The Social Services Department helps Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) communities increase their ability to develop and enhance local social services through political advocacy, planning, evaluation, policy and community development. NAN provides technical support and analysis of federal and provincial policy decisions with the long-term goal of developing a social services delivery regime under the Inherent Right to Self Government Policy Table.
As directed by NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly, Social Services advocates for long-term, sustainable funding to ensure that First Nation child welfare agencies in NAN territory can fulfill their legislative mandates. The department is also working with Chiefs and the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services to ensure that Kunuwanimano Child & Family Services is designated as a fully mandated child welfare agency.
Social Services also supports the growing number of people adding their names to a class action lawsuit after losing their identity and culture during the 1965-1985 “Sixties Scoop”.
The department continues to establish, maintain and support strategic linkages for NAN First Nations and works on issues of common interest with:
- various agencies of the provincial and federal government,
- scial and child welfare committees;
- Chiefs committees; and
- other First Nation political territorial organizations.