Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

Child & Family Sector

Prenatal Nutrition Program

The Prenatal Nutrition Program (PNP) aims to improve the health and awareness of mothers during pregnancy. PNP also supports new mothers and their families from the baby’s birth to six months of age. The program promotes a supportive community approach to the care and healthy upbringing of our newest members and their families.

It is staffed by a coordinator and has been offered at Council Fire since 1996. The program is funded by Public Health Agency of Canada.

Services provided include:

• Food supplements

• Pre & post-natal education workshops

• Cultural and craft workshops (moccasins, baby quilts)

• Counseling

• Birthing celebrations

• Naming ceremonies

• Baby showers

• Community kitchen demonstrations (making baby food, cooking nutritional foods on a budget)

• Baby equipment exchange 

• Home/hospital visits

• Referral to other services

Family Nurturing Program

The First Nations Family Nurturing Program is also referred to as the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC). The intention of the program is to strengthen families by providing parents with caregiving skills, support community development and healing, and improve the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of Aboriginal children from six months to 6 years old.

The program is staffed by two full-time coordinators and has been offered at the Council Fire since 1996. It is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Programming and services are based on four core standards:

• Child development and nutrition

• Parenting and caretaking skills

• Cultural development and retention

• Community Development

Programs and services:

• 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 of Parenting

• Positive First Nations Parenting

• Nobody’s Perfect Parenting

• Dads Group

• Baby Music

• Prevent Diabetes…One Step at a time

• Drop-in (referrals to food banks, clothing banks, support letters, clothing exchange