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On December 4, Elder Aastakaanna of the Kainai First Nation bestowed the Blackfoot name Okhanassi O’tapi’sin upon our Reconciliation Action Plan, meaning “a gathering place for all people.” This name was transferred through a sacred ceremony, encapsulating the essence of community that we strive to nurture.

Okhanassi O’tapi’sin also captures the vision we have for Inn from the Cold — a space where everyone is welcome, respected, and valued. The name serves as a constant reminder of our dedication to fostering an environment that transcends cultural boundaries, where diverse voices come together in harmony.

As we continue our reconciliation journey, Okhanassi O’tapi’sin becomes a guiding force, propelling us forward with renewed purpose. We express our deepest gratitude to Elder Aastakaanna and his wife Kaysspaki for this profound gift.

As part of the traditional name transfer ceremony, our team was privileged to participate in a face painting ceremony. This symbolic act went beyond the application of paint; it was a transformative experience that connected us to the rich cultural heritage of the Blackfoot people. Visually proclaiming our willingness to walk together on this journey while respecting and celebrating the unique perspectives each team member brings.

Okhanassi O’tapi’sin is not just a name; it’s a call to action — an invitation to contribute to a community where diversity is celebrated, understanding is cultivated, and reconciliation is a shared commitment. Join us as we embark on this transformative journey to make Inn from the Cold a true gathering place for people from all walks of life. Learn more about Okhanassi O’tapi’sin here.