New Directions Speaker's School

Site: Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre

Service: Public Speaking Training

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Description & Services
Description (Agency) A 14-week course for developing public speaking and leadership skills in an environment of peer support and within the context of education in social justice issues
Description (Service)
  • Aims to build agency in the community and empower people to stand up and speak out on social justice issues 
  • Offers a 14-week course as well as workshops on communications, public speaking and advocacy 
  • Uses a model based on peer support, mutual aid and group work to help build community and end social isolation
Provides the following services: 
  • Assists individuals in developing communication, public speaking and leadership skills 
  • Raises awareness of social justice issues 
  • Offers two 14-week sessions per year 
  • Brings guest speakers to talk about important community resources 
  • Delivers workshops on a broad range of topics related to social justice
Hours Tue evenings, 6 pm-9 pm during each of the 14-week sessions: first from Feb-May, second from Sep-Dec 
Workshops held throughout the year
Areas Served Thunder Bay
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Individuals facing social or economic disadvantages
Application Call, email or apply online to register
Languages English
Fees None ; Fee assistance available for Transportation, Elder Care, Child Care.
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-627-9136
Primary Contact Steve Mantis, President
Alternate Contact Karli Brotchie, Secretary; Email:
Site Location Within the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre
Located In Community Thunder Bay
Address 401 Cumberland St N
Thunder Bay, On P7A 4P7
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Intersection Cumberland St N and Clavet St
Mailing Address c/o Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic 
86 Cumberland St S 
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2V3
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2008
Funding City / Town - City of Thunder Bay ; United Way