Cultural Program



Connecting back to your roots through the Anishinaabek way of life



The Dilico Anishinabek Family Care Cultural Program connects you and your family with spiritual guidance, local elders, traditional teachings, and tools for the mind & spirit.

  1. Home Visits – arrangement can be made for an elder, along with cultural staff to visit a family at their home for cultural support and traditional counselling;
  2. Sacred Circles – arrangement can be made for an elder to facilitate a sacred healing circle to deal with family issues, letting go, grief support, conflict resolution, etc.
  3. Spirit Naming Ceremony – arrangements can be made for an elder with the gift of retrieving names to give a spirit name to a child in ceremony;
  4. Sweat Lodge Ceremony – Cleansing, purifying, letting go, receiving direction, retrieval of spirit name/clan/colours, prayers, giving thanks, feasting, etc.
  5. Traditional Healing/Counselling - one on one appointment with an Elder with cultural employee present;
  6. Regalia-Making from April to June (subject to proposal funding approval from OAC) – regalia is feasted before the annual powwow and a special honour song is sung for all new dancers before the grand entry;
  7. Gii-we-go-zi-win (Moving Back Home Ceremonies-Out of Care) – arrangement can be made for an elder to facilitate a ceremony with family, foster family and connected staff before child(ren) move back home.
  8. Ki-noo-maa-ge-win (Cultural Teachings) – scheduled teachings to various programs within Dilico;
  9. Traditional Parenting – a 10 module program scheduled to various programs within Dilico and district



For information please check the Dilico Facebook Page and also the Thunder Bay and Area Traditional Events Page

1. Grandfather Drum Singing & Teachings at 277 Park Avenue (PA) Tuesdays from 6-7:45 pm (September to May) except the last Tuesday which is hand-drumming

2. Hand-Drum Singing & Teachings at 277 Park Avenue (PA) the last Tuesday of each  from 6-7:45 pm (September to May)

3. Anemki Sweat Lodge Ceremony at 200 Anemki Place (FWFN) on Fridays. The Sacred Fire is lit at 11:00 am by the Shkaa-be (Fire Keeper).  Attendees may arrive at 11am to participate in the preparation of the ceremony, or speak with the elder conducting the lodge when he arrives.  Group will go in the lodge at 12:30 pm.

When you go to the sweat, you will need: a small towel, clothing for going into the lodge (skirt and t-shirt for women, shorts for men), bottle of water and an offering of tobacco eg. a cigarette, a pack of cigarettes, pouch of tobacco, or tobacco wrapped in a small square of cloth (tobacco tie); (if you do not have tobacco, you can ask for some there); other gifts may be given to express your gratitude to the sweat lodge keeper and the fire-keeper, such as a towel, a blanket, a braid of sweetgrass, or it could be money/gift card, etc.

A food offering is customary to share with the group after the sweat as well. You can bring a dish of prepared food of your choice to share after the sweat and contribute to the food offering dish durign ceremony.

ALLERGY ALERT: STRAWBERRIES, ALMONDS & APPLES are not to be brought to Lodge due to a severe employee allergy. (This includes drinks or perfumes with these items such as almond oil.)

Evening Community Sweat Lodge – may be scheduled periodically in the evening. This will be posted.

4. Kookom’s Place at 781-Limbrick Place (off James Street Central Parking Lot)
1st Tuesday of month – Mom & Tots Drumming (11 am to noon)
2nd Monday of month (or Tuesday after a holiday) – Hand-Drumming (3:30-4:30)
3rd Wednesday of month – Cultural Teachings (3:30-4:30)
4th Wednesday of month (or last Wednesday) – Grandfather Drum Teachings ((3:30-4:30)

Drum socials will also be held at Kookom’s Place in the summer time.

5. Traditional Healing/Counselling Program is available 2 days per month at 200 Anemki Place (FWFN) in our Traditional Room by calling the cultural program at 623-8511 or 1-855-623-8511 if you live in the district for an appointment.

Appointments can take up to 1.5 hours; a helper or a cultural employee will sit in with the traditional healer.

When our traditional healers or medicine people talk about healing, they say the Creator, Gichi Manitou, and the spirits work through them to help others heal on the road toward mino-bimaadiziwin (a good life). The elders say that sickness begins in our spirit, and affects our mind, our emotions, and our body. Thus, traditional healing is holistic as all are interrelated and affects our balance, our medicine wheel. Our elders say that a great deal of healing comes from within ourselves and that we must be 100% committed toward our healing.

When you go to the healer, please bring an offering of tobacco. (eg., a cigarette, a pack of cigarettes, a pouch of tobacco, or a tobacco tie).

If you live in the district and you have an appointment with the traditional healer at Anemki, you can request travel, meal and accommodation assistance from NIHB by contacting the Health Clinic at your First Nation. A letter can be provided by the Cultural Program to confirm your appointment.

If you are given traditional medicine, it is customary to give a gift to the traditional healer to express your gratitude. (e.g. a towel, blanket, braid of sweetgrass, or it could be money, etc. This could be given later)
As a courtesy of respect, if you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to cancel so that we can schedule someone else. Miigwech!

6. Fasting Camp – Check information on the Intranet Calendar

7. Summer Programming – Grandfather & Hand-Drum Socials, Children’s Sweat lodges

8. Dilico Annual Pow-wow – 2nd Thursday in June with Grand-Entry at 1 pm;

- First Nation Flags of the 13 First Nations affiliated with Dilico  invited for the grand-entry;
- Annual Effie Zoccole Award & Staff Service Awards;
- Special (powwow committee to decide on yearly special)
- Feast at 4 pm;
- Hand-drumming Competition during supper break;
- Give-away around 8 pm;
- Honorariums for dancers, and singers (Everyone Welcome)

Note – new dancers are invited to the dance in the honour dance for new dancers prior to the grand entry at around noon

Bimaadiziwin Wiidookaagewin Cultural Team (in photo from left to right)

  • Beatrice Twance, Cultural Manager
  • Kelvin Redsky, Cultural Coordinator (Anemki)
  • Janine Desmoulin, Cultural Coordinator (Anemki)
  • Lawrence Wanakamik, District Coordinator (Whitesand, Gull Bay, Collins)
  • Helen Young-Brizard, Cultural Coordinator (Anemki)
  • Crystal McLeod, District Coordinator (Ginoogaming, Long Lake)
  • Donald Michano, District Coordinator (Biigtigong, Pic Mobert & Michipicoten)
  • Sarah Wright, Cultural Manager (missing from photo)