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FORT FRANCES, ON, July 6, 2023 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, along with Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay?Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion announced a combined investment of over $5 million for the construction and ongoing operational support for a new Indigenous shelter in Fort Frances.

The Wiidookodaadiwin Healing Lodge project will provide a safe shelter through 8 individual units for Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals fleeing domestic violence, 4 of which are designed as barrier-free suites featuring fully accessible bathrooms and kitchen cabinetry. The common areas of the community safe house will also be made barrier-free. Additionally, the project will offer full-time on-site support for individuals fleeing domestic violence, and no rent will be charged.

The federal government, through the National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF) is investing over $3.3 million to support construction of the shelter, and over $1.8 million is provided by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) for initial costs and ongoing operational support.

This project was selected as one of the 22 projects receiving a total of $103 million to build and support new emergency shelters and transitional homes across Canada for at least 21 communities. These projects will be Indigenous-led and will offer access to support programming to help survivors of family and gender-based violence access culturally appropriate services to recover from the trauma of their experiences.

Construction of this project is expected to end by March 31, 2025.


"No relationship is more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Investing in projects like the Wiidookodadowin Healing Lodge project is a crucial step in addressing the urgent need for safe and culturally appropriate housing for Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people fleeing violence. By investing in culturally appropriate affordable housing for Indigenous peoples, we are working hard to improve the quality of life for those who need it most. This is the National Housing Strategy at work."  ? The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

"Every home that we help built is built not only of bricks and mortar, it is built with hope for a better future. The Wiidookodaadiwin Healing Lodge project will be located directly across from the previous St. Margaret's Indian Residential School -- a site of tragedy and pain for many people. I hope the lodge will give people a path for healing that eases their pain and offers a new path forward." ? The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario

"The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable shelter is invaluable. The Government of Canada is proud to support the building of the Wiidookodadowin Healing Lodge and provide ongoing support to communities who need it the most. These units are another example of the Government of Canada's commitment towards ensuring that our Indigenous communities are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment." ?  Marcus Powlowski Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay?Rainy River

"Giishkaandago'Ikwe Health Services is humbled and honored to be selected as one of the few successful organizations approved through the Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative, a partnership between Indigenous Services Canada and the Canadian Housing Mortgage Corporation to build and operate the Wiidookodaadiwin Healing Lodge.  The investment received will without a doubt bridge a gap in services for the communities in Southern Treaty Three, who currently have to go out of the area to have access to this type of service and change the life of many who experience intimate and family violence." - Kayla Caul-Chartier, CEO, Giishkaandago'Ikwe Health Services

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