guests help lead with dialogue and activities.

This project will always be about healing. Especially the wounds from battles we did not consent to - or had to fight for survival.

Everyone has a story, and the kakichihiwewin project will be there to help heal through words.

We may not be able to see healing, because it isn't linear - but we can feel it.

mamawapowuk participant packages!
mamawapowuk participant packages!
Assembling kits.
Assembling kits.
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Seeding Sovereignty

Location: Brooklyn, NY - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @seedsovereignty
Project Leader:
S.A. Lawrence-Welch
Portland, Oregon United States
$14,431 raised of $50,000 goal
 
344 donations
$35,569 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Seeding Sovereignty has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.