Removing Barriers and Building Bridges
"we-cho-nee" Lakota/Sioux language meaning "Life"
Following the passing of Wiconi’s co-founder, Richard Twiss, the board of Wiconi determined to keep his vision alive through the implementation of new strategies. For just over two years, Wiconi was able to make this new arrangement work, completing several new projects and continuing the family camp and powwow.
After a few years, however, it became obvious that help was needed. At that time, the Wiconi board decided to approach Indigenous Pathways, then home to iEmergence, My People and NAIITS, for assistance. This led to a mutual decision for Wiconi to become a member of the Indigenous Pathways family in 2015. The vision continued!
In 2020 and beyond, the same vision that launched Wiconi in 2000 will be supported as a more fully integrated part of Indigenous Pathways’ two larger programs. Now, you will find things like the Family Camp and Powwow, Speaking opportunities, Conferences, Workshops and Community Development initiatives delivered through the work of iEmergence and NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community along with their other programs. It’s a great way to ensure the Wiconi vision continues!
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