The community of Odanak chosen to build one of 12 shelters in Canada for Indigenous women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people fleeing domestic violence

The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), with the help of Indigenous partners has selected recipients for the construction of 12 new shelters across Canada for Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people escaping family violence.

Last June 17th, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, along with the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced today over $85 million to build and support the operation of 12 new emergency shelters across Canada over 5 years, as well as an additional $10.2 million annually thereafter.

This initiative will add 12 new shelters to Indigenous Services Canada’s existing network of shelters for Indigenous women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and will be built in partnership with the following communities:

  • Odanak First Nation, Quebec
  • Lil’wat Nation, British Columbia
  • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Alberta
  • Whitefish Lake First Nation #459, Alberta
  • Prince Albert Grand Council, Saskatchewan
  • Keeseekoowenin, Manitoba
  • Hollow Water, Manitoba
  • Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario
  • Natoaganag (Eel Ground) First Nation, New Brunswick
  • Acadia First Nation, Nova Scotia
  • Council of Yukon First Nations, Yukon
  • Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Northwest Territories

These shelters will be Indigenous-led, and will provide vital refuge and culturally appropriate critical supports and services to help survivors of family violence recover from the trauma of their experiences, access support programming and create a stable environment where they can begin to regain an independent life. They are also a crucial element of the Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People, the Government of Canada’s response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and an important contribution to the National Action Plan to end violence against Indigenous women, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

In the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $724.1 million to develop a comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy, to expand culturally relevant supports for Indigenous women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people facing gender-based violence. This will also help address the urgent need for new shelters and second-stage (transitional) housing for First Nations, Inuit and Métis across the country including on reserve, in the north and in urban areas. This initiative is also a key action in the Federal Pathway. Further information on the comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy will be announced in the coming months.

The Government of Canada takes the issue of violence against Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people very seriously and will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and organizations as well as provincial and territorial governments, and other partners to develop effective and culturally-appropriate solutions.

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More streamlined and current, that’s what GCNWA was aiming for when it approached the graphic design firm Onakì Création to design its brand new image. Growing from 3 employees to nearly 80, the GCNWA has undergone an impressive evolution over the past few years and we wanted our image to reflect this. So today we proudly present our new logo inspired by the word “𝐰𝟖𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐤𝐢”, which means “𝕡𝕖𝕠𝕡𝕝𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕚𝕤𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕤𝕦𝕟”.


The Abenaki Nation affirms its capacity to manage its youth protection

Last April, the Abenaki Nation officially notified the federal and provincial governments of its desire to apply the Act C-92 in its entirety and thus manage all actions related to child and family services. As of January 1, 2020, federal Act C-92 explicitly recognizes the inherent right of Indigenous peoples to exercise their own jurisdiction over child and family services, including child welfare.

For almost two years now, the Odanak and Wôlinak Councils have been working to consolidate general family services, but also to integrate youth protection services into the N8wkika program.

The N8wkika program (Child and Family Services of the Abenaki Nation) has been in place for ten years now and supports families in all their needs. For a decade now, more than 200 children have benefited from individual or family follow-ups. These families have been surveyed and have stated that they would like the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to exercise their jurisdiction and to autonomously manage all services, including youth protection.

Over the years and through daily practice, it has been clearly demonstrated that the Abenaki Nation has the skills, expertise and knowledge to support families in need. Furthermore, the resources of the Abenaki Nation hold all the traditional cultural knowledge that ensures interventions adapted to the specific needs of the children and their families. It is through holistic practice, connected to the strengths of the families and allied to the community approach that the Abenaki Nation will ensure the well-being of the children of the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak.

The collaboration between the Abenaki Nation and the Director of Youth Protection (DYP) being very constructive and knowing that the resources of the DYP themselves possess an essential expertise, Odanak and Wôlinak propose that discussions lead to a partnership that will see the Nation manage its youth protection autonomously while maintaining a close collaboration with the provincial youth protection service.

The Abenaki Nation is now at the stage of finalizing the development of legal, administrative, and clinical structures that will allow it to acquire all the resources necessary to manage all child and family services and to ensure the protection of its youth.

It is expected that by the beginning of 2023, the children of the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak will be protected by internal resources in collaboration with the provincial and federal partners who will respect the self-determination of the Abenaki Nation.


FNCFS is now N8wkika!

First Nations Child and Family Services (SEFPN Odanak et Wôlinak) of the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki would like to celebrate the W8banaki Nation and its roots by giving itself a name in the Abenaki language.

This is why we are proud to announce today that the social services for the families of Odanak and W8linak will now be called N8wkika (pronounced Naonwkéka) which means “to sow in the long term”.

Working for the well-being of families means making a long-term commitment – sowing seeds – and accompanying and supporting several generations who want the best for their children.

Long live N8wkika services!


Joyce Echaquan, the Abenakis show their support

The Abenakis unite to support Joyce Echaquan’s family and community in this terrible ordeal. Thus, the Waban-Aki Nation announces its financial support in the legal proceedings that will be undertaken following the painful period of mourning.

Indeed, after the family of the deceased affirmed their desire to obtain justice, and rightly so, the Waban-Aki Nation has chosen to respectfully support this process. Although such financial support will unfortunately not alleviate the family’s pain and anger, we wish to support them in their quest for justice. At the time desired by the family, the Grand Counseil de la Nation Waban-Aki (GCNWA) will be pleased to discuss with the family in order to consider their needs and plan support.

“We extend our sympathies to the Atikamekw family and community. We are all shocked by such a tragedy that we cannot leave without action. Legal action, criminal prosecution, coroner’s inquest, it is of the utmost importance that justice be done. “Affirms categorically Denys Bernard, GCNWA’s Executive Director.

Daniel G. Nolett, Executive Director of the Abenaki Council of Odanak agrees: “We are saddened by this unacceptable tragedy and firmly believe that justice must be done. Our thoughts are with the family and the community. »

In all solidarity, we hope that this drama can finally sign the end of an unacceptable era.



De nombreuses personnes ont répondu à l’appel et se sont déplacées hier afin d’assister au lancement de la programmation 2020 de la Maison Merry. Au programme : une nouvelle exposition, 6 spectacles, deux conférences, trois ateliers et la deuxième édition de l’événement bénéfice À la nôtre!

Sophie Charbonneau, directrice générale de la Maison Merry a pris la parole pour souligner à quel point elle est fière de cette programmation et du partenariat développé avec le Musée des Abénakis et du Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki pour l’exposition Ndakina. Les Abénakis dans les Cantons-de-l’Est. Cette nouvelle exposition dévoile l’univers de la nation abénakise dont le territoire ancestral englobe l’actuel terrain de la Maison Merry. De nombreux artéfacts autochtones ont d’ailleurs été retrouvés lors des fouilles archéologiques. L’inauguration se déroulera le 21 juin prochain, journée nationale des Autochtones.

La Maison Merry s’associe de nouveau avec Orford Musique pour vous offrir des concerts intimes au courant de l’été. Le 1er août prochain, c’est au tour du Chemin des Cantons de faire escale à la Maison Merry avec son spectacle familial Réguines et fantômes, une enquête mystérieuse en plein coeur des Cantons-de-l’Est.

Très connu dans le milieu du patrimoine, Gérard Beaudet offre une conférence sur l’influence britannique et américaine dans le paysage des Cantons-de-l’Est. Suzie O’Bomsawin, du Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki nous entretient sur les Abénakis, leur territoire ancestral, duquel font partie les Cantons-de-l’Est et les enjeux modernes de son développement.

Parmi les nouveautés, une activité développée pour la semaine de relâche scolaire en plus d’un atelier sur la reproduction d’une légende abénakise en « stop-motion ». En 2020, la Maison Merry devient le point de départ des populaires visites animées estivales du centre-ville de Magog.

Pour le détail complet de la programmation, visitez le site web de la Maison Merry. Les billets sont mis en vente dès maintenant et peuvent être achetés sur place ou par téléphone au 819-201-0727.


Vague démographique : mouvance des cultures (In French only)

Le Musée des Abénakis à Odanak présente, jusqu’au 17 novembre 2019, l’exposition Vague démographique : mouvance des cultures, fruit de la commissaire et coordonnatrice Frédérique Guichard. Ce projet réunit quatorze artistes; six en provenance de l’Atelier Presse Papier de Trois-Rivières, sept artistes autochtones, dont l’artiste abénakise Christine Sioui Wawanoloath, ainsi que la Britannique d’origine chinoise Wuon-Gean Ho, gagnante du Prix Presse Papier de la Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières présentée en 2017.

La commissaire de ce projet a associé à chacun des artistes de l’atelier Presse Papier, un artiste issu des Premières Nations. Chaque duo a ainsi pu apprendre à se connaître, a suivi des ateliers communs et a partagé son vécu.

Au final, cette collaboration aura permis la création de vingt-huit estampes traditionnelles; quatorze de grands formats et quatorze plus petites. Ces dernières ont été reliées en un livre d’artistes, autour du conte d’Ariane Gélinas, Lune perdue, conçu spécifiquement pour ce projet.

Le Musée des Abénakis

Le Musée des Abénakis vise en priorité à étudier, documenter et mettre en valeur la culture des Abénakis. Parallèlement, il s’intéresse aussi aux réalisations des autres Premières Nations en mettant en valeur les créations des artistes contemporains. Cette collaboration avec l’Atelier Presse Papier permet la diffusion du talent d’artistes des Premières Nations et le rapprochement entre autochtones et allochtones.

Le Musée des Abénakis est subventionné par le ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec ainsi que par le Conseil des Abénakis d’Odanak.