Our History


Some of the images and language on this page may be triggering to some individuals, mainly those who are triggered by the topic of Residential Schools. We cannot change our history and can only hope that our telling of the truth will educate those who are unaware of this very Canadian story of cultural genocide.
If you or anyone with you is experiencing distress as a result of this content or pain from a residential school experience, we encourage you to take the time to care for your mental and emotional well-being.
The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419 and offers emotional and crisis referral services.

Care. Change. Growth. From its beginnings as a “refuge for homeless, destitute and neglected children” New Directions has been a caring, changing, and growing organization. The original Children’s Home of Winnipeg was the first child-caring organization in Western Canada. There have been many other firsts in the past 136 years, and there will continue to be more, as New Directions continues to care, to change and to grow with our community.