The Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound (UIHB) program is helping sole-parent urban Indigenous women achieve self-determined education and career aspirations. Run by the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (HRIC) with the support Mohawk College and other community, government, and program partners, the program is designed to reduce poverty and enhance intergenerational wellbeing and prosperity for Indigenous mothers and their children.
Launched in 2018, UIHB is celebrating its latest graduate and seeking applications for the next cohort, starting this Fall. The deadline to apply for this transformative program has been extended to September 2. 2022.
The four-year program addresses barriers Indigenous mothers face when trying to obtain education and find gainful employment. It helps participants navigate the education system and provides wrap-around services in a culturally safe and supportive community environment, including supportive housing, cultural events, and Indigenous-led childcare.
Examples of strength, determination, and resilience, UIHB participants Serenity Ashton and Chastity Pratt say the program is helping them achieve their goals, support their families, and break the cycle of intergenerational trauma.