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Feasibility Study on a Kin Home for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis young women age 14-18. 

Addictions Treatment Centre Feasibility Study Final Report 2008

Minwaashin Evidence Based Report  and Business Plan on a Residential Addictions Treatment Facility for Aboriginal Women and Their Children in the City of Ottawa

Presentation to the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, Study on Violence Against Aboriginal Women

Minwaashin Lodge - Indigenous Women's Support Centre Annual Report 2017



Healthy Relationships Projects

Time To Shine Video
The Healthy Relationships Peer Education Project, created by the Inuit youth during the March Break Leadership Training Program, is a music video that fuses throat-singing and drum dancing with rap and hip hop. The Inuit Youth Leaders have had a busy and creative summer. On June 23, they held a one-day youth camp for 60 young Inuit aged eight to 14. Under the guidance of Inuk Elder Sally Armstrong, they talked about Inuit teachings and healthy relationships. To prepare for the music video, traditional drum-dancer Ernie taught drum dancing skills, Madeleine Okalik taught hip hop skills, and Janice Oolayou and Charlotte Carleton taught throat singing skills.

Love You Give
Love You Give is a dynamic hip hop music video developed by and for Inuit, Métis and First Nation youth to prevent violence and promote healthy equal relationships. Hip hop music is often seen more as a contributor to youth violence than as a solution. But when fused with traditional Inuit, Métis and First Nation teachings and inspired by the hopes and fears of Aboriginal youth looking for ways to avoid getting caught up in the cycle of violence, the results are pure magic.



Our Songs Are Our Prayers Minwaashin Lodge CD

This was the first project to be done in the Mach One Music Studios.  Thirty four women came through the studio over two weekends to record sixteen songs that had been handed down through the generations of Aboriginal song writers.  The goal was to create either a great hall sound or an outdoors atmosphere, which was where these songs were originally performed.  It was a great experience to be a part of this project and an honour for John to be chosen as the engineer and producer.  These women were mostly all amateurs and they did an amazing job through the recording process.  For more information or to purchase this CD please email Irene Compton,


Respecting Women is Our Culture