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Who are we?
We are a community-based child welfare agency rooted in and accountable to the First Nations communities we serve. We are a large team of child and youth workers, family service workers, support and administrative staff. We are here because we want to protect our children, help our families and nurture our communities.
Where do we work?
Tikinagan serves a catchment area which stretches from Marten Falls First Nation in the east to the Manitoba border in the west, and from Savant Lake in the south to Fort Severn in the north. Within this area, we provide services to 30 First Nations, as well as Pickle Lake, Savant Lake and Allanwater. The communities range in size up to 2,000 people and most are regularly accessible only by air. The total population of our area is approximately 17,000.
In addition to this area of jurisdiction designated by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth, Tikinagan also has agreements with Kenora-Patricia Child and Family Services to provide child protection services to the First Nations populations in Sioux Lookout and Red Lake.
What is our role?
Our role is to be there in the community to help parents practise their responsibility so their children can stay at home. We cannot turn away from this basic responsibility.
Weagamow Staff Marjorie Benson and Martha Benson
When we facilitate the growth of healthy, functioning families, then our families, children and communities will be successful. But we put the needs and interests of children and youth first. Tikinagan provides teaching and support to help families become stronger. We work with partners in the community to ensure the families we work with have access to services and programs they need.
Our workers receive calls from community members or professionals who are concerned about the well-being of a child. We investigate these concerns and develop a plan. Visit How Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin Care Works or Contact Us to learn when to call us and what happens when you do.
Tikinagan's way of delivering services, Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin, ensures that parents, extended family members, Elders, community resource workers and First Nation leaders are all involved in decisions about protecting the child. See Mamow Obiki-Ahwahsoowin for more information about Tikinagan's unique child protection and family support services.
Former Chairman Harvey Kakegamic talks about Tikinagan's mandate
Harvey Kakegamic, former board chairman, speaks about Tikinagan's mandate, its role in helping children and families, and its Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin service model. (Originally broadcast on the Wawatay Radio Network, Dec. 2011.)