Grant Stories

Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre

At the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Christian spiritual beliefs are appreciated, shared and understood. Respect, healing and connectedness are taught to benefit individuals as they restore balance and wholeness among people and all of creation.

Quick Facts

Country: Canada

Grant Program: World Day of Prayer

Year of Grant: 2018-2019

Grant Amount: $2,000

Mamawe Ota Askihk Festival

The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre hosted a festival in Manitoba: Mamawe Ota Askihk – Sharing Life Together Here on Earth from August 20-24, 2018. Over 60 people, including 19 youth and children, gathered in the spirit of reconciliation, and for the sake of reclaiming that which is homebred, homespun, home spoken, homegrown and homemade. Funds from the Awakening grant subsidized prohibitive travel bursaries for Indigenous participants.

Each festival day began around the sacred fire with a reflection on one of the seven sacred teachings. Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants worked side by side to make three pow wow drums, tan a deer hide, extract honey at a neighbouring farm, and generate salve from herbal medicines and beeswax. Spontaneous conversation, joking, music and sometimes heart-to-heart sharing were also wonderful outcomes.