Cultural Services




Connecting back to your roots through the Anishinaabek way of life

Client Referrals – Send go to Sarah Wright, Cultural Manager

Non-Client Related Referrals - Send to Beatrice Twance-Hynes, Cultural Manager

For information on programs and services that are open to the community, please check the Dilico Facebook Page,
the Bimaadiziwin Wiidokaagewin Facebook page (virtual programming)
and also the Thunder Bay and Area Traditional Events Page


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.

Our programs and services:

  1. Home Visits – arrangements can be made for an elder, along with cultural staff to visit a family at their home for cultural support and traditional counselling; (Client Referral with consent is needed.)

  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. (Client Referral with consent is needed.)

  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; (Client Referral with consent is needed.)

  4. Sweat Lodge Ceremony – Cleansing, purifying, letting go, receiving direction, retrieval of spirit name/clan/colours, prayers, giving thanks, feasting, etc. (A special lodge may be requested for a family; (Client Referral with consent is needed.) A special lodge may also be request for staff.

  5. Anemki Sweat Lodge Ceremony - at 200 Anemki Place (FWFN) on Fridays; Everyone welcome, staff, clients and community.

    The Sacred Fire is lit at 11:00 am by the Shkaa-be (Fire Keeper).  Participants may arrive around noon; if you have any questions, you can offer tobacco to the elder conducting the lodge.  Participants will go in the lodge around 12:30 pm.

    Anemki Evening Community Sweat Lodge – as of February 28/20, the last Friday of the month will be an evening sweat lodge; participants will go in the lodge at 6 pm.
    Please bring a small towel to take with you in the lodge, and a larger one for after you come out of the lodge. Women wear a skirt and t-shirt for women or a long gown; shorts and t-shirt for men); you can bring a bottle of water but some water may be available; 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, some will be available at the sweat); if you want, you may bring a small practical gift for the lodge keeper/fire keeper such as a towel, a blanket, a braid of sweet grass, etc.
    If you can, please bring some prepared food to share after the sweat; some of this food will also be added to the spirit food offering dish.

  6. Regalia-Making – runs from April to June (subject to proposal funding approval from the Ontario Arts Council). Participants learn how to use the sewing machine to make their own regalia with guidance from the facilitators and a designated helper (Dilico worker, foster parent, bio parent).

    The new regalia is feasted before the annual powwow and a special honour song is sung for all new dancers before the grand entry; (If you have a client who is interested, please email the Cultural Manager with your client’s name; a Regalia Making Registration form will be sent to you.)

  7. Gii-we-go-zi-win (Moving Back Home Ceremonies-Out of Care) – arrangements can be made for an elder to facilitate a ceremony with family, foster family and connected staff before a child(ren) move back home. (Client Referral with consent needed.)

  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. (Client Referral with consent needed. A Traditional Parent Registration form will be sent for you to complete after a date for the sessions is determined.)

  10. Grandfather Drum & Hand-drum Singing & Teachings - at 277 Park Avenue (PA) Tuesdays from 6-7:45 pm. The last Tuesday of the month is hand-drumming. This service is open to everyone, staff, clients and community.

  11. Kookom’s Place at 781-Limbrick Place (off James Street Central Parking Lot). Quilting, Bannock and Tea with Two Kookom’s is scheduled two Wednesdays a month from 6-8 pm. Everyone welcome, staff, clients and community.

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

  12. Traditional Healing/Counselling – 1-on-1 appointments are available 2 days per month at 200 Anemki Place (FWFN) in our Traditional Room. If you want an appointment for your client, please call the cultural program at 623-8511 or 1-855-623-8511 if you live in the district. (Client Referral with consent is needed.) Everyone welcome, staff, clients and community.

    Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour; a helper and/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 come to see 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 do not have tobacco, some tobacco will be available.

    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. (eg.,a towel, blanket, braid of sweetgrass, etc.)

    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!
  1. Summer Programming – Grandfather & Hand-Drum Socials, Children’s Sweat lodges, Traditional Games, etc.

  2. Dilico Annual Pow-wow – Scheduled for a Thursday in June with Grand-Entry at 1 pm;
  • First Nation Flags of the 13 First Nations affiliated with Dilico are invited for the grand-entry;
  • New Regalia Blessing – 11 am prior to grand entry
  • Annual Effie Zoccole Award – usually around 3 pm
  • Yearly Powwow Special (powwow committee will decide on the annual special)
  • Feast at 4 pm;
  • Hand-drumming Competition during supper break;
  • Give-away around 7 pm;
  • Honorariums for dancers, and singers (Everyone Welcome – staff, clients and community)


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)