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Circles of Care Program

This program will utilize a comprehensive approach to addressing and eradicating violence against Indigenous women and their children, while enhancing supports across service areas in order to strengthen Indigenous women’s roles as leaders and caregivers in their families and communities.



In Community Development

The Circles of Care Program focuses on Indigenous women and their children who are involved with the child welfare system. This program also supports families who are experiencing or who have experienced violence in their lives. The program is designed to support families in crisis and empower women to examine their current situation and create safe and supportive means of living for themselves and their families.

Activities include: working closely with clients to provide a circle of care that responds to the cultural, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the woman through collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous services in the community. This is done by providing direct services in the areas of crisis management, traditional supports, systems navigation and advocacy support to the client. By creating partnerships with other service providers across sectors this program is able to create culturally safe systems for Indigenous women to support their family well-being.

The Circles of Care Program has 9 designated program sites working together across the province to ensure program successes through advocacy, case management, support and holistic teachings. This program is delivered in three ONWA satellite locations, Kenora, Timmins and Ottawa and these sites are managed by the Client Services Department. The Community Development Department manages the flow through agreements for the remaining 6 sites in Fort Erie, Sioux Lookout, Midland, Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Toronto.



In Client Services

The Circles of Care Program is designed to meet the unique needs of Indigenous women who are involved with both the child welfare system and violence against women sector. It provides services for Indigenous women, their children, families, and communities by creating circles of care that meet their cultural, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The program meets these needs through the implementation of Family Support Workers to work as system navigators, designated and trained to support Indigenous women in a culturally rooted, holistic way, so that women are better able to navigate through the complex systems encountered when experiencing violence and involvement in child welfare matters. There is a focus on crisis management and stabilization, awareness and education, planning and goal setting, liaison with service providers and conflict resolution support as they work with Indigenous women and their families. The program has made viable connections in each of their communities (Kenora, Timmins, and Ottawa).


Connect with us

Head Office: 150 City Road P.O. Box 15-684, City Road, Fort William First Nation, ON, P7J 1J7
Phone: (807) 577-1492 - Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816 - Fax: (807) 623-1104
Satellite Office: 380 Ray Blvd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4E6 - Phone: (807) 623-3442