News & Infomation for The Indigenous Community
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INDIGENOUS RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Aboriginal HBHC Program at
The Birthing Centre at Oshweken, Ontario
The Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children program is free, voluntary and designed for Aboriginal parents and their children.
Open to pregnant moms, and families with young children up to the age of six. It Includes preparation for parenting, screening and assessments to see if there are any risks that could affect a child's healthy development, service coordination, home visits, and referrals to services and resources.
There is limited service for Aboriginal HBHC in Waterloo Region. Please call in advance and gather the necessary information to ensure this service is right for you.
The Birthing Centre
1350 2nd Line Road (Sour Springs)
Julie Wilson, Manager
Physical, Mental, Emotional Spiritual, Cultural Care
Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Branch
Provides a full care system for those with addictions, mental health or developmental needs.
In process of verifying if they offer culturally safe programs for Indigenous people.
Self Help and Peer Support Staff
Blaine Wolfe (Indigenous heritage), Site Facilitator
519-623-6024 Ext. 5024.
Toll Free: 844-264-2993 Ext 5024
Guelph Community Health Centre
Jennifer Antler temporarily covering Waterloo Region until Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre fills their vacancy.
Offers primary health care, traditional healing events and programs. First Nations, Metis and Inuit are a priority population for this health centre. There is a hold on accepting new clients for primary care but some services may be available in terms of socio-emotional-cultural care.
Jennifer Antler Menominee
Indigenous Healing and Wellness Coordinator
Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
Provides a Family Wellbeing Coordinator for Waterloo Region whose primary focus is direct one–on–one client services that include:
- prenatal infant mortality prevention/ intervention, child safety at home
- counseling support services
- general emotional support and friendly visiting
- individual advocacy and referrals
- assistance to people with disabilities access programs
- nutrition and fitness awareness, stress management
- alcohol-related health problems
- responsible gambling awareness and prevention
- diabetes awareness and intervention
The program is intended to: support families to heal from the effects of intergenerational trauma; reduce violence; and address the over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in child welfare and youth justice systems
Metis Family Wellbeing Coordinator
65 Hanson Ave. Kitchener, ON N2C 2H6
519-576-0540 x 3716
Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak –“The Good Hearted Women”
An Indigenous/non-Indigenous women’s drum circle following the teachings of Community Elder Jean Becker. They are committed to supporting each other and to reaching out to promote better relationships between Indigenous and settler peoples.
White Owl Native Ancestry Association/Wholistic Child and Youth
Provide counselling, group therapy and programming for children, youth and their families--traditional healers, children’s groups, youth groups, youth yoga sessions, cultural feasts, youth and elder gatherings, tutoring and much more. White Owl is dedicated to innovative Indigenous wholistic practice with a commitment to whole person development within the family and community. The goal for children and youth is to experience belonging and value through relationship-building that encourages self acceptance, self expression, and understanding - a sense of place and belonging. Wholistic Practitioners work with individual clients and their families to help them in that process.
General Inquiries Info@wonaa.ca
Michelle Sutherland, Executive Director
65 Hanson Ave, Kitchener, Ontario
519 576-1329 ext.2798
Provincial Organization to help Inuit who have moved to Ontario. Local resources are coordinated through Christine Lund at the provincial office in Ottawa. She will contact Tauni Sheldon to meet and connect with local families.
Bridges to Belonging
Through meaningful relationships we support you to build your own unique abilities to create the life you want in the community
Grand River Métis Council, Waterloo & Guelph
This group organizes many educational and cultural events (e.g. jigging lessons, beading) and participates in community events. They work to promote and preserve Métis traditions, culture and spirituality.
Jennifer Parkinson, President
Indigenous-Led Child and Family Centre
Expected Fall 2018:Indigenous-Led Childcare Centre
Expected in 2019: Indigenous-Led Child and Family Centre
See Article Indigenous-Led Child and Family Centre
Stephen Jackson, E.D. of Anishnabeg Outreach is leading this initiative
Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Waterloo-Wellington
KW Urban Native Wigwam Project
Help provide rent-geared-to-income housing to the Indigenous community and student housing.
Housing Administrator - 519-743-5868
Tenant Liaison - firstname.lastname@example.org
House of Friendship
Multiple services—outreach, counselling, housing, addictions supports, etc.
Anishnabeg Outreach Inc.
Assist individuals with their goals in employment, training and education with a special emphasis on the urban Indigenous population. Have created an Indigenous-led home maintenance business to give hands-on training and have many other projects pending.
Stephen Jackson, Executive Director
151 Frederick St. Suite 50,
Kitchener, N2H 2M2
11A Suffolk Street East
Guelph, ON. N1H 2H7
Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board
(NPAAMB), Kitchener, Waterloo region
151 Frederick St. - Suite 501
Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2
Provides employment training programs and stay in school initiatives for urban Indigenous Youth ages 15 – 30 years.
Family and Community Services
Original Dispute Resolution (ODR) for Indigenous Families is an Aboriginal Approach that draws on traditional ways of decision making, problem solving and resolving disagreements as a strategy to streamline court processes and encourage alternatives to court. Impartial facilitators skilled in First Nations traditional methods help families to develop a plan that is supported by the family; other participants; the First Nations community and address the protection concerns.
Wendy Stewart, ADR/ODR Facilitator
Eagles Nest “A Place to Soar” Inc. (Foster Care)
Accredited foster care servicing children and youth ages 0-18 years, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous. Supports Indigenous youth to learn and practice Indigenous culture.
Ahwenehaode Indigenous Justice Program
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services
Set up in December 2016 Ahwenehaode improves access to justice for Indigenous people. It provides culturally respectful and appropriate clinic law services and an accessible means to support, intervention and assistance. The program fosters and improves coordination and integration with other legal aid services and across all elements of the justice sector. The Indigenous Justice Coordinator can provide the following support and advocacy for self-identified FNMI people who are in need of legal assistance such as tenant rights, Ontario works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Canada Pension Plan, Criminal Injuries Compensation, Employment Insurance, Consumer Debt Law, Employment Law. They can refer you to other areas of law such as human rights, criminal, and family and to traditional services and elder/knowledge carriers, public legal education sessions and cultural workshops.
Healing of the Seven Generations
Court Support Program helps individuals involved in all five courts (Criminal, Mental Health, Drug, Youth, and Family) of the justice system. Offers advocacy and mediation to ensure First Peoples can better access the justice system and have a range of other supports to assist those wanting to start their healing journey.
James Boppre, Court Support Worker
300 Frederick St. Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 2N5
Aboriginal Legal Services
Locations & Contact information: http://www.aboriginallegal.ca/locationcontact.html
Aboriginal Legal – related programs for Aboriginal people in Toronto and with their Satellite Offices. Their Mission is to strengthen the capacity of the Aboriginal community and its citizens to deal with justice issues and provide Aboriginal controlled and culturally based justice alternatives. They offer Court worker Services, A Legal Clinic, Litigation Services, Gladue Services, Law Reform & Advocacy, as well as law resources
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Curriculum Leader/Student Support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and Equity.
Tammy Webster, Aboriginal Support Teacher
Waterloo Region District School Board
Curriculum Leader/Student Support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and Equity.
VISIT OUR EDUCATION SECTION WHICH CONTAINS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Education Funding Options
- Support Programs
- Local Organizations
POST-SECONDARY STUDENT SUPPORT
Conestoga College, Aboriginal Services
Provide traditional counseling, weekly luncheons (Wednesday), social and family events, bursary/ scholarship information, Annual Pow Wow (February), Aboriginal Students Association, Elders-In-Residence Program, and student recruitment.
University of Waterloo - Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC)
Provide student services: admissions advocacy, academic and personal counselling, scholarship and bursary info, cultural events and programming, Indigenous Student Association, career planning, Elder-In-Residence Program and cultural awareness training. The services they provide are premised on understanding, respect, and trust, as well as a recognition of and sensitivity to the different cultural values and rights of Indigenous peoples and cultures.
They facilitate the sharing of Indigenous knowledge and provide culturally relevant information and support services for all members of the University of Waterloo community, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty.
They also work in partnership with other Kitchener-Waterloo region Indigenous community services and organizations.
**NEW** WISC is proud to have St. Paul’s University College (STP) as the academic home for the University of Waterloo's Indigenous Studies Minor program.
c/o St Paul's United College
Cheryl Maksymyk, Student Services Co-ordinator
Amy Smoke- WISC Events Coordinator
190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo
University of Guelph
The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) strives to be a home-away-from-home for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and the community. You can talk with the staff, meet other students, and join in activities and cultural events.
- Learning supports include financial support for tutoring, study space, and graduate student support that are designed to help you achieve academic success.
- Financial supports help you to plan your financial strategy for university as well as apply for Aboriginal learner’s scholarships and bursaries.
- Advising and Counselling supports offers support ranging from mainstream counselling to visiting with Elders. You can ask questions, talk things through, seek advice, or simply share with someone who will respect your experiences.
- Programming throughout the fall and winter, ARC also hosts a range of activities and events to help you stay connected with the community including include Soup and Bannock Wednesdays, Learning Circles, and Drum Circles. In October of each year, Aboriginal Awareness Week acknowledges Aboriginal people and partnerships on campus, and creates opportunities for education and discussion.
- A resource library.
The ARC is located in the Federal Building at 620 Gordon Street.
Wilfred Laurier University-Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Services (Continued)
187 Albert Street,
Waterloo Ontario, N2L 3T4
(soon moving to a refurbished 157 Albert)
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Senior Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives
Indigenous Events Support Coordinator
Indigenous Students Recruitment and Outreach Officer
Wilfred Laurier University-Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Services
"The Office of Indigenous Initiatives is committed to having Laurier be an extraordinary and empowering experience for all Indigenous students. We believe that education, in welcoming environment, that honours Indigenous people, is the path for our people to be all that we can be. We are here to assist you in all areas of life as students and to ensure you have the best student experience that university can offer."Jean Becker, Senior Advisor,
Wilfred Laurier University is committed to supporting Aboriginal Students (First nations, Status, Non-status, Inuit and Métis) at its Brantford, Kitchener, and Waterloo campuses. Provides culturally based workshops, assists with bursary/scholarship information and an Elder’s-in-Residence Program.
Region of Waterloo
519 575 4400
Is English a second language? Interpreters are available in over 150 languages.
TTY (Telephone for the Deaf)519 575 4608
City of Waterloo
SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
- Free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. We are funded by the Government of Ontario.
- Information and referral service is live answer 24/7, confidential and free.
GOOD 2 Talk
Free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario
Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
Kitchener-Waterloo: (519) 742-5894
Cambridge: (519) 653-2422
24/7 support line as well as support and shelter services
Canadian Mental Health Association
The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) provides a full care system for those with addictions, mental health or developmental needs. We serve everyone from children to adults to seniors, all under one roof. Our programs help individuals and families to lead lives filled with meaning and promise.
Crisis Line: 1-844-437-3247
Fax: 1-844-HERE-FAX (437-3329)
24/4 confidential support for addictions, mental health & crisis services
Amvosa EARS Line: (519) 570 3277
24/7 confidential support line for male survivors of sexual abuse
Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis
Toll Free : 1-800-265-SAFE (7233)
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
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