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News & Infomation for The Indigenous Community
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Please call and consult with representatives of the organization listed to ensure policy, procedures or availablity or access to services has not changed. Anishnabeg Outreach is not responsible or affiliated with the organizations, services or individuals presented.

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The Entire Team at Anishnebeg Outreach




CHILD BIRTH
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)
Ohsweken, ON

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
Samantha Cressman

65 Hanson Ave. Kitchener, ON N2C 2H6

Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak –“The Good Hearted Women”
http://minoodekwewak.wixsite.com/goodheartedwomen

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.  

Songkeeper: Kelly Laurila  : kelly.laurila@uwaterloo.ca and klaurila@wlu.ca

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

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

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 and Daycare

Expected Fall 2018:Indigenous-Led Childcare Centre
Expected in 2019: Indigenous-Led Child and Family Centre

Stephen Jackson, E.D. of Anishnabeg Outreach  is leading this initiative

Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Waterloo-Wellington
Information and referrals 310 2222 (no area code required)
Cambridge & Waterloo 519 748 2222
Guelph & Wellington County 519 823 2550 or 888 883 3313 (toll free)

HOUSING
KW Urban Native Wigwam Project

Help provide rent-geared-to-income housing to the Indigenous community and student housing.

House of Friendship

Multiple services—outreach, counselling, housing, addictions supports, etc.

Indigenous Contact
Clarence Cachagee
Intensive Housing Support Worker

519-742-8327, ext. 429

EMPLOYMENT
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.

Kitchener Office
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

Provides employment training programs and stay in school initiatives for urban Indigenous Youth ages 15 – 30 years.

Crystal Goulet, Youth Services Officer
256 Hespeler Rd.
Cambridge, ON N1R 3H3
Toll Free: 855-619-3686
CHILD WELFARE
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)
http://eaglesnestfc.ca/

Accredited foster care servicing children and youth ages 0-18 years, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous. Supports Indigenous youth to learn and practice Indigenous culture.

St. Jacobs Office
1386 King St. North, Second floor
St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0
After Hours:226-378-2583


LEGAL SERVICES
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.

Lu Lentz, Indigenous Justice Coordinator, lentzl@lao.on.ca

Main office
450 Frederick Street, Unit 101,
Kitchener, ON N2H 2P5
Mon-Fri:8:30am - 4:30pm
For Appointments in Cambridge at Langs CHC or at the Self-Help FoodBank, call main office.

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
STUDENT SUPPORT
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.

Nicole Robinson, Equity & Inclusion Officer – Aboriginal focus

519-570-0003, ext. 4329

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.

Cristina Restoule  

Room: 1A103
299 Doon Valley Drive,
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4M4
519-748-5220 ext. 2470 or 2251;
Shatitsirótha’ (sa-di-gee-ROW-da)
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.
ARC offers:
  • 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.
Aboriginal Student Advisor 519-824-4120 extension 52189 or by email at natasha.young@uoguelph.ca
Wilfred Laurier University-Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Services (Continued)

187 Albert Street,
Waterloo Ontario, N2L 3T4

(soon moving to a refurbished 157 Albert)

SEE TABS BELOW FOR OTHER CONTACTS AT WILFRED LAURIER
Jean Becker
Senior Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives

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.

MUNICIPAL CONTACTS
City of Cambridge
Cambridge City Hall
50 Dickson Street
Cambridge ON.
N1R 851

City of Guelph
1 Carden Street
Guelph, ON.
N1H 3A1


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
First Floor, Waterloo City Centre
100 Regina Street South
Waterloo ON.
N2J 4A8

Contact the Switchboard at Phone: 519 886 1550
(System for deaf and hard of hearing callers)

City of Kitchener
200 King Street West Kitchener ON.
Telephone 519 741 2345

SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
Emergency Services
 
Ontario Resources
 
 

ConnexOntario
 
  • 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
 
 

Kitchener/Waterloo Resources
 

 
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.
 
 

Guelph Resources
 

 
Here 24-7
 
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
 
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
Atikokan Native Friendship Centre
07 - 309 Main Street W.
P.O. Box 1510
Atikokan, ON P0T 1C0

Website: atikokannativefriendshipcentre.ca
Barrie Native Friendship Centre
175 Bayfield Street
Barrie, ON L4M 3B4


Can-am Indian Friendship Centre of Windsor
2929 Howard Avenue
Windsor, ON N8X 4W4

Website: caifc.ca

Dryden Native Friendship Centre

74 Queen Street
Dryden, ON P8N 1A4


Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
796 Buffalo Road
Fort Erie, ON L2A 5H2

Website: www.fenfc.org

Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (Midland)
175 Yonge Street
Midland, ON L4R 2A7

Website: www.gbnfc.com

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
34 Ottawa Street N.
Hamilton, ON L8H 3Y7

Website: www.hric.ca

Indian Friendship Centre (Sault Ste. Marie)
122 East Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ONP6A 3C6


Ininew Friendship Centre (Cochrane)
190 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 1499
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0


Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Centre
41 Murdock Street
Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1H9


M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre (Owen Sound)
1723 8th Avenue E.
Owen Sound, ON N4K 3C2


N'Amerind Friendship Centre (London)
260 Colbourne Street
London, ON N6B 2S6


N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre (Sudbury)
110 Elm Street W.
Sudbury, ON P3C 1T5


Ne-Chee Friendship Centre (Kenora)
326 Second Street South
P.O. Box 241
Kenora, ON P9N 3X3


Niagara Regional Native Centre (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
382 Airport Road R.R.#4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Website: nrnc.ca

Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre (Sioux Lookout)
52 King Street
P.O. Box 1299
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8

Website: www.ngfc.net

Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre (Peterborough)
580 Cameron St
Peterborough, ON K9J 3Z5


North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre
980 Cassells Street
North Bay, ON P1B 4A6


Odawa Native Friendship Centre (Ottawa)
100-250 City Centre Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7


Parry Sound Friendship Centre
13 Bowes Street
Parry Sound, ON P2A 2K7


Peel Aboriginal Network (Mississauga)
208 Britannia Road East, Unit 1
Mississauga, ON L4Z 1S6


Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre
1 Legion Road
P.O. Box 244
Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0

Website: rlifc.ca

Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre
223 Lochiel Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 4C9


Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre
401 N. Cumberland Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4P7

Website: tbifc.ca

Thunderbird Friendship Centre (Geraldton)
301 Beamish Avenue W.
P.O. Box 430
Geraldton, ON P0T 1M0


Timmins Native Friendship Centre
(Timmins & Moosonee)
179 Kirby Avenue
Timmins, ON P4N 1K1

Website: www.tnfc.ca

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
439 Dundas Street East
Toronto. ON M5A 2B1


United Native Friendship Centre (Fort Frances)
516 Portage Avenue
P.O. Box 752
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3N1

Website: www.unfc.org

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