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Nihdawin "My House - A Place Where I Live"

Nihdawin teepeeService Offered: Thunder Bay


The intent of the Nihdawin Program is to work with and support Indigenous women 15 years of age or older during their interactions with the criminal justice system and who are or are at risk of homelessness in the community of Thunder Bay.

Women living in poverty, in danger of being homeless or who are homeless are at a greater risk of losing their children to the child welfare system. The Nihdawin Program assists Indigenous women in these circumstances and supports their traditional roles as life givers and caretakers. One of the greatest by-products of the program is keeping Indigenous mothers and their children together as family units and working with the entire family to promote recovery and overall well-being.


Nihdawin Services Include:

  • Intake, Assessment, Goal setting, Home visits, and Follow up supports
  • Assist with housing search, housing placement, securing and maintaining housing
  • Relocation assistance upon eviction
  • Budgeting and Life Skills
  • Support and Advocacy
  • Access to cultural programming, teachings, and healing
  • Assist with basic needs start up
  • Education and Employment referrals
  • Referrals to and Partnering with Community Agencies
  • Individualized Client Supports


Nihdawin adopted the Housing First Framework which is a recovery model that focus on ending homeless by placing individuals who are facing chronic and/or episodic homelessness into permanent housing. Housing First believes that everyone has the right to safe and secure housing and that housing is not determined by readiness.


Goals of the Nihdawin Program

  • To primarily assist the Indigenous population that is or is at risk of homelessness with the services required to improve self sufficiency, independence, and stability
  • To assist clients in reducing Justice, legal, and health services usage with fewer emergency or police interactions
  • To assist those with addictions and/or mental heath issues that fall through the gaps of the current system
  • To promote recovery
  • To support social and community integration


A home is not a place, it is a feeling.Definitions:

Chronically homeless: This term refers to individuals who are currently homeless and have been homeless for six months or more in the past year.

Episodically homeless: This term refers to individuals who are currently homeless and have experienced three or more episodes of homelessness in the past year.

Rapid Re-Housing: This involves directly helping clients locate and secure permanent housing as rapidly as possible and assisting them with moving in or re-housing if needed.




Community Resources

Shelter House Thunder Bay
420 George St. · Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5Y8 · Tel: (807) 623-8182

Emergency Shelter - The Salvation Army
545 Cumberland St N. · Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4S2 · Tel: (807) 345-7319

Kwae Kii Win Managed Alcohol Centre
400 George St. · Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5Y8 · Tel: (807) 474-4355

Thunder Bay Food Bank
129 Miles St E. · Thunder Bay, ON P7C 1J5 · Tel: (807) 626-9231

Dew Drop Inn Soup Kitchen
292 Red River Rd. · Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1A8 · Tel: (807) 345-5202

Grace Place
235 Simpson St. · Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3H6 · Tel: (807) 627-9848

Community Clothing Assistance
404 May St N. · Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3R5 · Tel: (807) 474-3583  



Click here to download the Niihdawin "My House - A Place Where I Live" brochure.



For more information, please contact:

Nihdawin Family Support Worker
Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816
Local: (807) 623-3442
E-mail: or or


Funding provided by the Government of Canada.

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