Okwaten:ro Ne:ki:ken is a licensed, non-profit, after school child care program. It is open to all children from age 4.5 yrs. -12 yrs. old. It was owned and operated by Niagara Chapter - Native Women Inc. It operated Monday - Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
OKWATEN:RO NE'KI:KEN - AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM 2008 -2010
(These Are My Friends)
As decling enrollment in our child programs continued throughout 2008-10 we finally closed it down
and during this same time period several other centres around the Niagara Region also had to close.
This gives an outline of the program for the Archives.
An Aboriginal Educational, Arts and Culture After School Program designed to foster Learning, Pride and Academic success!
We had the capacity to accommodate up to 20 school age children and limited spaces are available for 4 and 5 year olds. Fee Subsidy through the Regional Municipality of Niagara is available.
It was a licensed program which ensured that all provincial standards under the Day Nurseries Act are being maintained. This includes Fire and Safety Procedures, teacher/child ratios, safety of play equipment, as well as the hiring of qualified teaching staff.
We offered "Homework Time" plus culturally relevant educational games, activities, books and computer time. We offered culturally specific teachings through visitors, games and field trips.
We are closely involved with parents, local schools and other Native organizations.
First Nations Language Teachings when available, through song, drumming, dance, storytelling and the internet. Transportation was offered from area schools, to the program site.
We provided a culturally appropriate relaxed environment for children.
We had a Great Meeting....
Our Annual General Meeting was held Sept. 12, 2010 and was
attended by many voting members and guests. We presented our
Annual Scholarships as well as our Native Woman of The Year Award;
We enjoyed a delicious brunch, loonie auction and door prizes.
Thank you to everyone who attended.
Thank you to everyone that attended and sponsored our
3rd Annual "ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL"
SATURDAY, MARCH 27TH, 6:30 P.M. @ Garrison Rd. P. S. IN FORT ERIE!
It was an awesome event, enjoyed by all. Our Youth Art display was a huge hit as was the Maple Syrup storytelling, tasting and all the Maple Flavoured treats!
We appreciate the support of: G LONGVAL PHARMACY LTD.
Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Native Women'sAssoc., FACS Niagara, Niagara This Week, Kim Craitor MPP,
First Nation, Metis, & Inuit Student Services Niagara College, CAW LOCAL 199 Women's Committee, Ont. Trillium Foundation, Foundation for Rural Living, District School Board of Niagara, Hon. Rob Nicholson MP, The Williams Funeral Home,
Brock University Women's Studies, South Coast Cookhouse, Canadian Tire F. E., Haven Global Gifts, Beatties Stationary, OLG Slots F.E., Peacock School of Dance, The Barrel Pizza Parlour, Ming Teh Restaurant, Yoga For Fitness Centre, The Old Bank Bistro, Pharmaplus Pharmacy, Subway, Sobey's F.E., Curves F.E., Baggia G Edwards, Ridgeway IDA, Coffee Culture, Netstart, Staples, Bridgeburg Spa.
2nd Annual Aboriginal Spring Festival Sponsors May 2009
Thank you to the following for helping to make our event a success!
Eagle Feather Sponsors $1,000 or over
The Ontario Arts Council
Big Drum Sponsors $400.- 999.
Xerox Corp. 2009
Moccasin Sponsors 100. - 249.
Niagara College Aboriginal Student Services
Brock University Aboriginal Student Office
Leslie White - Eye
District School Board of Niagara
Community Supporters $25. - 99.
DRAW PRIZE / GIFT SPONSORS
Curves for Women Fort Erie
O.L.G. Fort Erie Slots
Yoga For Fitness Centre - Niagara Falls
Penny Bowers Massage
Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008
25th Anniversary Annual General Meeting
12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Gilmore Road, Fort Erie
RSVP please 905-871-8770
Announcing: Vera Hill-Sharrow Award Recipient
Post Secondary Scholarships Award Recipients
25th Anniversary Celebration
MARCH 15, 2008
St. Paul's Anglican Church
This was a great event and fun was had by all!!!
The hall was packed,we had to bring more chairs!
We're starting out with a Storytelling and Dance workshop presented by Ojibway Storyteller, Aaron Bell and the White Pine Dancers.
"Honoring our Founders".
Cynthia Lickers-Sage, a Mohawk artist from Six Nations and
Executive Director at Association for Native Development
in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) is our Guest Speaker.
The White Pine Dancers will perform.
April Doxtator will perform solo from her work in progress
Maajii Maadzi emerging women's hand drum and singing group
Youth Troupe of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
will help round out the evening for us.
There will be draws and door prizes.
Thank you to the Ont. Arts Council
our many sponsors, supporters, members
and our youth volunteers!
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND AFTER SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
S.O.A.R. School Outreach And Remedial - After School 1996-2008
NCNW had operated the SOAR program from 1997 to 2006 when due to declining enrollment we re-structured the program into strictly an Aboriginal educational, arts and culture after school program designed to foster Learning, Pride and Academic success. However, due to declining enrollment, the
advent of full day learning in Ontario Public Schools which is providing before and after
school care as well as the establishment of two native specific and operated child care programs withing the community, we decided there was not enough need and closed our program.
NCNW Learner's Academy 1989 - 2002
NCNW has operated various child care services since 1989 when we purchased a for-profit child care centre and converted it into a non-profit high quality child care centre. We operated the full-time child care centre until 2002 when we had to close the center as a result of declining Bingo revenue.
Conference Childcare Services 1996 - 2000
NCNW once offered conference childcare services, high quality child-care on-site. This was available, as needed, for parents to attend meetings, conferences, banquets, weddings and more. This was an excellent and very convenient service for families visiting the Fort Erie area. Unfortunately, this service is no longer available as a result of dwindling funds.
ECE Teacher Training 1994 - 2000
In 1994, NCNW started a collaborative training project with Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology (Welland campus) to educate Native women and afford them the opportunity to attain their Early Childhood Education diploma (also known as ECE). Successful candidates gained valuable on-the-job training/experience at our daycare while participating in academic classes part-time to attain their ECE diplomas. This training consisted of fifty percent (50%) theory and fifty percent (50%) practicum at our daycare. Four Native women successfully completed this excellent program. Unfortunately, as the result of the loss of our daycare, the Early Childhood Program has been discontinued.