TORONTO COUNCIL FIRE NATIVE CULTURAL CENTRE
YOUTH AND YOUTH WELLNESS NAVIGATION
Little Embers Program, Akwe:go Program and Wasa-Nabin Program
Council Fire Youth Pow Wow in partnership with Artscape
2017 Regent Park
The Youth Sector consists of three programs - The Little Embers, Akwe:go, Wasa-Nabin along with the Aboriginal Wellness Navigation Team, who provide a range of culturally based activities to Aboriginal children and youth in the downtown area. Together these initiatives create a positive environment and a safe zone for many young community members who gather at Council Fire during lunch and after school to participate in scheduled activities, events and outings.
Little Embers Youth Program
At Council Fire, our mission is to invest positively in our children and youth. The Little Embers program has been providing exceptional programming to Aboriginal youth between the ages of 7 and 15, living in the Regent Park and Cabbagetown areas since 2003. Today, the program has grown substantially, due in part, to the contribution by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and is being championed by a Cultural Leadership Coordinator and Community Development Youth Coordinator.
We recognize the importance of sharing and promoting our traditions and have made it a priority to ensure that the children and youth feel grounded in their culture and community. By providing a range of services based on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the children and youth in a safe and loving environment, our objective is to contribute in assisting our children and youth become confident young men and women.
Programs and Services
The Little Embers has four objectives that include individual, family and group based programming and services:
1. Provision of Cultural Services to help Aboriginal children and youth gain a deeper understanding of Aboriginal values, traditions, ceremonies, teachings and practices.
2. Provision of Physical, Sports and Recreational Activities to help children grow into physically healthy individuals through exercise, organized sports, and workshops relating to nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
3. Provision of Social Support by providing individual support and workshops relating to leadership, empowerment and confidence. Children interact with other Council Fire programs to develop a strong community network of support.
4. Provision Educational Support to help children achieve their academic goals by offering study spaces, homework assistance and access to computers and study materials.
Akwe:go: Haudenosaunee, meaning “All My Relations”
The purpose of Akwe:go is to provide urban Indigenous children between the ages of 7 and 12 with culturally appropriate support, in either a one-on-one or group setting, and provide the tools and environment to build and foster their inherent ability to make healthy choices.
Programs and Services
Akwe:go is divided into five program and service areas including Social Supports, Children in Care, Health and Physical Development, Educational Support and the First Fire Dance program.
1. Social Supports provides a safe and supportive environment with access to circles, mentoring and counselling.
2. Children in Care, provides children and their adoptive/foster parents with outreach and access to cultural teachings, activities, and services.
3. Health and Physical Development teaches children the value of healthy eating habits and participating in regular exercise. Access to meals are provided through the lunch and dinner program following the Student Nutrition Program Guidelines.
4. Educational Support is provided through various contexts, including tutoring, to help children stay in school and achieve their personal academic goals.
5. The First Fire program offers technical dance training to youth between the ages of 10 and 18 years. This popular program consists of 4 different professional dance instructions: contemporary, break dancing, jazz fusion and traditional hoop dancing. The program caters to all the components of the Medicine Wheel and helps foster healthy lifestyle choice and confidence in everyday life.
In addition, First Fire Dance teams follow closely our mission of working with the people of the four colors as a significant number of our dancers come from the diverse Regent Park and Cabbagetown neighbourhoods.
Wasa-Nabin in Ojibway means `To Look Ahead`
Wasa-Nabin is a self-development program for urban Indigenous at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 18. By accessing the services and supports offered by the Wasa-Nabin program, youth will learn goal setting, leadership skills, making healthy choices, leading to healthier lifestyles and personal success. Services and support are offered through a variety of programs including the General Social Supports, Youth in Care, Healthy Eating and Physical Development, Education, Justice and Preventing Violence and FASD and Disabilities Extra Support.
Programs and Services
In line with our core mission to invest in our youth, the Wasa-Nabin programs collectively empowers youth through the following programs and services:
1. General Social Supports program provides a safe and supportive environment for youth with access to circles, mentoring, counselling and participant-focused activities.
2. The Youth in Care program provides Indigenous children and their adoptive/foster parents with outreach and access to cultural teachings, activities and services.
3. Healthy Eating and Physical Development teaches children the value of healthy eating habits and participating in regular exercise.
4. Snacks and meals are provided through the lunch and dinner program following the Student Nutrition Program Guidelines.
5. Education Supports is provided through a variety of contexts to help children stay in school and achieve their personal academic goals, notably through tutorial and homework help. Eligible youth for the Wasa-Nabin program receive one-to-one support and services, as well as the opportunity to be involved in group activities.
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
439 Dundas Street East
Toronto ON M5A 2B1
Charity # 0643130-09-013
Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 9 AM to 5 PM
(Extended Hours for Special Programming)
Main Entrance: 439 Dundas St. E. at Parliament
Gathering Place Entrance: Parliament St. side
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre © 2017