History of KGCFS

 

AGENCY HISTORY / TIMELINE / MILESTONES:

 

In the 1970’s, native communities within the Northern part of Ontario began to express concern regarding the high number of Native children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies in their respective areas.

In 1981, the Chiefs of Ontario endorsed a resolution stating their intent to create their own Indian Child Welfare Laws, Policies and Programs based on the protection of children within their culture and within their families.  Native Child Welfare Prevention Program funding was approved by the Ministry of Community and Social Services through The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

In 1982, the initiation of a Native Child Welfare Prevention Program through a Tri-partite agreement began.  There was a suspension of the Native Child Welfare Prevention Program following transfer of the program to the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) and later within the year, reinstatement of Native Child Welfare Prevention Program under the legal agreement between the The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. This agreement continued to operate until March 31, 1984.

The stated goals of Prevention Workers were as follows:

a)         Assist in the recruitment and training of foster parents within the community;

b)         Provide support to foster parents;

c)         Organize workshops and public education programs about child care, child management and family life; and,

d)         Assist single parents and young married couples develop parenting skills, train child management and child care.

 

In January 1984, the initiation of a process to develop a Native Child Welfare Agency was supported at the UCCM General Assembly.  In March 1984, a proposal entitled “Our Children, Our Responsibility” was submitted by Chief Joseph Hare indicating guidelines for the establishment of a Care and Maintenance Program for Indian children under the auspices of the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin (UCCM).  An initial Native Child Welfare Committee was formed that included representation from DIAND, Union of Ontario Indians, The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, The Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin whom initiated a 5 year development plan.  UCCM invited representatives from the Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Service agency from Manitoba as guests to attend a special meeting to share their experience in setting up a Native Child Welfare Program.

From 1985 – 1989 the first work plan was formalized proposing the development of Native directed Child Welfare Services and was approved through Band Council Resolution and supported by the Advisory Committee.  Presentations of work plans and agency models were completed by the Advisory Committee in collaboration with consultants.  Further development included a Regional Child and Family Services Committee to assure transfer of the Prevention Program.

In 1989, UCCM established a “Steering Committee” whose purpose was to develop the birth of the First Nation Child and Family Services Initiative on behalf of The United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin (now formerly The United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising).

1990:

–       A contest was held for the Agency naming and logo for the UCCM Child and Family Services Initiative.  In July 1990 the winning logo submission was received by Warren Lewis, student from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.  In October 1990 the name of “Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services” became recognized as the legal name of the agency including approval of the Mission Statement.

–       A Proposal entitled “Preliminary Agency Development: Design and Implementation of Organizational Structure and Systems of Operation and Service Delivery” was approved by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as part of the required developmental funding.

1991:

–          Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services became an “incorporated body” to function as a Child and Family Service Authority on behalf of our member First Nation communities within The Child and Family Services Act Part X.  The objectives for which the Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services became incorporated are:

  • To establish an Indian-directed and controlled child and family care organization to plan, design, implement and deliver culturally appropriate services to children and their families in First Nation communities, and to Indian children and their families in other parts of the corporations service area; and,
  • To provide an organization which member Indian Bands or First Nations may designate as a Band Representative for the purpose of child and family services legislation in Ontario, and as an authority for the purpose of negotiating with governments for the provision of services.

–          Office space tendered, head office located in Wikwemikong.

–          Grand Opening held on December 18, 1991.

 

Photo from the Manitoulin Expositor – Monday, December 23, 1991

Left to Right, Chief Joe Hare accompanied by three young honorary guests, Jonathan Webkamigad, Jessica Bebamikwe, Stan Pakosigan and Chief Leona Nahwegahbow join together for official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Kina Gbezhgomi (All of Us) Child and Family services.

 

1992:

–          Cockburn Island (Zhiibaahaasing) First Nation, a newly approved UCCM First Nation member enlisted their participation in Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services.

–          Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services received funding and became a transferring agent (previously transferred through the local Children’s Aid Society) from the Ministry of Community & Social Services for community-based Prevention Workers.

1993:

–          Protocol Agreement is signed with The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin and KGCFS initiates a transitional phase to achieve society status.

–          Community Needs Assessment completed upon each member First Nation community.

–          Agency hosted a Physical and Sexual Abuse Conference – Jane Middleton-Moz.

1994:

–          Initial development of Customary Care.

–          Proposal submitted for Band Representative Program to be managed by the agency.  The Ministry response indicated that the 1965 Welfare Agreement does not include Band Representative Service.

–          Agency became a member of The Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario.

–          Agency hosted “The Anishinabek Youth of Manitoulin Speak” Conference in Sheguiandah First Nation.

–          Continual work in progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Community and Social Services regarding transitional process.  Target date to achieve society status is identified as April 1996.

–          Safe Homes identified in First Nation communities.

–          “Healing and Recovery” Workshop hosted by the agency in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

1995:

–          Protocol Agreement revised and signed with The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, First Nations and KGCFS Agency.

–          Emergency On-Call Services provided to the East and West End of Manitoulin Island.

–          Training initiated with The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin to prepare Community Based Family Support Workers as Protection Workers

–          Hire two (2) Emergency (On-Call) Workers servicing west and east ends of Manitoulin

–          Notice received from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada of Policy Directive 20-1 (funding structure / cuts) to be imposed upon Native Child and Family Service Agencies

–          Financial cut-back in amount of 5% of overall prevention budget initiated by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

–          Ministry in collaboration with Indian Northern Affairs Canada initiated a review of all Native Child Welfare agencies in Ontario. Through this review, the 5 Native agencies providing protection services underwent an extensive review including those that had pre-mandate status.  Due to this review, the Ministry issued a “moratorium” that halted any future designations of Native Child Welfare agencies in Ontario.  A final report in 1997 of their recommendations surfaced in the latter part of 1997 with concerns related to accountability mechanisms in place from the transferring agent to First Nation communities to assure the transfer of funds and delivery of services.

–          Ministry indicated concern to KGCFS that prevention workers were providing band representative services.

–          Target date to achieve society status was delayed to September 1996.

 

1996:

–          Discussions on developing residential care was initiated.

–          Penlieu Case Management System purchased.

–          Negotiation Team identified to commence upon completion of Ministry guideline requirements.

–          Client Population Statistical Review completed by The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

–          Family Support Workers prepared to transfer to roles as Protection Workers.

–          The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin initiated the Urban Integrated Native Services Unit.

–          Emergency (On-Call) Services reverted back to individual First Nations due to lack of funding.

–          Agency restructuring occurred within the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

–          Community Based Family Support Workers become KGCFS agency employees in light of the fiscal constraints and essential support services as defined by the Ministry. KGCFS realigned its human resources to meet the projected service demand with respect to prevention services linked to protection service demand.

–          Impending agency deficit expected at fiscal year-end.

–          Ministry begins to review the five (5) mandated Native agencies in Ontario.  The result was a Ministry Moratorium placed upon designating any further Native agencies within the Province of Ontario.

1997:

–          Brief period of KGCFS Agency downsizing and hold on direct service delivery due to financial pressures and internal restructuring.

–          May-Planning Session involving corporate stakeholders for purpose of revitalizing the original intent of the agency, recoup unity and identify political strategies and lobbying requirements.

–          Restructuring completed with new job descriptions and salary scales with subsequent new agency positions filled including a Placement Worker to develop a Foster Care Program.

–          April 30, 1997 Ministry imposes “Making Services Work for People” which led to Ministry direction in relation to outcome based funding, local systems of service integration, funding options, practice guidelines and partnerships without enhanced Ministry funding to implement the Policy directives.

 

1998:

–          Difficulties surfaced in regulating post restructuring phase leading to brief planning sessions to strategize and improve upon the delivery of services.  Additional front-line workers hired to enhance service delivery to First Nation communities.

–          Ministry advises of the following:

a)    Completion of the review of the five (5) mandated Native agencies in Ontario with indication that the final report is not yet completed and will be considered a working tool.

b)    The Ministry moratorium on new First Nation Child Welfare Agencies continues to stand with the Ministry and may continue until all findings, work and review is completed.

c)    Provincial Government is proposing a total reform of the Child and Family Services Act as new legislation is being considered to Part III and Part X and may be implemented by fiscal year end.

d)    Ministry indication of proposed changes to the CFSA, leading to a projected increase of children coming into care  due to a new Risk Assessment Tool and changes to the existing funding formula to be based upon actual costs.

e)    Recommendation to realign and increase KGCFS front-line workers to provide services in communities where high demand is present.

1999:

–          Clement & Associates (consultant) secured to assist the agency in the following areas:

a)    Final developments of the Foster Care Manual / Program;

b)    Mentoring the Acting Director of Services;

c)    Completion of case audit (CAS statistics); and,

d)    Community perception regarding effectiveness of agency services, job descriptions, identification of training needs and review of other agency documents and manuals.

–          Meeting held with The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin regarding communication and cooperation.

–          Moratorium placed by the Ministry to designate new societies is lifted. However, there is indication that future designations will occur only occur if politically pressured.  Meeting with First Nations’ leadership held to politically strategize the plan to pursue designation.

2000:

–          Clement & Associates (consultant) secured for development of Saswaahns Foster Home in M’Chigeeng.

–          Protocol Agreement modified in collaboration with The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

–          License to deliver Foster Care Services issued by the Ministry.

–          KGCFS was the first Child and Family Service Authority to receive a license to provide Foster Care Services. The Foster Care Recruitment Plan was approved.

2001:

–          Saswaahns Home in M’Chigeeng First Nation closed.

2002:

-The Ministry directed KGCFS to establish Service Agreements with First Nations to assure accountability mechanisms. The Service Agreements were directed to include the following:

a)    Program description;

b)    Timing of funds to be transferred;

c)    Identification of service targets and objectives;

d)    Submission of quarterly reports;

e)    Financial reporting and program records; and,

f)     Process to resolve issues.

 

–          When this directive was received by the Ministry, financial resources and templates were not provided to assure compliance to this directive.  The Board of Directors shared information with the First Nations leadership in an attempt to dispute on behalf of the agency.

–          In the latter part of 2002 and early 2003, 3rd party agreements were signed with each member First Nation community.

2003:

–          Operational review initiated by the Ministry and a number of meetings were held with First Nations leadership for political support to guide the on-going developments to achieve designation.

–          Developmental work within the Community Support Program was initiated by the agency.

–          Funding for a Capacity Building Proposal was provided by the Ministry and INAC to fund Child Welfare Specialist(s) for KGCFS.  The proposal’s intent was to examine agency requirements on developing the KGCFS agency to the point of attaining full society status (phase I and phase II approach).

–          Agency hosted a “Foster Care Conference” in Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation.

–          A meeting was held between the First Nations’ leadership and the Premier of Ontario with intent to move to protection mandate.

–          Joint Board Training completed between KGCFS and Nog-da-win-da-min Family and Community Services in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

2004:

–          M.C. Faggioni Consultants secured to complete Phase I and Phase II for internal review and capacity building initiatives within the Community Support Program. Phase I assessment was completed, but Phase II did not proceed due to lack of funding.

–          Mandation deadline identified as March 31, 2004.

–          KGCFS supports Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Resolution regarding Child Welfare Laws and informs the Ministry that prevention funds are inadequate and request First Nations leadership political advocacy.

–          3% financial increment provided to each member First Nation for the Community Support Program.

–          March 30, 2004-M’Chigeeng First Nation negotiated an Agreement with KGCFS for Community Based Family Support Services funding.

 

2005:

–          Joint meetings occurred on a continual basis between the Board of Directors and First Nations leadership to strengthen communications and move forward towards mandation.

–          New mandation deadline date identified as June 30, 2005.

–          UCCMM Leadership hires a political lobbyist (Leonard Domino & Associates) to work upon direction of the working group terms of reference to undertake initiatives to attain Child Welfare Designation.

–          Foster Care Department moves to the Wikwemikong Marina building due to over-crowding at main office site and returns to renovated building beside main office in 2006.

–          Agency hosted “Calling on our Grandmothers Conference” in Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation for Customary Care.

–          Ministry imposes a directive entitled the “Northern Framework for Ministry-Funded Children and Youth Services-Operational Guide” on April 2005. This Ministry Framework developed Service Principles for the service system, goals and Operational Framework for MCYS funded agencies. Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services received MCYS direction to attend the Local Service System Management Table (LSSMT) with other MCYS funded agencies within the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

–          A Community Strategic Proposal was developed by UCCM for 3-year funding for the service coordination to address Child Welfare matters.

–          A 3rd Party Agreement was signed between KGCFS and Zhiibaahaasing First Nation on August 26 for Community Support funding.

2006:

–          KGCFS developed a Community Support Business Plan “Better Services for our Families: A Document for Change” supporting the management and operation of the Community Support Program. This document included an increase in accountability and enhanced services, a new funding formula and supported the management and operation of the Community Support Program by KGCFS effective April 1, 2006. This plan was implemented to varying degrees.

–          M’Chigeeng First Nation completed a Proposal entitled “The Care from Within / Community Support Program.”

–          First Nation Community Support Workers and prevention funding from Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Wikemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and Whitefish River First Nation transferred to KGCFS.

–          The member First Nations leadership engaged in a number of meetings with The Ministry of Children and Youth Services to move forward to Child Welfare Designation that culminated in a document entitled “Memorandum of Understanding” signed December 15, 2006 at Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation by the Leadership within The United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin First Nations, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and The Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The Purpose of the document was to set out the roles and responsibilities to develop: “A vision and model for the delivery of child and family prevention and protection services.”

–          The Ministry provided financial resources to the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin for the hiring of a Child Welfare Coordinator/Specialist, and set out the roles and responsibilities of the First Nations, Northern Regional MCYS office and the Child Welfare Coordinator/Specialist.

–          The Child Welfare project in collaboration with the seven member First Nations and KGCFS agency under the umbrella of the UCCM became known as “The Child Welfare Initiative.”

 

2007:

–          March -Community Support Services and funding transferred back to Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation from KGCFS due to the First Nation’s request.

–          Transition Plan Initial Phase Document prepared by Chief Joseph Hare to UCCM identifying plan to devolve services to a community-based framework.

–          Child Welfare Coordinator / Specialists hired by UCCM.

–          Sept 25 & 26, 2007-First Nations leadership meeting held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for Child Welfare with special invite of Weechi-te-win Child and Family Services including on-going planning to achieve designation.

–          Main office moved to another building (house) located at 98 Pottawatomi in Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.

–          Ministry increased prevention budget at 5% of global budget.

–          Changes approved to the agency’s Corporate By-Law (Professional Board and reduction to a 5 member professional Board of Directors).

–          UCCM and WUIR Leadership approval of the Customary Care and Family Circle Framework under the UCCM organization through all 7 member First Nations Joint Resolutions on September 26, 2007.

–          October 2007-KGCFS Board of Directors and Leadership reviewed and revised the KGCFS By-Law.

2008:

–          Numerous meetings held between First Nations leadership and the KGCFS Board of Directors in the following areas:

a)    Update of Child Welfare Initiative (CWI) programs and services.

b)    It was stated that it is the Chiefs’ intent at provincial level to develop parallel visions, e.g. globally developing our own child welfare laws, develop prevention and succinctly develop protection at the same time.

c)    Establish process of how two entities will work together (CWI & KGCFS) in areas of financial management, human resources, reporting mechanisms and defining the process for amalgamation including designation planning.

d)    Design of new agency structure and service model with approval of vision and service principles.

 

–          February- KGCFS transfers dollars to UCCM to financially support the Customary Care Program through the Foster Care program.

–          Preliminary restructuring initiated by KGCFS with assistance of legal counsel in areas of Corporate Governance, Organizational and Structure regarding Restructuring, Human Resource Issues and Policy and Procedures with subsequent approval of a Restructuring Work Plan.

–          Funding continued to be delayed for The Child Welfare Initiative budget by the Ministry.

–          Case Management and Service Analysis Audit Report completed within the KGCFS Services and Community Support Departments by Consultant Theresa Stevens.

–          Numerous contacts and meetings were held with the Ministry for clarification in areas surrounding relationship with First Nations leadership political role, vision and service principles, jurisdiction, Work Plans and budget approval.

–          A formal Working Group is development between KGCFS, CWI, The Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin and the Ministry to advance the designation planning.

–          March – Annual Strategic Board and Staff Planning Session-Revised Mission and Vision Statements were approved by the KGCFS Board of Directors.

–          April – the first Customary Care Coordinator and Family Circle Facilitator was hired by UCCM.

–          MCYS provided indication that the community readiness and support (Pre-capacity development) was completed September 2008.

–          September – Child Welfare Initiative developed Service Principles in collaboration with the Leadership-approved by the KGCFS Board of Directors in October.

–          The Minister provided written approval to move to the Capacity Development Phase in December 2008.

2009:

–          Ministry recommended enhanced relationships and partnership amongst the UCCMM and WUIR Leadership, KGCFS, the local Society and The Ministry of Children and Youth Services to achieve the Child Welfare Mandate by September 2010.

–          Recommendations included a tiered process to monitor work plans, reports, governance issues and direct processes.

–          January- a Planning Session was held between the Board of Directors and First Nations leadership for purpose of Strategic Planning.

–          Perry + Perry Architects secured for developmental work towards a new administrative building for the agency with subsequent New Central Office and a Functional Space Requirements Report was completed.

–          Information Technology Assessment and Assessment of Front-line Software Usage and Information Services Report completed by IT Consultant on KGCFS.

–          Consultant contracted to complete Board Governance Manual.

–          3% increment to agency prevention budget received from the Ministry.

–          Shake-tent Ceremony held in Whitefish River First Nation Spring 2009– direction received that KGCFS must honour the original visionaries of the agency including completion of a naming ceremony, and ensure that children have opportunity to receive their Anishinaabe name and speak the language. It was indicated that the agency should not change the agency name.

–          Agency co-hosted the ‘Gathering of Nations” Child Welfare Conference in collaboration with Nog-da-win-da-min Child and Family Services. A Customary Care and Pathway to Designation presentations were presented by KGCFS.

–          KGCFS Agency logo modernized.

–          New Child Welfare Specialist secured by UCCMM – immediately commenced community engagement process with each First Nation and development of First Nation Community teams to enhance community based engagement.

2010:

–          KGCFS revised the Board Governance structure to a First Nation representative Board of Directors.

–          March 5 -New Board of Directors appointed by the member First Nations.

–          April 16 & 17 -New Board of Director Orientation and Training.

–          KGCFS Board discussed plan to restructure agency in a manner that reflects the vision of the First Nations leadership and includes the Ministry requirements for Child Welfare Services. First Nations Leadership provided notice in May 2010 to re-structure to Community Based Prevention Services Delivery.

–          May -Strategic Planning session occurred with the KGCFS Board of Directors, UCCMM and WUIR Leadership and Agency staff. Child Welfare Initiative, KGCFS Agency updates, designation status and future requirements were reviewed at this Planning Session.

–          September 30- Meeting held with the Ministry Regional Director and Child Welfare Initiative Stakeholders, Elders and KGCFS Board of Directors- to provide update and status of the Child Welfare Initiative with Ministry indication to proceed with developing a Transition Phase and Critical Path.  Subsequent support provided to proceed in developing two separate converging tasks; a) development of community-based prevention models, and b) continuation in development of protection services.

–          Development of Community Team structure and engagement with Community Teams and UCCMM Elders in relation to policy development, Customary Care and Service Model.

2011:

–          March 28-30 -KGCFS hosted an annual Renewal Session for Agency staff with participation and invite to the Child Welfare Initiative, Board of Directors and Elders. Child Welfare Initiative updates were provided.

–          Meeting held with the Ministry for annual meeting with the Board of Directors, e.g. agency programs, financial position and capacity building.

–          Joint meeting of KGCFS Board of Directors and local Society Board of Directors to discuss collaborative commitments.

–          Numerous Joint Meetings held between KGCFS Board, First Nation Leadership and Child Welfare Initiative Leadership culminated in the following key milestones:

  • March 23 -Child Welfare Stakeholder Meeting with KGCFS Board of Directors, UCCMM and WUIR Leadership, MCYS and Child Welfare Initiative leads to review current status, progress of developments to date and goals for completion.
  • March-May -M’Chigeeng First Nation and Whitefish River First Nation Community Models completed and discussion with MCYS regarding pilot initiative.
  • April  24 -UCCMM and WUIR Leadership agreement on Child Welfare Designation Budget based on staffing requirements, along with status updates.
  • May 13, 19 -Numerous Meetings with MCYS, CWI and KGCFS regarding status updates, Budget reviews and Work plan reviews.
  • June 10 -CWI Stakeholders meetings with MCYS-MCYS requested additional requirements to Community Models, and requested 3 Budgets-Child Welfare, Transition and Designation.
  • June 6 -Update provided by CWI lead to UCCMM and WUIR Leadership, KGCFS Board Chair, along with Jurisdiction proposal request and status update on Designation requirements and status of the development, review and finalization of all Policy Manuals between CWI and KGCFS Leads and Management team.
  • June 7 -Interim Service Agreement with Zhiibaahaasing First Nation transferring Family Support funding to a Community Based service delivery model.
  • July 14 -CWI Stakeholder Meeting with MCYS, UCCMM and WUIR Leadership, KGCFS Board of Directors and CWI. Revised Budgets-CWI and Transition submitted, Whitefish River First Nation and M’Chigeeng First Nation Community Models submitted to MCYS inclusive of additional requirements. MCYS indication that the Agency required an Executive Director to move forward on designation planning.
  • July 15 -UCCMM Leadership forwarded letter to MCYS Minister to request the Financial Resources required for Transition to Designation and the enhanced Prevention Resources required. The Minister responded August 22, 2012 and indicated that the budget would be reviewed and a meeting will be coordinated with the Regional office in September 2012.
  • July 18 & July 19- Board of Director Training with Consultant Maurice Brubacher in the areas of Board policy, Board Governance and Child Welfare Designation Governance requirements.
  • Spring & Summer 2011-Full OACAS Professional Series Training delivered through CWI to KGCFS staff and Supervisors and CWI staff by Consultant (also OACAS approved Trainer)  Lori Flinders.
  • May 11, Agency hosted an Information Session with Micheal Hardy on Tikinagan Child and Family Services past experiences and protection mandate process.
  • August -Meeting with MCYS and CWI Stakeholders to review Transition Work Plan, Community Model status updates, Budgets, Jurisdiction proposal and review of Draft Evidence Based report.
  • October 14 -Child Welfare Initiative hosted in partnership with KGCFS the “Empowering our Communities” event with Cindy Blackstock as Guest Speaker.
  • October 24 -KGCFS Executive Director hired.
  • October 27 -CWI Stakeholder Pre-Meeting with UCCMM and WUIR Leadership, KGCFS Board of Directors, KGCFS ED and CWI-Approval and submission of Community Risk Indicators and Approval of process of Policy Manual submission. Meeting with MCYS representatives including Northern Regional Director including submission of Community Risk Indicators, Status update on Designation and Funding Requests.
  • November 10 – Regional Director provided a written response following the MCYS Meeting that the MCYS Capacity Review team would be coordinated for Policy Review and the next step was the CWI transfer to KGCFS. Child Welfare Funding was approved significantly lower than the requested Child Welfare Budget submission.
  • November -Leadership-KGCFS Board of Directors and ED, UCCMM and WUIR Leadership review of Board Manual and By-Law and MCYS meeting to review Budgets and status updates.
  • November 22–UCCMM and WUIR Leadership, CWI, KGCFS Board of Directors and ED-Review of Prevention Allocation options, Service Manuals and transition of CWI to KGCFS-Leadership Approvals were received on 1) CWI Transfer to KGCFS effective January 3, 2012, 2) Approval of Service Manuals for MCYS Submission and 3) Option for Prevention Allocations (Option D) effective April 1, 2012 within current KGCFS Prevention funding for transition to community-based prevention services.
  • December 1 -Formal Board of Director Approval of all Leadership decisions.
  • December 7 -Meeting with MCYS to provide update in relation to re-structuring plans, transfer of CWI to KGCFS, budget requests and status update on designation planning.
  • December 12 -KGCFS Board of Director approval of Transfer agreement of CWI to KGCFS, KGCFS Organizational Structure and positions according to proposed budget and transfer plans.
  • December -Completion of KGCFS Re-Structuring Plans for Leadership approval to transfer to Community-based prevention as of April 1, 2012.

 

January –March 2012:

–          January 3 -CWI transfer to KGCFS-staffing, resources, programs and services.

Development of Building Planning Committee inclusive of UCCMM and WUIR Technical Services.

–          January 9 -KGCFS Leadership, UCCMM and WUIR Leadership meeting to review KGCFS Board Manual, KGCFS Re-Structuring Plans and Draft By-law. Joint UCCMM and WUIR Leadership Resolutions and KGCFS Board of Director motions approving the following: 1) KGCFS Board Manual 2) KGCFS By-Law (draft) and 3) KGCFS Re-Structuring Plans.

–          January 26 -Society approved the Transfer of Foster Home Agreement completed by KGCFS.

–          February 14, 2012-MCYS Approval of Re-Structuring Plans with request for additional Supplemental Re-Structuring Plan with conditions that 1) First Nations agreed to the Prevention Distribution and 2) Contribution Agreements are signed with each First Nation.

–          February 2012-Remaining four UCCMM First Nation Community Models completed by the UCCMM First Nations and approved through Band Council Resolution and submitted to MCYS.  Ongoing work with WUIR Child, Youth and Family Services Committee occurred in relation to finalizing WUIR Community Model.

–          February and March -Completion of Prevention Services Plans within Framework defined with all six member UCCMM First Nations for transfer to full Community-Based Prevention Services April 1, 2012.

–          KGCFS Agency internal re-structuring preparation and process in preparation for April 1, 2012.

–          March 1, 2012-MCYS Capacity Review Team met with KGCFS Board of Directors and KGCFS Management to report on the review of all Agency Manuals submitted to MCYS, recommended and required revisions and further documentation requests. The Capacity Assessment Record was provided to KGCFS.

–          March 7, 2012-WUIR Community Information session with WUIR Committee.

–          March 21 and 23, 2012-KGCFS By-Law approved by KGCFS Board of Directors and Leadership, along with KGCFS agency mentoring through Consultants and discussion re: Jurisdiction.

–          All Six UCCMM First Nations Contribution Agreements signed with the First Nations and KGCFS Board Chair to be effective April 1, 2012.

–          MCYS review of KGCFS Budget submission with MCYS delay in Child Welfare Funding for the 2012/2013 fiscal year.

–          March 2012-KGCFS Re-structured internally to continue managing Prevention Services for only Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve with reduction in staff and staff communications in March 2012 to be effective as of April 1, 2012.

–          April 1, 2012-Implementation of the full transition to Community Based and Community Directed Prevention Service Delivery for the six UCCMM First Nations.

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