Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Program

Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Program


The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin program translates in English to “I am a Kind Man”. The programs goal is to encourage men to speak out and end all forms of violence towards Indigenous women and learn how to create healthy relationships. It reconnects men to their ancient duty as protectors of women and children and to Mino-Bimaadiziwin (live the good life)

Who We Serve: Indigenous men and male youth (13+) who are proactively seeking cultural resources and supportive services in the movement to end violence against women, Indigenous men and male youth who were or are currently involved in the justice system.

Program Objectives:

  • Improved self-esteem and sense of identity among urban Indigenous men within the program
  • Reduced instances of violence against Indigenous women from men who have received program supports including those who were reintegrated into the community
  • Reduce stigma around conversation on violence against Indigenous women
  • Increased collaboration between Friendship Centre’s and Delivery Sites, levels of government and other organizations to support efforts to reduce instances of violence against Indigenous women
  • To provide education and support for men and boys to address issues of violence against women
  • To offer a safe, secure and healthy environment where men can feel confident to express themselves in a positive manner

Program Activities:

  • One-to-one Supports
  • Group-Based Services
  • Participant-Based Activities

One to One Supports:

  • One-to-One Peer Counselling
  • Anger Management
  • Addressing Substance Abuse Issues
  • Service Navigation
  • Individual Advocacy Support
  • Justice-Related Individual Supports
  • Individual/Family Support
  • Individual Traditional Teachings

Referrals to Other Friendship Centre’s Programs