The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre strives to improve the quality of life and living for Indigenous people seeking a safe and welcoming environment. We provide culture-based programs and services that cover the entire life cycle, ensuring each program and service adopts a holistic approach and meets our aspects of the care continuum. We continuously work with our community partners to bring additional resources and program opportunities into the Friendship Centre to support the provision of quality services.
Apatsiwa Employment Training Program
The Apatisiwin Employment and Training program provides community-based and one-to-one supports and resources and can assist urban Indigenous individuals to access a range of training, education and skills development opportunities. The Program Coordinator will work to create new job opportunities, engage with small and medium-sized businesses, and community partners, and work to match potential employers with people looking for in-demand jobs and careers.
Whether it means going back to school, help to prepare résumés, cover letters, practicing for interviews, on-the-job training, or assistance with the costs of living while clients improve their skills toward a career path, the Apatisiwin Employment Counsellor will be happy to assist you. Funded through Service Canada and the Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy, Apatisiwin resources can support Employment Insurance recipients, unemployed, underemployed and youth.
The program will provide culturally appropriate early learning activities (ie. Infant and child nutrition; parenting workshops/circles; playgroups; resource sharing; cultural teachings, etc.) and assistance to infants and children, their parent(s) and/or caregivers, with the aim to support healthy child development (0 to 6 years), specifically for families facing difficult life circumstances.
The program will provide community, culture-based holistic programs and services to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous mothers and their babies (pre-natal to 6 months). Programs are also designed to include fathers and extended family where relevant. CPNP helps support the needs of pregnant women facing challenges that put their health and the health of their infants at risk.
The Akwe:go Urban Indigenous Children’s Program aims to improve the quality of life of urban Indigenous children (ages 7–12 years) through the delivery of appropriate activities and services. Traditional cultural teachings and values are the guiding principles through client-based programming and individualized one-on-one supports that encourage healthy lifestyle choices. The program focus is on enhancing the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that will demonstrate positive personal choices and develop an awareness of the consequences of negative behaviours.
Wasa-Nabin is a self-development program for Urban Indigenous at-risk youth (ages 13-17). By accessing the services and supports offered by the Wasa-Nabin program, youth will learn goal setting, leadership skills development, and how to make healthy choices, ultimately leading to healthier lifestyles and personal success.
Activities are culturally appropriate and directed to improve interpersonal skills, knowledge, attitudes, and enhance values, to promote personal well-being. Services and support are offered in the following categories; Social Support, Youth in Care, Healthy Eating and Physical Development, Education, Justice, and Preventing Violence. Eligible youth receive one-to-one support and services, as well as the opportunity to be involved in group activities.
The Healthy Kids program provides healthy lifestyle opportunities to children, youth and their families. We provide opportunities to learn about healthy nutrition, have improved access to healthy foods and to participate in recreational and physical fitness activities. Activities can include hands-on and interactive workshops for Indigenous children and their families to introduce healthy food options and healthy meal preparation tools and instruction and relay nutritious information.
The program provides structured, fun, interactive activities and games for Indigenous children, youth and their families to increase physical activity rates and to set off an active living lifestyle. We promote and share local culture, traditions and ceremonies that will instill a strong sense of identity and self-esteem at an early age.
The program implements culture-based activities to enhance the well-being and traditional knowledge of urban Indigenous children and their families.
The Healthy Living program promotes and supports healthier lifestyles for urban Indigenous people. The program creates opportunities for community members to learn about healthy lifestyles and participate in active living activities. The program provides the urban Indigenous community with hands-on experience through interactive workshops, healthy nutrition information, cooking classes, fitness training, smoking cessation support, sport and recreational activities, all to introduce healthier options and alternatives to an overall healthy lifestyle.
The Healthy Living program also focuses on youth leadership by encouraging and supporting youth to promote healthy lifestyles amongst their peers and to be healthy living leaders in their community. The program will prepare youth for leadership roles through training, mentoring, and community event involvement. The Healthy Living program provides a safe space for all, young and old, to have fun and improve their health.
The Indigenous Community Wellness program fosters improvements in the health and well being of Indigenous individuals, families and children. The focus is health promotion, illness prevention and family violence prevention workshops. The program provides client-based and participant-based services, including supportive counselling; access to services related to reducing family violence; advocacy; crisis intervention; and referrals. It also offers health promotion workshops, community events, sharing circles, drumming, and access to traditional ceremonies.
The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin program ( I am a kind man) provides Indigenous culture-based community services (1:1 peer counselling and group activities) focused on the engagement of Indigenous men and male youth committed to ending violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls. The KAN program will ensure access to Indigenous knowledge and increase understanding of traditional roles and responsibilities; increase resilience and empower men and male youth to acknowledge and resolve their own trauma; and, promote overall wellbeing and foster community wellness.
Addictions and Mental Health programs offer a cultural space for individuals with mental health and addictions issues to find the help they need in moving towards a healthier lifestyle. The programs offer one-on-one supportive counselling and consultation regarding treatment options and culturally based services and support groups, including wholistic healing through medicine wheel teachings on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, and participation in cultural activities such as drumming circles, ceremonies, and feasts.
The goal of the Court Worker program is to assist in reducing the over-representation of Indigenous people in the justice system, by assisting Indigenous individuals to better understand their rights, options and responsibilities when appearing before the courts. The program can assist adults and youth charged with a criminal offence; separating couples; parents involved in child welfare matters.
The program provides cultural, community-based support services to urban Indigenous people, of all ages, who are living with a physical disability, are chronically ill or/and are frail elderly. The LLC program promotes an integrated response, community participation, independent living and improved quality of life and living. Our support services include social dining and recreational opportunities; transportation (medical; banking; pharmacy); home visits; personal support worker services; security checks; Indigenous support (ie assistance with NIHB, assistance in completing forms; advocacy with housing, etc).
In partnership with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), the project will support Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people by increasing access to supports and activities through the Friendship Centre in support of overall well-being. An Indigenous Mentor will provide one-on-one services with individuals and with groups, engaging Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ in a community-driven research process to self-define well-being and explore ways that Friendship Centres and surrounding communities can support a sense of belonging.
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