Canada and Fisher River Cree Nation partner to launch Red Turtle Lodge Cultural Centre

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August 11, 2022 – Fisher River Cree Nation, Manitoba – Crown−Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, leaders from the Fisher River Cree Nation and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown−Indigenous Relations, launched the Red Turtle Lodge Cultural Centre project. The Government of Canada is providing $1.24 million towards construction of the centre through the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program. The Red Turtle Lodge Cultural Centre will be a hub where members of the Fisher River Cree Nation will gather, learn and share traditional practices with a special focus on the needs of women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

The Red Turtle Lodge Cultural Centre will partner with the First Nation Healing Centre to support women and children who have experienced domestic abuse and family violence. Healing circles, full-moon ceremonies, and an annual women’s healing gathering are among the planned initiatives. Programming at the Red Turtle Lodge Cultural Centre will also include land-based wellness workshops to support community members who are living with intergenerational trauma as they restore and strengthen their connections to the Cree way of life, traditions and language.

Budget 2021 announced $108.8 million over two years for the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program. This investment is part of the Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People, the Government of Canada’s contribution to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls, Women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan, and supports the response to Call for Justice 2.3. This transformative program supports Indigenous Peoples in reclaiming their identity and working towards healing.

Investing in cultural spaces is crucial to addressing the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. Indigenous groups have also highlighted culturally centred spaces as essential to self-determination.

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