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Aboriginal children and youth

Ontario is working with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal peoples to transform child and youth services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal children and youth.

In November, 2012, Ontario added more than 80 new mental health and addictions workers. These workers will help almost 4,000 Aboriginal children and young people get better access to culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services.

Through the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, these new workers will provide:

  • Counseling
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • A range of traditional health services, including traditional teachings and ceremonies.

Photo of Aboriginal babyAboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Helping all Aboriginal children in Ontario to get the best start in life.

Photo of Aboriginal childAkwe:go

A unique program for Aboriginal children ages 7-12.

Photo of Aboriginal teenWasa-Nabin

If you're an Aboriginal youth 12 to 18, this program is for you.

Professional Resources

Formal Customary Care

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Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

Children's aid
There are several Aboriginal children's aid societies in Ontario. To learn more, visit the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies.

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Children and youth affected by alcohol before birth
Find out about the Aboriginal Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Child Nutrition Program.