SCO Survivors’ Healing Gathering

January 16, 2023

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is pleased to present “Mino-si-toon Wichozani,” the first annual SCO Survivors’ Healing Gathering taking in Treaty One territory on February 27 and 28, 2023.

In Anishinaabemowin, the word “Mino-si-toon” means “putting things right” or “doing things in a good way.” In Dakota, the word “Wichozani” means “healing.”

SCO is proud to invite southern First Nation Survivors and intergenerational Survivors of Indian Residential Schools, Day Schools, 60s Scoop, the child welfare system, and families impacted by MMIWG2S+ to this two-day free gathering to connect, learn, and heal.

Registration is now closed!

We thank everyone for their interest in joining us this year.

Hear from our great keynote speakers!

Dr. Phil Fontaine, citizen of Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation, residential school Survivor, former National Chief, Grand Chief and Chief, and negotiator of the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement which established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Former Commissioner of the National Inquiry Michele Audette, Innu from Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Senator, and long time MMIWG2S+ and Indigenous advocate.

Kevin Chief, citizen of Pine Creek First Nation, former provincial Cabinet Minister, and founder of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre.

Special Highlights

We will see panel discussions and information sessions on a range of topics including reclaiming our traditional teachings; how to apply for a status card; how to access child and family services files for Sixties Scoop Survivors; presentations on harm reduction and on grief and loss; Elder and Grandmother teachings; language workshops; and more!

While there will be opportunities for learning and networking, there will also be activities to support healing. You will have the opportunity to sign up for other amazing workshops such as medicine bag making; orange shirt, little moccasins and red dress beading; massages; reiki; and more.

Juno-nominated musician Don Amero is performing on February 27 and renowned artist Jackie Traverse, a citizen of Lake St. Martin First Nation, will be doing a live painting each day of the gathering.

SCO Program and Resources

Survivors Healing Program

Indian Residential Schools

Indian Day Schools

60s Scoop