2016/2017 has been an active year for the CYSN’s 24-member First Nations Métis Inuit (FNMI) Planning Working Group.
The objectives of this working group are to engage and strengthen relationships among service providers serving Indigenous children, youth and families, and work together for the delivery of more seamless and integrated services for Indigenous children and families throughout Hastings-Prince Edward.
Four Circle in a Box workshops held in Maynooth, Madoc, Quinte West and Tyendinaga in October 2016 and February 2017, and facilitated by Tracey Gazley and Diana Barlow of the Enyonkwa’nikonhriyo:hake Program (Good Minds), were successful in raising the awareness and understanding of 131 service providers about the relationships between non-Indigenous and First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples from both an historical and contemporary perspective. Other 2016/17 activities included:
- Supporting the ABC Childhood Screening & Resource Fair held in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on October 1st
- Promoting on-site Preschool Speech & Language services to families and service providers in Tyendinaga through a variety resources and workshops
- Learning about and providing input to system changes related to the Ontario Special Needs Strategy
- Learning about and providing input to system changes related to Moving on Mental Health – Ontario
- Supporting the planning and implementation of the Come Walk in My Mocassins e-newsletter
- Providing professional development to FNMI working group members and community partners on No Wrong Door, 211 and parenting programs
- Staying connected with members of the KFL&A Indigenous Circle
- Raising awareness of FNMI events and advocacy issues among the CYSN membership and community partners.
Planning discussions about next year’s events, professional development and system planning activities include the possibility of:
- Connecting with Alderville First Nation in Northumberland
- Developing a traditional territory statement for CYSN meetings
- Launching the Mohawk translation of the 18-month, 3, 4 and 5 year Nipissing Developmental Screens
- Holding additional Circle in a Box workshops in Belleville and Picton.
Work on drafting the new planning template will begin on March 10th, 1-3pm at the Community Wellbeing Centre in Tyendinaga. For more information about the FNMI Planning Working Group, please CLICK HERE.