Ne Chee Friendship Centre

Site: Kenora - 2nd St S

Service: Aboriginal Family Support Program

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Description & Services
Description (Service) Offers services, ongoing support and education to enhance the lives of young children and families 
  • Prevents children from becoming at-risk because of certain conditions such as family violence, poverty, abuse, neglect and unhealthy living conditions by offering information and education on effective parenting and good life teachings 
  • Promotes healthier child development through early childhood interventions including information sessions on pre-parenting preparation and child development 
  • Provides information on children's nutrition, injury prevention, and child mental health 
Provides public education and information in the areas of: 
  • Developing family values that are culturally based  
  • Developmental needs of infants, toddlers and pre school aged children 
  • Effective parenting 
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) and Fetal Smoking Syndrome
Programs include:
Culture Group
Provides a weekly group session for working on various Native crafts, handiwork and regalia
Healthy Parent Group 
  • Provides education and information about child health care such as teething, discipline, child development and sexual issues 
  • Provides childcare during sessions
Moms and Tots 
  • Facilitates a variety of activities for mothers and tots to interact with other moms and children 
  • Provides a lunch for participants
Parent Relief 
  • Provides a respite period for parents for any reason 
  • Offers a snack and lunch for children in attendance
  • Coordinates and supervises physical activities, games, stories and crafts 
  • Teaches simple school readiness sessions
Support and Security Program 
  • Offers workshops and information sessions to address concerns for new parents about the first year of a child's life 
  • Provides childcare during sessions
Variety Afternoon
Offers a variety of short term programs on a rotation that can include: 
  • Bun In the Oven, a program for pregnant women that teaches about healthy nutrition 
  • Community Kitchen, a cooking session that brings 5 to 6 families together to learn about good nutrition and to cook a meal together which is taken home by each family 
  • Hang Out Days, a program for new parents that offers open discussion with older parents to talk about concerns with child rearing 
  • Nutrition Bingo, a bingo game that offers healthy foods as prizes in place of money
Hours Office Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm 
Culture Group: Thu 10 am-12 noon 
Healthy Parent Group: Wed 11:30 am-2:30 pm 
Moms and Tots: Mon 12 noon-3 pm 
Parent Relief: Tue 10:30 am-2:30 pm 
Playgroup: Thu 12 noon-2:30 pm 
Support and Security: Fri 10 am-12 noon 
Variety Afternoon: Fri 1 pm-3 pm
Areas Served Kenora District
  • Off reserve Indigenous individuals and families with children under 6 years of age 
  • Open to all with a focus on off reserve Indigenous peoples
Moms and Tots
Mothers and children 15 months to 3 years of age
Children 3 to 6 years of age
Support and Security Program
Parents with children 0 to 15 months of age
  • Intake assessment required 
  • Programs require advance registration
Parent Relief
Must call the day before to make arrangements
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-468-5440
Fax 807-468-5340
Primary Contact Sunny Copenace, Family Support Worker; Phone: 807-468-5440 ext 240; Email:
Alternate Contact Savannah Morrison, Family Support Assistant; Phone: 807-468-5440 ext 240; Email:
Site Location Next door to the Century Cinema Theatre
Located In Community Kenora
Address 326 2nd St S
Kenora, ON P9N 3X3
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Intersection 2nd St S and Chipman St
Mailing Address PO Box 241 
Kenora, ON P9N 3X3
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1976
Funding Provincial ; Federal