401 N. Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 4P7
P. 807-345-5840
F. 807-344-8945
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To develop a sense of Native community in the City of Thunder Bay with opportunities for involvement and control by community members in addressing the issues that affect their lives.

TBDSSAB/Cultural Connections



In response to the growing number of children and youth who live in poverty and struggle with food insecurity, the child and youth programs at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre deliver Cultural Connections; a community engagement strategy. The goal is to provide children and their families nutritional, recreational, and culturally relevant program supports throughout the City of Thunder Bay by partnering with community agencies and services invested in meeting the health needs of children and youth.  The Friendship Centre Children and Youth programs collectively support children from birth to 18 years of age, and include the Aboriginal Family Support program, Akwego  Urban Aboriginal Children’s program, Wasa Nabin Urban Aboriginal Youth program, and Children’s Wellness program.  The Friendship Centre develops and delivers culturally relevant wellness programs on site and within the community of Thunder Bay. We receive many requests to contribute and deliver services and programs to partnering community agencies, especially in neighbourhoods with a high Aboriginal population.  We deliver a multitude of programs and services that support nutritional awareness and food security, life skills, peer development, and wellness programs for children, in collaboration with other community agencies.  Programs include Parent ‘n Tot drop in services, anti-bullying projects, healthy living projects, and leadership development programming.   The Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board has supplied funding to assist with the nutritional component of these programs.