Native child and family services of toronto
Native child and family services of Toronto
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Barriers and Community
Native Child and Family Services
of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in
The Toronto’s Native community
was concerned about children
dealing with issues such as
poverty, addictions, family violence
The Members of the Toronto’s
Native community wanted to offer
services that are family and child
focused, general in their
orientation, integrated and
preventative with a strong Native
cultural base as their foundation.
The developmental phase took place during 1985 to 1988. They set
the bylaws, a mission statement and service objectives.
The agency presented their service plan to the Ministry of Community
and Social Services in January 1988 and funding was provided on
April 1, 1988.
Major Funders of the agency are:
Province of Ontario
United Way Toronto
The City of Toronto
The Toronto Community Foundation
The Royal Bank
In 2004, after almost 20 years of negotiating a mandate under the
Child and Family Services Act, NCFST became a full Children's Aid
“Native child and family services of Toronto
Strives to provide a life of quality, well-being,
caring and healing for our children and
families in Toronto native community. We do
this by creating a service model, that is
culture based and respects the values of
native people, the extended family, and the
right to self-determination”
YOUTH DROP-IN CENTRE
In the drop-in centre the youth are
invited to spend time at the centre
and they engage with one of the
staff in finding assistance with what
The drop-in hours are from Monday
to Friday 8:00am to 9:00pm and
from Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm.
The child care program is open to all
cultural ethnicities. They are a
licensed centre for children to 0-6
years with 56 subsidized and fee
ABORIGINAL ONTARIO EARLY YEARS CENTRE
This Centre is a place for parents, caregivers and their children to
have fun and make new friends while learning and growing
Child up to age 6 and their parents or caregivers take part in
different programs and activities together free of charge.
ABORIGINAL HEAD START
Building Strong Spirits is a free school readiness program.
They provide a happy, safe, relaxed learning environment for
children with an Aboriginal background aged 2 to 6 years and their
They teach cultural awareness, values, languages, music and
Programs for Children and Youth
Sports programs, including judo,
swimming, boxing, volleyball,
Dance programs including
Thunderbirds Dance Group and
Arts and drama
Homework Club (after school
Girls’ Groups (ages 8-11 and 12-15)
Young Warriors Club
Full Moon ceremonies
Sessions with elders
Sweat lodge ceremonies
Healing and Support
Individual and family
Programs for Adults/Parents
General Education Diploma
Education and training programs
Women’s wellness (YMCA)
Family recreational swim
Group programs such as
Referrals to other resources
Large community forums
Arts, drama and dance
First come first serve basis
Some programs are
priority based for instance
the aboriginal head start
there is a priority checklist
and a waitlist.
The agency can only
accommodate a certain
amount of people.
There is no follow-up after
you leave the agencies.
The building is not noticeable
and there are barely any signs
Inside it was very narrow and
the building was small and not
able to accommodate a lot of
Programs are opened to the
Scarborough community but
the Aboriginal people would be
They do not really advertise
The agency has a youth outreach worker
who promotes the program.
There is no follow-up after the program it
is people’s decisions if they want to stay
Keith accommodated us and took us to
his office while we asked him various
After asking Keith questions he then
gave us a tour around the agency.
Keith took us to all the rooms in the
building and talked about what each
room was used for.
After the tour Keith gave us his calling
card and told us to apply when we
were done our program.
Keith also gave us a package which
was filled with a variety of native songs.
Make great videos. Easily. (2014, January 1). Retrieved
November 3, 2014, from www.animoto.com
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (2011, January 1).
Retrieved November 2, 2014, from www.native.org