Weechi It Te Win Family Services

Site: Fort Frances - Idylwild Dr

Service: Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments
  • Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program facility is located at 71 McTavish Rd in Lavalle Township, 6 mi E of Fort Frances 
  • Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program fax: 807-274-0218
Description (Service) Provides a 9-bed residential treatment facility and support services for adolescents with alcohol and substance abuse difficulties combined with mental health or behavioural issues 
  • Offers a 90-day substance abuse treatment program with a focus on culturally relevant programs, counselling and therapy 
  • Operates an on site school with qualified teaching staff to allow residents of the Centre to continue with academic studies 
  • Coordinates cultural naming ceremonies, feasts, sweat lodges and circles through the supervision of traditional elders 
  • Promotes greater responsibility and involvement of the family members in the adolescent's life
Provides education and counselling focused on: 
  • Developing a balance between the emotional, spiritual, mental, physical and social aspects of an individual's life 
  • An individual's identity, belonging and sense of direction in life 
  • Developing a healthy lifestyle, free of alcohol and substance abuse 
  • Teaching relevant life skills
Aftercare Program 
  • Provides a referral to another clinician, elder or service provider three weeks prior to discharge who will continue to provide service for 30 days after discharge 
  • Offers an aftercare support group once per week for as long as needed 
  • Offers continued access to cultural ceremonies
Also provides: 
  • Designated child welfare beds at the treatment facility for First Nation's communities requiring child placement
Hours Office Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm 
Treatment Program Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Anishinaabeg of Naongashing First Nation - Big Island ; Couchiching First Nation ; Lac La Croix First Nation ; Mishkosiminiziibiing First Nation - Big Grassy River ; Naicatchewenin First Nation ; Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation ; Onigaming First Nation ; Rainy River First Nation ; Seine River First Nation ; Stanjikoming First Nation - Mitaanjigamiing
Eligibility Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s) 
  • Youth who have been diagnosed with alcohol and/or substance abuse issues combined with mental health issues and related behavioural, social and/or emotional difficulties 
  • Youth placed in foster care 
  • Must be a member of any of the 10 First Nations communities in the Rainy Lake Tribal Region either on/off-reserve
NOT ELIGIBLE: Youth displaying severe mental health, behavioural and/or solvent abuse issues
  • Program open to referrals from any source; upon request a referral package is sent out, reviewed upon return and interested parties notified of acceptance/non-acceptance into program 
  • Intake assessment required
Child Welfare Beds 
  • Referrals from other child welfare agencies 
  • Child welfare documentation must be completed
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone Office: 807-274-3201 
Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program: 807-486-1618
Toll Free Phone 1-800-465-2911
Fax 807-274-8435
E-Mail laurie.rose@weechi.ca
Website www.weechi.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Sherri Kabatay, Staff Trainer and Intake Coordinator; Phone: 807-274-3201 ext 4057; Email: sherri.kabatay@weechi.ca
Alternate Contact Lauris Werenko, Clinical Services Coordinator; Phone: 807-274-3201 ext 4065; Email: lauris.werenko@weechi.ca
Site Location Nanicost Building
Located In Community Fort Frances
Address 1455 Idylwild Dr
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M3
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Intersection Idylwild Dr and Lake Rd
Mailing Address PO Box 812 
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3N1
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Entrance -- Accessible with automatic push button door; Parking -- Accessible with one designated handicapped parking space; Washroom -- Not accessible ; Building has elevator
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)
Elections Annual Corporate Election