Description & Services
Public Comments 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 First Nation: 807-274-2188
Description (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
Hours Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Anishinaabeg of Naongashing First Nation - Big Island ; Couchiching First Nation ; Lac La Croix First Nation ; Mishkosiminiziibiing First Nation - Big Grassy River ; Naicatchewenin First Nation ; Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation ; Onigaming First Nation ; Rainy River First Nation ; Seine River First Nation ; Stanjikoming First Nation - Mitaanjigamiing
Eligibility Children under 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 Intake assessment required
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-274-3201
Toll Free Phone 1-800-465-2911
After Hours Phone 807-274-3201 (Leave message and call will be returned within 30 minutes)
Fax 807-274-8435
E-Mail weechi@jam21.net
Website www.weechi.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Raylene Johnson, Receptionist
Primary Executive Carrie Atatise-Norwegian, Director, Naaniigaan Abinoojii; Email: carrie.an@weechi.ca
Alternate Executive Desiree Alfred, Executive Assistant
Site Location Nanicost Building
Located In Community Fort Frances
Address 1457 Idylwild Dr
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M3
 
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Intersection Idylwild Dr and Lake Rd
Mailing Address PO Box 812 
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3N1
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Entrance -- Accessible from street level but no automatic push button door; Parking -- Accessible with one designated handicapped parking space; Washroom -- Not accessible ; Building has elevator
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS)