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Aboriginal Healing and Wellness

Goals/Objectives:

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; and, to support the development of an Aboriginal network of healing and wellness-related programmes and services in Ontario that are designed, developed, delivered and governed by Aboriginal people.

The area of responsibility of the Healing and Wellness Coordinators (HWC) is to ensure that the healing and wellness needs of the Aboriginal community are addressed by implementing the AHWS at the local level, in order to reduce family violence, promote healthy lifestyles and to facilitate culturally-based programming and healing.

Target population:

  • Aboriginal Community in general
  • HOW - participant & client based
  • HWC - client based
  • Not age specific

 

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Aboriginal Health Outreach

Goals/Objectives:

The Health Outreach Workers (HOW) are responsible for ensuring that the health needs of the Aboriginal community are addressed by undertaking health promotion, education, referrals and linking with Aboriginal cultural resource people and mainstream health providers.

Target population:

  • Aboriginal Community in general
  • HOW - participant & client based
  • HWC - client based
  • Not age specific

 

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Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children

Goals/Objectives:

The overall goal is to assist all Aboriginal families to provide the best opportunities for health development for children 0-6 years of age through education, family home visiting, and service coordination and referrals. An equally important objective is to ensure that the programme addresses the needs of children at risk, and to ensure that they have access to services and support that will address their needs. The programme is voluntary and open to any Aboriginal family that requests the service. Friendship Centres have chosen a home visitors approach to ensure there is not an overlap in services with other program administered locally.

Target population

  • 0-6 year olds and their families
  • High risk
  • Home visiting model

 

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Akwe:go - Urban Native Children

Goals:

This programme has been specifically designed to provide comprehensive services to urban Aboriginal children between the ages of 7-12.

The goal of the Akwe:go programme is to provide urban Aboriginal children with the support, tools and healthy activities which will build upon and foster their inherent ability to make healthy choices.

Objectives

Five programme objectives include:

  • Provision of social supports to address poverty-related self-esteem issues, victimization issues and peer pressure to engage in unhealthy behaviours;
  • Outreach to children in care to increase support and culturally appropriate services to non-native adoptive and foster parents;
  • Promotion of health and physical development to address inter-related health impacts of poverty, diabetes, and childhood obesity;
  • Form interventions or alternatives to institutional involvement (i.e., child welfare and justice systems); and
  • Support children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and disabilities that are at-risk of additional challenges.

Target population

  • 7-12 year olds and their families
  • At risk
  • Client based

 

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Apatisiwin - Employment

Goal:

Apatiswin will design and deliver programmes to assist Aboriginal people to find, obtain, and maintain employment.

Objectives:

  • To assist in finding job placements
  • To assist financially to enable youth to stay in school
  • To assist with trades training
  • To assist with upgrading

Target population

  • College/university students, unemployed and EI recipients
  • Client based

 

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Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

Goal:

The goal of the off-reserve CPNP is to improve the health of Aboriginal mothers and their babies up to one year of age and their families that live off reserve. CPNP will provide food supplements, counselling, support, education, referral to other services and counselling for at-risk pregnant women. Counselling can be on any lifestyle issues that can affect the baby, such as smoking, alcohol use, and family violence.

Objectives:

The objective of the off-reserve CPNP is to assist Aboriginal organizations to design and deliver community -based, culturally relevant programmes for at risk Aboriginal women living off reserve to improve the health of both mothers and babies.

Target population

  • 0-1 year olds and their caregivers
  • At risk
  • Participants based

 

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Childrens Mental Health Program

Goal:

This program will serve self-identified Aboriginal children and youth between the ages of 7-15 who are at-risk or high-risk and their families. Including individuals diagnosed with mental illness or mental health conditions.

Objectives:

Mental health initiatives involve to provision of community-based, non-residential activities and services for individuals and/or families that are culturally appropriate, culturally competent, complement and link to existing services or programs to continue to build service capacity at the community level.

Target population

  • 12-15 years old
  • At risk of poor mental health
  • Client based

 

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Community Action Program for Children

Goal

The goal of the off-reserve Aboriginal component of CAP-C is to strengthen families, communities, support community development, and healing. CAP-C will assist organizations to design and deliver community based, culturally relevant programmes that aim to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of off-reserve Aboriginal children 0-6 years.

Objectives:

  • CAP-C will help families and communities increase their knowledge and power by involving them in the design, implementation, and decision-making of the programme.
  • CAP-C will help children, their families and communities to develop and maintain culture.
  • CAP-C will promote community development and healing.
  • CAP-C will focus on strengthening parenting-care giving skills.
  • CAP-C will promote new and creative community programmes where there is an identified need that is not addressed by other community programmes or services.

Target population

  • 1-6 year olds and their families
  • At risk
  • Participant based

 

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Community Career Development Program

Goal:

Enhance and increase the employment opportunities for the Aboriginal community of the Niagara region and enhance the employability of Aboriginal community members.

Objectives:

  • Analysis of local labour market trends
  • Analysis of local Aboriginal labour trends Develop working relationships with local business, industries, and educational institutes, through networking and liaison.
  • Skills development/enhancement of program participants to enhance employability Increase awareness of Aboriginal barriers by participating on committees and working groups.

Target population

  • 15 years and older
  • Participant and Client based

 

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Three Fires Community Justice

Goals:

The OFIFC Community Justice Programme is an initiative developed in response to needs expressed by Aboriginal people who have been through the courts (criminal, youth and family) and to the broad over-representation of Aboriginal peoples in the mainstream justice system. The Community Justice Programme is built on the Aboriginal Court-worker Programme. Community Justice Programmes are developed in communities that have undergone a comprehensive needs assessment and where funding has been made available.

Objectives:

  • To identify and divert Aboriginal clients from the mainstream justice system;
  • To provide a forum for Aboriginal people to deal with criminal and family matters in a culturally appropriate manner;
  • To provide the opportunity for Aboriginal community members' participation in justice matters, thereby allowing for a greater degree of responsibility in justice related matters;
  • To provide meaningful and culturally appropriate outcomes for individuals and families;
  • To address the root cause(s) of negative behaviour; and,
  • To reduce recidivism.

Target population

  • 12 and up
  • Engaged in the justice system
  • Client based

 

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Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth

Goals:

The primary goal of the CCAY Initiative is to create a network of urban Aboriginal youth centres to support and assist Aboriginal youth in enhancing their economic, social, and personal prospects.

Objectives:

The CCAY Initiative will serve the needs of urban Aboriginal youth, aged 15-24 years, regardless of status, culture, or gender, and where circumstances warrant may include Aboriginal children and youth ages 10-14 years, or young Aboriginal adults, aged 25-29 years.

Target population

  • 15 to 25 years old
  • Participant based

 

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Homelessness Partnering Strategy - Abbey House Transitional Home

Goals/Objectives

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is the Government of Canada's initiative that works with communities to assist in the prevention and reduction of homelessness. The HPS strategy is aimed at combating homelessness in current designated communities across Canada. These efforts are intended to facilitate the development of an integrated, culturally appropriate framework that is community driven to address the Aboriginal needs.

The HPS began in April 2007 and implementation is well underway as communities have completed their community plans and are engaged in new projects. The HPS is working towards its goals of strengthening partnerships with provincial governments, other federal government departments, and the private sector.

Our Purpose

To provide a safe opportunity for transitional living for Aboriginal women, with or without children, who are experiencing crisis in their lives.

Our Mission

To create a nurturing, stable, and culturally based living environment that encourages and empowers Individuals to make positive lasting change. Abbey House will support women and their children to overcome crisis and homelessness by assisting them to achieve emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well being.

Description of Abbey House

Abbey House is a 5 bedroom secured residence in a quiet residential area. Two of the bedrooms join and are used as a family suite complete with access to a private bathroom. It has a large eat in kitchen, a beautiful sitting room, a large outside deck secured back yard for children to play, laundry and internet facilities. Abbey House can have up to 10 individuals living here at one time sharing accommodations and living with mutual respect.

Process and Criteria

An intake will be done for anyone who is interested in entering into the Abbey House program. If you do not meet criteria at the time of intake you may take the option of being put on a waiting list.

Eligibility/Criteria includes:

  • Homeless, at risk of homelessness and/or recovering from violence
  • 16+ years
  • At least 6 weeks clean from drugs and Alcohol willing to source an income (gainful employment, educational upgrade, Ontario Works, Disability, ect.) attend weekly programming provided by staff

Other criteria:

Coming from Healing lodges, treatment centres, or other residential facilities that deal with the cause of homelessness.

 

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Life Long Care

Goal:

The Life Long Care Programme (LLCP) provides community-based culturally appropriate long-term care community support services to urban Aboriginal elderly, frail, physically disabled, chronically ill individuals. This programme promotes an integrated response, community participation, independent living, and an improved quality of life. In addition, the programme strives to ensure quality of care and appropriate support systems for their caregivers.

Target population

  • Elderly and frail
  • Individuals with lifelong disabilities
  • Client based

 

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Literacy

Goal:

The program is designed to assist anyone who wishes to uppgrade their skills to improve their independence, learn computer basics, obtain Secondary School credits, improve job training skills or further their education. We offer one-to-one or small group training, or online classes.

Target population

  • 18 and older
  • Out of school for over a year
  • Client based

 

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Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living

Goal:

The program is designed to increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in sports, physical fitness, physical recreation and other health promotion programs that promote healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Target population

  • Women
  • Children
  • Seniors
  • Participant based

 

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Wasa-Nabin

Goals:

The goal of the Wasa-Nabin programme is to provide urban Aboriginal at risk youth ages 13 - 18 with the support, tools, and healthy activities, which will build upon and foster their inherent ability to make healthy choices.

Objectives:

  • Provision of social supports to address poverty-related self-esteem issues, victimization issues and peer pressure to engage in unhealthy behaviours;
  • Outreach to youth in care to increase support and culturally appropriate services to non-native adoptive and foster parents;
  • Promotion of health and physical development to address inter-related health impacts of poverty, diabetes, and obesity;
  • From the development of educational support through homework support, school suspension support, and have available direct access to computers and literacy programmes;
  • Provision of support to youth involved in the criminal justice system through "Streetwolf -The Seven Principles of Self Leadership", and;
  • Addressing violence experienced by youth through collaboration with Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (I Am A Kind Man) and through involvement of Elders.

Target population

  • 13-18 years old and their families
  • At risk
  • Client based
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