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Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk

Cultural healing is at the core of what we do.

At Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk, we work hard to give you access to cultural healing. We know that cultural practices can be key to leading a healthier, happier life, and it’s our honour to offer this.  

Whether you come to Huddle for culturally based health and wellness services, including primary care (seeing a doctor or nurse about your physical and sexual health), employment services, substance use support, mentorship, recreation, Indigenous ceremony, or anything else, we want you to feel comfortable and respected, free from judgment and misunderstanding.

We are passionate advocates for our Indigenous communities and their wellness, but we welcome all of our surrounding neighbours to Huddle.

What we do

There are so many free events and programs you can join at Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk, in-person or online! You’ll find health and wellness workshops, drop-in counselling, resume building workshops, cedar baths, Indigenous healing ceremonies, group activities like beading, community lunches, and so much more. Check out our event calendar to see what’s coming up!

Ongoing Weekly Programming

Our programming is a combination of drop-in and appointment. It might change from time to time, so feel free to call ahead to confirm.
Cedar baths

(twice monthly)

Healing ceremonies

(every three months)

Where we are

34 Higgins Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R2W 3N5

Hours of Operation:

Monday – 11am-7pm
Tuesday – 12pm-8pm
Wednesday – 11:30am-7:30pm
Thursday – Appointment only
Friday – 12pm-8pm
One Saturday per month – 10am-6pm

Contact Us:
Phone: 204-953-5820 

Phone and emails are not monitored 24/7. Visit our Contact Page for more resources if you need immediate help.

How to get here

Our youth hub is located in the Social Enterprise Building, right near the train tracks. The youth hub entrance is located on Austin Street. Ring the doorbell and our staff will greet you at the door! If you find your way here from the main building entrance, that’s okay too!

You can lock your bike in the parking lot of the Social Enterprise Building from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Bus Routes:

11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 31, 32, 35, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 58, 65, 66, 67, 97

Who we are

Melanie Hart (She/Her)

Systems Navigator

Melanie Hart

Tansi, My name is Melanie Hart and my name is East Wind Medicine woman, I am the System Navigator for Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk, I am a proud mother of 4 and grandmother of 1. I am from Fox Lake Cree Nation and I have lived all over Manitoba, mainly spent most of my life here in Winnipeg. I have worked in many positions in helping the community and I am grateful to be working with Huddle Youth, in helping them find resources and essentials to live the good life. I feel getting to know your ancestral roots is important to help the young ones in their journey.

Melanie Zebrynski (She/Her)

Program Coordinator

Melanie Zebrynski

Hello! My name is Mel, I’m the Program Coordinator at Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk. I grew up in rural Manitoba and moved to the Winnipeg a couple of years ago. My passions include music, gaming, and coffee, and my love language is cooking. My favourite TV shows are Star Trek, Supernatural, and Adventure Time. When I’m not at Huddle, my time is spent entertaining my three (very active) ferrets!

Faith Whiteway (She/They)

WSD Systems Navigator

Faith Whiteway

Aaniin, My name is Faith Whiteway, I am the Winnipeg School Division Systems Navigator at Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk. I’m from Berens River First Nation. I currently live in Winnipeg, MB. Since High-School, my passion has always been to help other First Nation students. Whether it be mentoring youth or offering tutor services. It has since led me down a Teaching career path. Specifically, to teach and develop a curriculum in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe Language). My studies are currently being done at the University of Winnipeg. I have also spent 8 years doing Direct Support Work, one on one and in a group home setting. When I am not working or studying, you can find me with my daughter at a local music show or painting rocks together. Chi miigwech,

Charles Anderson (He/Him)

Peer Support

Charles Anderson

Tansi, my name is Charles Anderson. I am the Peer-To-Peer Support Worker for Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk. I am a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation but moved to Winnipeg to pursue better opportunities in my education. My hobbies include watching movies/tv shows, playing video games or playing with my cat. I always enjoyed being able to help the youth whether that be as a substitute teacher or managing drop-ins providing essential resources. I love being able to help and interact with the community and its youth. I look forward to meeting you all.

The services at Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk are provided in part by Ka Ni Kanichihk, Manitoba Harm Reduction Network, Klinic Community Health, Addictions Foundation Manitoba (AFM) and others.

At Huddle, youth have a safe space to be authentically themselves. We welcome and respect people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, faiths, race/nationalities, and abilities.

We empower all youth, families, and service providers to show the same respect to others and to celebrate each other’s differences.

Get Involved

Want to help other youth and create positive change in your community? Join our Youth Advisory Board or get started in becoming a peer supporter! You’ll get the chance to help plan events, lead workshops, make decisions, and provide valuable guidance to other youth seeking support. We are also looking for caregivers and families to join our Family Council.

Catch up with Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk

Follow Huddle Ka Ni Kanichihk for updates on the latest events happening at our youth hub and helpful tools to live a healthier life.

Huddle is a safe space for youth ages 12–29, offering free, trauma-informed and culturally safe health services in a youth-friendly atmosphere.

We acknowledge all of our relatives of these lands of Treaties #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The Anishinaabeg, Inniniwak, Dakota, Metis, Anish-Ininew, Dene, the ancestors and descendants, and the Inuit who make the lands Manito Ahbi their home.

We also honour those who are still to come and commit ourselves to honouring the true spirit and intent of any and all treaties and agreements. We acknowledge that we, all our nations, were in a relationship long before the boundaries of what is now known as Canada were formed.

We honour all of our relatives, the four-legged, winged, swimmers, crawlers, lands and waters.

Donna Richard

Huddle Intake Administrative Assistant

Donna Richard

My name is Donna and I am the first person to greet Huddle Youth Hub visitors, participants, and any youth needing to access our services. I enjoy working with youth, because they are our future generation. Our Huddle team builds healthy relationships with Huddle participants and service providers to promote healthier communities for our youth. I am a proud Indigenous woman, and I am also a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a friend. I have lived in Winnipeg for 10 years and outside of work I enjoy spending time doing activities with my friends and family. I also like watching movies, and going for walks in my spare time. Miigwech