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Connect with local Indigenous Organizations

Engagement – We learn best when we are given environments and experiences that captivate our attention – through relationships with people who help us explore ideas, investigate our theories and interact with others in play.

Indigenous Led Organizations
Name of AgencyFull AddressPhone #Programs & Services
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle125 Bellfarm, Unit 201 Barrie ON (705) 734-1818 Click For Details
Barrie Native Friendship Centre
175 Bayfield Street Barrie ON(705) 721-7689 Click For Details
Beausoleil First Nation10 Gema Road, Christian Island(705) 247-2035 Click For Details
Biinoojinsauk Child Care CentreBarrie (Closed until 2019)(705) 734-1818 ext. 233 Click For Details
Biinoojinsauk Child Care Centre562 King Street, Midland(705) 527-0112 Click For Details
Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women’s Circle164 Nottawasaga Street, Orillia(705) 326-3900 Click For Details
Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre4164 Vasey Rd, Victoria Harbour(705) 534-3724 Click For Details
Enaahtig Outreach Aboriginal Child & Mental Health & Addictions programs
334 West Street North, Orillia(705) 330-4059
Endaad Housing169 Front Street, Ste 213 Orillia ON(705) 325-6660 Click For Details
Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre175 Yonge Street, Midland(705) 526-5589 Click For Details
Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association382 King Street, Midland (temporary)(705) 527-7043 Click For Details
Huronia Family Housing212 King Street, Midland(705) 527-0984 Click For Details
Indigenous Diabetes Health CircleTo be determined(705) 220-8910 (cell)
Metis Nation of Ontario355 Cranston Crescent, Midland(705) 526-6335 Click For Details
Ogemawahj Tribal Council5984 Rama Road, Ramara(705) 329-2511
Orillia Native Women’s Group110 Matchedash Street N, Orillia(705) 329-7755 Click For Details
Rama FN Social Services5884 Rama Rd #200, Rama, ON L3V 6H6(705) 325-3611 Click For Details
SUN Housing1b- 67 Peel St Barrie, ON L4M 3L3(705) 737-3532 Click For Details
Non-Indigenous Led Organizations

Also visit the organizations Facebook for event/workshop flyers and information.

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Simcoe Community Services – Indigenous Coordinator

Indigenous EarlyON Coordinator organizes, develops and implements Indigenous, educational, culturally relevant programs for parents and caregivers with children prenatally through age 6 at the EarlyON Child and Family Centres and EarlyON Satellites across Simcoe County.

Indigenous Patient Navigator

Indigenous Patient Navigators play a critical role in furthering our partnership goals of working together to improve the cancer system in a way that honours the Indigenous Path of Well-being by focusing on the cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Indigenous Patient Navigator

The Indigenous Patient Navigator will provide culturally sensitive, supportive and advocacy services for Indigenous patients and families. Some of the services provided are to liaison and offer support between the care team, patients and families; assistance with care planning, help with access to healthcare support and services at home, coordination of traditional and non-traditional community resources.

 

Perinatal Mental Health - Regional

Treatment plans for eligible persons may include health education, counselling, and support for people who have a serious mental illness. This program provides active community support for individuals with serious mental illness so that they can manage their illness, maintain stability and enjoy their preferred normal activities and relationships.

The Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) Coordinator at OSMH has been funded by the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. In the province of Ontario, there is no coordinated comprehensive strategy for families suffering with PMD.  This role will help provide services and fill in the gap for those needing support for PMD by providing support groups, building community awareness and understanding. There has been great success with partnership development in order to offer community supports and events that are also culturally relevant.

Indigenous Patient Navigator

Indigenous Patient Navigators play a critical role in furthering our partnership goals of working together to improve the cancer system in a way that honours the Indigenous Path of Well-being by focusing on the cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Transition Partnership with Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions

Child & Youth Mental Health & Addictions

Our Child & Youth Mental Health and Addictions program provides culturally appropriate support services to children, youth and their families experiencing mental health and addictions difficulties.

 

Family Support Services

Our Family Support Services workers are responsible for providing support to individuals and families seeking or referred to DBCFS Services, post-intake.​

Once DBCFS has begun working with a family, our worker can provide supportive counselling, training, transportation, etc. on an individual or group basis. Our worker helps to create a service plan for the family, monitors client progress in comparison to the service plan and recommends plan changes when appropriate.

Family Support works with individuals and families by providing services independently. Apart from this, we also facilitate access to assessment and treatment services, and any other services required.

Simcoe County Resource Consultation Services

Infants, toddlers, and children up to the age of 12 who attend a licensed childcare program are supported through our county wide Resource Consultation Services. We have locations across the County, including Collingwood, Alliston, Bradford, Barrie, Orillia and Midland. This service is Free of Charge and is funded by the County of Simcoe.

Our supports are family-centered and based on the needs of the child and family. We respect the values and choices of the family, build on the strengths of the child and work in partnership with the family. We strongly encourage and promote inclusion within the community. Our catchment area for Resource Consultants is all of Simcoe County. Please use this fillable Request for Services Referral Form. FNMI Worker available by request.

Cultural Wellness Program - http://www.chigamik.ca/programs/cultural-wellness/

  • Appointment with healers, ojibway languages class, medicine workshops

 

Biidaaban “Sunrise” Doula Collective for Indigenous Families

Doula care offers a holistic approach to birthing and has been associated with better health outcomes for mother and baby. Chigamik’s Biidaaban Doula Collective is made up of Indigenous doulas who provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support and advocacy for women and families during pregnancy, labour and after birth. The Collective also provides support around reproductive health including, fertility, abortion, perinatal loss, and adoption. Traditional supports include the creation of a birth plan, learning about Indigenous practices, remedies, and ceremonies, and being connected to family, community and nature.

Through the Doula Collective program, expectant mothers and their families will have access to a birth doula, postpartum doula, overnight support, loss and bereavement care, fertility and reproductive care, as well as navigation to a number of Indigenous resources at Chigamik and externally.

Doula services are free and available to anyone who self-identifies as First Nation, Métis or Inuit across North Simcoe Muskoka, on or off reserve.

 

Mama Tribe: mamas nurturing mamas who nourish children

This drop-in peer support group is offered to mothers who are looking for caring, non-judgmental, mother-to-mother support and educational opportunities. Pregnant women, new moms and their babies will have the opportunity to meet other moms in the area, speak with trained peer leaders and visit with special guests including a public health nurse, lactation consultant, nurse practitioner, postpartum mood disorder specialist and many others.

*Whether you choose to bottle or breastfeed, all are welcome to drop by.
Please note: Lactation consultants and nursing support will be available during Mama Tribe.

FNMI Wraparound Facilitator

WrapAround helps you and your family build a team of support based on the strengths and skills of trusted family, friends and community. It helps you make a plan to reach the goals important to you and your family. It is a voluntary process and includes monthly support team meetings. The planning process takes approximately twelve months.

A WrapAround facilitator works with you as you overcome challenges, develop ideas, and take steps towards your goals. The Catulpa Community Support Services’ Wraparound team includes a First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Facilitator who can provide services that include cultural support, traditional teachings and medicines to First Nations, Inuit or Métis families.

The Role of the WrapAround Facilitator

  • Acts as a guide during the WrapAround planning process
  • Planning is are based on individual family strengths and goals
  • Ensures thoughtful participation of informal, community and agency supports
  • Helps you build your own team of family, friends, and professionals

Referral to the program is only through Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, with the exception of First Nations, Inuit and Métis families, who may self-refer to Catulpa Community Support Services directly or ask to be referred through an involved FNMI agency.

Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI)
A team made up of professionals from various disciplines provides intensive service to youth and young adults who are experiencing first episode psychosis.

Services include:

  • Individual and group treatment
  • Family support
  • Education for anyone wanting to learn more about the onset of a psychotic disorder

Clients of this program who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit have access to an Indigenous Worker on the team.

SUN Housing

Mandate is to provide transitional housing; rent geared to income housing and low-end-of-market housing to First Nations people, serving those who reside in the Simcoe County – Barrie area.

Community & Family Services

Program and services delivery believes that holistic healing and wellness rooted in a strong cultural foundation will empower families and community to achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Support – Provide education and information around pregnancy, after care and assistance with child development and positive parenting.  Baby & Me Program also available.

Building Healthy Relationship Programs - A 14-week program offered to assist with relationship success

Located on the Upper level of the MASK Arena and our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There are some evenings programs and groups.

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program

Is designed to support and encourage healthy lifestyles for mothers prenatally, newborns and children.  The focus of the program is off-reserve Indigenous women who are most likely to have unhealthy babies due to low income and/or lack of supports in the area.

 

Community Action Programming for Children

Program focuses on at-risk children 0-9 years old. The program promotes healthy development by providing community based activities in a culturally and environmentally relevant setting.  CAP-C will help develop and maintain and introduce culture among participants and families.

 

Indigenous Traditional Parenting

A program to strengthen families by providing Indigenous individuals and families with community based support services aimed to build resilience. The program provides early intervention supports to both children and their families to improve child development, increase education and capacity in caregivers and enhance overall wellbeing.  The elements of the programs are grounds in Indigenous culture and traditions.

 

Infant Shki Biinoojii Well-Being

Program supports Indigenous families in learning about Traditional and Clinical approaches to positive infant mental health. Parents can access one to one support to learn how to respond to the needs and behaviors of children, ensuring safety and security.  Additionally, parents will learn to identify early risks by using ASQ screenings and increase knowledge of cultural practices regarding pregnancy and parenting. The program actively involves grandparents to restore their position as Knowledge Keepers that help to support healthy family development.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

The program includes preparation for parenting, prenatal and postnatal care. The goal is to assist all Aboriginal families in providing an environment for the healthy development of children through home visits, service coordination and referrals. The program, which provides support for children at risk, is voluntary and open to any Indigenous families who request the service.

 

Healing and Wellness Strategy

The goal of the Indigenous Health and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) is to improve the health of Indigenous individuals, families, communities and nations. This will be realized by reduced family violence through equitable access to health care, Indigenous specific health care facilities, improved standards of care, the provision of culturally appropriate health services, and the promotion of a healthy environment. A traditional and culturally appropriate approach to healing and wellness for all Indigenous peoples.

The two main components of the Strategy are “healing" and "wellness". These evolved from the need to address the issues of family violence in Aboriginal communities and to create a province wide, Aboriginal-specific health policy.

Huronia Family Housing

Offers co-operative housing for urban native families, individual housing units are located within Penetanguishene and Midland.

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program

Is designed to support and encourage healthy lifestyles for mothers prenatally, newborns and children.  The focus of the program is off-reserve Indigenous women who are most likely to have unhealthy babies due to low income and/or lack of supports in the area.

 

Circle of Care

Circle of care provides peaceful resolution using traditional Indigenous approaches for self-identifying First Nation, Inuit and Métis families involved with the Simcoe Connexions (CAS). Indigenous families, status or non-status, are eligible for this program, regardless if they are working voluntary with CAS or they are court ordered.

COC supports you on your journey with CAS, by helping you navigate through the child welfare system, connect you to community resources and create safety plans for the well-being of your child and family.

 

Community Action Programming for Children

Program focuses on at-risk children 0-9 years old. The program promotes healthy development by providing community based activities in a culturally and environmentally relevant setting.  CAP-C will help develop and maintain and introduce culture among participants and families.

 

Indigenous Senior’s Cultural Coordinator

Program focuses on improving independence of in-home Indigenous elders through strengthening the emotional and spiritual quadrants of life. The worker provides in home services such as ceremonies, counselling and spiritual services.

 

Kina Endaayiing Program Coordinator

Assisting families in identifying developmental milestones and providing supports to families to make sure children are meeting them. Since parents/guardians are the child’s primary teacher a meeting would take place to discuss what they would like to focus on in their child’s development. Referrals and contact information to other organizations can be requested.

  • Home Visits
  • Parent Support Circles and Parent Council
  • Obtaining Documentation Support ei health cards, birth certificates, SIN #s
  • School Registration Support
  • Weekly Kindergarten Readiness Programs

 

Infant Shki Biinoojii Well-Being

Program supports Indigenous families in learning about Traditional and Clinical approaches to positive infant mental health. Parents can access one to one support to learn how to respond to the needs and behaviors of children, ensuring safety and security.  Additionally, parents will learn to identify early risks by using ASQ screenings and increase knowledge of cultural practices regarding pregnancy and parenting. The program actively involves grandparents to restore their position as Knowledge Keepers that help to support healthy family development.

 

Ska Be Support Worker

The Indigenous Ska-Be program will provide support services to improve the health and well-being of urban Indigenous seniors and Indigenous persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on Indigenous women, to assist them in achieving a good quality of life that is reflective of their needs and their culture.  Ska-be will offer education, hands-on support services to assist clients with daily living, mental health needs, chronic disease and disability that supports clients in their awareness and practice of traditions, culture and ceremony.

 

Wabano Kwe “New Dawn Woman”

This program provides women and their families with opportunity to identify and establish their awareness and understanding of what is a “Good Life”. This program also supports men and women who are a victim of violence and want to work towards ending the cycle of violence for their children.

 

Youth Red Road Worker

The program will provide support with learning their traditional roles and responsibilities and assist in identifying ways of life that are unique to the 7 cycles Anishnabe cultural teachings.  The program will strengthen their knowledge during the Red Road curriculum and other programs for children and youth.

Awkego
The Akwe:go Urban Aboriginal 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 awareness of the consequences of negative behaviours.

 

Apatisiwin
Employment and training services for urban Indigenous people in Ontario provides community based and one to one supports and resources and can assist clients to access a range of training, education and skills development opportunities. Career developers work in a number of communities to crease new job opportunities, engage with small and medium sized businesses and community partners. Program can support employment insurance recipients, unemployed, and underemployed youth clients.
Children who witness violence

The Children Who Witness Violence Program (CWWV) provides children (ages 7 – 14 years), who have witnessed violence or currently are witnessing violence (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) with cultural resources, education, knowledge and personal support to return to optimal levels of understanding, reasoning and functioning. The program provides one-on-one counseling, culture based group sessions, family group workshops, and group interventions for children who have been exposed to violence. It is anticipated that children involved in the program will recognize different forms of violence, consider their choices and understand the consequences of their own behaviour or observed behaviour, with the realization that violence is not a normal aspect of life.

 

Cultural Community Resources Program
Provides increased access to culture based programs and service delivery to urban indigenous children, youth and families. This program is specifically targeted to improve and foster a strong sense of wellbeing and a positive indigenous identity.
• Promote healing and reconciliation for urban Indigenous children, youth and families.
• Facilitate talking, teaching and healing circles, with a priority to services and supports for Indigenous children, youth and families.
• Provide wrap-around services and a strengths-based action plan for each individual direct-service user.
• Promote awareness and ensure access to the program through a variety of outreach efforts and promotional activities.
Indigenous Healing & Wellness Program
Program aims to reduce family violence, promotes healthy lifestyles, cultural based programming and self-healing. Some of the services include seminars and workshops; one to one and group sessions; referral services; and talking/sharing/teaching circles.

 

Healthy Kids Program
Program provides education on healthy eating and increased physical activities for children, teens and their families. The Healthy Kids Program allows children to build relationships, increase confidence, reach personal goals and live healthy lifestyles. Overweight and obesity threaten the health and well-being of many children in Ontario. The program provides the necessary resources to help decrease these high rates and promotes activities that benefit children in a positive manner.

 

Healthy Living Program
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.

 

Indigenous Alcohol & Drug Program
This program promotes addiction free lifestyles within the Indigenous community and promotes a culturally based system of addiction treatment programs and services

 

Indigenous Court Worker
The Indigenous Court Worker Program provides advocacy for Indigenous people (regardless of legal definitions) who become involved in the justice system; and assists them to understand their rights, options, and responsibilities when appearing before the courts. The program seeks to ultimately reduce the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the Canadian justice system.

 

Indigenous Outreach Program
Provides outreach services for the near-homeless and the homeless. The Program worker acts in an advocacy role as well as deliver a range of housing related training and information to address problems related to budgeting, life skills, access to medical services and transportation.
Kizhaay Anishnaabe Niin (I am a kind man).

 

Program provides one-on-one peer counselling and group activities to assist male youth and men who are committed to ending violence against Indigenous women in their personal lives and within their community. The program promotes a healthy lifestyle, provides cultural teachings, workshops, and presentations on ending violence against Indigenous women.

 

Life Long Care Program
Provides services and care for people of all ages that have physical disabilities, serious health issues, or those who are frail and/or elderly. The goal of the program is to assist program participants in stabilizing their health. Assistance with the coordination of medical appointments, transportation, prevention of isolation through interaction and social activities, referrals and advocacy to access community supports. Services can be provided on a short-term or long-term basis and will be determined through an intake and assessment process.

 

Urban Services Navigator
This one-year project will address the barriers and adverse experiences of Indigenous youth (ages 18-29) who are attempting to transition into living in an urban environment. The Navigator will be responsible for or arrange for the delivery of essential skills workshops, employment certifications, one-on-one related counselling, and industry-specific supports to Indigenous youth in urban settings. The Navigator will recruit clients and deliver three 12-week sessions to three cohorts during life of the project.

 

Vision Quest Program
The Vision Quest Program focuses on cultural activities and programs designed to link Indigenous youth to their cultural past; assist them in understanding how they fit in today’s society; and help them to envision their place in the future without loss of cultural identity. The program targets three groups…boys ages 9-14, girls ages 9-14, and a co-ed group ages 15-18.

 

Wasa-Nabin
Wasa-Nabin is a self-development program for urban Indigenous at-risk youth (ages 13-18). 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.

 

Young Children & Family Program
The Young Children and Family Program (YCFS) is designed to provide Indigenous families healthy opportunities for the development of their children (0 – 6 years of age) through education, family home visiting, service coordination and referrals. Culturally appropriate and holistic programming begins during pregnancy and is carried through the critical years of early childhood education.

 

Youth Life Promotion
The Youth Life Promotion program works with urban Indigenous youth between the ages of 13-24, focusing on holistic development and cultural reclamation. The Youth Life Promotion program provides a continuum of services and supports based off the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our youth. The YLP program provides supports/services such as: Cultural Camps, LGBTQ2+ support groups, one-on-one supports, land and water based activities as well as provides access to traditional knowledge keepers and Elders.

 

7th Fire Alternative Education Program
Is a Midland Secondary School Program in partnership with the host and the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. This program was started some 12 years ago by a few indigenous Community leaders and the Simcoe County district School Board. The goal of the program is to support First Nation, Metis and Inuit students learning with a focus on more culturally specific educational needs. The program was named after the 7th Fire prophecies, with the 7th prophecy which states that the youth of the people will gain strength, and they will learn the ways of their lost culture, language and beliefs. Along with a high school education and earning OSSD credits, 7th Fire offers cultural teachings, tradition, nutritional snacks and culturally and educationally relevant field trips. The students of 7th fire have the use of a traditional classroom, supplies, modern technology and access to the Friendship Centre’s staff and services.

Endaad Housing

Non-profit housing offering 20 units - rent-geared-to-income units for families (no single individuals) - wait list minimum of 1 year. Call for information or to complete application; different procedures if on social assistance or working or not working. Must be of Indigenous status or descent (proof required - status card). NOTE: If coming from a reservation, will be encouraged to go to home reservation for temporary housing.

Enaahtig programs and services are traditionally focused, holistic and guided by an “aboriginal psychology”/ Scheduling is year round, based on calendar quarters which coincide with the natural rhythm of the four seasons. Within each season, we offer 1 residential program for families and other to provide focused, intensive healing work. We also offer non-residential programs and services at the Lodge as well as outreach programs in our communities. Enaahtig strives to satisfy the many healing needs of people across all ages.

Central to all programs and services to traditional healing integrated with contemporary skills and practices. To this end, Enaahtig is a place of council, of learning of the teachings the creator gave our peoples, of the sweat lodge, of fasting, and of ceremonies for healing and celebration. It is also a place of re-discovery, and of learning new ways to live in a good way.

Residential Programs
Family Residential Youth non-residential Men's Recreational
Womens Residential Women and Children Men's Recreational
Trauma Recovery Individual Counselling non-residential Family Counselling
Non-Residential Programs
Junior Youth Group Intermediate Youth Group Senior Youth Group
Community Training Wellness Workshops Diabetes/Nutritional Workshops
Sweat Lodge Ceremony Community Fasting Juice Fasting
Planting Ceremony Horse Ceremony Harvest Ceremony
Maple Water Ceremony Talking and Healing Circle Traditional Teachings
Medicine Walks Cultural Workshops Relationship Workshops
Mental Health Programs
Family Consultation Councelling and Psychotherapy Community Clinical Consultation
Frontline Worker Peer Support Case Management Community Capacity Building
Screening and Assessment Care Planning and Referrals Service System Liason
Other
Community Garden Maple Syrup Harvesting Equestrian

BRAWC’s primary service is transitional housing for Indigenous women and children. BRAWC operates two residential transition homes in the City of Orillia. The objective of transitional housing is to provide Indigenous women and children with the structure and support they need to address critical issues necessary to maintain permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency.

 

Indigenous Housing First Program

To address the barriers faced by Indigenous people experiencing homelessness through housing first approach. The project, Bagosenim-To Have Hope will assist Indigenous people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing, providing additional supports and services as needed.

 

Indigenous Women’s Transition Outreach Worker

Specific to Indigenous Transition Homes

 

Transition Bridging Program

The Indigenous Women’s Transition Bridging program is aimed at increasing the education and pre-employment skills of Indigenous women. The Transition Bridging Program will serve as a catalyst for change by empowering women in urban settings to make the transition to a learning or employment environment.

Biinoojinsauk Child Care Centre

The centre enhances a positive sense of identity and understanding of the Aboriginal Heritage through a culturally based curriculum. The programming provides for a wholistic nourishment for our children. Their spiritual growth, self-esteem, personal validation and identity will be met at our centre. The centres recognize the need to deliver culturally and community relevant teaching and develop programs that are family centered and culturally appropriate.

Healthy Babies/Children

The Indigenous Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program offers culturally based supports to families. This program works with families and their children with physical, mental, emotional and social issues including prenatal support and supports for children ages 0 to 6.

 

Head Start

The program is designed is to support early child development strategies designed and controlled by Aboriginal people and to provide opportunities for Aboriginal preschool children to develop a positive sense of themselves and a desire for learning, as well as give them opportunities to develop fully and successfully throughout their lives.

Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children

The Indigenous Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program offers culturally based supports to families. This program works with families and their children with physical, mental, emotional and social issues including prenatal support and supports for children ages 0 to 6.

 

Aboriginal Family Support Coordinator

The Aboriginal Family Support program supports families with children ages 0 to 6. Focusing on improving the wholistic health and well-being of families by fostering Indigenous culture through healthy eating, play, language, games and positive peer interactions for parents and children.

 

Awkwego

The Akwe:Go program provides 1:1 support and group activities for children between 7 to 12 to imporve the quality of life through culturally appropriate programs, services, supports, and tools, and the guidance to make healthier choices.

 

WasaNabin

The Wasa Nabin program provides 1:1 support and group activities to youth ages 13 to 18, offering tools and healthy activities to build their abilities in order to improve quality of life. Supports include: general social activities, youth-in-care, Streetwolf, healthy eating & physical development, education, justice intervention, and violence prevention.

 

Apatisiwin Employment & Training

The Apatisiwin Employment & Training program provides opportunities for urban Indigenous people to improve their economic lives through culturally based services in an employment supportive environment.

 

Aboriginal Healing & Wellness

The Aboriginal Healing & Wellness program provides services to families and individuals working to end family violence. Services include: crisis intervention, peer counseling, advocacy, referrals to outside agencies and services such as; shelters, drug and alcohol treatment centres, therapeutic counselling services, trauma recovery programs and food banks.

 

Cultural Resource

The Cultural Resource program supports awareness of traditional teachings, planning and cultural knowledge within the Friendship Centre. The coordinator works with our Elders and traditional people, with a strong focus on meeting the needs of children, youth, and families. Supports are offered in areas of language, cultural based healing, and the well-being of others.

 

Hunger to Hope Indigenous

Hunger to Hope Indigenous Barrie will raise awareness for sustainable food security by identifying the gaps in existing services and increase practical access to good healthy food. By reaching our goal we will achieve and maintain a healthy Indigenous community: Mind, Body, and Spirit.

 

Kizhaay Anishnaabe Niin

The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin program provides Indigenous culture based 1:1 peer counselling and group activities. The program focuses on Indigenous men, and male youth who are committed to ending violence against Indigenous women and girls. This program promotes understanding and responsibilities of traditional roles to resolve trauma, and, encourage overall well-being and community wellness.

 

Aboriginal Health Outreach

The Aboriginal Health Outreach program provides 1:1 peer counseling and supports to meet the health needs to the community and individuals by way of health promotion, education, and linkages within the Indigenous and mainstream resources. This program works hand in hand with other health services and agencies to deliver assistance and increase Indigenous representation and client access.

 

Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living

The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living program supports the health and well-being of Indigenous people through fitness, nutrition and smoking cessation.

Justice Program Support – Indigenous Bail Verification, Indigenous Criminal Court, Restorative Justice

Indigenous Capacity Builder

Identify and establish the conditions for cultural competency and safety within agencies and organizations.
Promote on-going cooperation and resource development to meet the Indigenous Peoples’ needs.
Develop protocols for consultation and issues as they affect Indigenous Peoples and communities.

 

Bebminot Family Wellness

The Bebminot Family Wellness program provides supports and services in the Simcoe County.
Family Wellness Workers have a solid understanding of the everyday challenges parents and children face. We are dedicated to offering positive and compassionate support to our families.

 

Biinoojinh Biidaabin Coordinator

This program will focus on the development of the new Indigenous Child and Family Centre in Midland. The coordinator will provide opportunity for community engagements as well as community collaborations to better serve the Indigenous communities.

 

Cultural Awareness Training

This Cultural Awareness Training Program is a train-the-trainer course designed to increase the learners’ skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values of the history, experiences and events which have influenced the relationship of Aboriginal people within Canadian society. The learner will:

  • Engage in activities which relate to historical and contemporary life styles of Aboriginal people.
  • Engage in experiential learning activities to further their understanding of Aboriginal culture and history.
  • Be provided reading materials and lectures to expand their knowledge base of the Original peoples’ cultures.
  • Explore attitudes and values as they relate to the Original Peoples experiences of historical events.

 

Long Term Care – Aging at Home

The Aboriginal Long Term Care Program provides Aboriginal Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit clients living off-reserve with advocacy, information and referrals' to community and Aboriginal service agencies (Services will be pre-determined through an intake process). Through the Aboriginal Long Term Care Program we aim to: enhance the quality of life, encourage independence, promote integration within the community, promote preservation of wisdom and knowledge and maintain dignity. Referral Form – Palliative Mobile Outreach also available.

 

MamawayWiidokdaadwin Interprofessional Primary Care Team

Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin is a regulated Interprofessional Care Team providing traditional healing, primary care, mental health and health promotion services to Indigenous community members in the North Simcoe Muskoka region. These programs will support Indigenous peoples in the region.

SUN Housing

Mandate is to provide transitional housing; rent geared to income housing and low-end-of-market housing to First Nations people, serving those who reside in the Simcoe County – Barrie area.

Community & Family Services

Program and services delivery believes that holistic healing and wellness rooted in a strong cultural foundation will empower families and community to achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Support – Provide education and information around pregnancy, after care and assistance with child development and positive parenting.  Baby & Me Program also available.

Building Healthy Relationship Programs - A 14-week program offered to assist with relationship success

Located on the Upper level of the MASK Arena and our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There are some evenings programs and groups.

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program

Is designed to support and encourage healthy lifestyles for mothers prenatally, newborns and children.  The focus of the program is off-reserve Indigenous women who are most likely to have unhealthy babies due to low income and/or lack of supports in the area.

 

Community Action Programming for Children

Program focuses on at-risk children 0-9 years old. The program promotes healthy development by providing community based activities in a culturally and environmentally relevant setting.  CAP-C will help develop and maintain and introduce culture among participants and families.

 

Indigenous Traditional Parenting

A program to strengthen families by providing Indigenous individuals and families with community based support services aimed to build resilience. The program provides early intervention supports to both children and their families to improve child development, increase education and capacity in caregivers and enhance overall wellbeing.  The elements of the programs are grounds in Indigenous culture and traditions.

 

Infant Shki Biinoojii Well-Being

Program supports Indigenous families in learning about Traditional and Clinical approaches to positive infant mental health. Parents can access one to one support to learn how to respond to the needs and behaviors of children, ensuring safety and security.  Additionally, parents will learn to identify early risks by using ASQ screenings and increase knowledge of cultural practices regarding pregnancy and parenting. The program actively involves grandparents to restore their position as Knowledge Keepers that help to support healthy family development.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

The program includes preparation for parenting, prenatal and postnatal care. The goal is to assist all Aboriginal families in providing an environment for the healthy development of children through home visits, service coordination and referrals. The program, which provides support for children at risk, is voluntary and open to any Indigenous families who request the service.

 

Healing and Wellness Strategy

The goal of the Indigenous Health and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) is to improve the health of Indigenous individuals, families, communities and nations. This will be realized by reduced family violence through equitable access to health care, Indigenous specific health care facilities, improved standards of care, the provision of culturally appropriate health services, and the promotion of a healthy environment. A traditional and culturally appropriate approach to healing and wellness for all Indigenous peoples.

The two main components of the Strategy are “healing" and "wellness". These evolved from the need to address the issues of family violence in Aboriginal communities and to create a province wide, Aboriginal-specific health policy.

Huronia Family Housing

Offers co-operative housing for urban native families, individual housing units are located within Penetanguishene and Midland.

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program

Is designed to support and encourage healthy lifestyles for mothers prenatally, newborns and children.  The focus of the program is off-reserve Indigenous women who are most likely to have unhealthy babies due to low income and/or lack of supports in the area.

 

Circle of Care

Circle of care provides peaceful resolution using traditional Indigenous approaches for self-identifying First Nation, Inuit and Métis families involved with the Simcoe Connexions (CAS). Indigenous families, status or non-status, are eligible for this program, regardless if they are working voluntary with CAS or they are court ordered.

COC supports you on your journey with CAS, by helping you navigate through the child welfare system, connect you to community resources and create safety plans for the well-being of your child and family.

 

Community Action Programming for Children

Program focuses on at-risk children 0-9 years old. The program promotes healthy development by providing community based activities in a culturally and environmentally relevant setting.  CAP-C will help develop and maintain and introduce culture among participants and families.

 

Indigenous Senior’s Cultural Coordinator

Program focuses on improving independence of in-home Indigenous elders through strengthening the emotional and spiritual quadrants of life. The worker provides in home services such as ceremonies, counselling and spiritual services.

 

Kina Endaayiing Program Coordinator

Assisting families in identifying developmental milestones and providing supports to families to make sure children are meeting them. Since parents/guardians are the child’s primary teacher a meeting would take place to discuss what they would like to focus on in their child’s development. Referrals and contact information to other organizations can be requested.

  • Home Visits
  • Parent Support Circles and Parent Council
  • Obtaining Documentation Support ei health cards, birth certificates, SIN #s
  • School Registration Support
  • Weekly Kindergarten Readiness Programs

 

Infant Shki Biinoojii Well-Being

Program supports Indigenous families in learning about Traditional and Clinical approaches to positive infant mental health. Parents can access one to one support to learn how to respond to the needs and behaviors of children, ensuring safety and security.  Additionally, parents will learn to identify early risks by using ASQ screenings and increase knowledge of cultural practices regarding pregnancy and parenting. The program actively involves grandparents to restore their position as Knowledge Keepers that help to support healthy family development.

 

Ska Be Support Worker

The Indigenous Ska-Be program will provide support services to improve the health and well-being of urban Indigenous seniors and Indigenous persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on Indigenous women, to assist them in achieving a good quality of life that is reflective of their needs and their culture.  Ska-be will offer education, hands-on support services to assist clients with daily living, mental health needs, chronic disease and disability that supports clients in their awareness and practice of traditions, culture and ceremony.

 

Wabano Kwe “New Dawn Woman”

This program provides women and their families with opportunity to identify and establish their awareness and understanding of what is a “Good Life”. This program also supports men and women who are a victim of violence and want to work towards ending the cycle of violence for their children.

 

Youth Red Road Worker

The program will provide support with learning their traditional roles and responsibilities and assist in identifying ways of life that are unique to the 7 cycles Anishnabe cultural teachings.  The program will strengthen their knowledge during the Red Road curriculum and other programs for children and youth.

Awkego
The Akwe:go Urban Aboriginal 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 awareness of the consequences of negative behaviours.

 

Apatisiwin
Employment and training services for urban Indigenous people in Ontario provides community based and one to one supports and resources and can assist clients to access a range of training, education and skills development opportunities. Career developers work in a number of communities to crease new job opportunities, engage with small and medium sized businesses and community partners. Program can support employment insurance recipients, unemployed, and underemployed youth clients.
Children who witness violence

The Children Who Witness Violence Program (CWWV) provides children (ages 7 – 14 years), who have witnessed violence or currently are witnessing violence (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) with cultural resources, education, knowledge and personal support to return to optimal levels of understanding, reasoning and functioning. The program provides one-on-one counseling, culture based group sessions, family group workshops, and group interventions for children who have been exposed to violence. It is anticipated that children involved in the program will recognize different forms of violence, consider their choices and understand the consequences of their own behaviour or observed behaviour, with the realization that violence is not a normal aspect of life.

 

Cultural Community Resources Program
Provides increased access to culture based programs and service delivery to urban indigenous children, youth and families. This program is specifically targeted to improve and foster a strong sense of wellbeing and a positive indigenous identity.
• Promote healing and reconciliation for urban Indigenous children, youth and families.
• Facilitate talking, teaching and healing circles, with a priority to services and supports for Indigenous children, youth and families.
• Provide wrap-around services and a strengths-based action plan for each individual direct-service user.
• Promote awareness and ensure access to the program through a variety of outreach efforts and promotional activities.
Indigenous Healing & Wellness Program
Program aims to reduce family violence, promotes healthy lifestyles, cultural based programming and self-healing. Some of the services include seminars and workshops; one to one and group sessions; referral services; and talking/sharing/teaching circles.

 

Healthy Kids Program
Program provides education on healthy eating and increased physical activities for children, teens and their families. The Healthy Kids Program allows children to build relationships, increase confidence, reach personal goals and live healthy lifestyles. Overweight and obesity threaten the health and well-being of many children in Ontario. The program provides the necessary resources to help decrease these high rates and promotes activities that benefit children in a positive manner.

 

Healthy Living Program
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.

 

Indigenous Alcohol & Drug Program
This program promotes addiction free lifestyles within the Indigenous community and promotes a culturally based system of addiction treatment programs and services

 

Indigenous Court Worker
The Indigenous Court Worker Program provides advocacy for Indigenous people (regardless of legal definitions) who become involved in the justice system; and assists them to understand their rights, options, and responsibilities when appearing before the courts. The program seeks to ultimately reduce the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the Canadian justice system.

 

Indigenous Outreach Program
Provides outreach services for the near-homeless and the homeless. The Program worker acts in an advocacy role as well as deliver a range of housing related training and information to address problems related to budgeting, life skills, access to medical services and transportation.
Kizhaay Anishnaabe Niin (I am a kind man).

 

Program provides one-on-one peer counselling and group activities to assist male youth and men who are committed to ending violence against Indigenous women in their personal lives and within their community. The program promotes a healthy lifestyle, provides cultural teachings, workshops, and presentations on ending violence against Indigenous women.

 

Life Long Care Program
Provides services and care for people of all ages that have physical disabilities, serious health issues, or those who are frail and/or elderly. The goal of the program is to assist program participants in stabilizing their health. Assistance with the coordination of medical appointments, transportation, prevention of isolation through interaction and social activities, referrals and advocacy to access community supports. Services can be provided on a short-term or long-term basis and will be determined through an intake and assessment process.

 

Urban Services Navigator
This one-year project will address the barriers and adverse experiences of Indigenous youth (ages 18-29) who are attempting to transition into living in an urban environment. The Navigator will be responsible for or arrange for the delivery of essential skills workshops, employment certifications, one-on-one related counselling, and industry-specific supports to Indigenous youth in urban settings. The Navigator will recruit clients and deliver three 12-week sessions to three cohorts during life of the project.

 

Vision Quest Program
The Vision Quest Program focuses on cultural activities and programs designed to link Indigenous youth to their cultural past; assist them in understanding how they fit in today’s society; and help them to envision their place in the future without loss of cultural identity. The program targets three groups…boys ages 9-14, girls ages 9-14, and a co-ed group ages 15-18.

 

Wasa-Nabin
Wasa-Nabin is a self-development program for urban Indigenous at-risk youth (ages 13-18). 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.

 

Young Children & Family Program
The Young Children and Family Program (YCFS) is designed to provide Indigenous families healthy opportunities for the development of their children (0 – 6 years of age) through education, family home visiting, service coordination and referrals. Culturally appropriate and holistic programming begins during pregnancy and is carried through the critical years of early childhood education.

 

Youth Life Promotion
The Youth Life Promotion program works with urban Indigenous youth between the ages of 13-24, focusing on holistic development and cultural reclamation. The Youth Life Promotion program provides a continuum of services and supports based off the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our youth. The YLP program provides supports/services such as: Cultural Camps, LGBTQ2+ support groups, one-on-one supports, land and water based activities as well as provides access to traditional knowledge keepers and Elders.

 

7th Fire Alternative Education Program
Is a Midland Secondary School Program in partnership with the host and the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. This program was started some 12 years ago by a few indigenous Community leaders and the Simcoe County district School Board. The goal of the program is to support First Nation, Metis and Inuit students learning with a focus on more culturally specific educational needs. The program was named after the 7th Fire prophecies, with the 7th prophecy which states that the youth of the people will gain strength, and they will learn the ways of their lost culture, language and beliefs. Along with a high school education and earning OSSD credits, 7th Fire offers cultural teachings, tradition, nutritional snacks and culturally and educationally relevant field trips. The students of 7th fire have the use of a traditional classroom, supplies, modern technology and access to the Friendship Centre’s staff and services.

Endaad Housing

Non-profit housing offering 20 units - rent-geared-to-income units for families (no single individuals) - wait list minimum of 1 year. Call for information or to complete application; different procedures if on social assistance or working or not working. Must be of Indigenous status or descent (proof required - status card). NOTE: If coming from a reservation, will be encouraged to go to home reservation for temporary housing.

Enaahtig programs and services are traditionally focused, holistic and guided by an “aboriginal psychology”/ Scheduling is year round, based on calendar quarters which coincide with the natural rhythm of the four seasons. Within each season, we offer 1 residential program for families and other to provide focused, intensive healing work. We also offer non-residential programs and services at the Lodge as well as outreach programs in our communities. Enaahtig strives to satisfy the many healing needs of people across all ages.

Central to all programs and services to traditional healing integrated with contemporary skills and practices. To this end, Enaahtig is a place of council, of learning of the teachings the creator gave our peoples, of the sweat lodge, of fasting, and of ceremonies for healing and celebration. It is also a place of re-discovery, and of learning new ways to live in a good way.

Residential Programs
Family Residential Youth non-residential Men's Recreational
Womens Residential Women and Children Men's Recreational
Trauma Recovery Individual Counselling non-residential Family Counselling
Non-Residential Programs
Junior Youth Group Intermediate Youth Group Senior Youth Group
Community Training Wellness Workshops Diabetes/Nutritional Workshops
Sweat Lodge Ceremony Community Fasting Juice Fasting
Planting Ceremony Horse Ceremony Harvest Ceremony
Maple Water Ceremony Talking and Healing Circle Traditional Teachings
Medicine Walks Cultural Workshops Relationship Workshops
Mental Health Programs
Family Consultation Councelling and Psychotherapy Community Clinical Consultation
Frontline Worker Peer Support Case Management Community Capacity Building
Screening and Assessment Care Planning and Referrals Service System Liason
Other
Community Garden Maple Syrup Harvesting Equestrian

BRAWC’s primary service is transitional housing for Indigenous women and children. BRAWC operates two residential transition homes in the City of Orillia. The objective of transitional housing is to provide Indigenous women and children with the structure and support they need to address critical issues necessary to maintain permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency.

 

Indigenous Housing First Program

To address the barriers faced by Indigenous people experiencing homelessness through housing first approach. The project, Bagosenim-To Have Hope will assist Indigenous people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing, providing additional supports and services as needed.

 

Indigenous Women’s Transition Outreach Worker

Specific to Indigenous Transition Homes

 

Transition Bridging Program

The Indigenous Women’s Transition Bridging program is aimed at increasing the education and pre-employment skills of Indigenous women. The Transition Bridging Program will serve as a catalyst for change by empowering women in urban settings to make the transition to a learning or employment environment.

Biinoojinsauk Child Care Centre

The centre enhances a positive sense of identity and understanding of the Aboriginal Heritage through a culturally based curriculum. The programming provides for a wholistic nourishment for our children. Their spiritual growth, self-esteem, personal validation and identity will be met at our centre. The centres recognize the need to deliver culturally and community relevant teaching and develop programs that are family centered and culturally appropriate.

Healthy Babies/Children

The Indigenous Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program offers culturally based supports to families. This program works with families and their children with physical, mental, emotional and social issues including prenatal support and supports for children ages 0 to 6.

 

Head Start

The program is designed is to support early child development strategies designed and controlled by Aboriginal people and to provide opportunities for Aboriginal preschool children to develop a positive sense of themselves and a desire for learning, as well as give them opportunities to develop fully and successfully throughout their lives.

Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children

The Indigenous Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program offers culturally based supports to families. This program works with families and their children with physical, mental, emotional and social issues including prenatal support and supports for children ages 0 to 6.

 

Aboriginal Family Support Coordinator

The Aboriginal Family Support program supports families with children ages 0 to 6. Focusing on improving the wholistic health and well-being of families by fostering Indigenous culture through healthy eating, play, language, games and positive peer interactions for parents and children.

 

Awkwego

The Akwe:Go program provides 1:1 support and group activities for children between 7 to 12 to imporve the quality of life through culturally appropriate programs, services, supports, and tools, and the guidance to make healthier choices.

 

WasaNabin

The Wasa Nabin program provides 1:1 support and group activities to youth ages 13 to 18, offering tools and healthy activities to build their abilities in order to improve quality of life. Supports include: general social activities, youth-in-care, Streetwolf, healthy eating & physical development, education, justice intervention, and violence prevention.

 

Apatisiwin Employment & Training

The Apatisiwin Employment & Training program provides opportunities for urban Indigenous people to improve their economic lives through culturally based services in an employment supportive environment.

 

Aboriginal Healing & Wellness

The Aboriginal Healing & Wellness program provides services to families and individuals working to end family violence. Services include: crisis intervention, peer counseling, advocacy, referrals to outside agencies and services such as; shelters, drug and alcohol treatment centres, therapeutic counselling services, trauma recovery programs and food banks.

 

Cultural Resource

The Cultural Resource program supports awareness of traditional teachings, planning and cultural knowledge within the Friendship Centre. The coordinator works with our Elders and traditional people, with a strong focus on meeting the needs of children, youth, and families. Supports are offered in areas of language, cultural based healing, and the well-being of others.

 

Hunger to Hope Indigenous

Hunger to Hope Indigenous Barrie will raise awareness for sustainable food security by identifying the gaps in existing services and increase practical access to good healthy food. By reaching our goal we will achieve and maintain a healthy Indigenous community: Mind, Body, and Spirit.

 

Kizhaay Anishnaabe Niin

The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin program provides Indigenous culture based 1:1 peer counselling and group activities. The program focuses on Indigenous men, and male youth who are committed to ending violence against Indigenous women and girls. This program promotes understanding and responsibilities of traditional roles to resolve trauma, and, encourage overall well-being and community wellness.

 

Aboriginal Health Outreach

The Aboriginal Health Outreach program provides 1:1 peer counseling and supports to meet the health needs to the community and individuals by way of health promotion, education, and linkages within the Indigenous and mainstream resources. This program works hand in hand with other health services and agencies to deliver assistance and increase Indigenous representation and client access.

 

Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living

The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living program supports the health and well-being of Indigenous people through fitness, nutrition and smoking cessation.

Justice Program Support – Indigenous Bail Verification, Indigenous Criminal Court, Restorative Justice

Indigenous Capacity Builder

Identify and establish the conditions for cultural competency and safety within agencies and organizations.
Promote on-going cooperation and resource development to meet the Indigenous Peoples’ needs.
Develop protocols for consultation and issues as they affect Indigenous Peoples and communities.

 

Bebminot Family Wellness

The Bebminot Family Wellness program provides supports and services in the Simcoe County.
Family Wellness Workers have a solid understanding of the everyday challenges parents and children face. We are dedicated to offering positive and compassionate support to our families.

 

Biinoojinh Biidaabin Coordinator

This program will focus on the development of the new Indigenous Child and Family Centre in Midland. The coordinator will provide opportunity for community engagements as well as community collaborations to better serve the Indigenous communities.

 

Cultural Awareness Training

This Cultural Awareness Training Program is a train-the-trainer course designed to increase the learners’ skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values of the history, experiences and events which have influenced the relationship of Aboriginal people within Canadian society. The learner will:

  • Engage in activities which relate to historical and contemporary life styles of Aboriginal people.
  • Engage in experiential learning activities to further their understanding of Aboriginal culture and history.
  • Be provided reading materials and lectures to expand their knowledge base of the Original peoples’ cultures.
  • Explore attitudes and values as they relate to the Original Peoples experiences of historical events.

 

Long Term Care – Aging at Home

The Aboriginal Long Term Care Program provides Aboriginal Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit clients living off-reserve with advocacy, information and referrals' to community and Aboriginal service agencies (Services will be pre-determined through an intake process). Through the Aboriginal Long Term Care Program we aim to: enhance the quality of life, encourage independence, promote integration within the community, promote preservation of wisdom and knowledge and maintain dignity. Referral Form – Palliative Mobile Outreach also available.

 

MamawayWiidokdaadwin Interprofessional Primary Care Team

Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin is a regulated Interprofessional Care Team providing traditional healing, primary care, mental health and health promotion services to Indigenous community members in the North Simcoe Muskoka region. These programs will support Indigenous peoples in the region.

Simcoe Community Services – Indigenous Coordinator

Indigenous EarlyON Coordinator organizes, develops and implements Indigenous, educational, culturally relevant programs for parents and caregivers with children prenatally through age 6 at the EarlyON Child and Family Centres and EarlyON Satellites across Simcoe County.

Indigenous Patient Navigator

Indigenous Patient Navigators play a critical role in furthering our partnership goals of working together to improve the cancer system in a way that honours the Indigenous Path of Well-being by focusing on the cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Indigenous Patient Navigator

The Indigenous Patient Navigator will provide culturally sensitive, supportive and advocacy services for Indigenous patients and families. Some of the services provided are to liaison and offer support between the care team, patients and families; assistance with care planning, help with access to healthcare support and services at home, coordination of traditional and non-traditional community resources.

 

Perinatal Mental Health - Regional

Treatment plans for eligible persons may include health education, counselling, and support for people who have a serious mental illness. This program provides active community support for individuals with serious mental illness so that they can manage their illness, maintain stability and enjoy their preferred normal activities and relationships.

The Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) Coordinator at OSMH has been funded by the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. In the province of Ontario, there is no coordinated comprehensive strategy for families suffering with PMD.  This role will help provide services and fill in the gap for those needing support for PMD by providing support groups, building community awareness and understanding. There has been great success with partnership development in order to offer community supports and events that are also culturally relevant.

Indigenous Patient Navigator

Indigenous Patient Navigators play a critical role in furthering our partnership goals of working together to improve the cancer system in a way that honours the Indigenous Path of Well-being by focusing on the cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Transition Partnership with Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions

Child & Youth Mental Health & Addictions

Our Child & Youth Mental Health and Addictions program provides culturally appropriate support services to children, youth and their families experiencing mental health and addictions difficulties.

 

Family Support Services

Our Family Support Services workers are responsible for providing support to individuals and families seeking or referred to DBCFS Services, post-intake.​

Once DBCFS has begun working with a family, our worker can provide supportive counselling, training, transportation, etc. on an individual or group basis. Our worker helps to create a service plan for the family, monitors client progress in comparison to the service plan and recommends plan changes when appropriate.

Family Support works with individuals and families by providing services independently. Apart from this, we also facilitate access to assessment and treatment services, and any other services required.

Simcoe County Resource Consultation Services

Infants, toddlers, and children up to the age of 12 who attend a licensed childcare program are supported through our county wide Resource Consultation Services. We have locations across the County, including Collingwood, Alliston, Bradford, Barrie, Orillia and Midland. This service is Free of Charge and is funded by the County of Simcoe.

Our supports are family-centered and based on the needs of the child and family. We respect the values and choices of the family, build on the strengths of the child and work in partnership with the family. We strongly encourage and promote inclusion within the community. Our catchment area for Resource Consultants is all of Simcoe County. Please use this fillable Request for Services Referral Form. FNMI Worker available by request.

Cultural Wellness Program - http://www.chigamik.ca/programs/cultural-wellness/

  • Appointment with healers, ojibway languages class, medicine workshops

 

Biidaaban “Sunrise” Doula Collective for Indigenous Families

Doula care offers a holistic approach to birthing and has been associated with better health outcomes for mother and baby. Chigamik’s Biidaaban Doula Collective is made up of Indigenous doulas who provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support and advocacy for women and families during pregnancy, labour and after birth. The Collective also provides support around reproductive health including, fertility, abortion, perinatal loss, and adoption. Traditional supports include the creation of a birth plan, learning about Indigenous practices, remedies, and ceremonies, and being connected to family, community and nature.

Through the Doula Collective program, expectant mothers and their families will have access to a birth doula, postpartum doula, overnight support, loss and bereavement care, fertility and reproductive care, as well as navigation to a number of Indigenous resources at Chigamik and externally.

Doula services are free and available to anyone who self-identifies as First Nation, Métis or Inuit across North Simcoe Muskoka, on or off reserve.

 

Mama Tribe: mamas nurturing mamas who nourish children

This drop-in peer support group is offered to mothers who are looking for caring, non-judgmental, mother-to-mother support and educational opportunities. Pregnant women, new moms and their babies will have the opportunity to meet other moms in the area, speak with trained peer leaders and visit with special guests including a public health nurse, lactation consultant, nurse practitioner, postpartum mood disorder specialist and many others.

*Whether you choose to bottle or breastfeed, all are welcome to drop by.
Please note: Lactation consultants and nursing support will be available during Mama Tribe.

FNMI Wraparound Facilitator

WrapAround helps you and your family build a team of support based on the strengths and skills of trusted family, friends and community. It helps you make a plan to reach the goals important to you and your family. It is a voluntary process and includes monthly support team meetings. The planning process takes approximately twelve months.

A WrapAround facilitator works with you as you overcome challenges, develop ideas, and take steps towards your goals. The Catulpa Community Support Services’ Wraparound team includes a First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Facilitator who can provide services that include cultural support, traditional teachings and medicines to First Nations, Inuit or Métis families.

The Role of the WrapAround Facilitator

  • Acts as a guide during the WrapAround planning process
  • Planning is are based on individual family strengths and goals
  • Ensures thoughtful participation of informal, community and agency supports
  • Helps you build your own team of family, friends, and professionals

Referral to the program is only through Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, with the exception of First Nations, Inuit and Métis families, who may self-refer to Catulpa Community Support Services directly or ask to be referred through an involved FNMI agency.

Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI)
A team made up of professionals from various disciplines provides intensive service to youth and young adults who are experiencing first episode psychosis.

Services include:

  • Individual and group treatment
  • Family support
  • Education for anyone wanting to learn more about the onset of a psychotic disorder

Clients of this program who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit have access to an Indigenous Worker on the team.

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