Description

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) represents the collective interests of 29 Friendship Centres in cities and towns across the province.

Friendship Centres are places for community members and Indigenous people living in urban spaces to gather, connect with one another and receive culturally based services.

Friendship Centres improve the lives of urban Indigenous people by supporting self-determined activities which encourage equal access to, and participation in, Canadian society while respecting Indigenous cultural distinctiveness.

Urban Indigenous People in Ontario

The long history and the expertise of Friendship Centres in providing culture-based services has resulted in improved outcomes in Friendship Centre communities and has directly contributed to increased prosperity and well-being in Friendship Centre communities.  With 85.5% of Indigenous people in Ontario living in urban and rural areas, Friendship Centres have a wide-ranging impact across Ontario.  The OFIFC strives to increase the range and influence of the work of Friendship Centres through research, policy advocacy, training and program support.

Our Logo Story

When the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres was being developed in the late 1960’s, it was called the

 Ontario Federation Indian Friendship Centres.  Along with the name came a logo representing three plains style tipis in a village format.  As the political landscape and cultural understandings increased and evolved so did our understanding of the colonial past of using the word Indian.  On October 25, 2013 the OFIFC passed a resolution to change to use the word Indigenous.  The OFIFC members further directed that we commission a new logo.  A logo that was more consistent with our geography and cultural foundations.  A request was made to various Indigenous designers and artists inviting them to submit their design.  The design was awarded to Guy Freeman, Cree Metis from Saskatchewan. The OFIFC worked with Mr. Freeman who was able to embody elements important to OFIFC.

In the logo people see:  a turtle to represent Turtle Island, an eagle feather, a traditional lodge and thirteen different markings on the turtle to represent the thirteen Grandmother Moon teachings.  Four integrated images represent our foundational traditional teachings.  Can you see them all?

Location

219 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E8, Canada

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Open hours today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 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

    Closed

  • Sunday

    Closed

  • July 30, 2021 5:34 am local time

Programs and Services

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres designs dozens of programs to address the needs of urban Indigenous communities across the province.OFIFC programs are delivered by Friendship Centres and other local organizations, creating the largest urban Indigenous program and service delivery network in Ontario. Programs are culturally relevant, trauma informed and delivered in safe and accessible environments. Friendship Centres are Indigenous community hubs that provide a place for Indigenous people to gather and access a range of services including Children and Youth, Education, Employment, Health, Healing and Wellness, Homelessness and Justice programming.

CHILDREN & YOUTH

Our Children & Youth Programs Include: Akwe:go, Wasa-Nabin, Student Nutrition Program, Children’s Mental Health Program, Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program, Youth Culture Camps, Youth Life Promotion, and the Urban Aboriginal Healthy Kids Program.

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT

Our Education & Employment Programs Include: Alternative Secondary School Program, Apatisiwin, and the Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound (UIHB).

ENDING VIOLENCE

Our Ending Violence program includes: Children Who Witness Violence, Cultural Resource Coordinator, Healing and Wellness Coordinator Program, and Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin – I am a Kind Man.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Our Health & Wellness Programs Include: Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Worker Program, Children’s Mental Health Program, Health Outreach Worker Program, Healing and Wellness Coordinator Program, Indigenous Mental Health and Wellness Program, Life Long Care Program, and the Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program (Healthy Living).

HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING

Our Homelessness & Housing Programs Include: Reaching Home Program, and Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound (UIHB).

JUSTICE

Our Justice Programs Include: Indigenous Courtwork Program (ICWP), Criminal Courtworkers, Family Courtworkers, and the Indigenous Community Justice Program (ICJP).

URBAN PROGRAMMING FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Our Urban Programming For Indigenous People Programs Include: Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples, UPIP – Organizational Capacity, UPIP – Programs and Services, and the Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound (UIHB).