Healing and Reconciliation for Communities and Families

New technology for the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre’s Sunwin Village

The mission of the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre (NBIFC) is to improve the quality of life for First Nation, Inuit and Métis people in North Bay by supporting self-determined activities that respect Indigenous cultural distinctiveness.

Sunwin Village is a transitional housing program for Indigenous individuals who have been experiencing homelessness in the North Bay area. It was developed in response to a local strategy that identified North Bay as a priority area needing increased access to supportive emergency housing for Indigenous people.

Through a grant provided by the IRF, the NBIFC was able to purchase computer stations and technology accessories for Sunwin Village, which residents can use to participate in learning opportunities or to upgrade their skills. The funding also included two smart TVs in support of group learning sessions and leisure activities. 

Indigenous people living in urban environments face unique challenges, some of which the NBIFC is helping to solve through programs such as Sunwin Village. Sunwin Village was designed to support individuals as they transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Sunwin Village provides a safe place for Indigenous people to rebuild their lives and regain their confidence, including developing employable skills and career opportunities. 

An important part of NBIFC’s mandate is to serve as a gathering place for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people. The Centre is a place where Aboriginal culture is celebrated, friendships are made, knowledge and skills are shared and good times are enjoyed.

NBIFC also runs many programs designed to celebrate Indigenous culture, including cultural awareness workshops, healing circles, and support groups for women and youth. These programs provide a safe space for Indigenous community members to connect and interact with each other.

One of the key features of NBIFC is their ability to gather Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to celebrate and learn about Indigenous culture and provides a platform for people to work together towards a common goal – to improve the quality of life for all.

Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie