The Parry Sound Friendship Centre is one of the original six Friendship Centres in Ontario, founded in 1966 and incorporated on February 2, 1967. The Centre is also one of the founding members of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, which was incorporated in 1971.
The Friendship Centre program is designed to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people in an urban environment by supporting self determined activities which encourage equal access to and participation in Canadian Society and which respects aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.
Working in a Healthy holistic environment; collectedly and cooperatively to promote and deliver programs and activities to build healthier lifestyles, families and communities.
Friendship Centres are not-for-profit corporations that are mandated to serve the needs of urban Indigenous people by providing culturally appropriate services in urban communities – (Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, 2013)
Seven Grandfather Teachings
To know peace is to know Love. Love must be unconditional. When people are weak they need love the most. In the Anishinaabe language, this word with the reciprocal theme /idi/ indicates that this form of love is mutual. In some communities, Gizhaawenidiwin is used, which in most context means “jealousy” but in this context is translated as either “love” or “zeal”. Again, the reciprocal theme /idi/ indicates that this form of love is mutual.
To honor all creation is to have Respect. All of creation should be treated with respect. You must give respect if you wish to be respected. Some communities instead use Ozhibwaadenindiwin or Manazoonidiwin
Bravery is to face the foe with integrity. In the Anishinaabe language, this word literally means “state of having a fearless heart.” To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant. Some communities instead use either Zoongadikiwin (“state of having a strong casing”) or Zoongide’ewin (“state of having a strong heart”).
Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave. Always be honest in word and action. Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others. In the Anishinaabe language, this word can also mean “righteousness.”
Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation. In the Anishinaabe language, this word can also mean “compassion.” You are equal to others, but you are not better. Some communities instead express this with Bekaadiziwin, which in addition to “humility” can also be translated as “calmness,” “meekness,” “gentility” or “patience.”
Truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.