Family & Community Wellbeing Programs

Niigaanning Bimaadiziwin Developmental Services

Program Objective: This community-based, family-centered program blends Anishinaabe cultural knowledge with western methods of rehabilitation to support our children and youth to reach their full potential: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.


  • Developmental screening to identify potential risks to a child’s development and to connect families to services they need
  • Coordinate service planning for children with complex needs in the community – families will be able to access a wide range of services with the assistance of Family Navigators
  • Children will be able to access services in the community such as speech-language, occupational therapy and physiotherapy from birth, through to leaving school
  • Building around the goals of the family, school and community
  • Delivering services in a way which meets the individual needs of the child and family

Right to Play

Program Objectives: Right To Play programs consist of regular weekly activities for children and youth. The activities vary in each community but generally include leadership workshops, sport and recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, community events, sport clinics and youth-led initiatives. RTP strives to create positive change through the guidance of the holistic wheel and its teachings.

Jays Care Rookie League

Program Objectives:

  • Bringing families together
  • Provide safe environment
  • Getting children and youth involved in sport

Rookie League Pillars:

  • Courage – we are brave enough to step up to the plate and try something new
  • Connection – We constantly work to develop healthy relationships between peers and coaches, using teamwork to achieve common goals
  • Care – We create an environment where everyone cares for each other and feels valued
  • Consistency – Our teammates know they can count on us to show up every day and out in our best effort

Wiisokodaadig Peer Helpers Program

Program Objective: The concept of a peer helper is based on a peer-to-peer support model aimed at assisting peers with holistic health issues in an attempt to address the high and persistent rates of suicide amongst young people in Anishinaabe communities. Peer helping is about friendship, support, mediation, conflict resolution and assistance with problem solving.

Family Wellbeing Program

Program Objective: 

  • Reduce violence in families and interrupt the cycle of violence
  • Reduce the need to bring Indigenous children and youth into the child welfare and youth justice systems
  • Make progress in improving the overall health and wellbeing of communities

Cultural Support Services

The Cultural Support Services is a primary resource to the staff at KCA in the delivery of Anishinaabe best practices for healing and promoting healthy lifestyles. The program promotes holistically healthy lifestyles by conducting/facilitating Healing Circles and other Anishinaabe ways of healing and support. The Cultural Coordinator provides Anishinaabe cultural orientation to new staff, workshops and education to staff/individuals, families and communities to maintain cultural identity and practices.

Kenora Makwa Patrol

Kenora Makwa Patrol is a community-driven, culturally safe grassroots initiative that is committed to promoting and providing safety to individuals within the City of Kenora. The Patrol is a visible point of contact for vulnerable populations to connect to services that support their wellbeing. Following the 7 Grandfather teachings, the Patrol builds strong relationships within the community based on respect and understanding.

Program Objectives:

  • Promoting and providing safety to vulnerable people in Kenora
  • Connecting the vulnerable population to services in Kenora
  • Providing services in a culturally responsive way
  • Relationship building with organizations in Kenora