M'Chigeeng First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Family Support Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: United Chiefs & Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM)  
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI)  
Manitoulin Island Treaty
Description (Service)
  • Delivers child care and protection services and family support services to community members 
  • Administers child welfare prevention services in collaboration with Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services located in Wikwemikong 
  • Aims to reduce the removal of M'Chigeeng First Nation children from their family, culture, and community  
  • Partners with community police officers and local nursing staff to identify and support troubled families
Provides the following services: 
  • Advocacy on behalf of children, youth and families 
  • Assistance and support to children in care 
  • Case management 
  • Development of plans of care 
  • Ensures follow-up of aftercare plans with community families 
  • Referrals to individual and family counselling, treatment centres, cultural and traditional services, parenting programs, anger management and domestic violence programs, and other needed services 
  • Training for child care providers  
  • Support and guidance in reuniting siblings who are/have been part of the foster care system
Hours Mon-Thu 8 am-4:30 pm, Fri 8 am-4 pm
Areas Served M'Chigeeng First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and under 
  • Members of M'Chigeeng First Nation at high-risk 
  • Children in need of care and and their families
  • Open to referrals from any source  
  • Intake assessment required
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-377-5362
Fax 705-377-4980
Website www.mchigeeng.ca
Primary Contact Terri Lynn Debassige, Clerical Support; Phone: 705-377-5362 ext 232; Email: terrilynn@mchigeeng.ca
Site Location Community is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island at the base of West Bay and at the intersection of Hwy 540 & 551
Located In Community M'Chigeeng First Nation
Address 53 Hwy 551
M'Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0
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Mailing Address c/o Family Support Program 
PO Box 333 
Family Resources Department 
M'Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)