+Positive Voice is an innovative program in London, Ontario that supports the development of positive narratives and positive community connections by urban Indigenous women, 18 years and older, who are transitioning to employment or education. We have been nominated for the Champion of Mental Health Award by CMHA Middlesex and won the Community Innovation Award at the Pillar Community Innovation Awards in 2017. We have received Seed and Grow grant funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.
Our next sessions of Positive Voice will take place:
February 27-April 12-room for 2 more participants
April 24-June 5-still accepting referrals
Our new program sessions will include fancy shawl making. We will also have guest speakers that include a professional photographer, Indigenous graphic designer, Indigenous professor and PhD student, and visits from government officials at the city, provincial, and national levels.
We will be offering:
A hand drum making workshop April 14, 2017-Full
A skirt making workshop in June 19 and 20, 2018 with Lisa Hill from Moccasin Flow-maximum 5 participants. All materials will be provided.
A mural painting workshop in June 2018 with Auralast and Nancy King. The mural will be on display at Nokee Kwe when it is finished. Participants will contribute to the design and painting of the workshop.
As part of our 7 week program, participants learn more about social and digital media, photography and writing positive narratives through hands-on experience and through interacting with guest speakers and artists. In addition, we hosted government representatives from the city, provincial and national levels. The content created by our participants is shared through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The entire process is participant driven and overseen by an advisory committee of Indigenous women and community practitioners. Our program was established in 2016 and we are excited to see it grow.
To support the sharing of positive portrayals of Indigenous women with the larger community and to provide networking opportunities for our participants, we organize community art exhibits and displays at community events. We have also received new funding to offer community workshops.
Positive Voice Pilot Program External Evaluation Report: please click to view this pdf
Is your client an urban Indigenous woman experiencing a life transition and over the age of 18?
+Positive Voice assists urban Indigenous women with developing positive life narratives and positive community connections. We are not a peer support or group therapy program and providing one-on-one support or counselling is not within the mandate of our program. Participants must not be in crisis and must demonstrate that they are in transition to education or employment in order access the program. Childcare also needs to be in place as we do not have the facilities to provide childcare. Please ensure that your client is aware of the need to attend every day of the program in order to ensure completion. Accommodation can be made in the event of unexpected personal circumstances based on consultation with the Program Coordinator.
Do you have a signed consent to release your client’s information to +Positive Voice?
Before submitting a referral, the person named in the referral must give written consent for you and your agency to share information with +Positive Voice at Nokee Kwe. This information is kept confidential by Nokee Kwe and the +Positive Voice program.
Submitting a referral
Please provide the following information and submit by email. Please call 519-667-7088 to obtain the email address for the Positive Voice Coordinator or fax referral to 519-667-4872.
Name of Referring Agency
Counsellor/Contact Telephone Number
Counsellor/Contact Telephone Number
I have written consent from my client to share information between my agency and Nokee Kwe. Yes/No
Full Name of Client
Why is this client being referred to the program? Are there any specific accommodations required related to literacy or education level?
Is the client currently receiving support through Ontario Works?
Ontario Works ID Number (If Applicable)
Once the referral is received, your client will be invited to attend an intake appointment.
PARTICIPANT REFERRAL FORM: Please Download This pdf