Upcoming Events & Announcements


Fundraising Campaign - Save the Odawa Bannock Bus


The Bannock Bus program is dedicated to feeding the Aboriginal homeless population of Ottawa. The program recently lost use of its van after someone ran a red light and hit the vehicle. Now the Bannock Bus no longer has a way to deliver the food to those who need it most. The loss of the vehicle along with a lack of funding has forced the Bannock Bus program to shut down.

This fundraising campaign's goal is to raise $25,000 by May 30, 2016 to revive the Bannock Bus program. It was created by an Indigenous ally out of Toronto and we at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre thank her for her support!


Click the link for details and to donate today: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/bring-back-the-odawa-bannock-bus/


40th Annual Odawa Pow Wow - 2016 Traditional


Dates: May 28 & 29, 2016


New location: 200 Moodie Drive, South of the Queensway


Gates open @ 10:00 am
Grand Entry @ 12:00 noon


FREE ADMISSION (Donations will be accepted at the gate)



Additional details can be found on the Odawa Pow Wow Page

Email inquiries to: Odawapowwow@odawa.on.ca


Aboriginal Family Support Program


If you are a parent seeking help and support for your family we have the resources available to you. We have open spaces to be involved with the Family Support Program. Register today!


Community Engagement Meeting - Contest Results

Logo & sign contest winner: Équan Liberté



Sign on building (mock-up of how it would look)


Check this Facebook link for pictures of the other entries to this contest:



Odawa Culture Nights


Saturday Evenings

6 - 9 pm

250 City Centre

Drumming & singing, food & potluck

Everyone welcome



Indian Tacos / Soup & Bannock Delivery



Have you thought of having Indian Tacos or Soup and Bannock brought to your workplace? Just email eventsodawa.on.ca and this can be arranged! All money from these caterings go to help keep 510 Rideau open and our Aboriginal homeless population fed and participating in culturally appropriate interventions! Order for 25 people or more.


Poster (jpg)


Odawa would like to thank Indigenous and Northern Affairs, including the Honourable Minister, Carolyn Bennett, for having Odawa bring them delicious Indian Tacos!


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510 Rideau Drop-In Centre Has Reopened


The location and contact info is:


510 Rideau St.

Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z6

P: 613-789-3077

F: 613-789-8403


Please note that the hours of operation are M-F, 8 am - 3 pm and meals are twice daily at 8 am & 12 pm.

Check the poster for further info: Poster (pdf)


510 now has the following programming:


Men's Traditional Healing & Support

Every Monday @ 10 am

Snacks will be provided


Women's Support Group

Every Tuesday @ 1 pm

Crafts, songs & sharing!

TB Screening clinic

Tuesday May 10 (testing) & Thursday May 12 (results)

8:30 am - 10:30 am



Contact Carrie Diabo for more information.


Free Legal Clinic


Odawa offers a free legal clinic for those that meet legal aid eligibility. Walk ins are welcome!

Dates now changed to the first and last thursday of each month.
Time: 12 pm - 3 pm

Next dates: May 5th & 26th, 2016

Contact Jennifer Valiquette for more information


Monthly Calendars


Food bank dates: May 10, 13, 17, 20..

Healthy Living Program May 2016 Calendar


Odawa's Snow Sculpture at Winterlude 2016


Odawa entered a snow scultpure during this year's Winterlude festival. Here are some pictures of the event and the sculpture.


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A Story of Impact

The Ottawa Aboriginal Best Start Committee is pleased to share our Video "A Story of Impact". It was created to promote awareness of Ottawa programs supporting Aboriginal children from 0-6 years.

To view our video please visit one of the following links: http://youtu.be/Sx8428j40Vc or https://vimeo.com/user28770532/videos
We hope you enjoy the video! When you have finished viewing it, please feel free to share it widely.

The following Aboriginal organizations participated in the creation of the video. Please contact any of us for more information:
Minwaashin Lodge www.minlodge.com
Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start www.makonsag.ca
Odawa Native Friendship Centre www.odawa.on.ca
Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre www.ottawainuitchildrens.com
Tungasuvvingat Inuit www.tungasuvvingatinuit.ca
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health www.wabano.com

The Aboriginal Best Start Committee would like to thank the families who shared their stories in the creation of this video.


Odawa's Video Showcase


Celebrating over 33 years of dedicated services to the Ottawa region's Aboriginal community.

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal people in the Capital region. To maintain a tradition of community, an ethic of self-help and development as well as to provide traditional teachings from our elders. These are important values we will continue to reinforce and promote in the coming years.

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization serving the Aboriginal community in the Ottawa-Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities.

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre opened its doors to the community in August 1975. The Aboriginal population has grown in the Ottawa community and we have expanded our services to meet their needs. We are an organization which offers various programs and services to people of all ages and where "Everyone Is Welcome".

For over three decades now, Odawa's volunteers, Board of Directors, committee members and staff have worked diligently to ensure that we positively affect the quality of life for Aboriginal people in the Capital region. A tradition of community, ethnic self-help and development, as well as traditional teachings from our elders are important values, which we will continue to reinforce in the coming years.


Odawa Annual Pow-Wow held each May, Native Veteran's Dinner, Traditional Drumming and Dancing, Dances, Socials and Family Events, Children's Pow-Wow.

Community Services:

Odawa Sweetgrass Home Childcare Agency, Youth Support, Employment Training & Referral, Family Support Service, Counselling Referrals, Culture Relations (Anti-Racism), Alcohol and Drug Counselling Referrals and an emergency food bank location.

Sports & Recreation:

Odawa's volleyball league, Jiu-Jitsu, Yoga, Zumba, Annual Arts Auction, Volunteer Appreciation.

Odawa Is Committed To...

  • -Reinforcing Aboriginal cultural development and creating greater awareness and interaction with other cultures; this would include the Annual Summer Odawa Pow Wow which is a celebration of Aboriginal culture, enjoyed by over 18,000 visitors - Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals from across North America.
  • -Promoting positive Aboriginal images, self-respect and expression through a variety of cultural programs and activities.
  • -Facilitating the development of skills, knowledge and leadership in Aboriginal youth that will allow them to successfully participate in the surrounding community.
  • -Continuing to offer a range of services that meet the special needs of Aboriginal people who require assistance in an urban environment.

For Your Information:

If you are looking for information on eligibility and the application process for "Indian Status", click this link:

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

(formerly known as Indian and Northern Affairs Canada or INAC)