In 2020, a significant gap in services was noticed for the Urban Indigenous populations for mental health, addictions and trauma based supports. A community needs analysis was completed at that time. The responses indicated a need for culturally specific services developed, implemented and provided by Indigenous service providers for Indigenous peoples and their families. It was also stated that the very things that were taken during colonization and the act of assimilation were the things that the Indigenous population needed to heal; culture, land, ceremony and language. Since this community needs analysis, Mashkiwizii Manido has been fulfilling the needs of the urban Indigenous populations by providing these specific requests through programs and services. The Mashkiwizii Manido Foundation, since 2020 has became a federally recognized not for profit corporation, and is now on its way to becoming a registered charity.
The foundation has received grants from The United Way of Eastern Ontario and the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation for it's work. Recently, training facilitators it has became the first to bring The Red Road to Recovery to Renfrew County in partnership with Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin. Currently offering land based programming, Mashkiwizii Manido is finding more ways of expanding becoming more frequent with this type of programming. Other partnerships/Relationships include Bonnechere Provincial Park, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Algonquins Of Ontario, Renfrew County District School Board, Family and Children Services of Renfrew County, Kairos, Robbie Dean Counselling Centre and many others. We are grateful for the ongoing support from our existing supporters and look forward as we establish new connections.