Description

MISSION To promote and employ Aboriginal people in the area of arts & culture, education, family, business and information technology; To utilize our cultural teaching and language as a base in all work undertaken; To promote and support housing & shelter for Aboriginal people through direct and indirect programming and services; To invest positively in our Aboriginal youth; To enhance the capacity of Aboriginal seniors and elderly in all aspect of their lives; To enter into partnerships with like-minded organizations; To conduct ongoing constructive assessments with the community; To support the economy and sustainability of the community; To continue to build human, cultural and academic capacity; To work with people of the four colors; To continue to build on our natural healing relationship with Mother Earth; and To promote the Celebration of Life.

VISION Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre is an autonomous, vibrant cultural agency that involves and serves the Indigenous community with confidence for and commitment to their well-being.

MANDATE To provide counselling, material assistance and other direct services to First Nations people as well as to encourage and enhance spiritual and personal growth.

Location

439 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B1, Canada

Closed
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 7:35 am local time

Programs and Services

CHILD & FAMILY SUPPORT/ WELL BEING

Prenatal Nutrition Program and Family Nurturing Program

Prenatal Nutrition Program

The Prenatal Nutrition Program (PNP) aims to improve the health and awareness of mothers during pregnancy. PNP also supports new mothers and their families from the baby’s birth to six months of age. The program promotes a supportive community approach to the care and healthy upbringing of our newest members and their families.

It is staffed by a coordinator and has been offered at Council Fire since 1996. The program is funded by Public Health Agency of Canada.

Services provided include:

• Food supplements

• Pre & post-natal education workshops

• Cultural and craft workshops (moccasins,

baby quilts)

• Counseling

• Birthing celebrations

• Naming ceremonies

• Baby showers

• Community kitchen demonstrations (making baby food, cooking nutritional foods on a budget)

• Baby equipment exchange

• Home/hospital visits

• Referral to other services

Family Nurturing Program

The First Nations Family Nurturing Program is also referred to as the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC). The intention of the program is to strengthen families by providing parents care giving skills, support community development and healing, and to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of Aboriginal children from six months to 6 years old.

The program is staffed by two full-time coordinators and has been offered at the Council Fire since 1996. It is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Programming and services are based on four core standards:

• Child development and nutrition

• Parenting and caretaking skills

• Cultural development and retention

• Community Development

Programs and services:

• Community kitchen

• Public Health Peer Nutrition Program

• Parent relief

• Traditional crafts

• After school drum group

• YMCA (Parents and Tots and the

Move It 2 Lose It fitness program)

• Super Dads Super Kids Parenting

• Beyond the Basics Parenting

• Positive First Nations Parenting

• Nobody’s Perfect Parenting

• Dads Group

• Baby music

• Prevent Diabetes...One Step at a time

• Drop-in (referrals to food banks, clothing banks, support letters, clothing exchange, baby food, diapers and wipes, and formula)

• Home visits

Workshops:

• Healthy living

• Traditional teachings

• Injury prevention

• Health related illnesses

• Child health and development.

Special Programming:

Children aged four to six years old have the opportunity to participate in March Break and Summer Camp programming. This year children participated in several activities, including visits to: the Ontario Science Center, Center Island (Franklin’s Garden and rides), the Royal Ontario Museum, the movies, Book Bank, Horse Capades, Brook’s Farm (Strawberry Picking), the Canadian National Exhibition, Paradise Playground, Riverdale Farm, High Park, Sky Zone, Kids Fun City, Ripley’s Aquarium, splash pads/parks, the Beaches, and Gardening, Kid’s Kitchen.

Other activities included: traditional crafts, science experiments, and traditional teachings/storytelling.

Special Events Throughout the Year:

Valentine’s Day celebration, birthday celebrations, Easter party, Earth Day celebration, Mother’s Day, self-care days, Father’s Day, feasts, Stars and Strollers (Movies), Family Day outing, beach outings, Eastview pow wow, parenting program graduations, Health Fair, Mud Hero 6K Obstacle Course, Back to School Party, Halloween Party, Children’s Christmas Party, and Christmas hamper/toy distribution.

Individuals and Families served:

Between the months of April 2017 to March 2018 the Child and Family Support/ Well-Being Sector has interacted with 3,632 individuals and families who have utilized program, services, workshops and special events.