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Prenatal Nutrition Program and Family Nurturing Program

Indigenous families have been negatively affected by government policies like residential schools and the sixties scoop. The social fabric of families and our communities were broken down and many individuals require supports to raise their children in a healthy, positive and nurturing manner. As a result, the Child and Family Wellbeing Sector offers a variety of indispensable programs and services for community members to address these problems.

Programs and Services

Child and Family Support is comprised of two essential programs: Prenatal Nutrition Program (PNP) and Family Nurturing Program (FNP). Investing positively in our youth, these programs are accompanied by workshops, special programming and events offered through the First Nations Family Nurturing Program.

Prenatal Nutrition Program

The Prenatal Nutrition Program (PNP) has been offered at Council Fire since 1996. The program is funded by Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) and is staffed by a part-time Coordinator.

The goal of this program is to improve the health and awareness of pregnant Indigenous mothers, their babies from birth to six months of age and their families. The program promotes a supportive community approach to the care and healthy upbringing of our newest members and their families.

Some of the services provided by the PNP include food supplements, pre-&-post-natal education workshops, cultural and craft workshops (moccasins, baby quilts, etc.), counselling, birthing celebrations, naming ceremonies, baby showers, community kitchen demonstrations (making baby food, cooking nutritional foods on a budget), baby equipment exchange, home/hospital visits and referral to other services.

Family Nurturing Program

The First Nations Family Nurturing Program is also referred to as the Community Action Program for Children (CAP-C) which has similarly been offered by our center since 1996. The program is staffed by two full time positions which are funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The goal of this program is to strengthen parents and families with care giving skills; to support community development and healing; and to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of Aboriginal children 6 months to 6 years.

The program has four core standards which programming and services are based on:

  • Child development and nutrition
  • Parenting and caretaking skills
  • Cultural development and retention
  • Community Development

Our sector holds a number of special events for family celebrations including: Valentine’s Day celebration, Birthday Celebrations, Easter Party, Earth Day celebration, Mother’s Day, Self-Care Days, Father’s Day, feasts, Stars and Strollers (Movies), Family Day outing, beach outings, Eastview Pow Wow, parenting program graduations, Science Centre, the ROM, Cancer Awareness Fair, Mud Hero 6K Obstacle Course, Back to School Party, Halloween Party, Children’s Christmas Party, and Christmas hamper/toy distribution. 

Types of Supports

  • Community Kitchen
  • Public Health
  • Peer Nutrition Program
  • Parent Relief
  • Traditional Crafts
  • After School Drum Group
  • YMCA (Parents and Tots and the Move It 2 Lose It fitness program)
  • Super Dads Super Kids Parenting
  • Beyond the Basics Parenting
  • Positive First Nations Parenting
  • Nobody’s Perfect Parenting
  • Dad’s Group
  • Baby Music
  • Prevent Diabetes...One Step at a Time
  • Drop In (Referrals to food banks, clothing banks, support letters, clothing exchange, baby food, diapers and wipes, and formula)
  • Home Visits


  • Healthy Living
  • Traditional Teachings
  • Injury Prevention
  • Health related illnesses
  • Child Health and Development

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

439 Dundas Street East

Toronto ON M5A 2B1


Tel.: 416.360.4350

Fax:  416.360.5978


Charity # 10525-5244 RR0001

Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri   9 AM to 5 PM

(Extended Hours for Special Programming)


Main Entrance: 439 Dundas St. E. at Parliament


Gathering Place Entrance: Parliament St. side

at Dundas

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre © 2018