KAPUSKASING - The Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Centre invited members of the community and local agencies to stop by on Nov. 2 to take part in an open house evening.
“We wanted to have an opportunity to have the community come in and meet the staff and see what programs we have to offer,” said Friendship Centre Executive Director Jack Solomon. “We like to work with all of the other agencies in Kapuskasing, and we're looking forward to having everyone come in and meet us, try some bannock, and have a good time.”
Solomon said that this was the first time in his knowledge that the Kap Friendship Centre has held an open house.
“I started here in June 2017, but before that I did work at the Cochrane Indian Friendship Centre and we had done open houses there and it worked,” he said. “We had different agencies come in, and if there was new families in Cochrane, and now in Kap, they can come in and see if there's something they might be interested in, or something we can help out with.”
He said that there are eight primary programs that the Friendship Centre offers.
-The Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children program for prenatal and ages 0-6.
-Akwe: Go Program for children and youth 7-12.
-Wasa-Nabin Program for youth 13-18.
-The Cultural Resource Program
-Healing and Wellness
-Aging at Home Program for elders 55 and over.
-Various fitness and healthy living programs
-The Kizhaay Anishanaabe Niin Program.
“We also have the Kizhaay Anishannaabe Niin program, which is a program that is intended to end all forms of violence against Aboriginal women,” Solomon said. “So we have staff here that works with young and older men in terms of what they can do to prevent violence against women.”
He said that he hopes to hold two annual open house events a year.
“I'd like to see us doing this twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring,” Solomon said. “Times change, people change, and programs change, so it is always good to be able to let the community know what we're doing here.”
He invited any who wished for further information or to learn more to stop by at any time.
“If you're not sure about the Friendship Centre just come on in, ask questions and meet our staff, and we'll be glad to help you.”