John Corston Healing and Training Lodge
Finally Coming Home
Kateri gathered to remember our founder John Corston. At that time, we announced plans to build a Healing and Training Lodge. The Lodge had always been one of John's central visions for the ministry and thank our supporters and Creator who got us this far.
Now we need your help to gather the funds for materials, labour, and most importantly Elder consultations.
What Will the Lodge be Used for?
Gatherings: Celebrations, remembrance ceremonies, sweat lodges, and Elder gatherings
Teaching Events: Indigenous Leadership Training, Kendaaswin Cultural Programs, Traditional Teachings, School trips
Medicine Garden: Plans to expand the current traditional garden
Who Will Use the Lodge?
Kateri Community: Our elders, friends, and community will all have a place to gather, learn and celebrate as Indigenous People on the land.
Visitors: School groups, parishes, organizations, and other guests will be welcome to attend healing and training events.
Who Was John Corston?
After hearing God’s voice, John Corston lived a life of ministry helping Indigenous people find healing by sharing the love of Christ. In 2001, John founded Kateri Native Ministry as a non-profit charitable organization.
The Healing and Training Lodge has been part of John's vision since the very beginning.
What does "Naategamaa" Mean?
The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall provided Kateri Native Ministry access to a beautiful 230-acre property on the south side of the Ottawa River since 2001. We are very grateful and blessed.
We gave the land the name Naategamaa, which means "Peaceful Waters" in Algonquin, and it has become a turning point for our ministry.
For healing and training to have the greatest effect for Indigenous peoples, encountering the Creator on the land is essential.
We Need Your Help
The Lodge is going to be a major shift for our Ministry. It will become the centre for the healing and training activities our people need, but we can't do it without you.
Please help us move one step closer to Healing and Reconciliation.
God Bless You.