Kanawemahwasowin Kamik Events
Kanawemahwasowin Kamik Law Development - Nation Gathering. Honouring Our Nation Member Voice and Contributions
Knowing that Ermineskin Cree Nation is in the process of developing our own law as it relates to the Prevention, Preservation and Protection of our children, youth and families. We want to ensure that we are creating every opportunity for our Nation Citizens to share their thoughts, hopes and vision as we go forward in our law development. Keeping in mind that our law will come from a preventative approach as primary response and one that will also address off reserve citizens. Please be meaningful and thoughtful in your response as this not only impacts today but our future as a collective as we begin to take back the care of our children, youth and families that are vulnerable to today's challenges.
The department serves to be actively involved in providing support and advocacy to those Ermineskin Member parents and children that have involvement with Delegated First Nation Authorities (DFNA) or Child and Family Services (CFS). This would be at all levels of involvement from Intake to Permanent Guardianship. We advocate for least intrusive measures for our families that have involvement and request for parents and family support to be brought in sooner. We also advocate and support children going home to parent(s) and we also search for family for placement options.
The department will continue to maintain positive, collaborative, working relationships with DFNA’s and CFS to improve services to Ermineskin children in care. We provide consultation to DFNA/CFS staff to assist with planning to ensure that the children in care are being connected to parents, family, culture, traditions, spirituality, and language. We assist with brief prevention services to parents that have DFNA/CFS involvement and to those children in care. We advocate, support, and connect parents to resources, and Legal Services available to help them through the court process such as Legal Aid, Duty Counsel, Native Counselling Services. We can also assist children and youth with mentorship, one to one work, connection to resources and programs available.
MSW.RSW: Executive Director
Tennille Makinaw BSW.RSW: Manager
First Nations Designate