FACS Niagara Memo of Understanding

2nd gathering at Rama First NationWendy Sturgeon E.D. accepted the invite of FACS Niagara to attend the 2nd gathering at Rama First Nation sponsored by OACAS, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.  This year’s gathering was themed around “Bringing Indigenous Children Home” and working together to do that.  One of the activities was for all participants to make a small bracelet with beads. When joined together, it forms an image of the Two Row Wampum Belt.  Teachings on its meaning were shared. 

These gatherings by OACAS are meant to build on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the Nine point commitments of OACS.  We participate due to our long time partnership and commitment to working together for our children and families. 

We base this on the first signed commitment locally with FACS which took place at FACS Niagara June 21, 2016.  This was followed by our Memo Of Understanding signed this year June 21, 2018 on National Indigenous Day and strengthening this commitment.

"Kiigiigidomi" ("We Are Talking") Side by Side program

Mothers and Children’s Group partnering with Family Counselling located in the Centre of Niagara. Native Facilitators and offered on seasonal basis. 
Specific criteria for enrolment.  Call for more info: 905-871-8770


As declning enrolment 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! 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.

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.

2010 Annual General Meeting

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; (photographs forthcoming!)  

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:  Ontario Arts Council, RBC, Niagara Parks, 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.

2009 2nd Annual Aboriginal Spring Festival Sponsors

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. 


Curves for Women Fort Erie
O.L.G. Fort Erie Slots
Yoga For Fitness Centre – Niagara Falls
Wendy Sturgeon
Penny Bowers Massage

Media Sponsors
Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce 

25th Anniversary Annual General Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008
12:00 noon  – 3:00 p.m.

Optimist Hall
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
4:00 p.m.

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.
Then….we’re “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 “generational roots”, Maajii Maadzi emerging women’s hand drum and singing group, and the 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!


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 enrolment 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 enrolment, 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 within 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.