Kizhaay Anishiinabe Niin

Working with Indigenous Men and Boys to Reduce Violence against Indigenous Women, Girls, their family, community, and themselves.


The overall purpose of the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin—I am a Kind Man program is to end all forms of violence towards women, girls, family, community, and oneself.


Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin is a culturally relevant program that supports healthy relationships and Indigenous identities through one-to-one support, group-based services, participant-based activities, public awareness activities, networking and partnership building.

Program Objectives

  • Improved self-esteem and sense of identity among urban Indigenous men within the program
  • Reduced instances of violence against Indigenous women from men who have received program supports, including those who were reintegrated into the community
  • Reduce stigma around the conversation on violence against Indigenous women
  • Increased collaboration between friendship centre and delivery sites, levels of government and other organizations to support efforts to reduce instances of violence against Indigenous women

Target Groups

  • Indigenous men and male youth proactively seeking cultural resources and supportive services in the movement to end violence against women
  • Indigenous men and male youth who were or are currently involved in the justice system

Program Activities

  • One-to-one Supports
  • Group-based Services
  • Participant-based Activities

One-to-One Supports

  • One-to-one Peer Counselling
  • Services Navigation
  • Individual Advocacy Support
  • Justice-related Individual Supports
  • Individual/Family Support
  • Individual Traditional Teachings
  • Referral to Other Friendship Centre Programs