The Social Development Department supports the political goals and aspirations of Anishinabek First Nations, through the coordination and development of strategies that address social policy and legislative issues from the Anishinabek Nation position to the federal and provincial governments and non-government organizations. Working towards achieving the departmental vision of a sovereign Anishinabek Nation with healthy children, youth and families.

We provide support and representation to our member First Nations in the areas of:

  • Child Well-Being
  • Prevention Services
  • Family Violence Prevention Programming
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
  • Human Trafficking
  • Youth Programming, including Culture Camps
  • Youth Life Promotion
  • Family Well-Being
  • Early Learning Childcare
  • Social Assistance

Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being Law

The Anishinabek Nation has developed a law that exercises Anishinabek First Nation inherent jurisdiction over child welfare. The Law was approved by Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Resolution in June of 2016. The Law also creates Koganaawsawin (the central coordinating body of the Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being System). Under this system, the Anishinabek First Nations are the lawmakers and are responsible to ensure the delivery of child and family services for Anishinabek families.

To date, 21 Anishinabek First Nations have chosen to enact the Law within their communities.

View the draft Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being Law HERE.

Prevention Services

In June of 2019, the Anishinabek Nation Chiefs-in-Assembly approved the Anishinabek Children and Youth Bill of Rights. The Bill helps to ensure the success of our future generations and create the best future for our Nations. View the Anishinabek Nation Children and Youth Bill of Rights HERE.


Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being or Prevention Services

Ronnie George, Prevention Services Coordinator at 705-206-2056 or

Family Violence Prevention Programming, MMIWG or Human Trafficking

Rebecca Timms, MMIW Coordinator at 705-497-9127 x2272 or

Youth Life Promotion

Paige Sillaby, Education Policy Analyst at 705-497-9127 x2279 or

For all other inquiries please contact the Anishinabek Nation Head Office at 705-497-9127 and ask to speak with a Social Development staff member.


Interested in seeing what the Social Development Department has been up to? Check out our most recent newsletter: Summer/Fall 2022