Devolution of Services
What is Devolution?
Devolution: the transfer of day to day responsibility for child welfare and prevention services from the Tribal/central administration level to the First Nation/community level.
In December 2008, our agency presented to the northern Treaty 3 Chiefs the concept of transferring day to day authority (giving back) for protection and prevention services from our tribal agency to respective First Nations. A signed Service Agreement would capture the roles and responsibilities of each party. At this meeting Chief White of Naotkamegwanning First Nation stepped forward to announce his Nation was ready to take on this initiative. This started the devolution process for this Nation to deliver daily protection and prevention services to its community and membership.
The months of work leading to the April 1, 2010 signing of the agreement between Naotkamegwanning and our Tribal Agency was very rewarding and fulfilling work. Shawendaasowin Child and Family Services is the community based agency that provides child welfare and prevention services there, and due to logistics, will respond to child welfare matters at Northwest Angle #33.
In January 2010 Lac Seul First Nation made known its intent and aspiration to manage its own prevention program. This plan became a wish come true as prevention services was transferred from our Tribal Agency to Lac Seul on April 1st 2011. Services were transferred to Dalles First Nation (OchiichagweBabigoIning Ojibway Nation) on November 1, 2013.
In July 2010 our Agency entered into formal discussions with Wabaseemoong Independent Nations to transfer protection and prevention services to its community. September 1, 2011 was the Signing Ceremony for Wabaseemoong Child Welfare Authority.
In February 2011 Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows) formally made known its intention to enter into formal discussions with us regarding the transfer of both protection and prevention services . After a few setbacks, this process was concluded with a Signing Ceremony on April 30, 2013 and Kitapinoonjiiminaanik Family Services was born.
Since 2015 we have transferred Prevention Services to Wabauskang First Nation, Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independant Nation and Northwest Angle #33.
We assist in the developmental process with our First Nations and as each is ready and has the internal resources necessary, services are returned, via Service Agreement.
It is with pride we form these partnerships. The “Declaration of Intent” stating AAFS is a "vehicle to move the process forward towards the fulfillment of the Treaty #3 Child Care Law", signed by our Chiefs and Agency staff in 2005, is well on its way to being fulfilled.