Indigenous support centres scramble to support clients 

March 25, 2020

Indigenous friendship and support centres in Ottawa are scrambling to find ways to serve their clients as they cancel all non-essential services and programs. Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s drop-in centre and childcare services have been closed, Tungasuvvingat Inuit has closed all programming except for its foodbank and Mamisarvik Healing Centre, and the Minwaashin Lodge women’s support centre has suspended all programming until April 5th. “Ottawa has a very large urban Indigenous community. We have a lot of clients that come through our centre accessing services,” said Odawa President Amy Nahwegahbow. "We’re still at the early stages and we’re trying to brainstorm and think outside the box.” APTN News  (ON)