This sector is made up of the Aboriginal Healing & Wellness and Life Long Care Programs and the Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program.  These programs are designed to provide support services to individuals and families as they move through the various stages of personal growth and family development.  Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being is explored through a variety of workshops and activities in group and one-to-one sessions.  The programs emphasize community support while maintaining traditions and culture.

Life Long Care Program (LLCP)

LLCP has been offered in our Centre since 1996 and is currently staffed by a full-time Coordinator and a Peer Support Worker (PSW).  The program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Ontario of Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training.

The goal of this program is to provide community-based culturally appropriate long-term care support services to urban Aboriginal elderly, frail, physically disabled, chronically ill, for community participation, independent living and an improved quality of life.  In addition, the program strives to ensure quality of care and appropriate support systems for their caregivers.

Between the months of June 2009 to May 2010, the Life Long Care Program provided services to 5,470 seniors, families and individuals.

Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy Program (AHWS)

AHWS has been offered in our Centre since 1997; is staffed by a full-time Coordinator funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS), Ministry of Health & Long Term Care and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, through the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC).

The AHWS has four objectives:  1: To improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of Aboriginal people; 2: To address and respond to violence in the Aboriginal community, and 3: To support the development of an Aboriginal network of healing and wellness-related programs and 4: To provide services that are designed, developed, delivered and controlled by Aboriginal people.

Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program (UAHLP)

The UAHLP has been offered in our centre since 2009; and is staffed by a full time coordinator and full time support assistant funded by The Ministry of Health Promotion through the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centre’s (OFIFC).

The UAHLP program is fairly new to our centre and has already provided services to 92 senior, youth, and adult participants.  The program focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle choices through healthy eating, physical activity and through this program individuals can learn about nutrition that caters to their specific needs and how to perform exercises that are both safe and fun. UAHLP provides information about health issues prevalent in our community such as Diabetes and Cancer as well as preventative measures such as smoking cessation, healthy eating and exercise. The UAHLP offers various types of programmes from Moccasin Trails (seniors exercise group), youth physical activity group, one on one counseling and Nintendo Wii Training. The UAHLP has outreach programmes at the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (Wood Street site) and Native Women’s Resource Centre.

The UAHLP is offering the H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating and Active Living Programme) Programme in September and is looking for recruits. This is a 12 week weight management programme designed to assist the individual through group support in reaching health and wellness.

AHF Residential School Survivors

Healing Ourselves–Helping Each Other Project

This Project was established in 2001, as a means to facilitate the immediate, ongoing and long-term healing process for the many Residential School Survivors and their relatives (inter-generational) residing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who do not have access to healing. 

The Project was staffed by 3.5 positions, in addition to support services of traditional healers, elders and therapists, funded by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF).  A number of objectives had ben identified to assist the Survivors and Inter-generational family members while on their healing journey. The program objectives included:
Inter-generational family members while on their healing journey. They include:

  • To provide supportive and therapeutic services as a means
    of healing for Survivors and Inter-generational descendants of the Residential School system
  • To ensure community Involvement and accountability via    Project Advisory Committee;
  • To incorporate Aboriginal and Mainstream therapeutic
    activities for the ongoing development of each individuals healing journey;
  • To promote networking with churches;
  • To continue education and awareness activities in the                process of healing, while promoting staff self-care and                 participant support; 
  • To maintain and continue building on established community   resources that support long-term healing;
  • To continue Circle of Healing, Inter-generational Circle, and      Craft Circle;
  • To provide cultural outings and on-the-land experiences;   
  • To ensure accountability, how the project will communicate in a open and transparent manner with Survivors, and the
    community in general in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  • To ensure ongoing evaluations are carried out.

Between the months of June 2009 to May 2010, the Residential School Survivor Project provided services to 4,872 individuals.
While the funding for this project wound down on June 30, 2010, we continue to ensure each individuals healing journey will be supported via other programming and support services within our Centre as well as through other like minded agencies.

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