Shania Kids Can announces partnership with Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon and United Way of Thunder Bay to support the well-being of children in Thunder Bay – Anishinabek News

NEW YORK — As part of the United Way’s strategic priority to enhance Indigenous Collaboration, and in seeking partners who share their concern for the wellbeing of Indigenous children, youth and families to invest in this initiative, Albert Brulé, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Thunder Bay contacted Shania Kids Can (SKC) to discuss the possibility of collaborating with the United Way and Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon (Shkoday) to fund a new Biwaase’aa program at a school in Thunder Bay. Country music icon Shania Twain, a long-time advocate for improving the lives of underprivileged children, founded SKC in 2010.

The Biwaase’aa program offered by Shkoday has similar goals to SKC which are to increase the life skills of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, youth, and their families through strategies of academic improvement, emotional development, cultural awareness, and nutritional support. Like the SKC program, Biwaase’aa focuses on mental health, social and emotional behaviours, and physical well-being, while using cultural teachings to achieve these goals. Ultimately, both organizations are helping kids succeed in school and in life.

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