Dodem Kanonhsa’

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), welcomes you to the Dodem Kanonhsa’.

DODEM KANONHSA’ Elder’s Cultural Facility is a learning and sharing facility which fosters greater acceptance, understanding and harmony between members of First Nations and Non-Aboriginal People. DODEM is Anishinabem (Ojibwe) meaning ‘clan’ and KANONHSA is Kenienkaha (Mohawk) meaning ‘lodge’, and is transcribed in cree syllabics.

The purpose of Dodem Kanonhsa’ is to promote sharing and understanding of Aboriginal Culture and its philosophies. Dodem Kanonhsa is open to both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people with the hope that it will benefit intercultural relations, cross cultural communication and understanding. The lodge allows us to continue the tradition, started by our Grandmothers and Grandfathers, of oral teachings. Visiting Elders and Teachers are available throughout the year. During their stay, the Elders and Teachers conduct traditional ceremonies and provide teachings and cultural counselling. The lodge is a place to learn from and speak with our Elders and traditional teachers.

History

Following the Oka Crisis in 1990, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) sought ways to improve cultural understanding among staff. A solution for AANDC was to build an Elder’s Cultural Facility at the Departments headquarters in Hull, Quebec.

The so-named “Kumik Lodge” was built in order to provide Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal employees the opportunity seek guidance and teachings from Native Elders and Teachers. The Kumik offers people the chance to gain greater appreciation and understanding of native culture and its philosophies.

Building on the success of the Kumik, the opportunity arrived to build a similar facility in AANDC’s Ontario Regional Office in Toronto. The lodge has been named “Dodem Kanonhsa’”. Dodem is an Anishinabem (Ojibwe) word meaning ‘Clan’, and Kanonhsa’ is Kenienkeha (Mohawk) meaning ‘Lodge’, and is transcribed into Cree syllabics. The name was chosen in order to represent the three main tribes prominent to the Ontario Region.

The purpose of the Dodem Kanonhsa’ is to promote sharing and understanding of Aboriginal culture and its philosophies. The Dodem Kanonhsa’ is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with the hope that it will benefit intercultural relations, cross-cultural communication and understanding. The lodge allows us to continue the tradition, started by our Grandmothers and Grandfathers, of oral teachings. Visiting Elders and Teachers are available throughout the year. During their stay, the Elders and Teachers conduct traditional ceremonies and provide teachings and cultural counselling.

The lodge is a place to learn from and speak with our Elders and Traditional Teachers. The Dodem Kanonhsa’ is open Monday through Friday, and is located on the 6th floor of the Arthur Meighen Building at 55 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario.

To view upcoming Dodem Kanonhsa’ Open Teachings please visit our website at www.dodemkanonhsa.ca. If you would like to book an appointment or arrange for a group teaching or individual appointment, please contact the Manager at:

Maria Montejo
Program Manager
Dodem Kanonhsa’ Cultural Facility

Dodem Kanonhsa’ (Clan Lodge)
55 St. Clair Avenue East, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1M2

Phone: (416) 952-9272
Fax: (416) 952-9282

Email: dodemkanonhsa@inac-ainc.gc.ca
Website: www.dodemkanonhsa.ca