Giiwe and the Indigenous Supportive Housing (ISHP) program
Program Coordinators: Diane Giroux, Rachel Paterson, Alex Jamieson
The Giiwe Project was launched by M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre in April 2018.
Giiwe creates a safe space to foster meaningful collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies and organizations.
Giiwe, is a word in Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibway language, that can be translated into “s/he goes home”(The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, 2015).
This initiative is led by M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre
facilitated by: Diane Giroux – Giiwe Coordinator
INDIGENOUS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECT (ISHP)
Funded through a three-year grant received through the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, the ISHP Indigenous Housing Outreach workers will assist individuals and families in securing safe, affordable and appropriate housing to allow further growth and healing to take place. The ISHP support and emergency resources will be available for individuals and families in crisis situations, transitioning out of hospital or living with the many challenges associated with homelessness within the community.
The Outreach Staff will co-design an individual plan with each participant as well as their critically important informal supports. The plans will be culturally sensitive and trauma-informed, assisting to identify challenges, highlight strengths and work together, towards important goals as determined by program participants. The Indigenous Outreach workers will assist in:
- obtaining housing,
- rent/utility supports and deposits, and
- transitioning to other forms of housing including home-ownership.
As a partner agency in this project, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) provides a wide range of wellness services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in Southwestern Ontario, including traditional healing, mental health and addictions services, and clinical services such as primary health care (nurse practitioners, physicians, registered nurse), diabetes education, nutrition, harm reduction services, and more.
Rachel Paterson – Indigenous Support Housing Program Worker
Office: (519) 371-1147 ext. 248
Cell: (226) 568-5242
Erica Kewaquom – Indigenous Housing Outreach Worker
Office: (519) 371-1147 ext. 256
Cell: (226) 568-3318
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