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NYA: WEH is an Aboriginal stay in school initiative that provides full-time youth workers, advocacy and counseling support.

Monday to Friday

Room 212

905-528-8363 ext. 239

Mission Statement

NYA:WEH LgoThe Native Youth Advancement 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, Metis, 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
  • Social and Personal Consultation
  • Access to Tutors
  • Computer and Internet Services
  • Student Advocacy

Nutrition Program

NYA WEH offers a Breakfast and a Lunch Program for Aboriginal students on a daily basis.

Breakfast Program – 8:00 A.M. to 8: 40 A.M.
Lunch Program – 11:25 A.M. to 12:20 P.M.

Both programs offer healthy alternatives to ensure a well balanced diet amongst our student population.

Employment Services

  • Access to Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
  • Career Computer Software and Assessment Programs
  • Job Board
  • Programs Sponsored by the Government Designed for Students and Aboriginal Specific Employment


The need for cultural support within the school system has been identified as a critical need for Aboriginal children and youth to succeed within the mainstream education system. The NYA:WEH program provides a culturally oriented learning environment that will assist Aboriginal youth in learning or continuing with the ways of our ancestors.

Events and Activities

  • Teachings from Elders and Traditional Teachers
  • Outings to Culturally Specific Destinations
  • Social
  • Team Building
  • Activities and/or Outings

Funded by Hamilton Community Foundation
In Partnership With Hamilton Executive Directors’ Aboriginal Coalition
Sponsored by Niwasa Head Start Preschool

Updated on Friday, May 25, 2018.
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