March 10, 2023

Cree-Mohawk Teepee Project brings Medical Patients a Needed Dose of Culture

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is pleased to provide multi-year funding for a unique cross-cultural project that provides a healing environment for Cree medical patients undergoing treatment in the Montreal area. 

Foundation Chair Tina Petawabano explains: “The Teepee Project, located in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, provides a facility that offers Cree patients a place to gather, cook traditional Cree food, and connect with their culture. Day trips to the project allow patients to get away from health care facilities for a while, and it’s clear that this lifts their spirits and contributes to healing.”

By providing $37,000 to the Cree Health and Social Services Board of James Bay, the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation and Foundation partner Beneva Assurance are helping to make this important project truly sustainable.  

Bertie Wapachee, Chair of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, adds: “This welcome support from the Cree Foundation and Beneva Assurance will make a real, ongoing difference in a project that brings Cree and Mohawk communities together, while providing an important and positive healing component based on our traditions.”