To promote awareness of the culture of Aboriginal peoples within the community in an effort to establish a relationship of mutual understanding and respect between the Aboriginal peoples and the other members of the community.
AHWS has three objectives: To improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of Aboriginal people and communities in Ontario; to address and respond to violence in Aboriginal communities in Ontario.
It all began with a vision. It began in 1972 when a small group of volunteers wanted to start a Friendship Centre in the Niagara Region. The first establishment was in a small office in the St. Catherine's YMCA.