On September 29th, 15 members of the FNMI Planning Working Group met at the Métis Nation Healing and Wellness Centre in Bancroft to continue work on their 2016-17 work plan, which was endorsed by the CYSN in June.
The Ministry of Education provides annual Early Child Development funding in the amount of $8,780 to help us:
- engage and strengthen relationships among service providers serving Indigenous children, youth and families
- plan for the delivery of more seamless and integrated services for FNMI children and families throughout Hastings-Prince Edward.
The working group is comprised of representatives from the Métis Nation of Ontario, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and other organizations serving Indigenous children 0-6 years and their families.
Meetings are usually held at the Community Wellbeing Centre in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and members always look forward to our annual trip to Bancroft every Fall.
Agenda items on September 29th included a report-back from the sub-committee working on the ABC Childhood Screening & Resource Fair scheduled for Saturday, October 1st at the teaching lodge in Tyendinaga on October 1st, and discussion around the possibility of a recognition of traditional lands opening for CYSN and other meetings.
But the main focus of the day was to finalize details for the upcoming “Circle in a Box” workshops to be held in Tyendinaga on October 18th and Maynooth on October 19th. Circle in a Box, a free interactive workshop designed to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, will be facilitated by Tracey Gazley and Diana Barlow from the Enyonkwa’nikonhriyo:hake (Good Minds) Program. Each session will accommodate up to 40 CYSN member organizations and community partners from education and community services. The response from the community has been very positive and registration is now full!
Our next FNMI Planning Working Group meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 18th, from 9:30-11:30am at Children’s Mental Health Services in Belleville. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to get involved in the work of this wonderfully dynamic group!
Photo Credit – Julie Brant, Home Visitor, Family Health and Child Development