Upcoming Events & Announcements


The Odawa Native Friendship Centre remains closed to the public, until further notice, but our staff is equipped and are working remotely from home. Please contact your program coordinators directly at 613-722-3811 and enter their extension to reach someone if you are in need of assistance. We will do our best to support you at this difficult time. On behalf of all Odawa staff, please stay safe and take good care.


Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Odawa Native Friendship Centre at Rideau High School will remain closed for everyone's safety and security. Critical services will remain active and/or available. The situation is a serious one.

  • Wash your hands frequently, cough in your elbow or in a tissue, and avoid touching your face;
  • Keep an eye on all members of your community over 60 years old or with preexisting conditions;
  • Avoid social gatherings, public transport, and leaving your house for any uncritical reasons;
  • Remain at a distance of 1m (3ft) from anyone with flu-like symptoms;
  • Stay informed on the situation --- from official/trust-worthy sources, as scams can blow up in times of crisis like this one;
  • Support one another online to limit the effects of isolation;

You can download self-monitoring information here: .jpg

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Below are links to information released by the Ontario Government, Canadian Government, and World Health Organisation:

The latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak is available on the World Health Organization's web page dedicated to it: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

For the latest information released by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada:

https://news.ontario.ca/newsroom/en (General Latest News)
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https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus (COVID-19 information, Ontario)

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-self-assessment (COVID-19 Self-Assessment, Ontario)

https://www.canada.ca/en/news.html (Latest news in Canada, bottom of page)

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html (Public Health Agency of Canada)

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html (COVID-19 information, Public Health Agency)

https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/ressources-entreprises-COVID-19-business-resources.aspx?lang=eng (Resources for Canadian Businesses)

www.linkedin.com (Community and Business Leaders are actively sharing practices, plans, and news regarding COVID-19)

Thank you Beth Boros, Training Dir. of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres for sharing the links.


Employment Opportunity for a
Healthy Babies Healthy Children (AHBHC) Program Coordinator!

Deadline: March 13th, 5 pm EST
Link to Job page

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Odawa Food Bank Volunteer


Odawa is looking for committed volunteers for the Emergency Food Cupboard.

Call reception @ 613-722-3811





510 Rideau Drop-In Centre Has Reopened


The location and contact info is:


510 Rideau St.

Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z6

P: 613-789-3077

F: 613-789-8403


Please note that the hours of operation are M-F, 8 am - 3 pm and meals are twice daily at 8 am & 12 pm.

Check the poster for further info: Poster (pdf)


510 now has the following programming:


Men's Traditional Healing & Support

Every Wednesday @ 3 pm

Snacks will be provided


Women's Support Group

Every Tuesday @ 1 pm

Crafts, songs & sharing!


Wellbriety Meetings (open to all)

Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm

Chance to listen and speak on addictions. Meal will be provided.


Contact Carrie Diabo for more information.


Free Legal Clinic


Odawa offers a free legal clinic for those that meet legal aid eligibility. Walk ins are welcome!

Dates now changed to the first and last thursday of each month.
Time: 12 pm - 3 pm

Contact Jennifer Valiquette for more information


Monthly Calendars


Please check the Odawa Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/Odawa.Friendship



A Story of Impact

The Ottawa Aboriginal Best Start Committee is pleased to share our Video "A Story of Impact". It was created to promote awareness of Ottawa programs supporting Aboriginal children from 0-6 years.

To view our video please visit one of the following links: http://youtu.be/Sx8428j40Vc or https://vimeo.com/user28770532/videos
We hope you enjoy the video! When you have finished viewing it, please feel free to share it widely.

The following Aboriginal organizations participated in the creation of the video. Please contact any of us for more information:
Minwaashin Lodge www.minlodge.com
Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start www.makonsag.ca
Odawa Native Friendship Centre www.odawa.on.ca
Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre www.ottawainuitchildrens.com
Tungasuvvingat Inuit www.tungasuvvingatinuit.ca
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health www.wabano.com

The Aboriginal Best Start Committee would like to thank the families who shared their stories in the creation of this video.


Odawa's Video Showcase


Celebrating over 33 years of dedicated services to the Ottawa region's Aboriginal community.

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal people in the Capital region. To maintain a tradition of community, an ethic of self-help and development as well as to provide traditional teachings from our elders. These are important values we will continue to reinforce and promote in the coming years.

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization serving the Aboriginal community in the Ottawa-Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities.

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre opened its doors to the community in August 1975. The Aboriginal population has grown in the Ottawa community and we have expanded our services to meet their needs. We are an organization which offers various programs and services to people of all ages and where "Everyone Is Welcome".

For over three decades now, Odawa's volunteers, Board of Directors, committee members and staff have worked diligently to ensure that we positively affect the quality of life for Aboriginal people in the Capital region. A tradition of community, ethnic self-help and development, as well as traditional teachings from our elders are important values, which we will continue to reinforce in the coming years.


Odawa Annual Pow-Wow held each May, Native Veteran's Dinner, Traditional Drumming and Dancing, Dances, Socials and Family Events, Children's Pow-Wow.

Community Services:

Odawa Sweetgrass Home Childcare Agency, Youth Support, Employment Training & Referral, Family Support Service, Counselling Referrals, Culture Relations (Anti-Racism), Alcohol and Drug Counselling Referrals and an emergency food bank location.

Sports & Recreation:

Odawa's volleyball league, Jiu-Jitsu, Yoga, Zumba, Annual Arts Auction, Volunteer Appreciation.

Odawa Is Committed To...

  • -Reinforcing Aboriginal cultural development and creating greater awareness and interaction with other cultures; this would include the Annual Summer Odawa Pow Wow which is a celebration of Aboriginal culture, enjoyed by over 18,000 visitors - Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals from across North America.
  • -Promoting positive Aboriginal images, self-respect and expression through a variety of cultural programs and activities.
  • -Facilitating the development of skills, knowledge and leadership in Aboriginal youth that will allow them to successfully participate in the surrounding community.
  • -Continuing to offer a range of services that meet the special needs of Aboriginal people who require assistance in an urban environment.

For Your Information:

If you are looking for information on eligibility and the application process for "Indian Status", click this link:

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

(formerly known as Indian and Northern Affairs Canada or INAC)