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The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition will be closed for the Holidays on Wednesday, December 23rd and will re-open on Monday, January 4th, 2021. Our Members and Staff would like to take this time to wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday. 

Finding Support in our Community this Holiday Season


Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation

  • Office is open

  • Call (613) 232-0016 for maintenance support between 10am to 2pm

  • Reaching out to vulnerable and senior tenants

  • Closed December 24th/25th/28th January 1st-4th

  • Not providing any services at this time

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Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start

  • Location is open and providing child care services.

  • Tel: 613-724-5844

  • Email: 

  • Closed December 25th- January 4th

  • Not providing any services at this time


Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families

  • Child Care Centre is open

  • Closed for December 24, 2020- January 3rd, 2021

  • Programs are trying to strike a balance of health and well-being during these unusual times of the pandemic.

  • Please contact the program manager/coordinator for information on what health precautions the programs are taking to support the community.

  • Visitors are restricted to appointments only.

  • Many staff are still working from home. 


Minwaashin Lodge

Minwaashin will be offering the following services throughout the Christmas holidays:


Christmas break services only: December 21, 2020 – January 4, 2021

  • Children’s Annual Christmas Giveaway – Thursday, December 17th, 2020 – toy bags – curbside (accepting new toys, gift cards until December 14th).

  • Minwaashin Lodge Sacred Child families 0-6 yrs – Food bank/Christmas festive meal – Thursday, December 17, 2020 – curbside – Many thanks to The Mission for all their support in preparing a delicious festive meal to our families.

  • S.T.O.R.M program will continue to run throughout the holidays.

  • Housing First/Outreach will continue to support women in crisis.

  • COVID Bi-weekly Outreach food bags/perishables - curbside drop off - December 3rd, 17th and 31st.

  • Crisis line – 24/7 - 613-789-1141. On call - Crisis support for youth/women/families in distress – virtual/text/phone – 613-741-5590 x 260

  • Warming centre – Pending. Minwaashin Lodge staff are available if open over the holidays.

  • Drop in for Homeless/Human Trafficked clients continue - Women’s Drop In – Mondays; Men’s Drop In - Fridays

  • Minwaashin Lodge will continue to remain in Stage 2 at 1155 Lola St site – December 1 – February 28, 2021.

  • Minwaashin Lodge will reassess COVID health indicators prior to moving into Stage 3 at that time. We continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations of OPH, the City and the Province. Clients who have face to face appointments continue to be pre-screened by staff before accessing specific in-house services.

Programming Updates:

  • The ‘outdoor access visits’ have ceased.

  • Limited - Scheduled indoor access visits for families will continue with support

  • Bi-weekly Sacred Child food bank and Emergency baby food cupboard – curbside delivery – December 11th, 17th 2020. Closed December 31, 2020.

  • Circle of Care – face to face meetings at Minwaashin Lodge (pre arranged in advance)

  • Parenting program - Virtual FB parenting group ends December 10th, 2020 – Starts January 21, 2021

  • Employment Readiness Program-Virtual training groups – Starts up again in January 2021

  • Bi-weekly Outreach food bags/perishables- January – March 30, 2021 - curbside drop off

  • Counseling team – NEW- Youth Counseling/Substance Use/Mental Wellness Counseling available -virtual/email/text/ and face to face sessions available (pre arranged in advance) with staggered work schedules in place

  • Children’s Therapy – Mobile van for 1:1 sessions for school age children – pending van access. (January?) – pre-scheduled 1:1 sessions at Minwaashin Lodge

  • Culture program - face to face groups of (6). Participants are screened and must register in advance

  • Crisis support for youth/women/families in distress – virtual/text/phone/

  • Doula Program - Aunties on the Road- phone support/video conferencing/emails/sharing school resources and online learning

  • Youth support- Google hangouts; FB support circles-closed group; email; phone/texting; crisis intervention; curbside wellness check ins; food security; back to school supports and future groups pending start date

  • Oshki Kizis Shelter site - Day/evening programs continue to deliver essential services with specific direction from the Shelter Director including Housing First; Outreach; and Street Outreach (STORM).


Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation

  • Housing assistance is available

  • Tel: 613-741-1449 

  • Closed December 25th-28th & January 1st

  • Not providing any services at this time


Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth

  • House is operational 24/7 - Tel: (613) 233-0672

  • Waitlist for housing

  • Outreach Care Packages are available for alumni and past clients


Kagita Mikam

  • Office is open, appointment only

  • Assisting clients with information and applying for Employment Insurance

  • Job and training opportunities frequently shared on Facebook

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Odawa Native Friendship Centre

  • The Odawa Native Friendship Centre at Rideau High School remains closed to the public, until further notice

  • Closed regular holiday break December 18, 2020 will re-open January 4, 2021

  • Please contact your program coordinators directly at 613-722-3811 and enter their extension to reach someone if you are in need of assistance.

  • 510 Rideau will run from 9 am – 1pm closed on statutory holidays.

  • Bannock Bus still operating regular hours offering mitts, hats, socks, jackets and hot meals

  • Clients will not be able to access 510 Rideau building, unless for washroom, phone or mail


Tungasuvvingat Inuit

  • Office will be closed from December 19th and will reopen on January 3rd, 2021

  • No outreach programs at this time


Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

  • Clinic is open Monday - Friday, 9am to 5:30pm via walk in and appointments

  • Closed Christmas Day, and New Years Day

  • Mental health professionals are open for one-on-one therapy sessions both in person and over the phone

  • Running outdoor programs with small groups. Check the full programming calendar:

  • Providing support and hot meals for seniors. Contact Erin (613) 748-0657 x 304


Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

The Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team (AIFHT) is dedicated to treating members of Ottawa’s Inuit community and is the only one of its kind in the world. It provides testing, treatment, medications and prescriptions for any medical issue.

Located: 300-24 Selkirk Street in Ottawa.

The contact number: 613-740-0999

Holiday Hours:

  • December 21-23rd at 9am-5pm

  • December 24th at 11am -3pm

  • December 25th – Closed

  • December 29-30th at 9am-5pm

  • December 31 11-3pm

  • January 1st – Closed


Additional Resources in the Community 

Respite Centres in the City

These temporary centres provide access to showers and washrooms, along with other essential services and referrals, to residents in need.

  • Respite Centre at Bernard Grandmaitre Arena

Location: 309 McArthur Road

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm

  • Tom Brown Arena 

Location: 141 Bayview Station Rd

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

COVID-19 Assessment Centres 


Will have adjusted operating hours between Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and Monday, January 4, 2021. Please check your local testing site’s holiday hours below before booking an appointment. Click Here!

Please note that the Ottawa Food Bank does not directly distribute Christmas Hampers and for you to get the holiday support you need, please:

  • Register by calling your community food program ( as early as possible. There are a limited number available, first come first serve.

  • OR call 2-1-1 to be referred to a program that prepares Christmas Hampers if your community food program does not, or has run out.

If you are looking to receive help getting toys for your little ones, please call 2-1-1 for a referral to those services. (This link helps you find emergency food) 


Centertown Emergency Food

Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Please note that they will be closed on the following days: December 25, 28 & January 1.
Note: Please bring ID and proof of address
Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z5
(Get Directions | Get Transit Directions)

24-hr Crisis Lines

Distress Centre, 613-238-3311 • 1-866-996-0991 (toll free)

Minwaashin Lodge's Crisis line: (613) 789-1141 

Talk4Healing: Call or text us at 1-855-554-HEAL, or start your live chat session to begin your journey to healing today.

Youth Services Bureau • 613-260-2360 •1-877-377-7775 (toll free) (text)


Did you Know?

Seniors ages 65+ ride for free on OC Transpo on Wednesdays and Sundays. You must set up the discount on your card first. 613-741-4390 

O-Train and bus services continue throughout the weeks of Christmas and New Year's. From Dec. 21 to Dec. 25 and Dec. 28 to Jan. 1, all routes will operate on a reduced schedule.


Free Meals in Ottawa 

Shepherds of Good Hope • 233 Murray St. -Monday to Sunday (613)-789-8210
St. Luke’s Table • 180 Percy St. -Monday to Saturday (613)-238-4193
Capital City Mission • 521 Rideau St. - Monday to Friday (613)-241-2407
St. Joe’s Women’s Centre • 151 Laurier Ave. East - Monday to Friday (613)-231-6722
Centre Espoir Sophie (women) • 145A Murray St. - Monday to Thursday (613)-789-5119


Counselling Services 

Hope for Wellness Help Line • 1-855-242-3310 •

Culturally sensitive telephone or video counselling (English, French, Cree, Ojibway & Inuktitut)

Don't forget about the pets!

Call and check the Holiday Hours.

More Information - Click here!

Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition

Sutie 100 - 1155 Lola St.
Ottawa, ON, 
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