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Akwe:go and Wasa-Nabin
Akwe:go is a Mohawk word meaning "everybody" or "all of us". It's the name of a unique program for Aboriginal children ages 7 to 12.

Wasa-Nabin means "to look forward, to look beyond" in Ojibway. It's the name of a new program for Aboriginal youth ages 12 to 18.

These programs are available through Indian Friendship Centres in Ontario. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides funding to the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres to provide these programs.

Akwe:go and Wasa-Nabin promote healthy development in ways that respect cultural backgrounds and traditions. The programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each community. They provide:

a personalized plan of action for each child and youth
teachings by elders, as well as other culturally relevant programs
recreational and after-school programs, where youth can get peer support and help with homework
health resources
referrals to community resources and agencies
public awareness and community outreach through events and local agencies.
1-866-821-7770 (Toll Free)
Ages served: 7 - 18 years
Languages served: English
Fees: None

This resource is listed under these topics

Parents, Families & Caregivers
Recreation and Leisure
Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM)
Natural Supports - Those currently without serious problem behaviour/mental health issues
Those at risk of, or having the mental health issue
Those (non-professionals) engaged in the care and support of the person with the mental health condition
Health Promotion/Public education
Music, Arts and Culture
Rural and Remote
Last modified May 12, 2010 10:18am
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