The Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women's Circle
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Biminaawzogin Transition Homes

BRAWC operates two residential transition homes in the City of Orillia.  The objective of transitional housing is to provide Indigenous women and children with the structure and support they need to address critical issues necessary to maintain permanent housing and achieve self sufficiency.  Our sponsor is the Ministry of Housing for this program.


Indigneous Housing First Program

The housing first program is a regional, culturally sensitive direct service strategy that addresses the barriers faced by Indigenous people experiencing homelessness or chronic homelessness through a housing first approach.  The program-Bagosenim, meaning "To Have Hope" assists Indigenous people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing providing supports as needed.  This program serves:  Orillia, Barrie and Midland.  The program is in partnership with the Regional Housing First Program delivered through Empower Simcoe.  Our sponsor is the Reaching Home:  Canada's Homelessness Strategy through Service Canada.


Indigenous Women's Education, Training & Employment Transition Program

The Transition Bridging Program serves as a catalyst for change by empowering Indigenous women in a urban setting to make the transition to a learning or employment environment.  The program also provides culturally relevant supports.  The program concentrates on building self confidence and self esteem through personal growth and development, life skills, job readiness and cultural teachings.  Our sponsor is the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office.  





The Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women's Circle (BRAWC) was established in 2000 as a regional body composed of Aboriginal women's organizations and individual Aboriginal women's located across Simcoe Country and northern York region. BRAWC was incorporated in 2006 and our mission is: "embracing the teachings of our ancestors and our gifts, we will support our women and women's organizations working together as a unified voice to empower and promote healthy women, families and communities".

The name Biminaawzogin was given by an Elder, signifying the carrying role that women have in their families and communities.