Agency Spotlight – Odawa Native Friendship Centre
About Odawa Native Friendship Centre
The Odawa Native Friendship Centre strives to enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal People in the National Capital Region. Now celebrating their 35th year of operations, Odawa opened their doors in 1975. Over these years they have expanded their programs and offerings to serve a growing Aboriginal population in Ottawa.
Guiding values are at the core of the centre’s operations. These values include maintaining a tradition of community, an ethic of self-help and development, and providing traditional teachings from elders. The Odawa Native Friendship Centre promotes and reinforces these beliefs in all aspects of their operations.
The centre is a non-profit organization which services people of all ages and where everyone is welcome. Programs offered include family support, healing and wellness, life long care, recreation and more.
One primary goal is reinforcing Aboriginal cultural development and creating greater awareness and interaction with other cultures. This is achieved through an annual summer Pow Wow, enjoyed by over 18,000 visitors. Other areas of focus include promoting positive Aboriginal images and facilitating development of skills and knowledge in Aboriginal youth.
Kids Up Front’s Impact
Kids Up Front partnered with Odawa Native Friendship Centre in October 2017. Since then, we have provided children and families in their program 228 tickets worth $12,638.
We’ve been thrilled to offer children and youth in their programs some amazing concert opportunities. Justin Timberlake, 21 Pilots and Disney in Concert highlight the experiences we’ve provided. We’ve also offered program participants museum passes, hockey tickets, theatre tickets and more!
Akwego Program Coordinator Terri-Lynn Hoskins said the following of our partnership:
“The experiences provided by Kids Up Front allow us to offer additional healthy programming opportunities to at risk youth in our program. Ticket recipients feel connected to the community around them and develop positive relationships with each other.”
We look forward to our continued support of Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s valuable program.