Program Goal

To provide access to culture and culture-based programs and services to urban Indigenous children, youth and families in order to foster a strong sense of well-being and positive Indigenous identity. 

Program Objective 

  • To build upon the skills and knowledge of local and traditional Indigenous ways of life. 

  • To facilitate access to culture and cultural knowledge with children, youth and families that promotes healing and wellness. 

  • To ensure safe transmission of cultural knowledge.

  • To promote a positive sense of Indigenous identity among children, youth and families.

  • To foster connections of cultural knowledge and ways of being, both within the Dryden Native Friendship Centre and with broader community by promoting reconciliation. 

Program Activities

  • Facilitate talking, teaching and healing circles, and providing service and supports for Indigenous children, youth and families

  • Provide driect traditional-based counselling

  • Provide access to traditional healing and ceremonies

  • Acquire, maintain and care for education tools and resources such as language resources, history books, art and traditional and sacred items.

  • Deliveri traditional medicines' education through teachings, use caringfor, storage, medicine bags, and growing and picking. 

  • Deliver traditional food education through teachings on health benefits, harvesting, growing preparing and storing. 

  • Promotion of language restoration

  • Transmission of cultural knowledge.  


Dryden Native 

Friendship Centre

Family, Friends, Community...

a tradition of helping each other

Dryden Native Friendship Centre

Monday & Tuesday:


Wednesday to Friday:


Urban Indigenous

Homeward Bound

Monday to Friday:


1 (888) 838-3632

74 Queen St, Dryden, ON, 

P8N 1A4

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