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Qaggiq Project
Healing and Wellness Centre

About the project

Building a Family Healing & Wellness Centre to accommodate families with intergenerational trauma. This idea will create an environment where First Nations families can stay together and heal through a culturally responsive approach.

Organization/Community: Muskowekwan First Nation

Lead/Co-Lead Innovators: Cynthia Desjarlais and Chief Reginald Bellerose


  • Focus on integrating the cultural responsiveness framework and multi-disciplinary mental and physical health services with traditional wellness programming

  • Community driven design

What inspires you about this project?

In supporting further design and potential implementation of the dwelling units through this Initiative, it is also advancing a much more significant project in healing the historical traumas and negative intergenerational health and wellness impacts Indigenous people are facing. The Muskowekwan Family Healing and Wellness Centre will provide a new culturally responsive model of care for keeping our families. A significant focus of the Centre is to respond to the negative effects of the Muskowekwan Residential School, which stands today as the province’s last remaining residential school. This project can help us stop this vicious cycle.

What do you hope to learn through the Accelerator Program?

We hope to gain knowledge and expertise from everyone involved to create an effective solution that is implementation ready, cost efficient, sustainable for the long-term, and will meet our community needs. Developing new relationships with other Innovators will be valuable to gain perspective on community needs and innovative approaches. Ultimately Muskowekwan wants to learn how to quickly advance our project to implementation to start addressing the critical and urgent needs our community members are facing.

Focus Area

Empowerment, capacity, and support for local businesses

Types of Housing




Emergency Shelter

Where it's happening

About the community/organization

Muskowekwan First Nation is a Saulteaux (Ojibway) First Nation located approximately 140 km northeast of Regina.  As of May, 2008, the Muskowekwan First Nation had 1,517 registered people with about 400 on Reserve.

The Muskowekwan First Nation, Signatory to Treaty Four as a sovereign, self-governing, and self-sufficient member of the Saulteaux Tribe, will provide a quality of life acceptable to its citizens based on promoting spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health of all citizens.

Learn more at: https://www.muskowekwan.ca/