Balance, Wellness and Healthy Living are the fundamental Aboriginal principals that form the basis of the Aboriginal Responsible Gambling Strategy - a program that supports Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities in their efforts to reduce the harm associated with problem gambling.
Our mandate is to design, develop and deliver wholistic approaches that address problem gambling in a culturally appropriate manner and include:
- Health Promotion
- Prevention Initiatives
- Training and Education
- Resource Development
- Advocacy and Support
The program has worked to address mental health and addiction concerns by developing alternative programs which support community participation, events and healthy choices consisting of:
Annual Events: National Addictions Awareness Week; Problem Gambling Prevention Month; Regional Gambling Addictions Training
Regional Projects/Contests: Support Group Development; Healing Art Contests, Wellness Campaigns; Creative Circles, School Projects
Community Requests: Special Events; Community Gatherings/Conferences; Presentations/Workshops; Resource Bundles and Community Development Initiatives.
Aboriginal partners in the Ontario Aboriginal Responsible Gambling Program include the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, Grand Council Treaty #3, Independent First Nations, Métis Nation of Ontario, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, Ontario Native Women’s Association and the Union of Ontario Indians. The program receives financial support from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.