Historical trauma with Children’s Aid Agencies has been evident in the community since the 1960’s. At its heightened peak, Wabaseemoong had over 300 children in care of the local children’s aid society. Today, there are less than 100 children in care now.
Through an arms-length approach from the community Child Welfare Agency, the Secretariat will operate independently apart from the agencies. It will solely represent the interests of the Band and advocate for the children and families. The program will be guided with the following principles: Family focused, culturally competent, community based, accessible, Individualized, least intrusive, accountable, community collaboration and most importantly, protection of children and preservation of families.