Evolution of Service Delivery
Since the inception of aboriginal child welfare in the mid 1980's in Treaty 3, there has always been a service provider. The Chiefs at that time split the 28 First Nations that comprise this Treaty territory into north and south, ie 14 in the north and 14 in the south.
There have been many different names to the organization over the years and in July, 2006, Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services was designated by the Province to provide mandated child welfare service. Minister Mary Anne Chambers at that time stated "as Minister of Children and Youth Services, I share your commitment to helping Aboriginal children and youth make a positive transition to adulthood as they embrace a life of full participation in the rich culture and traditions of your Treaty 3 First Nation communities".
Since 2006, when we were designated to provide services to only five communities in northern Treaty 3, we have evolved, through Services Agreements, to provide services additionally to seven communities in Treaty 3 north and mentoring/child welfare services to eleven communities in Treaty 9 territory. Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services was designated as an aboriginal alternative to mainstream child welfare service provision on May 1, 2015, by the provincial Ministry.
You can download a copy of our Evolution of Services report.