Things to Do:
Akwe:go Program- Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre 737-1903
A variety of culturally appropriate activities including homework assistance, life skills, parent support, workshops, etc. (Urban Aboriginal children 7-12 years old).
Ah-shawah-bin Victim Support Services
Sioux Lookout Office: 737-1700, Lac Seul Office: 582-9800
Offers crisis intervention and support to victims of crime and tragic circumstance, including information on victim rights, education on abuse issues, referrals to appropriate resources in the community, advocacy, safety planning, and worker can accompany you to court, police or hospital visits. 56C Front Street.
Baby & Me Group 737-2292 ext. 3729Drop in to meet other new parents and their babies. A Public Health Nurse is there to answer any questions you may have. Held at the Firefly Best Start Hub and the Aboriginal Best Start Hub. Call Tekla for details.
Cedar Bay Stables 737-2268
Offers horse boarding, lessons, wagon & sleigh rides, riding lessons, birthday parties, educational walk through & more.
Community Counselling & Addiction Services 737-1275
Counselling, education, assessment, treatment, and referrals for people experiencing mental health issues (16 years+) or addiction issues (12 years+).
Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) 737 -2214
or Toll free: 1-866-261-8294
Programs to Aboriginal women, youth, and families of 31 remote First Nation communities and Sioux Lookout. Provides support, guidance, life-skills training, advocacy, peer-counselling, cultural-based activities, and educational workshops on a variety of topics geared toward promoting health and wellness. Includes Employment Skills Training, Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Project, Connecting Communities-Legal Information Project, Community Wellness Program and more. www.equaywuk.ca.
FASD- Healthy Generations Family Support Program
Support & services for families raising children affected by prenatal alcohol, or with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
FASD Parent Support Group Call for more information.
Services for families with children who are experiencing developmental, emotional, or mental health difficulties. Assessments and treatment available.
FIREFLY Best Start Hub 737-3253
The Best Start Hub is a family resource program offering a variety of activities that encourage and enhance parent /child relationships, promote early learning and development and provide an opportunity for people to meet and socialize with other families. The Hub offers a daily drop-in program, playgroups, parenting programs, a variety of workshops and community events as well as resources and information on local services for families. Visit fireflynw.ca to view the monthly program calendar or call. Located in Sioux Mountain Public School at 89 1st Street.
First Step Women’s Shelter 737-1438 or 1-800-465-3623
Provides a safe and secure emergency shelter for physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused women and their children. Telephone information/support and assistance is available 24 hours a day. Callers do not have to give their name.
Food Bank- Wii Chii Way Gamik Out of the Cold
Located in the Out of the Cold Shelter Building, 25 Fair Street. Provides food for persons/families in need. Hours vary, please call for more information.
Mental Health and Addictions Program (737-1275)
(formerly Withdrawal Unit and CCAS)
Medical assistance with drug and alcohol withdrawal (ages 12 yrs+), counseling, life skills, safety planning and more.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
A free drop-in program to encourage relationships, practical help and support. Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month 10-11:30am. Located in the New Life Assembly Café, 28 First Ave.
Snacks and childcare are provided. Contact Amanda Langraff for more information 737-2402. (This program does not run in the summer months.)
Multicultural Youth Centre 737-1501
Welcomes all youth (12-18yrs) for programing Monday to Saturday. Activities include music, art, games, sports and other programs.
Nodin Child & Family Intervention Services (Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority)
Mental health counselling, crisis intervention, cultural restoration and traditional healing for First Nations people of all ages whose primary residence is on reserve land including students in town or Pelican Falls for the school year.
Northwestern Health Unit 737-2292
The Health Unit offers a variety of confidential services
Sexual Health Clinics (birth control, pregnancy tests, STI testing,Plan B ),
Vaccine Preventable Disease Clinics (routine and travel immunizations),
Dental Health Services (fluoride varnish clinics, in-school dental screening and access to financial aid programs to cover some dental costs),
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (healthy cooking classes and community events)
Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program (prenatal class, parenting workshops, post-partum follow-up, home visiting program),
North Words Preschool Speech & Language & Infant Hearing Program (education, screening, assessment & intervention to children 0-5yrs old and their families),
Needle Exchange Program (provides sterile and clean equipment to people who use drugs in order to decrease the spread of blood-borne infections).
Visit nwhu.on.ca for more information. Healthy lifestyles, longer lives lived well.
Ontario Works 737-7117
Located at 59 King Street, provides financial and employment support. Extra funds are available for pregnant and breastfeeding families.
Out of the Cold Shelter 737-7499
Emergency housing for people in need, 25 Fair Street.
Preschool Play Group
Held in the United Church basement, 21 Sixth Avenue. Please bring indoor shoes and a $2 drop-in fee. (This group does not run in the summer months.) Current schedule: Saturdays 10-12, Mondays 9-11.
Call or text Cameron for more information 738-1691.
P.R.O Kids (Positive Recreation Opportunities for kids)
P.R.O kids supports the participation of eligible children and youth 18 years of age and under in sports, arts, recreational or cultural activities of their choice with financial assistance.
For eligibility and general information please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 737-1994.
QUEEN ELIZABETH DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL 737-3500
Parents Attending Secondary School (P.A.S.S.)
Parents have the opportunity to bring their child to school while completing grade 12.
Queen Elizabeth Guidance Counsellors:
Rhonda MacRae ext. 1230, Trina Campbell ext. 1246
Mental Health & Addictions Nurse (CCAC):
Jeanna Faykes ext. 1245
Student Counsellor: Debra Bray ext. 1236
PASS Program: Glenda Darling ext. 1234
Safe Kids Committee 737-7922 ext. 5
Dedicated to child passenger safety. Call for more information or to schedule an inspection of your child's car seat.
Sioux Lookout Aboriginal Best Start Hub 737-7521
A family support program designed to promote the healthy development of children aged 0-6 years and their families. The program functions as a one-stop centre providing culturally appropriate support to families regarding child health and development, positive parenting, promoting and building life skills and providing access to information, resources and referrals to additional support services, in order to promote the health and well-being of all families in Sioux Lookout and the surrounding area. Located behind the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre at 52 King Street. Call for more information.
Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council 737-8022
Located at 103-73 King Street. Offers literacy and basic skills to increase employability, independence and preparation to return to school.
Sioux Lookout Public Library 737-3660 ext. 4403
Visit the library and get children excited about reading. The library offers a variety of programming for children and has parenting resources available for loan.
Sioux Lookout Assault Care & Treatment Program
Meno Ya Win Health Centre 737-6565
Emergency services for persons experiencing sexual assault or intimate partner violence. Caregiver Support Program for parenting children who have been sexually abused. All ages.
Sunset Women's Aboriginal Circle/Ontario Native
Women's Association 737-7922
SWAC/ONWA offers many programs for families including drop-in times, presentations, cultural teachings, physical activity programs, healing circles, craft circles, cooking classes, breastfeeding assistance, parenting workshops and home visits. SWAC is located at 26 Second Avenue North, across from the high school.
Tikinagan Child and Family Services 737-3466
An Aboriginal child and family service agency serving 30 First Nation communities and Aboriginal populations in Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake, and Ignace. Tikinagan provides services using the Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin model which means “everyone working together to raise our children.” To report a concern about a child, inquire about being a foster parent or for any other information, please call Intake anytime (24 hours, 7 days a week) at (807) 737-3466 or 1-800-465-3624.
Well Baby Clinic, Northwestern Health Unit
737-2292 ext. 3729
Call or come in to speak with the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Nurse about your child. The baby scale is available anytime. Local agency calendars and event information are available in the reception area.
You can also find activities at…
Sioux Lookout Community Services & Recreation Centre: 737-1994,
Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre: 737-1903,
in the Sioux Lookout Bulletin,
Facebook (e.g. Sioux Lookout Parents group, Sioux Lookout Community News
Iris: 737-2877 Ext. 4503
Meno Ya Win, Lactation Consultant
Call for weekday, afternoon appointments at the hospital.
Candi: 737-7922 Ext. 5
Ontario Native Women’s Association/Sunset Women’s
Aboriginal Circle, Lactation Consultant
Support by phone or home visit.
Tekla: 737-2292 Ext. 3729
Northwestern Health Unit, Public Health Nurse
Support by phone or home visit.
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
24 hours a day, 7 days a week medical advice from Nurses on any medical condition or topic. Telehealth now employs Nurses with Breastfeeding specific training to help support you better.
The Sioux Lookout Breastfeeding Coalition
Sioux Lookout has a Breastfeeding Coalition made up of service providers and community members. The Coalition strives to provide support, education to breastfeeding families and promotes events to celebrate breastfeeding. Currently the Sioux Lookout Breastfeeding Coalition is working on a Breastfeeding Calendar for 2016 featuring photos of local families. If you are interested in participating in the Coalition or calendar please contact Tekla at 737-2292 ext. 3729.
Child Care Options:
Sioux Lookout Municipal Daycares (737-2131)
Norah Love (on Princess Street)
Biidaaban (in Sacred Heart School),
Sioux Mountain (in Sioux Mountain School):
Full and part-time care for children 18 months to 9 years old with limited spaces available for infants 12-18 months.
Programs available for children with special needs.
You may qualify for subsidy through Kenora District Services Board based on your family income.
Waninawakang Aboriginal Head Start Program and Child Care Program 737-7519
Aboriginal Head Start is an early childhood development program for Aboriginal children and their families. Provides full-day preschool experiences (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 3:15pm) that prepare children for their school years. This program is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Child Care is offered to toddlers and preschoolers. Our program hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. You may qualify for subsidy through Kenora District Services Board.
Both Aboriginal Head Start and Child Care Programs meet the needs of children by addressing their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical needs. Programming is six areas: culture and language; education and school readiness; health promotion; nutrition, social support, and parental and family involvement. www.waninawakangahs.com
Private Home Daycares:
Contact the Best Start Hub (737-3253) for suggestions and contact information of local providers.
This resource is brought to you by the
Child and Family Health Network; Inter-agency Partnerships
working together to serve families in our community.
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contact Tekla at 737-2292 ext. 3729.