~ Sgé:noh ~ Shé:kon ~ Boozhoo ~ Aanii ~

Brantford Region Indigenous Support Centre – Friendship Centre

BRISC is a Friendship Centre that promotes culture and traditions supporting the Urban Indigenous Community in the areas of Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk counties.

Traditonal Values



To have Compassion for all people and to treat them the way you would like to be treated.


To have a deep caring and love for each other, with unconditional acceptance of all people and be connected to the great love that our Mother Earth and rest of Creations holds for us.


To use the Good Mind to build good relationships and clear understanding based upon equality, unity, and honesty. 


To have strength of mind, body and spirit by being in balance with Creation and people


use kind, caring, nurturing words to express yourself and connect to others in a good way.


To provide supportive and encouraging words with self and to others in our interpersonal relationships.

Sgenoh Genodonyo 

To feel a real spiritual connection to the creator and all of Creation.



Wisdom: to value knowledge is to know wisdom. Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people 


Love: to know peace is to know love. Love must be unconditional. When People are weak they need love the most.


Respect: 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.


Bravery: is to face the foe with integrity. The Anishinaabe refer to this as “state of having a fearless heart”. To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.


Honesty: in facing a situation is to be brave. Always be honest in your word and action. Be honest with yourself, and you will be more easily be able to be honest with others.


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.


Truth: is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.

Our Programs

All BRISC services promote connections with community, culture and traditions, and reflect wholistic, strength-based approaches that support urban Indigenous children, youth, adults and families.

Indigenous Criminal Court Worker

The Indigenous Criminal Court Worker will work to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the justice system by assisting accused offenders to..
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Cultural Resource Coordinator

We help coordinate and facilitate increased access to culture for the Urban Indigenous children, youth, and families, with a focus on promoting indigenous identity.. Read more


Indigenous Combined Court Worker

The goal of the Indigenous Combined Court Worker program is to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the justice system by.. Read more


Indigenous Healing and Wellness

Healing and Wellness Coordinators aim to reduce family violence and improve Aboriginal health by assiting individuals in accessing services. They offer crisis..
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Helping to engage youth into social, sport, and cultural activities. Our vision is to keep our youth connected to their culture while creating positive experiences that promote positive experiences .. Read more.

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A swampy cree word meaning "employment, training, and jobs." The Apatisiwin Program helps Indigenous people gain education, experience and skills to achieve and maitain meaningful employment.


Indigenous Mental Health And wellness

Providing a holistic and positive approach to support the needs of mental health and addictions for Indigenous people and their families. We implement programs.. Read More.

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Homeless Outreach

We focus on reduction of Urban Indigenous people becoming or dealing with Homelessness and identify strategies to coordinate a plan of care for individuals and services required. We implement.. Read More.


The last Friendship Center in Brantford closed its doors in 2005, leaving large gaps in the community services available to the Urban Indigenous residents of Brantford/Brant Count, Haldimand and Norfolk.

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