Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle

Making a difference
one community at a time

Indigenous Capacity Building Circle


Vision Statement

It is envisioned the Indigenous Capacity Building Circle will actively and effectively build capacity and relationships in agencies, organizations and systems within the region to strengthen services offered to Indigenous children, youth and families.

Project Goal

The overall goal of the Indigenous Capacity Building Circle is to bring the mainstream and Indigenous systems together to develop strategies for system improvements.

2009 / 2010 ICBC Goals

  1. Identify and establish the conditions for cultural competency and safety within agencies and organizations.
  2. Promote on-going cooperation and resource development to meet Original Peoples needs.
  3. Develop protocols for consultation and issues as they affect Original Peoples and communities.

Measures of Success

  • Almost 300 management, and front line service staff, etc trained within all systems around the county.
  • Participant feedback and evaluation of the Visioning Day, Gathering of the Clans, and the Coalition states were are on the right track.
  • We are and continue to build successful collaboration with agencies, government bodies, and our communities.
  • Development of strategic directions that support a culture based responsive system.

Commitment to positive change in the system planning.

Journey Reflections - Then & Now

Before ICBC

  • There was little or no knowledge about our worldview or who our communities were (ie Dr. Gina Browne Report).
  • Original Peoples were being viewed as one group, as though all our communities had the same culture and beliefs.
  • Tools and protocols were being developed without input from our communities with a one size fits all approach.
  • Little or no funding is available, specifically for capacity building.
  • Systems were culturally unsafe and there was a lack of cultural competency within mainstream organizations.


  • There is an increased awareness and understanding that we have a different worldview and different ways of doing business.
  • There is an increased understanding of the uniqueness of our communities' cultures and recognition of the differences between them.
  • There are dedicated seats for Original Peoples representation and encouragement of more partners at the Child, Youth and Family Coalition of Simcoe County and other planning and implementation tables.
  • We recognize unique community needs and the importance of having an inclusive community driven process.

The ICBC continues to work toward a service agreement between the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle and the Ministry of Community and Youth Services.

ACBC Members Chart

Child, Youth and Family Coalition of Simcoe County
Children’s Treatment Network
Children’s Aid Society of Simcoe County - First Nation, Métis, and Inuit
Kinark Child & Family Services
New Path
Canadian Mental Health Association
Indigenous Ontario Early Years
Biinoojinsag Children’s Planning Circle
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle
Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre - Outreach Program



Indigenous Capacity Builder Coordinator

125 Bell Farm Rd, Suite 205
Barrie, ON L4M 6L2

Phone: 705.734.1818
Fax: 705.734.1812