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Weechi It Te Win Family Services

Community Care Program

Search Agency Service

Oversees the delivery of child care and protection services and provides family support services
  • Administers services through each of the 10 Rainy Lake Tribal Area First Nations communities on an individual basis
  • Coordinates program through Family Services Workers and Family Counsellors who are members of the community in which they work
  • Ensures compliance by each community to child protection measures
Family Support Services

Offers an array of family support services including but not limited to:
  • Advocacy and referral to external agencies
  • Assessment and planning of child's and family's needs
  • Counselling
  • Emergency financial assistance for basic needs only in cases where the welfare of child/children is at-risk
  • Home visitation arrangements and supervison to enable parents to visit with their children living in alternative care
Prevention Services
  • Provides public education about parenting skills and assisting children through difficult times
  • Develops 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
  • Acts as a liaison between the Band/Tribal Agency and external agencies
  • 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
Community Care Program contacts by community:
  • Big Grassy First Nation: 807-488-5917
  • Big Island First Nation (Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing): 807-488-5536
  • Couchiching First Nation: 807-274-7418
  • Lac La Croix: 807-485-2487
  • Naicatchewenin First Nation: 807-486-3407
  • Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation: 807-481-1110
  • Onigaming First Nation: 807-484-2299
  • Rainy River First Nation: 807-482-2479
  • Seine River First Nation: 807-599-1139
  • Stanjikoming (Mitaanjigamiing) First Nation: 807-274-2188
Children younger than 18 years of age and their families who are members of any of the 10 First Nations communities in the Rainy Lake Tribal Region

Family Support Services
  • Emergency financial assistance is provided ONLY in extenuating circumstances and each case is treated and considered separately; referral for assistance must come from the Band Council
  • Home visitation is available for families who have children in alternative care; request for visitation must come from birth family
Application Process
Intake assessment required
Toll Free
After Hours Phone
807-274-3201 - Leave message; call will be returned within 30 minutes
Web Site
Mailing Address
PO Box 812
Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3N1
Arlene Bruyere-Parker, Director, Naaniigaan Abinoojii
Phone: 807-274-3201 Ext 4043
Documents Required
Intake assessment
Fully accessible
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
May 16, 2023
1455 Idylwild Dr, Nanicost Building
Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3M3
  • Functions as the main office located in the Nanicost Building at Idylwild Dr
  • Closest intersection is at Idylwild Dr and School Rd just off Hwy 11

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Hours of Operation
0830 to 1700
0830 to 1700
0830 to 1700
0830 to 1700
0830 to 1700

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Service Area(s)
  • Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation
  • Couchiching First Nation
  • Lac La Croix First Nation
  • Mishkosiminiziibiing First Nation
  • Mitaanjigamiing First Nation
  • Naicatchewenin First Nation
  • Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation
  • Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation
  • Onigaming First Nation
  • Rainy River District
  • Rainy River First Nation
  • Seine River First Nation