Background – Ogimaawabiitong (Kenora Chiefs Advisory) supports and assists in the design phase of Family Wellbeing program (FWBp) for 6 of its member communities:
|1. Grassy Narrows|
|3. Shoal Lake #40|
|5. Wauzushk Onigum Nation|
The FWBp is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). The FWBp is a long-term strategy to interrupt the cycle of violence against Indigenous Women. Each community employs Family Wellbeing workers (FWBw) who work directly with community members.
Program Description – The FWBw will increase access to supports to children and youth and families and connect them to existing services. Culturally-based programming is provided to children and youth and their families who have experienced, or been exposed to violence. Safes spaces are offered where children, youth and their families can receive bi-cultural support
Community Program Design Overarching Themes;
- Community resource coordination
- Family preservation
- Prevention activities
- Cultural and traditional programming
- Family supports
Each design is unique and responds to their community needs.
The Family Wellbeing Coordinator works closely with community leadership and the family wellbeing workers. Meetings will take place bi-monthly with the family wellbeing workers. The family wellbeing Coordinator provides hands on resources to support community capacity development and program implementation.
Each community FWBw delivers programming unique to their community needs and priorities.
For more information, contact:
Irene Balfour, Family Wellbeing Program Coordinator
Phone: 807-467-8144 ext 3275