Niagara Aboriginal Children’s Planning Council 2006

This group was formed through the facilitation expertise of Niagara Chapter- Native Women Inc. in response to the provincial Best Start Initiative which focuses on children up to 6 yrs. old. Through a SWOT analysis exercise the following parties all agreed a joint approach to planning for our youngest community members would be of great benefit.

  • The Aboriginal Head Start Program, Fort Erie, ON 
  • The Niagara Regional Native Centre, NOTL, ON
  • The Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, Fort Erie, ON
  • Abbey House Shelter (pending grand opening ’07) St. Catharines, ON

The Niagara Aboriginal Children’s Planning Council has a Terms of Reference Document which guides our endeavours. There are two chosen delegates to sit at the Niagara Children’s Planning Council, a region wide children’s planning body formed in response to the Best Start Initiative as well. We sit at this planning table along side Municipal, Provincial staff, various children’s agencies including Family and Children’s’ Services (FACS), Adolescent and Family Children’s Services including Mental Health and Public Health, the District School Board of Niagara, the French School Board, the Catholic School Board and various other early learning and research groups. Our job is to ensure that aboriginal children’s issues are taken into consideration and addressed whenever and wherever possible.

If you would like more information or want to get involved, please contact Wendy Sturgeon, E.D. Niagara Chapter- Native Women Inc. 905-871-8770 or

Back row L-R Pat Heidebrcht, Manager of Children’s Services Niagara Region, Dr. Robin Williams, Chief Medical Officer
Margaret Andrews, Co-chair Niagara Children’s Planning Council, Jackie Poulin, Executive Director Fort Erie Native Friendship Center, Bottom row L-R Wendy Sturgeon Executive Director Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc., Cathy General Executive Director Niagara Regional Native Centre, Warren Hill, President Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre 

Business Dept., Brock University 2006

We partnered up with this year’s graduating accounting class. A team of four students met with us and worked on the development of a three year budget plan for an Ont. Trillium Foundation Grant which we submitted for the Nov. 1, 2006 deadline. This grant, entitled, S.O.S. – Stabilizing Ourselves, if approved will allow us to re-gain some footing we lost due to recent fundraising declines. It will assist us to stabilize our administration and day to day operations while we continue to search for and apply for funds elsewhere to re-establish our arts and culture programs. We are grateful for the assistance of the Brock University Accounting students who helped us with this grant and wish them well for all their future endeavours.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church 2006-07 

St. Paul’s Anglican Church has a rich history of working with NCNW. In the past we have rented space for our S.O.A.R. (School Outreach and Remedial) Program, our Annual Member’s Christmas Party, our Annual General Meeting and most recently for an Adult Bereavement Information evening with Jane Gordon, Client Services Coordinator at Hospice Niagara and special guest, Val Kerr, an Anglican Asst. Priest of Mohawk descent. At this meeting the church agreed to offer their space free, for our use as part of this program initiative. We are now engaged in offering a culturally relevant Adult Bereavement Group at St. Paul’s Church by-weekly. We are grateful for this partnership which formed with the assistance of Hospice Niagara. For more information of meeting times and dates, contact our office at 905-871-8770 or