Whitefish River First Nation

Site: Health Clinic

Service: Child and Family Well Being Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: United Chiefs & Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Huron Treaty
Description (Service) Delivers prevention and early intervention services to high-risk children and families of the community  
  • Administers child welfare prevention services in collaboration with Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services located in Wikwemikong  
  • Evaluates short and long-term programs and workplans with individuals and families for adequacy and effectiveness  
  • Partners with community police officers and local nursing staff to identify and support troubled families
 
Prevention Services  
  • Teaches parenting skills and assisting children through difficult times  
  • Develops and administers healthy social and recreational programs for families such as after-school programs and babysitting courses  
  • Hosts community forums to address issues such as youth drug abuse, inadequate housing, and schooling problems  
  • 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
Hours Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm 
Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Whitefish River First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and under 
 
  • Members of Whitefish River First Nation at high-risk  
  • Children in need of care and their families
Application Intake assessment required
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-285-4354
Fax 705-285-1440
E-Mail childprevention@whitefishriver.ca
Website www.whitefishriver.ca
Primary Contact Cathy McGregor, Health Centre Receptionist; Email: healthreception@whitefishriver.ca
Primary Executive Arlene Pitawanakwat, Child and Family Well Being Coordinator; Phone: 705-285-4354 ext 209; Email: arlenep@whitefishriver.ca
Alternate Executive Candice Assiniwe, Community Wellness Worker; Email: candicej@whitefishriver.ca
Site Location Community is in village of Birch Island off Hwy 6 just N of Manitoulin Island, 20 kms N of LIttle Current and 68 km SW of Sudbury
Located In Community Whitefish River First Nation
Address 17B Rainbow Ridge Rd
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
 
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Intersection Rainbow Ridge Rd and Bay of Islands Rd
Mailing Address c/o Child and Family Wellbeing 
PO Box 188 
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)