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First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth

Ontario supports First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth through culturally appropriate services and programs.

Services and programs

First Nations Student Nutrition Program

The First Nations Student Nutrition Program helps provide children and youth with access to healthy food at school to support learning and healthy development. The program helps provide nutritious meals and snacks in 120 sites in 63 First Nations through a First Nations-led process.

Akwe:go and Wasa-Nabin

Ontario provides funding to the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres to deliver the:

  • Akwe:go Urban Aboriginal Children’s Program for children ages 7-12 and
  • the Wasa-Nabin Urban Aboriginal Youth Program for youth ages 13-18.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The Indigenous Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder/Child Nutrition Program is a community resource that promotes well-being for Indigenous children, youth, and families across Ontario, including individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Frontline workers provide access to healthy lifestyle education, personal support, counselling and traditional cultural activities to promote prevention, intervention and awareness both on- and off-reserve.

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Child Welfare and Children’s Aid

There are 49 children’s aid societies in Ontario, including 11 Indigenous societies.

Indigenous societies play an important role in delivering culturally appropriate protection services to children, youth, and families in their communities.

Family Well-Being program

The Family Well-Being program is co-developed and co-implemented with First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous partners.

Indigenous Mental Health, Addictions and Family Violence Services
Health Care Options can help First Nations, Inuit and Métis families connect with mental health agencies specialized in providing support for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

Youth Life Promotion (YLP)

In recognition of the unique needs of Indigenous communities, the government is investing in Indigenous youth life promotion and suicide prevention initiatives.