What is the Purpose of this Guide?
This is a one-of-a-kind Guide to help you connect to Indigenous Communities in Kingston, Tyendinaga, Napanee & Deseronto, Sharbot Lake and Bancroft. The Guide includes listings of Indigenous services, community-based groups and events. We have included voluntary, community-based activities that are often the essence of Sharing and Caring Indigenous communities. In addition the Guide includes key General Services of interest to families and children. We hope you will find the guide useful whether you are seeking information for yourself, a friend or for a client.
Who is this Guide for?
This guide is for Indigenous people and families. The word “Indigenous” refers to people with Native Ancestry. If you have an auntie or uncle or grandparent, greatgrandparent or mother or father who identified as having Inuit, Métis, Indian or Native heritage, then you have Native Ancestry. You do not need a status card or membership card. Some of the services may be directed to a specific membership or to Status Indians, so we indicate if the service is restricted to Members, or serves only On-Reserve people.
What does the Feather and Shell symbolize?
We have used the symbols of a feather and shell to identify individuals or organizations that can help you connect to Elders, Community Knowledge Keepers, Teachers, Ceremonies, and Sacred Medicines. Think of the guide as a helper. Each community knows who their Elders and Knowledge Keepers are, and the way in which healing and helping will be most possible and supported. So it is important to reach out and talk with others in your community.