The work of registered charities and not-for-profits in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region could not happen at the level it does without the support of the Community Foundation and the funders who so generously give. These are real people with real stories, sharing the difference the grants have made in their lives and the opportunities they might not otherwise have had. - Judy Underwood, in response to the June 2016 Granting Ceremony

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Vilij Well Art Exhibition

Vilij Well hosted their 2nd annual Children’s outdoor art exhibition in Sioux Narrows on August 5th and 6th, 2017. The event was held during the same weekend as the Sioux Narrows Arts Festival.


Youth artwork was displayed at the Northern Ontario Fishing Centre.

Vilij Well is an art studio and creative workspace for creatives and artists alike to hone their craft, brainstorm, experiment, inspire and be inspired. A Youth Drop In Night is also a weekly event that allows locals from the Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls township and surrounding First Nations to participate in community-based activities in a safe and positive environment. It is a direct response to the need for more recreational and social opportunities for young people due to isolation, economic, and infrastructure challenges northern communities experience. Youth gather in a supervised, caring atmosphere to join in creative pursuits.

Jennifer Swenson and Kathy Valentini are two of the volunteers that helped make this event happen.

In May 2017, Vilij Well received a grant of $600 presented by the St. Thomas Aquinas Youth in Philanthropy students.



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