Inspiring hope in
About Thunder Bay
In Thunder Bay, Ontario, Indigenous individuals make up approximately 13 percent of the population. Each year, students from communities across northern Ontario come to Thunder Bay to attend high school. The students are routinely placed in boarding homes with strangers. “Indigenous populations in the District of Thunder Bay face different challenges and disproportionately carry the burden of harm related to mental health challenges, specifically, suicide” (Thunder Bay District Health Unit).
Partnering in local outreach
Over the past several years, Hope Story has met with Christian First Nations leaders across Canada, investigating whether Hope Story can and should play a role serving troubled aboriginal youth. We were ultimately convinced that our model of working through local, indigenous churches provides an effective and culturally sensitive way to bring hope and healing to First Nations youth. Hope Story was introduced to a First Nations Church called New Hope Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario.