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1) Zhaawanong Shelter (On-going) 519-432-2270

Zhaawanong means "South" in the Ojibwe language. This direction means warmth, change, nurturance and renewal - qualities we promote in the shelter.

Operating since June, 1992, our shelter offers a 24 hour emergency shelter for First Nation women and their children who are at high risk of further abuse in the family home. Here we provide: safety, protection and shelter, (up to 42 days), in a supportive healing environment; intervention and wholistic crisis counselling (group or individual), for women and their children; traditional healing circles for women and children; an understanding of the cycle of violence; promotion of health and wellness and prevention of family violence; emergency transportation; and referral and advocacy, while they are in transition.

2) Crisis Phone Line (On-going) 1-800-605-7477

Our 24 hour crisis phone lines provides: wholistic crisis and supportive counselling over the phone for women and children at high risk due to their violent living situation; prevention against on-going gamily violence by assisting callers with developing "Safety Plans" over the phone; referral and advocacy services, as requested; and telephone counselling to women explaining their rights and options.

3) Family Support Unit (On-going) 519-438-0068

Is a service which focuses on the intervention and prevention of family violence by offering a wholistic framework to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of First Nation women, men children and their families, through: counselling (group or individual); support; traditional teaching circles; and advocacy, for those who have been or continue to be affected by the impacts of family violence. Our Family Support Unit consists of 3 full time workers comprised of two women counsellors and one men and childrens counsellor.

4) Elders Circle & Teaching Program (On-going)

Presently, Ate^nlos has (3) three Elders who work with First Nation individuals, families, staff, volunteers, board members and our community to ensure the ongoing cultural relevancy of our programs and services by offering support, guidance and teachings in the promotion of wellness and healing through Aboriginal traditional healing practices.

Ate^nlos is presenting seeking additional Traditional Elders to further ensure the inter- connectiveness of all ages and stages of the life cycle and to further ensure the ongoing development of a range of culturally appropriate programs and services relating to the promotion of the prevention of family violence that will benefit all our Nations.

5) Community Education, Training & Prevention Program (On-going) 519-438-0068

Through community education, training and prevention workshops, Ate^nlos: increases awareness of and the impact of family violence within our communities, thereby facilitating movement past the denial of family violence in order to begin a community-based healing process; promotes community participation in preventing family violence; builds networks of support and coordination of existing services, programs and resources within and in between communities and/or staff of public schools, other educational institutes and service providers; shares resources by providing consultative services, information sharing and training to Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers of various Aboriginal Healing Centres, Services and/or Programs.

6) Community Resource and Volunteer Program (On-going) 519-438-0068

Ate^nlos has developed a Native Family Resource Program which includes, but not limited to: collection, updates and development of a library of printed and recorded media regarding Native concerns in general, and family violence issues in particular; developing and producing original curriculum materials relevant to the issues of Native family violence. The material developed will be imprinted and recorded media; publication of a periodical newsletter for distribution in Native communities, primarily, (and non-native communities, selectively), with articles concerning Native Family Violence, specifically, and native concerns generally; developing a computer based research data system regarding Native family violence which can be assessed by communities, agencies and libraries nationwide.

Volunteer Program: This program involves recruitment and selection, in-depth training and supervision of a staff of volunteers who will work with staff of Ate^nlos in the delivery of services to families, especially in advocacy, crisis intervention and prevention services.

Ate^nlos has developed a training package regarding Native Family Violence, the judicial system, basic human service delivery, crisis intervention and prevention procedures. Volunteers who successfully complete the training are assigned to specific duties as outlined on a volunteer job description.

Tahsahtahweyaht - Aborignal Youth In Transition

Providing quality transitional support of a wholistic nature to youth that will lead to personal and family wellness in areas of education, health, and family values.


  1. The philosophy is based on the concept that we are each other’s medicine, self-help comes from helping others. The positive power that resides in everyone can overcome the negative aspects of life. And, if we are to learn and teach, we must attach ourselves to an environment that is created and dedicated to the betterment of humanity. We cannot cross a desert until we have prepared ourselves.  We cannot travel the road of life blaming those about us, but rather we must accept responsibility for ourselves and each other and conquer each situation that we meet. Our pasts have been written and cannot be erased. Therefore, we must work and concentrate for today with a vision of tomorrow.
  2. The residential community is seen as a transitory support which allows the person to identify the reason which may have led to the situation they are  in, to learn how to deal with and overcome these obstacles, to set appropriate goals, to work towards achieving these goals, to evaluate progress and to gain self-worth.


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Aboriginal Homeless Diversion Project


The purpose of the AHD project is to increase the capacity of the aborignal community to provide a coordinated approach to meet the needs of the Aboriginal population in the city of London.


Drop In Center


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