Offering positive life choices, cultural workshops, life skills, empowerment programs, youth resources, and job readiness to youth aged 12-18 years; the Nawican Friendship Centre sincerely believes that restoration of cultural practices will help to resolve the cultural identity crisis experienced by many indigenous youth. All our services, therefore, are culturally based, holistic and integrated. The collective wisdom of Elders, traditional teachers, and staff is used in designing our programs.
Our youth are instrumental in helping to identify the services and programs they need to feel empowered. We teach life skills through hands on experience with cooking classes, resume writing and job search, as well as provide a safe and welcoming environment where youth can gather to hang out and play pool or air hockey and build trust and friendship with other youth as well as our staff and Elders. We offer cultural crafting workshops such as dream catcher, talking stick and drum making, painting and beading, and we stress the importance of families attending and taking part in the crafts to share in these traditional experiences.
- Drop-in Youth Lounge @ NBYCC
- “Power to Her” Program for Young Women
- Homeschooling support
- Youth counselling (virtual or in-person)
- School snack program
Counselling gives you tools to help deal with anything that is overwhelming you. It provides new perspectives on challenges you’re facing, and it’s a space where you can express yourself freely without any fear of judgment.
Youth Services at NBYCC
- Individual Counselling
- Appointments and Drop-in
- Group Therapy
- Seminars and workshop
- Volunteer Mentorship
Transportation is available for youth needinga ride within City limits to or from their registered counselling sessions. Guardian consent is required for all youth under the age of 16.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be Indigenous to join the Youth Council or Nawican youth programs? No you don’t! We do offer some services that are specifically for Indigenous youth, but most programs are available to anyone.
Can I bring my friends? Absolutely. We just ask that all youth attending programs or using the Drop-In Lounge are respectful of the facility, staff, and other youth.
Do I have to get counselling to come hang out? Nope – only if you would like to have counselling. We are here for you when you need it.