The Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (GBNFC) was incorporated on July 5, 1984 and became a member of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) on October 20, 1984. The centre’s founding directors are Roger Jackson, Charles Tobey, Rita C. Morin, Frederick Jackson, Rodney Monague, Bruce Marsden, Flora Tabobondung, and Mildred Deschamps.
The GBNFC evolved from a very humble beginning into an organisation that has become an important aspect of the urban Anishnabek in the Midland/Penetanguishene area. This area includes Midland, Tiny Township, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll and the surrounding villages in the area.
The Centre has increased its profile in the community at large with networking, partnering, and marketing strategies; annual GBNFC awards presented to Aboriginal students graduating from the local area high schools; monthly newsletters to the membership; community workshops; career fairs; cultural ceremonies; and celebrations.
Programs & Services
Apatisiwin - Employment and Training Program
Children Who Witness Violence Program
Akwe:go - Wasa-Nabin Student Nutrition Program
Cultural Resource Coordinator
Indigenous Mental Health and Wellness Program
Indigenous Courtwork Program
Healing and Wellness Coordinator Program
Healthy Kids Program
Healthy Living Program
Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Program
Life Long Care Program
Reaching Home Program
Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples – Programs and Services
Youth Life Promotion
Health Outreach Worker Program
175 Yonge Street
Midland , Ontario L4R 2A7
Phone: (705) 526-5589
Fax: (705) 526-7662