About Us

Niwasa Aboriginal Educations Programs is a non-profit registered charity. We provide holistic programs for Urban Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families in the City of Hamilton.

Under the Niwasa Umbrella are the following programs.

Niwasa Head Start Preschool

Niwasa Head Start is a preschool program for Aboriginal children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old. We are licensed by the Ministry of Education and governed by a Parent Board of Directors. Niwasa offers a culturally inclusive learning environment with qualified Early Childhood Education teachers, nutritious meals, and the services of a Family Support Coordinator and Family Programs that include: Community Kitchen, Traditional skills and Cultural Teachings, Family Socials, Fatherhood Initative and Health Promotion.

Niwasa Early Learning & Care Centre

At Niwasa Early Learning and Care Centre we recognize and promote the philosophy that each child is an active learner, full of curiosity and potential, eager and capable of achieving success. Niwasa Early Learning and Care Centre is a licensed childcare facility for preschool children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old. Niwasa provides access to services and support for all children and parents, regardless of individual, economic or social circumstances; providing young children with the opportunity to explore, create, discover and learn.

Niwasa Early Years Centre & Outreach Program

Parents and caregivers with children 6 years and under can drop-in to this FREE program for: Early Learning activities, interactive play experiences, arts, crafts, dramatic play, reading and various workshops.

Our Early Years Centre program offers the following services:

  • Aboriginal Resources and Toy Lending Library
  • Child Development Screening
  • Early Literacy Programs
  • Healing and Wellness Sessions
  • Parent Information Sessions
  • Visits with a Public Health Nurse and Speech Pathologist


The Native Youth With Education Hamilton (NYA WEH) is dedicated to the progressive development of Hamilton’s Aboriginal community through educational success.
NYA WEH is responsible for providing a culturally based educational and personal support program for Aboriginal youth in the Hamilton’s Secondary School System.

Amalgamating the two streams of education, Western and Traditional, is integral to the success of Aboriginal youth in mainstream society. Both systems are viewed as necessary assets to advance as healthy Individuals, Communities, and Nations.

Areas of Service

The NYA WEH program is directed to assist and support Status, Non-Status, Métis, and Inuit students (as rationalized by the Federal Government of Canada’s Indian Act) in Secondary Education in the Hamilton Area.

On Site Student Assistance

NYA WEH provides the following services:

  • Academic Assistance
  • Culturally Sensitive Resource and Programs
  • Social and Personal Consultation
  • Access to Tutors
  • Computer and Internet Services
  • Student Advocacy
  • Nutrition Program
  • Employment Services