Shkoday has partnered with Shania Kids Can (SKC) and the United Way of Thunder Bay to expand the Biwaase’aa program. “FOR LOVE” is a film of resilience and resurgence. Colonization has led to many adverse impacts on the Indigenous population of Canada – most significantly on familial and societal structures. Due to colonial regimes, Indigenous children are vastly overrepresented in the child welfare system. In 2018, the Minister of Indigenous Affairs deemed the issue “a humanitarian crisis.”

The latest project from musical icon Shania Twain sees her lending her vocal talents to the narration of “For Love“. Traveling across the country, Indigenous people tell their heartbreaking stories to reveal the atrocities inflicted by the Canadian child welfare system. The film shines a light on what is happening right now. Awakening a revived respect for the matriarchal system, we learn about the need to preserve traditional practices, land-based activities and grass roots initiatives in order to keep having a positive impact on children and families – not only reducing the number of apprehensions, but also renewing Indigenous pride.

The evening event will begin at the Victoria Inn Thunder Bay with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and main program starting at 7:00 p.m.

Proceed from this evening’s event will be used for the Biwaase’aa program.
More information on the film:

If you want more information on tickets you can go to:

For more information on Sponsorship or to sponsor some youth/student to be able to attend please contact Erika Mikkola at 807-252-9494, or email

Watch for details on an online auction.

Please note: All attendees will be required to follow COVID-19 guidelines and provide proof of vaccination status and identification to enter the film screening.

Featured Urban Indigenous Vaccination Q&A Panel

ONWA in partnership with Dilico, Anishnawbe Mushkiki, Shkoday and Matawa will be hosting a live Question and Answer event to address vaccine hesitancy and encourage vaccinations. 

Community members can submit questions that they have here: 

The event will be live-streamed on ONWA’s Facebook:

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Grand Entry will be at 1:00pm

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!


St.James Pow Wow

St. James school will be hosting a Pow Wow on Friday April 12, 2019.

Registration at 1:00 pm

Grand Entry at 1:15 pm

Everyone welcome.

We hope to see you there!

Vance Chapman Powwow

There will be a Powwow held at Vance Chapman school on Friday March 8, 2019.

Grand entry will be 1:00pm.

Everyone welcome 🙂

Pow Wow – March 2019

On March 8th there will be a Pow Wow held at Vance Chapman School.

Information on times will be updated in the near future.

We hope to see everyone there!!

Pow Wow – February 2019

Biwaase’aa has an upcoming Pow Wow on February 8th at Mckellar Park School.

Grand Entry is at 1pm

We hope to see you there!