Program Coordinators: Diane Giroux

Contact Email(s):

Phone: 519-371-1147 ext 249



Giiwe, an Indigenous-led initiative, was launched by M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Center in March 2018.

Giiwe – an Anishinaabemowin word meaning “s/he goes home”(The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, 2015).  Giiwe creates a safe space to build relationships, foster meaningful collaboration and nurture trust between Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies and organizations.

Initially conceived to address urban Indigenous homelessness, Giiwe established a coordinated housing-related response to Indigenous-specific housing needs and preferences in Grey and Bruce Counties.  It has been recognized nationally and internationally at the 2022 International Union for Health Promotion and Education conference as a successful model for Indigenous health promotion.
As it evolves and extends across multiple sectors, Giiwe guides Reconciliation and healing processes for all and is a pathway to moving forward together in a good way on this shared journey.


This initiative is led by M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre facilitated by:

Diane Giroux – Giiwe Coordinator
Office: (519) 371-1147 ext. 249



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