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Providing a safe place where Indigenous families can learn and grow together

We are excited to share about what God is doing in Northern Ontario through our partners at Northwind Family Ministries. We have been mutually encouraged by how God has used the generosity of our Cornerstone community during this pandemic to support the work at NorthWind.

In 2020, Cornerstone was grateful to re-establish a partnership with NorthWind Family Ministry in their work in Northern Ontario. NorthWind supports local communities by, “Providing a safe place where Indigenous families can learn and grow together”. The needs of those they serve have been augmented by the pandemic which has disproportionately affected the already vulnerable populations in their community. We have been mutually encouraged by how God has brought this partnership together and allowed Cornerstone teams to return to Thunder Bay these last few years. While serving with NorthWind team members have been able to learn much from both the dedicated staff in Thunder Bay, as well as the community that they serve.

For more information, visit northwindfm.org

How can you help?

NorthWind Family Ministries (NWFM) has seen an increase in demand for its services since the pandemic, particularly in the areas of mental health, for the already vulnerable populations they serve. The services they provide have been recognized by their city and has resulted in the exciting acquisition of a building that will allow them to triple their capacity to serve.

Funds being raised for NWFM will support their various programs, which include:

  • PlayDays – an opportunity to stay connected to the families living in low income complexes;
  • Family Day Camp – invites families to experience connection and growth at their land-based site, Eagle’s Cove;
  • Compass Team – a team of mental health professionals and youth/child workers who have been invited by the Chief and Council to provide support to remote communities;
  • Next Steps – a program staffed by addictions counsellor, spiritual director, social services navigator, connectors, and servers geared to support the street-involved.

From Bonita Ledua, NorthWind’s executive director