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Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation

Customary Care Program

Delivers child care and protection services and family support services to community members
  • Administers services for Weechi-it-te-Win Family Services, a mandated Native Child Welfare Agency in Fort Frances
  • Partners with community police officers and local nursing staff to identify and support troubled families
Alternative Care Program
  • Provides assistance and support to children in care
  • Coordinates recruitment and maintenance of alternative care homes including completion of home studies
  • Provides training for child care providers
  • Offers support and guidance in reuniting siblings who are/have been part of the foster care system
Prevention Services
  • Teaches parenting skills and assisting children through difficult times
  • Develops and administers healthy social and recreational programs for families
  • Hosts community forums to address issues such as youth drug abuse, inadequate housing, schooling problems and after school activities
  • Organizes elders meetings that address traditional child rearing methods
  • Provides information sessions about understanding substance dependency and resulting family violence, and overcoming oppression by understanding cultural realities
Repatriation Services
  • Processes requests to have children in external foster care brought back to homes within the community
  • Provides advocacy on behalf of the child and family
Outreach Services
  • Provides the option to children adopted by outside families to discover their birth family and heritage
  • Provides records and information to Tribal Agency and external resources
  • Members of Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation
  • Children younger than 18 years of age and their families
Application Process
Intake assessment required
807-484-2299 - Customary Care Team
807-274-3201 - Weechi-it-te-win Family Services
After Hours Phone
807-275-5111 - On-call Crisis Worker
Mailing Address
PO Box 160
c/o Band Office
Nestor Falls, ON, P0X 1K0
Brenda Kelly, Secretary
Phone: 807-484-2299 Ext 23
Community Care Supervisor
Shawn Jourdain
Phone: 807-484-2299 Ext 23
Documents Required
Completed intake assessment required
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Legal Status
Government - City
Agency Information
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
March 11, 2022
Band Office , 703 Ketemiikana Dr
Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, ON, P0X 1K0
  • Band Office is located at Ketemiikana Dr in the community of Onigaming, also referred to as Sabaskong
  • Situated along the shores of Crow Lake
  • Community is approx 113 km N of Fort Frances off Hwy 71 and 3 km from Nestor Falls
  • Consists of 4 settlements: Sabaskong Bay 35C, 35D, 35E and 35H as well as the reserves of Agency 30 and Assabaska shared with other First Nations
  • The word onigaming refers to portage
  • Onigaming First Nation lies halfway between Kenora & Rainy River Disticts but is officially part of Kenora District; however, they access some services through the Rainy River District such as the Giizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre in Fort Frances

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Hours of Operation
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1200

Mon-Thu 9 am-4 pm, Fri 9 am-12 noon
Service Area(s)
  • Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation
  • Onigaming First Nation