Miigwetch to everyone who came out and took part in the Kenora Justice Centre’s Fall Feast – as we come together to honour the outgoing season and prepare for the winter ahead.
Ogimaawabiitong (Kenora Chiefs Advisory) was one of the community partners invited to the celebration at the Ga Naa Na Ga Da Waa Ba Dang – Kenora Justice Centre at 33 Main Street South, and we were joined by members of the OPP, Kenora Youth Wellness Hub, Ne-Chee Friendship Centre, and more.
Drummers and singers kicked off the celebration with opening songs and prayers from Elder Ida Skead of Wauzhushk Onigum, before lunch was served for community partners and members of the public. A sacred fire was also being kept outdoors.
“This Centre was given a name when we launched in February of 2023 – Ga Naa Na Ga Da Waa Ba Dang – so it’s important to take care and honour that name, with feasts in the Spring and Fall,” explained Claudine Longboat-White, Circle of Care Senior Community Coordinator for the Kenora Justice Centre.
“This is a very collaborative program with lots of community partners, who support the Justice Centre,” adds Longboat-White. “And it’s a nice opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the season.”
Ogimaawabiitong sends a huge Miigwetch to the drummers and elder Ida Skead for supporting today’s gathering, as well as everyone who came out in in support of the Fall Feast and in support of our community partnerships.
The Kenora Justice Centre aims to connect youth aged 12 to 24 with various community partners and supports as they help the youth navigate the justice system. The Justice Centre can also assist youth with whatever supports they may need, including assistance with identification, labour training, schooling, and much more. Ogimaawabiitong is a partner organization with the initiative, which is led by the Ministry of the Attorney General.