The OFIFC is pleased to announce that the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre (NBIFC) was 1 of 24 organizations selected nationally to take part in the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative through the Government of Canada. Supports awarded to the NBIFC for ‘Suswin Village’ will help the Friendship Centre fully realize and implement their vision for a safe, accessible and dignified housing solution for Indigenous community members who are ready to leave the emergency shelter system. Suswin Village will provide residents with stable housing and individualized wrap-around support services necessary to find permanent housing, employment and overall long-term success and stability in the community. This award builds on supports provided by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services and the Province of Ontario. Suswin means nest in Anishnaabemowin (Ojibway).
North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre to take part in the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative