Melanie with two of her children. L. Keegan. C. Summer



Showing Others Life Does Get Better by Breaking
the Cycle of Addiction

Melanie Ashkewe proclaims, “I’m an open book.” At 51, Melanie, a mother of three adult children and a grandmother, is comfortable and happy to share her story. However, it wasn’t always easy for her to share. Melanie explains, “Not in the beginning, but I’m over that stage. Yeah, I smoked. Yeah, I drank. Yeah, I did drugs.” Now, Melanie is telling her story in hopes her experiences will show others that life does get better.

Melanie’s story begins home on Cape Croker, Ontario where she grew up as a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Growing up in foster homes and group homes, she developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol as a child, that continued as a young adult and then into adulthood.


Watch Construction of Future Home of Anishnawbe Health in Real-Time

We are thrilled to announce that you can now get a snapshot of what's happening at the future home of Anishnawbe Health Toronto in real-time via a live camera feed. Interested viewers can watch the construction of the Indigenous Hub and the new health centre from the comfort of their homes or anywhere in the world.

Catch all the construction excitement from now until Anishnawbe Health opens it doors in 2023. Check back often to see the progress and watch this visionary project take shape.


Victoria Grant


Anishnawbe Health Foundation Champion and Supporter Victoria Grant Named Officer of the
Order of Canada

Victoria Grant, Loon Clan, member of the Temagami First Nation, was recently named Officer of the Order of Canada, one Canada's highest civilian honours. Victoria was recognized, by the Governor General’s Office, for her work to "bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous culture, business and communities through her facilitation and mediation."

Victoria and her family have been long-time supporters of Anishnawbe Health. Over the last few years, she has been involved in supporting the Foundation through various activities. In 2018, Victoria was a Circle of Volunteers at Verity Club that raised $75,000 with a dinner featuring 


L. Chef Joseph Shawana, C. Andre Morriseau, R. Chef Bianca Azupardo

Support Indigenous Health and Wellness while Eating Delicious Soup at Clay Restaurant at the Gardiner Museum

For the Month of March, the Food Dudes Clay Restaurant at the Gardiner Museum is donating the proceeds of sales from a special Smoked Trout and Sweet Potato Chowder by award winning Indigenous Chef Joseph Shawana to our Foundation. For restaurant information and reservations, visit Don’t miss this time limited opportunity!

As a way of keeping its popular Empty Bowls fundraising event top of mind during the pandemic, our partner the Gardiner Museum hosted Empty Bowls Online on March 4 and hosted by AHF’s Board Chair Andre Morriseau. Chef Joseph Shawana held an online cooking demonstration to show viewers how to prepare the tasty Smoked Trout and Sweet Potato Chowder soup. Chef Joseph was assisted by the Gardiner’s Clay Restaurant Head Chef Bianca Azupardo.

Thank you to the Food Dudes for allowing us to film in the Clay Restaurant and a very big thank you to the Gardiner Museum, Anishnawbe Health’s longest standing philanthropic partner, for hosting such successful event, raising more than  $2,800. To watch the cooking demo and/or get the recipe please visit -


Make it Monthly this March – Join our Sweetgrass Monthly Giving Circle this month and CanadaHelps will contribute an Extra $20!

Throughout the month of March, become a new monthly donor of $20 or more and our online donation partner CanadaHelps will make a one-time extra $20 donation to support health and healing for Anishnawbe Health clients.

Monthly giving reduces our fundraising expenses, helps us plan for the future, and allows you to spread out your annual contribution in convenient instalments over the year.  As a Sweetgrass Circle Member, you’ll receive an annual tax receipt for your donations, receive our enewsletter, be listed in our Annual Report and be invited to special activities and events.

$20 a month = $240 a year
$25 a month = $300 a year
$30 a month = $360 a year


Elder Stories by Brandon Jacko

Join Us For The Wisdom Weavers Storytelling & Traditional Teachings Series

As part of COVID-19 Recovery efforts, Anishnawbe Health Toronto has launched Wisdom Weavers: Storytelling & Traditional Teachings, a 12-month series of live-stream storytelling presentations on enduring troubling times, surviving challenges, keeping families strong, and emerging stronger for it all. Elders and Knowledge Holders from across North America will share their experiences as well as stories within their own cultures and Nations.

The series began in January with Elder Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, ceremonial leader, traditional teacher and healer. Diane is a member of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation at Six Nations Grand River Territory and a citizen of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Diane's presentation was titled "Tending to Spirit: Sharing Our Stories." In March, Brenda Johnson, also member of Mohawk Nation at Six Nations Grand River Territory and widely respected social worker and community organizer from Ohsweken, Ontario spoke about "Our Responsibility to Care for Our Elders during Difficult Times." If you missed the live-stream presentation or would like to re-watch visit -


Use The Power Of Your Will To Do More

Using the power of your will is one of the many ways you can help Anishnawbe Health Toronto make a lasting impact on the Indigenous community in Toronto. Did you also know that leaving a gift in your will to Anishnawbe Health can, in some cases, also lower estate taxes?

Download our "Free Guide to Speaking to Your Advisor" or visit to take the next step to leave your legacy today.  If you would like to speak with someone about leaving a gift to Anishnawbe Health Foundation in your will, please contact Julie at or 416-657-0379 ext. 235.




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