Description

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) is a multi-service urban Aboriginal agency providing holistic, culture-based programs and services for Aboriginal children and families. NCFST strives to provide a life of quality, well-being, healing, and self-determination for children and families in the Toronto urban Aboriginal community. We do this by implementing a service model that is culture-based and respects the values of Aboriginal people, the extended family and the right to self-determination.

Established in 1986, by Elders, knowledge keepers, grassroots leaders, and community members, NCFST has been supporting Aboriginal children and families in Toronto for more than three decades. In 2004 NCFST was directed by the Aboriginal community to accept a child welfare mandate to decolonize Aboriginal child welfare in the City of Toronto. NCFST continues to do this work through the integration of holistic, culturally-based prevention services that are child centred, family focused, and community driven.

Guided by the vision of providing holistic, culture-based integrated services with the guidance of the Aboriginal community, NCFST offers a full range of prevention programs, treatment and healing services, early years programs, youth programs, and cultural and recreational programs to all members of Toronto’s urban Aboriginal community.

Mission Statement

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto strives to provide a life of quality, well-being, caring and healing for our children and families in the Toronto Native Community.

We do this by creating a service model that is culture-based and respects the values of Native people, the extended family and the right to self-determination.

Service Model

Founded in 1986, our service model was developed through four days of ceremony by Aboriginal Elders, knowledge keepers and community leaders. It directs us to develop a holistic and sustainable multi-service organization to support the quality of life of Aboriginal children and their families in Toronto.  The community that came together to create NCFST was responding to the impacts of residential schooling and a European model of child welfare on Aboriginal children and families.  Our service model directs us to develop and deliver integrated services for healing, wellness, and family supports sufficient to provide Aboriginal children and their families with multiple pathways to a quality life.  We do this by developing programs and services that are grounded in Aboriginal values, knowledge, best practice and worldview.

The Community we Serve

Toronto is home to a diverse and growing Aboriginal community, currently estimated at a population of 60,000 adults and children. Of these, approximately 45,000 are status Indians; the others are Métis, non-status, and Inuit. NCFST serves self-identified Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Metis people in the Greater Toronto Area, including individuals and families from over 62 diverse First Nations in Ontario and across the country. We offer accessible services and programs to all community members from pre-birth to the Elderly, LGBTQ2S+ people and people of blended heritage. At NCFST we offer a single point of access to an integrated network of programs and services designed to address the multiple and complex issues facing Aboriginal families, including poverty, mental health issues, unemployment and homelessness in a culturally safe environment. Through this, we contribute to the healing, caring, and well-being of children and families and strive to further the development of a healthy, whole and empowered Aboriginal community, through integrated services grounded in cultural practices.
Location

30 College St. Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

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  • Monday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    N/A

  • Sunday

    N/A

  • July 24, 2021 2:07 pm local time

Branches and Sites

Head Office: 30 College Street Toronto, M5G 1K2 (Downtown)

Native Youth Resource Centre (NYRC): 655 Bloor West, Toronto, ON, M6G 1L1 (Downtown)

Mino Bimadziwin Healing and Prevention Centre (MBHPC): 185 Carlton St. Toronto, ON M5A 2K7 (Downtown)

Native Learning Centre (NYRC): 83 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1B7 (Downtown)

Scarborough Child and Family Life Centre (SCFLC): 156 Galloway Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 1X2 (East)

Malvern Aboriginal Child and Family Centre (MACFC): 31 Tapscott Road unit 76B Scarborough, ON, M1B 4Y7 (East)

Native Learning Centre: 145 Guildwood Pkwy, Scarborough, ON M1E 1P3 (East)

Aboriginal Head Start – Shaawnaong: 935 Dundas Street East, Toronto ON, M4M 1R4 (South)

Aboriginal Head Start – Epnigishmok: 20 Bansley Ave, York, ON M6E 2A2 (West)

Mount Dennis Aboriginal Child and Family Centre: 1290 Weston Road, York, ON M6M 4R3 (North)

Mdewagaan Healing Lodge (MHL): Contact for more information

Scarborough Integrated Team (SIT): 3784 Kingston Rd. Units 8, 8A, 9 Scarborough, ON M1J 3H5 (South)

Transition Houses, Women (3 Sites), Men (2 Sites): Contact for more information

Shelter Housing – 9 hotel rooms (Women and Men): Contact for more information

Deeply Affordable Rental Units: Contact for more information

Grundy Lake Camp (GLC): Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Glen Rouge Campground (GRC) - Rouge National Urban Park: 7450 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1B 5S3 (South)

Programs and Services

Head Office

  • Case Management - holistic, concurrent disorders
  • Developmental Services
  • EarlyON
  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults and case management, PAR
  • Ninoshe Program– support and skills building for families with children ages 0 to 6
  • Odel’Min Walk In Clinic – Low barrier medical clinic

Native Youth Resource Centre (NYRC)

  • 7th Generation Image Makers and Audio Recording Studio
  • Aboriginal Youth Employment Youth Skills Building Program (AYESBP)
  • Case Management - holistic, concurrent disorders
  • Developmental Services
  • Drop in Services
  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults and case management, PAR
  • GED Program
  • Youth Justice Support Services - individual and group support

Mino Bimadziwin Healing and Prevention Centre (MBHPC)

  • Bekaandendang - Anti human trafficking prevention and wrap-around support for all ages and identities
  • Case Management - holistic, concurrent disorders
  • Developmental Services
  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults and case management, PAR
  • Mooka’am Healing Clinic - Individual, couple and family counselling for children, youth and adults
  • Tikinagan - Wrap around pre and post-natal support

Native Learning Centre (NYRC)

  • High School Program

Scarborough Child and Family Life Centre (SCFLC)

  • Aboriginal Child Care ages 0 to 6 with Aboriginal priority subsidy placement
  • Aboriginal Head Start Program – Waabanong (East)
  • Aboriginal Youth Employment Youth Skills Building Program East (AYESBPE)
  • Aboriginal Youth Outreach Worker
  • Case Management - holistic, concurrent disorders (not located onsite but will meet onsite)
  • Community Based programming
  • Developmental Services
  • EarlyON
  • Enhanced Youth Space (City of Toronto)
  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults, and case management
  • Free Before/Afterschool Program
  • GED Program
  • Music Studio
  • Recreation and Wellness Program
  • SAGE Program (Support Artists Gaining Entrepreneurship)
  • Senior/Elder Wellness Program
  • Youth Justice Worker
  • Youth Programming/Youth Drop-In
  • Youth specific arts/crafting skills building program (City of Toronto)

Malvern Aboriginal Child and Family Centre (MACFC)

  • Aboriginal Youth Outreach Worker
  • Case Management - holistic, concurrent disorders
  • Community Based programming
  • Cultural Supports
  • Developmental Services
  • EarlyON
  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults and case management, PAR
  • Senior/Elder Wellness Program
  • Youth Justice Worker
  • Youth Services/Youth Drop-In
  • Zhishay Mobile Fathering Program – Parental/Cultural Supports and Teachings for Aboriginal male and 2-Spirited fathers/caregivers

Native Learning Centre – East          

  • High School Program

Aboriginal Head Start – Shaawnaong (South)          

Aboriginal Head Start - Epnigishmok (West)

Mount Dennis Aboriginal Child and Family Centre

  • Aboriginal Head Start Kiiwednong (North)
  • Case Management
  • Developmental Services
  • EarlyON
  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults, and case management
  • Senior/Elder Wellness Program
  • Zhishay Mobile Fathering Program – Parental/Cultural Supports and Teachings for Aboriginal male and 2-Spirited fathers/caregivers

Mdewagaan Healing Lodge (MHL)

  • Case Management - holistic, concurrent disorders
  • Developmental Services
  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults, and case management
  • Residential healing lodge for pregnant women, women with their child (ages 0-2)

Scarborough Integrated Team (SIT)

  • Family Violence Support - Individual and group counselling for children, adults, and case management
  • Holistic Case management
  • Mental Health Supports – Individual, child, and family counselling

Transition Houses

Women (3 Sites)

  • Ndawemo Myiingaan - 9 beds (women and their children)
  • Zhigidminaan Nda-niijaansag - 6 beds (women and their children)
  • Native Women's Transition House - 6 beds (women and their children)

Men (2 Sites)

  • Eagle's Nest Transition House - 14 beds (males)
  • Native Men's Transition House - 7 beds (males)

Shelter Housing – 9 hotel rooms (women and men)

Deeply affordable rental units

  • 8 units (youth, parents, children, and Elders)

Grundy Lake Camp (GLC)

  • Summer Camp - children and families

Glen Rouge Campground (GRC) - Rouge National Urban Park

  • Summer Camp – children and youth