Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 12:30 at the Ottawa Meeting House
Ottawa Monthly Meeting has invited Irene Compton, a First Nation’s Saulteaux woman from the Keeseekoose band in Saskatchewan, of the Bear Clan, to come to speak to us as a representative of the women and children that Minwaashin Lodge serves in Ottawa, and, in her words, “to give voice to the countless urban First Nation, Metis, and Inuit women who are living with the reality of violence in our community” (taken from her presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee: Study on Violence Against Aboriginal Women, April 28, 2010).
Minwaashin Lodge provides counselling for individual and family violence, including sexual abuse and subsequent addictions. Through their Sacred Child program, Minwaashin Lodge provides child care for women accessing programs and services and respite care; they hold healing circles, cultural and spiritual teachings, 50 years and over grandmothers' groups, youth programs, visiting Elders, employment training, employment counselling, advocacy and referral, hospital visits, crafts and workshops, accompaniment and support to legal proceedings and other appointments; and, through their Oshki Kizis Lodge, they provide shelter services. Irene Compton will “cloak,” to borrow a term used by our Elder, Dana Mullen, these words with the spirit in which this work is undertaken.