Serving the Greater Toronto Area since 1998, Dodem Kanonhsa’ pronounced Doh-dem Gah-noon-sah has forged a reputation for quality service, inclusiveness and community-oriented programming. Dodem is an Anishinawbe (Ojibway) word meaning “Clan” or family, and Kanonhsa’ is Kenienkeha (Mohawk) meaning “Lodge,” the name is also transcribed into Cree syllabics. The name was chosen to reflect the most prominent Nations in the region they serve.
Following the Oka Crisis in 1990, Indigenous Services Canada sought ways to improve the awareness of Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture. One solution was to build the Kumik Lodge, a cultural facility in the Department’s headquarters in Gatineau, Quebec that focused on traditional teachings provided by Indigenous wisdom keepers. Building on the success of the Kumik, the opportunity arrived to build a similar facility in ISC Ontario Regional Office in Toronto. Dodem Kanonhsa’ opened on September 21st, 1998.
Their mandate is to provide a space for learning and fostering greater acceptance, understanding and harmony between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Dodem Kanonhsa’ welcomes participants from all nations, ancestry and backgrounds.
Many well-known and respected teachers visit the lodge and continue to share their teachings and stories with staff and visitors. Dodem Kanonhsa’ hosts a variety of training sessions, circles and workshops. Please visit the website, www.dodemkanonhsa.ca or call 416-952-9272 for a schedule of events. Due to capacity constraints, groups must register and receive confirmation before attending lodge events.