Wiigiwaminaan Lodge Indigenous-led Hub

Launched in December 2021 as the Wiigiwaaminaan Winter Response Program, a partnership between Atlohsa Family Healing Services, St. Joseph's Health Care London, and the City of London. Wiiigwaminaan Lodge has now evolved into an Indigenous-focused Hub as part of our commitment to address Indigenous homelessness beyond the winter months. The name Wiigiwaaminaan, which means "Our lodge we collectively look after" in Anishinaabemowin, reflects our ethos of shared responsibility and community care.

The Lodge is located next to Parkwood Institute and is uniquely positioned to provide culturally appropriate care for Indigenous people experiencing homelessness. Operating under an Indigenized Housing First model articulated in the Giwetashkad Indigenous Homelessness Strategic Plan, our hub extends its focus beyond just providing shelter. We recognize the access to land as a fundamental element in addressing Indigenous homelessness, emphasizing land-based healing and spiritual connection.

    Year-round support and shelter

    As a year-round hub, we offer continuous support to individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Wiigiwaaminaan provides not just a warm and safe shelter but also a culturally resonant space where individuals can receive support and services attuned to their needs.

    Advocating for land-based solutions to Indigenous homelessness

    The strategic partnership with St. Joseph's Health Care London and the City of London empowers Atlohsa to provide an Indigenous-led homelessness response that supports land-based programming for Indigenous people.

    Join Us in Making a Lasting Difference

    The transition of Wiigiwaaminaan Lodge into a permanent hub has been a crucial step in our journey to support Indigenous people facing homelessness. Your support is more important than ever. We invite you to join us in this vital mission. By donating, you contribute directly to providing continuous support to Indigenous individuals in need, helping them to find not just shelter but a pathway to healing and stability.