Mission - Vision
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Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win/The North-South Partnership for Children is a dynamic and evolving partnership that began in 2006 as the coming together of First Nation Chiefs, Elders and youth living in remote communities in northwestern Ontario with caring individuals and voluntary organizations based in southern Ontario.
Northern kids are being connected to Southern kids via Facebook and email; contractors are being flown up to repair homes and run workshops; agricultural specialists are conveying how to grow potatoes and build hothouses so that the reserves can get out from under the cost of shipped-in groceries; the Elders, who may not speak English, are having their wisdom teachings and stories translated and presented to their grandchildren, who may speak neither Ojibwe nor Cree.
A future where children, youth and families in the remote First Nation communities have their basic needs met and gain opportunities to achieve their full potential while embracing their culture and heritage as Aboriginal people.
The North-South Partnership for Children
- responds to the identified needs of children, youth, families and communities in the remote First Nations;
- builds caring and supportive relationships between voluntary organizations and individuals in the south and the northern First Nations people;
- secures resources from voluntary sector organizations, individuals, the corporate sector and other funding bodies in order to meet basic needs and provide programs, training, and other forms of support.
Sharing with gratitude, respect, traditional teachings, Aboriginal culture, language, Elders, the four elements of being, Aboriginal rights, trust and accountability, and participation are the Partnership's values. The Partnership has no religious or political affiliations.
The North-South Partnership is dedicated to providing support to children, youth and families within remote northern First Nations communities (for a list of northern partners, see More about the Communities). With plans to build on its beginning successes during the next few years, the Partnership recognizes the possibility of future expansion into other remote northern First Nations communities.