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By Michael Barrett

Inter-Generational Family Wellness Service Building Groundbreaking held in Red Lake


The Inter-Generational Family Wellness Service Building Groundbreaking was held in Red Lake on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Located at 16000 Pike Creek in Red Lake, the new $17 million dollar facility will offer, Cultural Services, Family Wellness Services, Family Preservation, Reunification Services, ICWA, Foster Care, Behavioral Health, Elderly/Vulnerable Adult Services, Public Health, Elderly Nutrition Meals and Elder;y Maintenance.

Construction is scheduled to be completed and operational in Jul;y 2023.

From the Red Lake Tribal Council:


On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Red Lake Tribal Council joined tribal staff, community members, and honored guests to officially break ground on Red Lake’s new Intergenerational Service Building.

Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog “Uplifting All Our Relatives” (formerly known as FCS) has grown tremendously in recent years. It now offers an array of Intergenerational Family Wellness Healing resources, services, supports, teachings, and connections.

The land and water were acknowledged in a traditional way through Anishinabemowin, ceremony, the pipe, and the drum. Fred Desjarlait Jr. attended the event as the Spiritual Advisor and spoke about the importance of these acknowledgments “we want the ancestors to know what we were doing and why we were doing it. We asked our ancestors to bless what we are doing for our future generations to come.”

The building design aligns with the Tiwahe Initiative which supports families through coordinated services and where culture is integrated into practices. Ombimindwaa programs include child welfare, ICWA, vulnerable adult and elder services, behavioral/mental health, public health, elderly nutrition, elderly maintenance, and the Children’s Healing Center. Ombimindwaa also provides support to the community through various federal and state grants like Native Connections, the Reducing Recidivism Initiative, and the Community Hub.

During the groundbreaking ceremony Chairman Darrell Seki, Sr. emphasized the importance of all of us working together, “Chi Miigwech to Cheri Goodwin (Executive Director of Ombimindwaa) and her staff…all the ones behind the scenes…for doing what you have to do to get this building going…and all of you, and the whole tribal council. Because, working together…we create many opportunities for you, our tribal members of the great Red Lake Nation.” Secretary Sam Strong also spoke at the event, highlighting the importance of utilizing the strength of community, the strength of the elders, and the strength of the lake for healing “this is a place for our families to heal… we always talk about intergenerational healing and this is where it’s going to happen.” The estimated completion for the new intergenerational service building is set for July 2023.


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