105 – 1509 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay BC V9N 5N5

Will be moving mid-June 2022 to 960 Cumberland Road, Courtenay BC, V9N 2E4

Phone: 250-334-9591   Fax: 250-338-9515

Email: info@uiwona.ca

Website: http://uiwona.ca/

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm

Mission Statement:

Our vision is to reach a wide range of native women in our community so that we can give support and keep our traditional ways alive.  The purpose of the Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry is to be a channel of communication between women of native ancestry and other organizations, to meet as many needs as possible of native women and their families in the upper Vancouver Island region.

The UIWONA provides services to native women and their families; Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Programs, consisting of traditional, social and recreation events in a family setting.

Programs & Services:

  • The Comox Valley Aboriginal Head Start Program: a pre-school program for Aboriginal children, ages 3 – 5 years.  Runs 4 days a week, is free of charge and includes meals and transportation.
  • Friday’s Child: a program for families with newborn – 6 year old Aboriginal children with specific developmental needs, with a focus on FAS/E;  is free of charge and includes meals and transportation.
  • Early Years Aboriginal Program – for Aboriginal families with children from birth to three, parents must attend; is free of charge and includes healthy snacks.

Programs & Services:

  • Tenant Support Program: helps tenants at M’akola housing to overcome challenges in their daily lives, providing support and preservation of tenancy. Phone: 250-898-3315 or tenantsupport_uiwona@shaw.ca
  • Elders Lighting Our Way Program (until March 2014): workshops for Seniors in the areas of beading & moccasin making, drumming & storytelling and traditional plants & herbs. Funded in part by Canada’s New Horizon for Seniors Program.