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The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto directly supports thousands of Aboriginal women and their families every year.

Our Mandate

Our work and direction is guided by the Seven Sacred teachings: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth. Our teachings, traditions, and cultures inform our all of our activities. The NWRCT is a registered charity funded by government programs as well as public and private donations.

Our History

The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT) began when a dedicated group of Aboriginal women recognized the need for a gathering place in Toronto where Aboriginal women could share resources, support one another, and practice their traditional ways. In 1985, this vision resulted in the downtown basement office that affectionately became known as “The Pit.”

Today, the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto provides a safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Our programs fall under six broad categories: Housing, Families, Advocacy, Employment, Education, and Youth. We also host a variety of Cultural Activities for our clients and the general public, including the annual Minaake Awards, Sisters In Spirit Vigil, and Winter Solstice .

The NWRCT is a registered charity funded by government programs as well as public and private donations.

We honour the vision of our founders as we support urban Aboriginal women and children from all walks of life. We build self-sufficiency and develop collective capacity to make positive change. We provide individual support, group programming, and cultural initiatives.

The NWRCT Philosophy

In all that we do, we are guided by the Seven Sacred teachings: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth. We bring these teachings, our traditions, and our cultures into our programming, events, and ways of being.

We welcome all self-identifying Aboriginal women (cisgender, transgender, and two-spirited people) and their children.

Awards & Acknowledgements

  • Recipient of City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2012
  • Executive Director received the Toronto Community Foundation’s 2013/2014 Vital Peoples Grant
  • Received Metcalf Grant to mobilize Aboriginal community to envision a downtown Business Improvement Area
  • Partner in the establishment of the Allan Gardens Mural Project

Annual Report 2015-2016

2014-2015 Intake Stats

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women accessed Violence Against Women counselling and peer support
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women received support to navigate social systems
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women accessed Life Skills and self-esteem programs
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women accessed Violence Against Women counselling and peer support
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women accessed employment supports and training
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women became employed
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women planned to pursue further education
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women started their own businesses
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visits were made to Housing's drop-in program
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households secured safe, stable housing
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women accessed creative writing/blogging workshops