Mentorship is a support program designed for Indigenous youth (aged 14-29) across Canada to have access to positive relationships that help them to thrive. Through online, telephone, and text based discussions on an ongoing basis, Indigenous youth are able to access a mentor from our mental health team and work on their self-determined needs and goals related to overall well being.
Our team is made up of social workers, educators, youth workers, and Indigenous practitioners who have expertise and knowledge in youth mental health (see about section for team bios). We are able to work with youth on a variety of goals including mental health skills, self-care, goal setting, task management, referrals, cultural identity, professional development, and academic support.
Fill out an intake form or schedule an intake call to get started with mentorship today!
Looking for more information about how our mentorship program works? Check out our Mentorship Information Session video! In this short information session, FOPT members Vanessa and Kaitlyn overview what our mentorship program is and what to expect!
Nyle is an Anishnaabe artist, storyteller and Oshkaabewis (Traditional Helper) from Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. His art depicts the interconnectedness of all living things and incorporates teachings based on traditional knowledge. Nyle has worked on numerous projects supporting community organizations such as Anishnawbe Health Toronto, 7th Generation Image Makers, Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre, TakingITGlobal, Canadian Roots Exchange, Lower Simcoe Underpass Mural Project, Bold Realities Project, Sketch Toronto and Inkdigenous Tattoo Studio and Gallery. His work draws inspiration from woodland painters, Storytellers and the traditions of his Anishnaabe culture.
Nyle offers the following services:
Sweat Lodge Conductor
Traditional Arts Practices
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Ian Akiwenzie manidog nimiwag makes the spirits dance dizhnikaaz! Ian is wolf clan dodem from Chippewas of Nawash Unceeded Doonjebah. Ian has been dancing for 48 years and has
been drug and alcohol free for 27. Ian is currently a dancer for Redsky Performance, and has also
sung on music productions for the Redsky Performance. In addition, Ian has also sung with two champion drum groups on several powwow recordings (cds) and has been nominated for best traditional music at the National Aboriginal Music Awards!
Ian is an accomplished beader of 27 years, with 10 years on layout and design in the Indigenous arts world. With 27 years of ceremonial experience, Ian’s expertise include:
Sweats, Fasts, Bundles, Colours, Sacred Fires
Four Medicines Teachings
Knowledge in History of Song and Dance
Dance Styles and Singing Styles
Learning to Forgive to Begin Healing Teachings
Dreams and Spirit Helper Teachings
Recognizing our Gifts and Confidence Teachings
Anishnawbe Creation Story Teachings