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Changes coming to First Nations child welfare

In the North Shore area
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Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services (NOG) is now finalizing the process required to assume full responsibility as the recognized child welfare authority for Lake Huron North Shore First Nations effective Apr. 1, 2017, at which time all Child Welfare concerns and referrals for First Nations families in the jurisdiction will flow through Nogdawindamin.

“We are ecstatic with the progress being made and the tremendously supportive stance our sister agencies have taken in assisting us to deliver on the promise of enlightened and culturally appropriate services. We have long known that mainstream agencies are challenged in delivering services in a manner consistent with our traditions and cultural beliefs, and it is heartening to see their willingness to embrace partnerships that will better serve the future of our people and our children,” says Dr. Roger Boyer II, Nogdawindamin board of directors president.

First Nations issues are now consistently in the media and audiences want to know how these issues impact their lives. Accessing specialists is difficult, and it is harder yet to communicate the local relevance of current events and happenings in areas such as:

  • Canadian Human Rights Tribunal findings February 2016

  • Jordans Principle

  • Childrens Mental Health

  • Child Protection and Alternative Care

  • Youth Justice