Providing Life-Journey Support Services
We provide a wide range of programming. Please explore our programs below.
Designed to support urban Indigenous people who are experiencing issues related to drug and alcohol use.
Is an alternative to mainstream court. An opportunity for an Indigenous accused person to accept responsibility for their actions and behavior as it relates to current offence(s), and to participate in a process that repairs harm and promotes healing.
The Indigenous Family Support Program is a Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) program, a community-based children’s program delivered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
The Indigenous Healing and Wellness strategy was set forth to promote growth and healing for Indigenous People via Indigenous specific services. The mandate of the strategy is to reduce family violence, promote healthy lifestyles and deliver culture based programs and services to promote holistic healing.
This program has been specifically designed to provide a comprehensive program to urban Indigenous children between the ages of 7-12.
The Anishnawbe Skills Development Program is a free basic upgrading program in Mathematics and English for individuals aged 18 and over.
The vision of the Apatisiwin Program is that Indigenous people gain education, experience, and skills to achieve and maintain meaningful employment.
Targeting high-risk youth aged 7-15. The purpose is to decrease drug/alcohol abuse and to address mental health issues that may be a result of family violence.
The Community Support Worker program provides culturally appropriate holistic prevention and intervention support to urban Indigenous individuals and families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Assists Indigenous persons navigating through the justice system in the areas of Criminal, Family and Child Welfare matters in Thunder Bay, Armstrong, and Nipigon courts.
As part of a key component of Walking Together - Ontario’s Long Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women, the Cultural Resource Coordinator Program is designed to provide cultural and traditional supports and services for Indigenous children, youth, and families.
The HPS seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with communities, provinces and territories, other federal departments and the private and not-for-profit sectors.
A specialized court that utilizes Restorative Justice practices with a focus on “Healing”. It incorporates wholistic healing opportunities for participants that are prepared to accept responsibility for their actions related to their offence(s).
The programs goal is to encourage men to speak out and end all forms of violence toward women and to foster healthy relationships.
The life Long Care Program intends to improve the quality of life and living conditions for all Indigenous people who require Life Long Care.
Gladue Writer prepares comprehensive Gladue Reports for Indigenous accused persons facing a term of incarceration for more than six months. During the preparation of the Gladue Report supportive services and planning for healing opportunities is provided through the Gladue Aftercare program.
This program is taking major strides to help community members to increase their physical activity levels and their cardio-vascular health; to become smoke-free; to increase their knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating practices and weight management; and, to enhance the leadership ability of our youth.
Wasa-Nabin promotes cultural identity, self-esteem, educational values and career goals, and to enhance healthy choices for Indigenous Youth. We encourage our youth to lead by example and build a positive atmosphere for other youth to follow.
Is a program based on restorative justice approach to justice that includes participation of victims, offenders and community. It is an opportunity for healing and reparation for all involved. Priority is given to offender accountability, needs of victims, and community wellness and healing.
The YLP program is designed to support urban Indigenous youth ages 13-24 to achieve success. The program is founded on the principles of self-determination and cultural reclamation.
Waabogonee translated means; flower that wakes up in the morning and blossoms throughout the day.
Waabogonee EarlyON Child and Family Center provides environments that engage parents and caregivers as co-learners and leaders in influencing positive child, family and community experiences and outcomes.
Given that a sense of identity is the path to wellness, cultural elements are essential in the deliverable`s of the program, including access to land and water-based learning, cultural knowledge keepers, traditional songs, stories, crafts and foods, historical perspectives on raising children, parenting skills, and community development.
Waabogonee EarlyOn supports children and their families in learning, growing and deepening their connections. Children and families relationships grow stronger and more resilient through our strength-based and community empowered approaches.
Provides support, advocacy, and programming to persons harmed by crime, including those currently involved in the mainstream criminal justice system, Indigenous Community Council and Indigenous Peoples’ Court.
The focus of the IMHWP is to increase access to mental health and wellness, collaborate with individuals and to build supports within the community of Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, together with Lakehead District School Board offer the opportunity for Indigenous youth to receive a gentle transition into the mainstream high school setting. This Program is currently offered at two locations Hammarskjold High school (North) and Westgate High school (South).
The Creating Safer Spaces Project program focuses on creating and enhancing safer spaces through a compassionate informed lens focusing on women, girls and 2SLGBTQIA+ a part of the Creating Safer Space Project
The Two-Spirit & LGBTQ+ Mentor provides support, resources, programming, and support such as sharing circles or one on ones to those who identify as Two-Spirit or LGBTQIA+. The 2S/LGBTQ+ Mentor is available to children, youth, and adults who need help or support. The Mentor can provide information sessions for parents/guardians/relations or to those who want to learn more, as well as education and resources for non-indigenous/non-LGBTQIA+ individuals to help create a safer environment and community
This is a food-based diabetes prevention and management program that seeks to improve the health outcomes for urban Indigenous people by increasing access, knowledge and skills around healthy eating, nutrition, traditional foods and traditional ways of knowing.
A diagnosis of diabetes is not a requirement for this program. It is open to everyone seeking to improve their knowledge around nutrition and wanting to take steps towards a healthier life.
Provides supervision services to Indigenous accused released from custody on Bail conditions, including access to cultural programming and referrals to internal and external services based on need. This program also verifies information about an Indigenous accused at judicial interim release proceedings when being considered for Bail supervision.
*****THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENLY ON HOLD TILL FURTHER NOTICE*****
Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) administers an Indigenous Human Rights Clinic at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre (TBIFC). The Clinic is a partnership between PBSC, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), and TBIFC. The Clinic offers free summary legal advice and information about human rights and discrimination.
The Mental Health Peer Coordinator Program is was launched in the Fall of 2021. The goal of the Mental Health Coordinator Program is to provide networks of support and mentorship to urban Indigenous people under community supervision orders as they seek to improve their mental health, reduce any harms associated with behaviours, avoid justice system recidivism, and pursue a Good Mind.
The Indigenous Language Revitalization Program is designed to implement the use of Indigenous languages within Friendship Centres and communities through the provision of community-based Indigenous language programming. The Indigenous program provides access to culture and/or land-based Indigenous Language activities and requires Friendship Centres to create partnerships and build relationships with external agencies that support Indigenous language learning.
The Indigenous Youth Transitional Housing Project is designed to support urban Indigenous youth and young adults ages 18 – 29 experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, as well as youth living with mental health and addictions to transition into independence.
The Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker (EYOW) program provides wholistic, culturally-informed counselling support to high-risk youth ages 12-21 and supports families in navigating and connecting with services and pro-social opportunities in the community.
Provides support and advocacy services that assist an Indigenous person leaving a term of incarceration to reintegrate back into the community.