Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the M'Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre will be closed to the pubic. Remote access to program coordinators and services will remain available. Contact by email, phone and social media pages. Pick up or delivery of necessary health items/ food bags can be arranged. Medical transportation can be arranged by calling program coordinator
Provides a meeting place where individuals or families can interact to strengthen and promote cultural programs and to educate about what is important to Anishnabek people and develop awareness and strengthen knowledge of issues important to all people
Centre provides a variety of programs. Anyone who is interested in accessing or learning about programs, can stop by the centre, call or visit website to view program calendars. Programs and activities include but are not limited to:
- Play area for children, sitting area for adults, TV, books to read, refreshments, resource library, computer's open for public use (job search, resource information, assignments)
- Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP): Provides programs and services for pregnant and postnatal aboriginal women and their families in a culturally sensitive and supportive manner. The program seeks to aid all Metis, off- reserve aboriginal and Inuit women in healthier pregnancy choices that will lead to better birth outcomes and healthier babies.
- EarlyON (Early Years program): Incorporates traditional Aboriginal teachings into the programs, and encourages a strong sense of unity by opening the doors to the whole community. Also has a resource library on-site, with children's books, parent and caregiver books and videos, and Aboriginal resources available for lending.
- Community Action Program for Children (CAPC): The Goal of the off reserve aboriginal component of the Brighter Futures CAP-C is to strengthen families and communities through lots of support. The aim of the program is to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of off-reserve Aboriginal children ages 0-6yrs and their families.
- AKWE:GO: This program has been specifically designed to provide a comprehensive program to urban Aboriginal children between the ages of 7 - 12. The goal of the program is to provide urban Aboriginal children with the support, tools and healthy activities which will build upon and foster their inherent ability to make healthy choices.
- Wasa-Nabin - Youth (WN): This program is designed for at risk urban Aboriginal youth who are from the ages of 13-18 years. The activities of the program will facilitate the assessment of required services and identifies areas of difficulties experienced by program clients; support for youth to discuss issues that are creating barriers for their success and ability to make sound choices; facilitate support circles and one-to-one peer support opportunities; increase access to healthy and safe activities to ensure youth have access to choices that promote healthy lifestyles.
- Indigenous Children's Wellness Program (ICWP): To mitigate the impact of witnessing violence and provide urban Indigenous children (7-14) with tools to support positive development and life choices as they grow. Provide Indigenous parents/caregivers, community partners and organizations with the tools to begin designing an effective community response to ending violence against women and children.
- 2Spirit Mentor Program (2Spirit): To increase knowledge & support - work one-on-one with participants and in groups to self-define and support development of a sense of belonging that promotes healing and well-being. Encourage and Foster Well Being - Create a space that creates a positive sense of Indigenous identity and sense of belonging in Friendship Centres for Two Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ people.
- Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living (UAHLP): This program is taking major strides to help community members to increase their physical activity levels and their cardio-vascular health; to become smoke-free; to increase their knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating practices and weight management; and, to enhance the leadership ability of youth. While the UAHLP will offer great benefits for the community as a whole, it will maintain three key target groups for special programming: children, youth and women.
- Life Long Care Program (LLC): The program provides community support services to all urban Aboriginal clients, irregardless of age, who are disabled, chronically ill, frail elderly or require acute/chronic continuum of care. The LLCP provides a holistic approach to community support services, enhancing and improving the quality of life and living for the clients, allowing them to live independently in their community.
- Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy (IHWS): Reduce Family Violence through community awareness, education and peer counselling.
- Provide crisis intervention for women and children at risk. Address underlying mental/emotional issues that contribute to violence and dysfunction.
- Provide culture-based alternatives for healing and wellness.
- Wiisinadaa - Let's Eat!: will provide healthy foods through programs, with access to traditional foods and knowledge through program services for our M'Wikwedong family. These programs are delivered in several ways to reach participants: through workshops, tutorials, following along in real time online, by uploaded video, or by instructional papers within the packages. COVID-19 Precautions in place. Curbside service for delivery of program materials available.
- Cultural Resource Coordinator Program (CRC): Focus will be to use traditional teachings, ceremonies and events across all our programs to build strong children, youth and families. The coordinator will also work collaboratively with other agencies through outreach and strategic partnerships to build community capacity to heal and grow.
- Apatisiwin Program: This program offers employment and training interventions and other activities designed to support and promote education and employment outcomes for urban Indigenous people residing in Ontario. The program also offers non-funded intervention services such as job bank, employment counselling, referrals and use of resources and pre-employment training.
- Aboriginal Court Worker (ACWP): To help Aboriginal people charged with a criminal offence receive fair, equitable and culturally sensitive treatment before the law.
- Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Worker (IADW): To ensure the provision of culturally-appropriate mental health and addictions support services to urban Indigenous community members. The program will be designed to address individual, family, and community mental health and addiction needs utilizing a wholistic approach to care (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
- Giiwe: To reduce Indigenous homelessness in Grey County by fostering a more coordinated and culturally safe system of supports among local social service agencies through coordination of ongoing agency involvement and relationship-building, inter-agency roundtables for cultural safety training, and collaborative case-management.
- Indigenous Supportive Housing Program (ISHP): The ISHP support and emergency resources will be available for individuals and families in crisis situations, transitioning out of hospital or living with the many challenges associated with homelessness within the community. The Outreach Staff will co-design an individual plan with each participant as well as their critically important informal supports. The plans will be culturally sensitive and trauma-informed, assisting to identify challenges, highlight strengths and work together, towards important goals as determined by program participants. The Indigenous Outreach workers will assist in: obtaining housing, moving, transportation, rent/utility supports and deposits, and transitioning to other forms of housing including home-ownership