|Description||Provides human services, social, cultural, recreational and educational programs to all Native people. The NRNC serves residents in St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Thorold, Beamsville and Grimsby. The staff provide a variety of services and referrals, in addition to diverse in-house programs which include: |
ABORIGINAL HEALING AND WELLNESS PROGRAM - provides crisis intervention and support services to those who are at risk or are currently experiencing family violence and/or crisis in their lives. Offers supportive peer counselling, referrals to community agencies, healing/talking circles, cultural events and other forms of support from an Aboriginal perspective.
HEALTH OUTREACH PROJECT - provides individual support and advocacy services to those who are experiencing barriers to accessing the health care system. Also offers active living programs (ie walking program) and workshops and other awareness events around various health issues. Assistance with OHIP, status card renewal, limited medical transportation and non-insured health benefits program of Health Canada. Information regarding Medical Services Branch (Indian Affairs) medical coverage, how to access OHIP are typical requests for services.
YOUTH PROGRAM - offers regular weekly group programs for Aboriginal youth between the ages of 14-24 years of age. Regular recreational, cultural and leadership programs offered. Transportation provided.
COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN - offers regular weekly programs designed for parents and children ages 0-6 years of age. Transportation provided upon request. Topics addressed include: healthy habits, cultural teachings, parenting strategies and resources, child development, community kitchen.
CANADA PRENATAL NUTRITION PROGRAM - aims to reduce the incidence of unhealthy pregnancies and low birth weights in women who may be faced with difficult life circumstances. Provides group based programming for women and their families who are planning a pregnancy, currently pregnant or have recently given birth (0-6 months of age).
APATISIWIN - provides employment and training programs to the following: non-status; status; out-of-province individuals. To improve the employability of participants through programs and services.
LIFE LONG CARE PROGRAM - provides advocacy and support to chronically ill (of all ages), at risk elderly and seniors. Offers weekly senior support circle, home visiting program and advocacy.
THREE FIRES COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROGRAM - is a post-charge diversion program (alternative to the court process). Services both Aboriginal adults and youth in the Hamilton, Fort Erie and Niagara regions. The program aims to empower the participants through the creation of a holistic and culturally significant plan of care.
ABORIGINAL HEALTHY BABIES/HEALTHY CHILDREN PROGRAM - a home visiting program that provides support services to at-risk families who have young children in the home. Addresses child development issues, crisis intervention, parenting strategies and provides community referrals to encourage links between families and community resources.
LITERACY AND BASIC SKILLS PROGRAM - available to assist those who want to learn or upgrade their reading, writing and mathematics skills. Private tutors are available to assist students. Regular weekly day programs are also offered. Culturally-relevant curriculum for all ages. Family literacy activities and one-on-one services also provided.
WASA NABIN - address the needs of children 13-18 year of age through education support, cultural activities, healthy life style choices
AKWE:GO - to address the unique needs of urban Aboriginal children ages 7-12 years of age. Provides programs and services that are cultural based and focus on healthy physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development. Focuses on school intervention and support, and access to cultural and physical activities.
URBAN ABORIGINAL HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM- To provide access to and awareness of healthy lifestyles. This program is for Aboriginal people of all ages.
ABORIGINAL CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH - To provide advocacy and support for children 7-18 challenged with mental health issues through the provision of culture based programs and services.
ABBEY HOUSE Offers transitional housing for Aboriginal women and their children coming from domestic violence situations or who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Women need to be drug/alcohol free for 6 weeks.