Welcome to Kihiw Iskewock (Eagle Women) Lodge

Kihiw Iskewock (Eagle Women) Lodge  is a new innovative residential facility providing Transitional Housing for Aboriginal Women, working to support Aboriginal women to break the cycle of involvement with the law, and to provide them with the opportunities to reclaim their place, their strength, their children and their lives.

Addressing the urgent housing needs faced by women exiting or recently released from correctional institutions, Kihiw Iskewock offers a range of resident-centred healing programs to help reduce women’s risk for relapse, all the while supporting their reintegration into the community and their reunification with their children.

Goals:

  • To begin to heal the vicious cycle of inter-generational family dysfunction experienced by many  Manitoba Aboriginal families
  • To mitigate the current situation wherein most incarcerated women are released into:
  • Assisting the individuals to find appropriate, affordable independent living housing

Overview of the Facility:

Kihiw Iskewock offers 15 self-contained rental units for Aboriginal women and their children, comprised of bachelor, one-bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom units.  The facility also contains amenity spaces including a teaching kitchen, children’s playroom, literacy room, multi-purpose space and office.

Women entering transitional housing have histories that are complex and traumatic. Arriving with limited life and social skills and suffering trauma, women participate in in-house programming, build their capacity to care for themselves, parent their children, further their education and / or become employed. Many women need to be reunited with their children who are in foster care. Here, mothers and children are supported in rebuilding their relationships and resolving family issues.

Support Programs:

  • Family reunification supports to regain children, including dealing with the child and family services systems;
  • Support in dealing with government processes, such as obtaining personal identification, economic assistance, etc.;
  • Continued support to develop and enhance practical living skills that serve to build confidence and self esteem;
  • Employment development and training supports through sister programming such as the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development and Taking Charge!;
  • Practical assistance to find adequate, permanent housing in locations that are positive places to raise children;
  • Support to find real employment that begins with basic literacy and academic upgrading, computer literacy, and job search skills;
  • Individual trauma counselling, when ever needed and for whatever length of time – respectful time; and,
  • Access to addictions support groups.


Eligible Participants:

  • Women who would be enrolled in the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court program if they had an address to which they could be released
  • Women who are incarcerated and Day Parole eligibility.
  • Women sentenced as youth who are coming of age and are convicted of a serious violent offence can apply through Intensive Rehabilitative custody and Supervision (IRCS) Program.
  • Women who are sentenced Provincially and have served 1/6 of thier sentence can apply for a Temporary Absence.
  • In particular, the above women who have children who are in foster care

Referral and Admissions:

For information regarding referral and admissions, please contact  Case Manager EWL at  1-204-415-7615

For all other inquiries, please contact  Intake Worker at 204-989-8240 .

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