The Social services department works closely with the First Nation Child Welfare agencies within the Anishinabek Nation. Our children are very important to us because they are the future generation. Our goal is ensure our children are being well taken care of and that they are in their home communities where they belong…See Anishinabek Resolutions on Customary Care and Adoptions. Below is a list of Native child welfare agencies located in Ontario:
Weechi-It-Te-Win Family Services
*NEW* Serves 10 communities: Big Grassy First Nation, Big Island First Nation, Onigaming First Nation, Rainy River First Nation, Naicatchewenin First Nation, Couchiching First Nation, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, Seine River First Nation, and Lac La Croix First Nation
Tikinagan Child and Family Services
Serves 30 First Nations, as well as Pickle Lake, Savant Lake and Allanwater.
*NEW* Website changed to: http://www.tikinagan.org/
Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services provides child protection and prevention services, as well as support systems for children and their families through holistic and bi-cultural programs. Anishinaabe Abinoojii serves 14 First Nation communities: Noatkamegwanning First Nation, Wauzhushk Onihum First Nation, Asubpeechoseewahong First Nation, Wabaseemoong Independent Nation, Obashkaandagaang First Nation, Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining Ojibway Nation, Northwest Angle #37. Wabauskang, Shoal Lake #39, Shoal Lake #40, Northwest Angle #33, Migisi Sahgaigan, and Lac Seul. Website: http://www.aafs.ca/
Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services is a family agency providing child and family services, community support services, licensed foster care services, and emergency after hours services. These programs are provided for 7 First Nations in the District of Manitoulin: Sheshegwaning First Nation, Sucker Creek First Nation, Sheguiandah First Nation, Wikwemikong First Nation, Zhiibaahaasing First Nation, M’Cheenge First Nation, and Whitefish River First Nation. Website: http://www.kgcfs.org/
Mnaasged Child and Family Services is a child welfare agency providing services such as child protection, family support, counselling, parenting programs and advocacy. Mnaasged Child and Family serves 7 First Nations: Chippewas of the Thames, Aamjiwnaang, Caldwell, Delaware Nation, Chippewas of Kettle & Stoney Point, Munsee-Delaware, and Oneida Nation of the Thames.
Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services
Nog-Da-Win-Da-Min Family and Community Services
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Ministry of Child and Youth Services
Customary Care Resource Guide http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/topics/childrensaid/CustomaryCareGuide.pdf
“I am a Witness” – Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Campaign
On February, 27th, 2007 the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society filed a human rights complaint about Canada’s discriminating behavior towards First Nation children. Canada has failed to provide equal and culturally based child welfare services to First Nation communities. The “I am a Witness” campaign invites people and organizations to join, follow and support the case against Canada. You can follow the case in person by attending the tribunals or follow online at their website: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/i-am-witness.
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada http://www.fncaringsociety.com/main
Family Violence Prevention Resources
Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig is a shelter for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal women and their children to escape violence. This short term facility offers counselling services for those in need while they stay at the facility.
Kii Kee Wan Nii Kaan Southwest Healing Lodge is a family based center that provides healing services through cultural based programs for parents and children. They are a specialized project with the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy and the Union of Ontario Indians.
Mississauga First Nation Women's Shelter offers support services for women to help transition into a life that is free of violence. Clients are able to access services from housing, counselling, parental support, legal aid, and other support systems.
Nipissing Women's Ojibway Healing Lodge provides shelter, programs and services for women and children in an emergency crisis such as abuse or eviction.
Biidaaban Healing Lodge http://www.biidaaban.com/
The Biidaaban Healing Lodge is a 12 unit facility that provides the Aboriginal population in the Robinson-Superior Area with Residential and Community-based Programming. We are located in the Ojibways of Pic River First Nation on the shores of Lake Superior. Pic River is approximately a three hour drive east of Thunder Bay and three and one-half hour drive west of Sault Ste. Marie on Hwy 17.
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