FNMI Unit Overview

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions collaborates with the First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities and organizations to deliver child protection and family strengthening services to the indigenous population in the Simcoe and Muskoka region.

Recognizing the historical role that child welfare has played in the lives of indigenous families, we offer an alternative model of service delivery to our FNMI families and communities. Programming is enhanced and delivered by three specialized FNMI teams, most of the staff have Aboriginal heritage and all have a deep knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and practices.

As an organization, SMFC collaborates with other community partners to support the needs of the Aboriginal children and families we are serving – seeking safe and culturally appropriate environments for the communities’ children to grow in.

Many of the standard processes and practices of the child welfare field have been adapted to use the FNMI community’s strengths.

  • The Medicine Wheel Framework replaces the model used by other agencies.
  • Circles are used in place of formal conferences.
  • Ceremony is available to those who choose it.
  • Bopisowin, Sacred Lodge is housed in our head office in Barrie to host to cleansing and sacred ceremonies to support FNMI clients, staff and groups.

For more information, please contact our FNMI team by calling 1-800-461-4236.