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Ministry approves agency advancement – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 202034 Views

DOKIS FIRST NATION – Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services (NCFS) is advancing towards a historical designation as an Indigenous Child Welfare Agency, after receiving the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCCSS) approval to advance to Stage 3 – Transition Stage, as part of the 5-Stage Ministerial process. The correspondence was received from Assistant Deputy Minister of Child Welfare and Protection, David Remington, on January 3, 2020. NCFS currently provides Child and Family Services to six (6) First Nations including Dokis, Magnetawan, Henvey Inlet, Shawanaga, Wasauksing and Wahnapitae. NCFS will continue to provide services and increase organizational capacity to meet Ministerial requirements to next, seek approval to assume full responsibility towards handling Indigenous child welfare matters in the jurisdictional areas.

“There has been a recognized urgency for cultural inclusion and representation in child welfare matters for years and we are proud to be currently providing this to our member communities,” said NCFS Executive Director, Joanne Koehler.

NCFS is a cultural-based organization responsive to the holistic needs of all children, youth and families. NCFS services reflect values, beliefs, and principles rooted within Anishinabek culture. NCFS provides culturally-centred protection, prevention, advocacy, and care for all Indigenous families, infants, children and youth who experience abuse or are at risk of experiencing any type of abuse, neglect or abandonment. As part of the designation stages, staff are working with the local Children’s Aid Society (CAS) and Ministry for secondment processes and training.

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