Wooden Pipe Lodge

Along with Ndinawe’s CYCP Program and the Indigenous Family Centre, Jonah offers administrative support to the Wooden Pipe Lodge and other cultural activities.

This work is guided by Jonah’s Cree Knowledge Keeper, Carey Sinclair.

Full Moon Ceremonies are held each month, led by Angie Cote (Cree, Fisher River).

Sweat lodge and naming ceremonies, as well healing services take place with Cree and Anishinaabe Elders and Knowledge Keepers, as requested by families and individuals.

If you are interested in learning more about cultural supports, or accessing the Wooden Pipe Lodge, please contact us.

Wooden Pipe Lodge Origin Story

misitikawak ospokan madotsin  – The Wooden Pipe Lodge

“It came from Spirit”

In a ceremony in 2016, Elder Sheldon Cote received a vision of a sweat lodge on Selkirk Avenue in the North End of Winnipeg. He saw that the community could be helped and supported by a place of prayer and healing in the middle of the city.

At that time, Ndinawe’s CYCCP education program, then located on Selkirk Ave., was also praying and hoping for a sweat lodge that would support not only their participants & helpers, but also the larger North End community.

Because of the guidance provided by Sheldon’s vision, tobacco was offered to directors at the Indigenous Family Center. A shared hope, rooted in prayer,  began to take shape.

In August 2018, Elder Sherry Copenace at the University of Manitoba reached out to the team at Jonah, who had recently moved into Ndinawe’s CYCC Program former space.  Sherry’s students had expressed a wish to build a sweat lodge on Selkirk Avenue as a gift to the community.

Helpers from Ndinawe, IFC, and Jonah quickly gathered and decided to accept this beautiful gift and act as hosts to this lodge.  They agreed to support the administration associated with it. They invited 4 knowledge keepers and ceremony holders to shape the vision and agreed to work together to help create a sacred and healing place.  An Ojibway elder was asked to oversee the overall spiritual care of the lodge.

The students in the U of Manitoba Master of Social Work-Indigenous Knowledges program and their elders/teachers came together to gather the materials, learn lodge teachings, and build a community sweat lodge in August 2018.

Sheldon and Angie Cote, Billy Dubery, and Gladys Marinko agreed to be the ceremony facilitators and spiritual leaders of the Wooden Pipe Lodge. Sheldon (who received the original vision) agreed to oversee all spiritual care of ceremony and grounds.

In October 2018, the first ceremony and feast were held and the Cree name “misitikawak ospokan madotsin,” was received. The english translation is “Wooden Pipe Lodge”. This lodge is named for a humble pipe that waited for many years before it’s gifts were seen and shared. Like the sweatlodge that now bears its’ name, that pipe also came from spirit and has a story of quiet, faithful perseverance that brings healing.

That particular pipe, and the lodge named after it, carry these teachings:

Trust that which is unseen.

Do not be deceived by humble appearances.

Miracles are real.

The essentialness of living in sacrificial, non-demanding ways.

May everyone who prays and sits with the ancient ones in this place experience genuine love.  

May this place contribute to greater love and generosity in our communities.

Ekosi. Miigwetch. Merci. Thankyou.