Canada

National Aboriginal Heritage Month

The National Aboriginal Health Organization is a knowledge based organization that excels in the advancement and promotion of health and well-being of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, families and communities.

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is proud to represent the more than 117 Friendship Centres and 7 Provincial and Territorial Associations that make up the Friendship Centre Movement. From Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast; today’s Friendship Centres play a pivotal role in providing essential Aboriginal cultural based programs and services to a growing Canadian urban Aboriginal population. For more than half-of-a-century Friendship Centres across the country have contributed to the strengthening of the urban Aboriginal community and have established a strong reputation among municipal, provincial and federal governments as a viable resource for managing and coordinating government funded urban Aboriginal programs and services. From rural communities to the largest Canadian urban centres, the spirit of the Friendship Centre Movement continues to enrich the lives of tens of thousands of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

The Inuit Cultural Online Resource: This site was created to provide a central location online to learn about Canadian Inuit culture. This site is designed to serve as a resource for Canadian school age children and their teachers. It’s purpose is to offer new a different ways of learning about Inuit culture and what it means to be Inuit.

Residential Schools and Their Legacy

The Aboriginal Healing Foundation Website: provides resources that promote reconciliation and encourage and support Aboriginal people and their communities in building and reinforcing sustainable healing processes that address the legacy of physical, sexual, mental, cultural, and spiritual abuses in the residential school system, including intergenerational impacts.

Where Are The Children: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools Website

Project of Heart” (P.O.H.) is a hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, inter-institutional artistic endeavour. Its purpose is to commemorate the lives of the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of the residential school experience. It commemorates the families and communities to whom those children belonged. It is designed to bring awareness both to the settler community of predominantly European Canadians and communities of new Canadians from other parts of the world. A key objective is to encourage “ownership” of this historic injustice by the non-Indigenous community. By doing so, non-Aboriginal Canadians can then be moved to take responsibility for the continued oppression of Indigenous people in Canada, and be inspired to take action.

Ottawa

Aboriginal Experiences: Turtle Island Tourism Company’s mission, simply put, is to provide authentic Aboriginal experiences to visitors to Canada’s capital region. Canadian and American Aboriginal culture is a source of much fascination to many world-wide, yet to many, it is as mysterious as it is fascinating.

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization serving the Aboriginal community in the Ottawa-Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities.

The Aboriginal Legal Services Division is composed of caseworkers who are members of Aboriginal communities and who have a first-hand appreciation of the issues faced by their clients from a legal perspective and a cultural perspective. The Aboriginal Legal Services Division strives to ensure that Aboriginal people have meaningful access to the justice system, and that they are treated fairly, equitably, and with respect when they come into contact with the justice system.

The Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa is a Christian Native Ministry with a Catholic Orientation, committed to the healing and reconciliation of aboriginal people.

The Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation is committed to a holistic and comprehensive approach to housing that includes both those Aboriginal people at risk of losing their housing, or those who are currently homeless. Gignul, working in partnership with other Aboriginal organizations, focuses on both short and long term solutions, including supportive shelters to affordable, independent living.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning charity that is a leader in community-based, holistic health care; bridging Native cultural practices with Western medicine to combat poverty and illness in Canada’s First Peoples. In just over a decade, Wabano has become a premier health care facility in Canada – garnering international recognition for its innovative and successful approaches to wellness. Each year, Wabano provides professional services and cultural events to over 10,000 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people – opening their doors to serve and build capacity in the entire community.

Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) aims at empowering and enhancing the lives of Inuit. Since 1987, TI has been operating in Ottawa as a community-based counselling and resource centre. TI offers a supportive environment that attempts to duplicate the community spirit and cultural surrounding of the Inuit homelands. Visitors at the drop-in centre can make tea and bannock; catch up on news from home by reading northern newspapers, and socialize with other Inuit.

The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, home of the Sivummut Head Start Program, Tumiralaat Child Care Centre, the Family Literacy Program, youth programs like Bridging the Gap and Youth Central, not to mention the Inuktitut language program Uqausivut.

The Mamidosewin Centre provides a variety of cultural programs and services to Aboriginal students at Algonquin College. Aboriginal students may identify as any of the following: First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit and Métis, as well as those with Aboriginal ancestry who are just discovering their heritage and want to learn more.

Government of Canada Aboriginal Portal-Ottawa-Gatineau

Media

BearPaw Media Productions is the video production department of Native Counselling Services of Alberta. Established in 1976, BearPaw Media Productions produces high-quality educational videos and documentary films pertaining to legal and social issues of consequence to the Aboriginal Community.

Reporting in Indigenous Communities: This site is an online educational guide to assist journalists who report in Indigenous communities. Duncun McCue, a journalist, is the creator and curator of the site. He is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario.

United States

National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution): A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego

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