Barrie Native Friendship Centre

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Aboriginal Healing & Wellness

Arlene McKenzie, Coordinator

Barrie Native Friendship Centre

175 Bayfield Street

Barrie, ON  L4M 3B4

(T) 705-721-7689 ext 216

(F) 705-721-7418


Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Coordinator is responsible for providing services for families and children most at risk in the urban community of Barrie.  These services include, but are not limited to: Crisis Intervention, Peer Counselling, Mediation, Advocacy, Transportation (limited), Referrals to women and children's shelter, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centres, Therapeutic Counseling Services, Trauma Recovery Program, Food Banks as well as internal referrals to other programs at BNFC.


The program coordinator will bring in Elders periodically to work with community members and/or staff individually and to provide teachings.  Future programming will focus more on education and creating more awareness on family violence and how historical factors have impacted our people and our communities.


The program coordinator will network with mainstream and Aboriginal organizations and integrate between services in order to avoid duplication and to ensure that the needs of the Aboriginal clients are placed as priority and treated with utmost respect and kindness.



The goal of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) is to foster improvements in the health and well being of aboriginal individuals families, communities and Nations through; Provisions and equitable access to primary health and healing services and programs, including prevention treatment and support that are culturally appropriate and culturally competent; Building on the strength and enhancing the capacities of Aboriginal communities and;Promotion of equitable, violence-free relationships and healthy environment.

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