Anishnabeg Outreach Training and Employment Inc

Location: Kitchener,

Anishnabeg Outreach (AO) is an incorporated non-profit organization guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. We work primarily
with the non-profit sector and are guided by a clear mission and set of values. We provide Indigenous people with access to culturally
appropriate services and strive to support individuals with direction and assistance to overcome barriers. We encourage individual
exploration of avenues that will lead to self-sufficiency and success. We offer a centralized space for Indigenous people to grow, learn
and to be a beacon for future generations. A place where we involve the entire person – including their families and their connections.
Before moving on to our dreams, it is important to remember and reflect on our roots and our growth. We are Indigenous, we are
holistic, we are motivated … and that is what it will take to lead the next generation to the 8th Fire.

Our organization, led by an Indigenous CEO and supported by Indigenous employees and board members, is deeply connected to Indigenous communities. We prioritize delivering culturally appropriate, accessible, and trauma-informed programs, particularly in early years and community services. Through ongoing consultation and a commitment to understanding historical trauma and systemic issues, we strive to create safe and empowering spaces for Indigenous individuals.

The fastest-growing segment of the Canadian population is Indigenous peoples, more than half of whom reside in urban areas (INAC
2010). The fastest-growing segment of the Indigenous population, unlike the rest of Canadian society, is young people who eventually
age out of services and programs. Currently, there are 50 thousand (estimated) Indigenous peoples living within the Waterloo Region
(Healthcare officials estimate the real number to be 2-3 times higher than the official Stats Canada number). In the Region of Waterloo,
Indigenous peoples experience higher rates of homelessness (Healthcare estimate that 50% of our homeless population is Indigenous),
early pregnancy, mental health concerns, lower employment and education attainment along with greater difficulty accessing support
services than the non-Indigenous population (Anderson & Ledogar, 2008; Chalifoux, 2003; Cooke et al., 2013; LIHN, 2011). When a positive space is provided to people who can feel like their voices are being heard and that their voices matter, with access to programs and services, Indigenous persons are given the chance for equal opportunity. In collaboration with Indigenous community members and agency staff, Anishnabeg Outreach aims to develop culturally sensitive programs tailored to the needs and preferences of Indigenous families. Offering these programs virtually or in person, and free of charge, we aim to eliminate financial barriers and ensure equitable access for all. Through these initiatives, we aspire to empower Indigenous families, fostering holistic wellness and a sense of belonging within their communities

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